Buying a new server can be quite an endeavour, especially if you run the IT for a small or medium sized business (SMB), or are responsible for multiple remote sites. If you’ve already begun your search, you know that many options exist above and beyond the traditional server. Cloud services are well established, and now hybrid IT, which delivers the benefits of both on-premises and cloud IT, is fast becoming the new norm.
So how do you evaluate your options and choose the best solution for your business – one that meets your needs today, can evolve with you, and hopefully won’t take an inordinate amount of time to manage and support? With these requirements in mind, here are 10 simple questions to consider when making your decision.
- What are your needs?
- Can this server support easy access for all users, even those that are remote or on the road?
- Should you buy or lease?
- Have you considered initial cost vs. ongoing costs?
- How will your server fit with planned future growth?
- How long should your server last?
- Who will control, support and manage the server?
- Are security and redundancy concerns?
- Do you want to back up your data on site or in the cloud?
- Can hybrid IT benefit your organisation?
Such an important decision merits a good, long look at all your options. Whether you choose a traditional, on-premises server, one hosted in the cloud or a hybrid IT solution, buying a new server provides an opportunity to address current and future concerns that could lead to greater operational efficiency and even cost savings.
By Brian Buggy, Zynstra