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MicroServer for Dummies- Chapter 1: Understanding Why You Need a Server


While the needs of small and midsize businesses can vary greatly from those of larger enterprise businesses, they also have many needs in common. For businesses to thrive, they must have a way to coordinate the efforts of everyone involved. There are many ways to do this, but a big part of it is ensuring that the businesses’ computer systems remain stable and available: that files can be accessed 24/7, that the system can recover from failure, and that the data remains secure. Your SMB customers may not realize it, but these are all things that a server can do!


Benefits of a Server

Simply put, servers make it easier for SMBs to focus on what is important—their business—instead of managing the resources required to support their business. To help your SMB customers understand why they should invest in a server, here are some of the most common benefits that businesses obtain by moving to a server:

  • Enhancing efficiency and productivity of SMB
  • Ensuring authorized access to data and resources
  • Keeping valuable data safe
  • Allowing secure access to the central server from multiple devices
  • Maintaining control over data


Uses of a Server

So, how exactly are servers used? Servers provide services that fulfill particular needs. These needs are called use cases and they vary from business to business. Each of these services helps your SMB customer achieve one or more of the benefits described above. To fully understand what a server provides, your customers must understand the most common use cases: 

  • File and print services: File and print services can be combined into one system or on separate servers. A file server makes data accessible to multiple end users, and it provides a central data store. A print server is one that allows multiple users to share a printer
  • Backup services: Having a centralized file store makes it simpler to back up the data to another location for protection.
  • Database services: Databases make it possible to organize, manipulate, and analyze similar types of data. In order to fully realize the benefits a database can provide, businesses need a server to store the data it manages in a central location.
  • Application services: A centralized server can host common small-business applications so everyone can have easy access.


Read more about server benefits and uses in HP ProLiant MicroServer for Dummies and be sure to check back for our next MicroServer for Dummies blog, Chapter 2: Defining Server Basics. If you haven’t already, please join our Coffee Coaching communities on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.


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