"Why do I need a server for my business?"

When a Small Business Server is Needed

You are probably working with SMBs that could benefit from investing in a first sever solution.
There are several key pain points that can clearly indicate a time when a company should invest in their first server:
- The company has no network just a handful of independent devices like laptops or tablets.
- The company has at least 5 employees on a peer-to-peer network.
- Employees need access to a shared printer and/or must access the same applications simultaneously.
- The company uses wireless networks to connect devices and to connect to the Internet.
- System reliability & security, intellectual property protection, and regulations are big concerns

If your SMB clients have any of these pain points, take the opportunity to educate them on what a server is, and how it can benefit their business.  

What is a small business server?

A server is defined as a computer, or computer program, that manages access to a centralized resource or service in a network.

Small-business-server.JPGWhen some people hear “computer” they immediately think of a workstation that sits on a desk… while some servers and workstations may look similar, they have different features and functions. So, what are the differences? Workstations are designed for peer-to-peer operations and are usually designed to be a single device for a single user. If you set it up in a peer-to-peer network, it only has single user applications. It is limited with no built-in redundancy and no manageability features and is intended for 9-5 operations.


Servers are different. They are designed for 24x7 operations with built in redundancy and rich management features. Different from a peer-to-peer network, in a client-server network the server is designed for client-server operations. A server can handle multiple client devices and multi-user applications and it becomes the central repository for important data and services that everybody needs. In addition, the server can centrally manage user access not only to data, but to the entire network.


What is the best small business server?

Not all organizations are alike, so not all customers will benefit from the same server solution. This is why the HPE ProLiant Gen10 server family is so vast. From entry-level to advanced, HPE has servers and solutions that offer SMBs the power, choice, and ease-of-use to take on the most challenging workloads simply and cost-effectively. To pair with your clients’ new HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers, HPE also offers Windows Server OEM Reseller Option Kit (ROK) licensing in three version: Essentials, Standard, and Datacenter. With different licensing options, and a wide range of server options, there is sure to be an ideal server solution for every business!

Help your customers get the most of out their business IT with a first server solution. Ask questions about their future plans, budget constraints, needed applications, and IT staff to help design their perfect HPE ProLiant Gen10 + HPE OEM Windows Server ROK solution.

Willa Anderson

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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