Buying a network server is never this simpleIf you were to ask a hand full of network engineers to explain the composition and needs of their data center, you can be sure that you would receive a hand full of different answers. The thing about data centers is, no two are exactly alike and each network has its own requirements when it comes to outfitting them with equipment. This is especially true when it comes to network servers.

Servers, like any other piece of network equipment, come in a variety of flavors from a number of manufacturers, some of the most popular being Dell, Sun and HP. With most IT hardware purchasing equipment is as easy as determining which make and model is right for your network, and then point, click, buy. However deciding Dell and HP Serverswhich manufacturer and model will work for your data center is only half of the battle when it comes to servers. Unless you are well versed in network servers and all of the available options for building out a server to meet your networks specific needs, you are going to need some assistance.

Buying a network server is never as easy as point, click, buy. Choosing to to buy a network server via google search will be much more of a headache than you can imagine. Which is why you should always enlist the help of a trusted network equipment reseller to guide you through the process of building out a server with all of the specs it needs to make it a perfect fit for your company’s network.

Now, I know what you are thinking right now…..”I know what my network’s server needs are, I can find and purchase a server myself!”

But do you? Let’s go over a few things and find out…

1. Memory: ok, ok I am sure you know about memory, you do work in IT after all. However, do you know how much memory your Sun server(s) will need to be able to handle your system ? Is it 4GB, 6GB, or 8GB? If you are not really sure, a network equipment reseller can help you to determine how much memory suite your needs.

Server memory options2. Processor: There are a number of processor options out there. Basically, you need to know the minimum speed of the processor that your server requires to properly function within your network. Smaller networks may be able to use a dual core processor, while servere that are to be installed into a larger system may need a minimum quad core processor.

3. Hard Drives: Determining what size and how many hard drives your Dell or HP server will need is extremely important. Once you determine which manufacturer and model will work best for you, you’re hard drive choices are narrowed down a bit, however there will still be a vast array to choose from. Again, this is where the help of a reseller who has a knowledge base in servers, will come in handy.

These are just a few of the basic choices you will face when determining which network server to purchase. The truth is, there are a number of other configuration options to decide upon to create a server(s) that is specifically tailored to the needs of your data center. Including the number of and type of power supplies, what kind of Raid Controller you need and whether or not you need rail kits, to name a few.

The bottom line here is that there is a lot more too buying servers for your network infrastructure thatn meets the eye. Unless you know the ins and outs of building / modifying a Dell server, best way for you to ensure that you get the right HP or Sun Server for your system is to enlist the help of someone who not only well versed in all things server related but also someone who you trust!


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