The first question to ask when choosing a server: Why do I need a server? For what functions? What kind of software should it be able to run?
Among These Functions, We Can Find:
- File storage
- IP telephony
- Video over IP
- Database hosting
- Business software
- Company directory
- Website hosting
From these uses, the choice of the majority of the characteristics of the server will follow. Whatever you want your computer to perform, storing, computing or expanding, you will need the best server for the same. In this case, the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 comes with the best options with perfect security, scalability and performance. An excellent complete warranty backs the server.
Server Processor, Ram And Disks
In the same way, as for a pc, the components will have to be selected according to the type of application that your server must be able to run.
If this must support database software, the configuration chosen must be more potent than that used for simple file storage.
To correctly choose these components, refer to the required configurations of the applications you want to run.
When talking about servers providing critical services to a company, it is strongly recommended to choose a configuration that can meet security and performance issues. We are therefore talking about the RAID configuration (Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks).
Among The Existences Configurations, Here Are The 3 Most Used:
RAID 1: Works only on 2 discs. The data is here duplicated. If one drive fails, the second automatically takes over.
RAID 5:This allows you to respond to failure problems beyond two disks. If a failure occurs on one of the disks, the data will be reconstructed using parity blocks located on the other disks. This configuration is less efficient than RAID 10 but limits the loss of volume.
RAID 10: In the same way as RAID1, the disks work in pairs so that one can take over from the other in the event of a failure. The valuable volume is therefore also divided by 2.
Choice Of The Operating System Of Your Server
If you have no prerequisites, the choice of the OS will be made according to your habits: Windows or Linux, a version with commercial or community support.
Choice Of Format (Rack, Tower, Blade)
There Are Three Types Of Physical Format For Servers:
They are very similar to stationary computer central units. One of their main advantages is that they can be installed in any room of a business.
Compact, depending on the configuration, can offer performance similar to other server formats.
Two points of vigilance, even if these servers can be easily installed “everywhere”, they often require a high amperage electrical supply. They can cause noise and thermal pollution (release of heat).
Designed to be installed in a bay, rack servers offer a high density (more than 40 servers per m 2) and the advantage of having easy access to the machines for maintenance operations.
Compared to tower servers, there are more efficient configurations (4 or 8 processors, for example).
Lame Servers (Or Blade Server)
Space-saving and energy-efficient, the blade format is the most recent. Unlike rack servers installed in racks, blade servers slide into a dedicated chassis and thus offer higher density.
Their commissioning time is also less than the rack format: no racking and no cabling. Moreover, network switches are generally included in the chassis. Everything is administered from a single console.