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Most small businesses with 10 or more employees should run a Server. Most commonly for central file handling but also to perform printing, mail serving and system backups. Servers will also hold databases, groupware (like calendars and CRM - customer relationship management - software), web sites and intranets. Plus of course holding large files (images and videos).

The server you choose should take into account the number and type of applications you run, and the number of users you have. You will also need to select an operating system (Windows, Linux or Mac). Don't assume if you have PCs that you have to use Windows; both Linux and Mac servers can handle Windows and tend to be cheaper. And lasting the future; make sure you plan for expansion.

Then of course you will have to consider the hardware. What type of server will you require to handle everything you have planned.

Finally, don't forget to check the warranty and support. For small businesses that rely on one, maybe two, servers to run their businesses, downtime can be disastrous, so same-day on-site service is essential, and don’t forget to guard against power outages.

If you would like help with any of the above please feel free to contact us.

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