Creative computing: eight ways servers can help your business take off

03/06/2011 12:19pm

Data discipline

When everybody’s in charge of their own data it’s all too easy to end up with chaotic file systems, assets spread across multiple devices and the risk of accidental deletion or data loss. With server-based systems that’s much less of a worry: centralised storage keeps everything in its right place, while centralised backups mean that every asset is archived.

Improve security

Access to files, folders and applications can be provided on a need-to-know basis with access strictly controlled and sensitive data encrypted, and centralised maintenance and administration ensure that everybody benefits from the latest software updates, system patches and security fixes.

Reduce overheads

Today’s servers enable you to do much more with much less hardware. It wasn’t so long ago that 4GB of memory seemed enormous, but a high performance computing server based on the Intel® Xeon® 5600 series can accommodate as much as 192GB of RAM. The change across just one or two generations has been dramatic, with the latest servers supporting two to three times the workload of their predecessors while using an average of 40% less power.

Consolidate kit

Virtualisation enables you to run multiple operating systems on the same machine, so for example you might have Linux running at the same time as various flavours of Windows. That can deliver significant cost savings: according to virtualisation software firm VMWare, virtualisation can reduce hardware and operating costs by as much as 50% and energy costs by 80%, which works out as a saving of up to $3,000 (nearly £2,000) for each server workload that you virtualise.

If you’d like to know more, check out the Dell servers website here.

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