Choosing to keep your IT infrastructure in-house has a number of benefits. As Tom’s Hardware, a popular tech site, writes, maintaining a few server rack cases full of systems in-house means having all the power of a high-end IT infrastructure firm, while ensuring that you can make adjustments, upgrade equipment, and take care of any issues on the fly.
Of course, that’s assuming you know what you’re doing when you set up a new onsite server room. If you improperly set up servers, regardless of how big or small your operation is going to be, it can cost your company a lot of money in lost time and hardware when all of it goes south. With these tips, you can protect your investment and gain all the benefits of a solid IT infrastructure.
Three Considerations for Setting up Reliable Servers
- Consider Your Power Needs when Buying Server Rack Cases
- What Software Will You Run?
- The Right Server Rack Sizes
As Tech Target writes, server rack cases provide power to the computers mounted inside them. In other words, depending on how many systems you plan to run in each of your server rack cases, you’ll need to pay close attention to their power output. By ignoring the power output, you not only risk ruining your server hardware, you also risk a fire.
Building a great server setup is about more than just choosing the right computers and server rack cases. As PC World points out, the server software you use should also be considered. If, for example, you only need servers for data redundancy and file sharing, you should choose a single system with Windows Home Server or NAS installed, eliminating the need for server rack enclosures altogether. On the other hand, if you are running an e-mail client, hosting a website, and exchanging a lot of data, choose a multi-system rack setup running more robust software.
It may seem like a no-brainer, but choosing server rack cases of the right size and stability is essential to a safe, reliable server. Overloading small server racks is a great way for your computers to overheat, but just as a matter of tensile strength, smaller racks won’t hold up to heavier multi-system setups.
Setting up an in-house IT solution is a big, expensive job, but it’s also incredibly important in an increasingly tech-reliant age. Consider each of these things, and you can gain the benefits of a powerful, in-house IT solution.