What you really need to know for choosing your server

What you really need to know for choosing your server

Often, we do not have competent support to maintain the servers that we are using. And in server maintenance, we find that either the processor does not have the required capacity or the memory is not sufficient or sometimes we don't consider port count. Therefore, although these might come across like really basics points they can come handy when you are considering obtaining support for the servers in your network. You need to ask yourself the following 5 questions.

What and how many applications will you be operating?

Choosing the right server plays important role in server maintenance. It depends mainly on the applications that will be operated. Usually, applications are very demanding and when you do not use the right hardware to support the application, you might face delays, errors, and even worse: downtime. For this purpose, you should always refer to the OEM of each application to know what are the key requirements for the hardware. In the case of companies which use many applications (i.e., file, email, CRM and database), they will require a stronger tower, rack, or blade server.

What type and quantity of processors is required?

Upon examining the type of processors needed for the server that you wish to use, you need to take into consideration the application you are operating. Usually, the application requires a particular type of processor, core, and speed. You should always make sure not to buy a processor that is too powerful to avoid unneeded costs. Also, you should consider a processor that provides a balanced server in order to prevent any bottleneck.

What type and quantity of switch ports is required for the server?

Sometimes, customers buy several servers but later on discover they don’t have enough ports on their switch to plug them. Therefore, you should always know the number of ports available in your network to be able to know if you need another switch to support your servers.

How much memory do you need?

As we all know, for memories, more is always better. The cost will be initially high, but having a large memory will allow you to avoid taking down your network to increase the memory installed on your server since a large capacity was already anticipated at the initial deployment? So it is better to max out your server with memory to avoid the hassle of taking down your network since nobody wants to waste time for de-racking and re-racking servers.

How much power do you really need?

You have to calculate how much power is required for your server in order to obtain the necessary power supply. Nowadays, power consumption and saving is a critical topic to be considered in any decision. Therefore, you should not ignore the issue if your server consumes a lot of power, and this depends on the installed components. You need to review the power consumption for each component and choose the best option based on your environment needs.

In conclusion, choosing your server means planning carefully and ensuring that your server meets all your key requirements. If you still have questions about choosing your server or maintaining them, contact the team at Evernex today. Our experienced staff is always here to help.