Though Apple offers an alternative these days the dominant software for running a PC network is Microsoft Small Business Server 2011. SBS 2011 is a bundle of Microsoft software that importantly includes Windows 2008 Server and Exchange 2011.
Windows 2008 offers a solid and secure platform for your Server whilst Exchange to most businesses almost becomes a revolution. Everyone is familiar with Microsoft Office Outlook and with Exchange this then becomes networked. You can get email remotely; you can share calendars with others, book meetings with colleagues amongst many other things.
To most business users the buzz words of the Server salesman are just plain confusing though- Rack or Tower, RAID array ?, Firewall, Redundant Power Supply, SAS or SATA ? HardSoft are approved suppliers for the key Servers; HP Proliant, Fujitsu Primergy and Lenovo/IBM Thinkservers. We are experts at matching the scale of your network and its importance to the appropriate Network Server - in plain speaking terms.
At the lower end and suitable for up to five users would be a Mirrored hard disk array (2 hard drives with data copied simultaneously across both) with a Quad Core Xeon Intel Processor. For larger networks say of ten users we can Lease hot plug hard drives with RAID 5 arrays where you can easily swap out faulty hard drives without any downtime. A second Intel Xeon CPU may also need to be considered. For back up solutions Small Business Server 2011 prefers an external hard drive. We then recommend this is then backed up onto small USB hard drives to achieve an offsite back up. Business continuity in the event of a catastrophe is available through our On Line off site backup solutions.
As a Small Business Specialist for twenty years, HardSoft Computers have a team of their own engineers and will provide a TOTAL solution. This means not just a start to finish job of installing your Small Business Server but also a solution that includes the hardware , the Cat5/6 cabling plus support and warranty. All based around a single inclusive lease payment per month.
There are many providers of Server hardware and Microsoft SBS 2011 software- none unlike HardSoft will provide the WHOLE solution. Please give us a call to get an expert leasing solution to your Server needs. We have several branches around the UK ready to support your installation or find out about our competitive IT Support contract packages.