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Server Fundamentals for SMBs


Every SMB is a target customer for server opportunities!


Small to medium businesses have similar business needs as larger enterprises and want to have access to the same resources and tools. While they could greatly benefit from a server, many SMBs do not use a server, instead relying on interconnected PCs (also known as peer-to-peer networking) to share files and resources. While peer-to-peer networks are an easy, inexpensive solution, it is not effective or reliable for growing businesses. In addition, there are many business needs that cannot be addressed by peer-to-peer networks.


SMBs need to manage their information efficiently as large enterprises do. They need to share information, secure data, and have the ability to adapt to changing business demands. An extra challenge for many SMBs is that they often need to be able to do all of this (and more) with constrained IT resources and limited budgets.


This is the perfect situation for a server! Simply put, a server is a computer that provides data to other computers. The basic function of a server is to provide shared services to users on a network. SMBs may user server for many different functions including web servers, file servers, email servers, backup servers, or database servers.


There are two basic types of server form factors: standalone server and rack mounted servers. Standalone servers include tower servers and microservers and are ideal for small offices and branch locations. These servers are built in an upright, standalone cabinet, and offer maximum chassis expansion capabilities.


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Rack mounted servers, which include racks and blades, are ideal for larger deployments in datacenters. Each rack contains multiple mounting slots called bays, each designed to hold a hardware unit. A single rack can contain multiple servers stacked one above the other, consolidating IT resources and reducing floor space and footprint.


As you look across the HP server portfolio, you will notice that HP has platforms to address a variety of business needs from entry-level tower servers to rack mounted high-end servers and blades. Recently, HP launched new ProLiant Gen8 platforms designed to simplify and eliminate many of the tasks commonly associated with managing a server infrastructure. With ProLiant Gen8 servers, SMBs of any shape and size can take advantage of server technology that is affordable and able to deliver unprecedented time to value.


Solutions for micro and SMB clients that provide the reliability, flexibility and scalability needed to accommodate current and future business needs. New solutions include the HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 and HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 v2


Another great  tool  designed specifically for the SMB market is the brand new HP ProLiant SMB Right Fit CalculatorThis calculator was developed by HP to provide a simple and dynamic interface. It does something bold that most other vendors wouldn’t consider in a customer facing calculator, it allows the user to decide to consolidate or do a one to one comparison. Performance comparisons are important but let’s face it if I’m an SMB with no specialized administrator, am I likely to take 5 servers and replace with 1? Or am I more likely to replace 5 with 5? 


We hope this information will help you to initiate server discussions with your SMB customers. For more information on HP ProLiant for SMBs, be sure to join the Coffee Coaching community by following us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn

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