Do We Need a Server? 4 Key Signs Your Business is Ready

Ultimately, your business will reach a point where you need a server to give you more centralized control of all the computers and other equipment you use in your business. But how do you know when it’s time for you to add servers to your company?

This post will explain what a server does and give you insight into the four key signs that your business is ready to benefit from servers.

What is a Server?

A server is a powerful computer that is capable of “serving” various types of information and files to all its connected devices, such as: PCs, laptops, mobile devices, and office equipment such as printers. A server helps you create a strong, secure network of connected devices for your business, and provides you with customized (and centralized) control of how information is accessed or shared on your network.

5 Signs Your Business is Ready to Benefit from a Server

One of the common questions we get from our customers and clients is “Do we need a server?” Here are five of the key signs that show you when your business is ready.

  1. You need to manage several computers or devices on a central network

As your business grows, you’ll bring on more and more employees who will need access to computers and other devices to do their jobs and support your company. Adding more machines to your company will make managing them more complex, especially when you approach each device as a stand-alone unit. Information can get jumbled or confused, and passwords to individual machines can be changed or lost. When you start noticing you have more devices than you can safely and efficiently manage individually, it’s time to consider a server.

  1. You need better control of your system security

Another advantage of using a server in your business is enhanced network security. A server acts as a control panel for your network, where you can control how and what information is accessed or shared.

  1. You need a place to store local files and applications

A server can also be used to store shared, local files and applications that you and your employees all need to access. Placing such items on a server helps you control access and also frees up space on the computers in your network to optimize performance and speed.

  1. You need to meet industry compliance levels

Many industries are held to strict regulations around how their data is stored, accessed, and shared. Implementing a server can help you stay in compliance and not only keep your network safe, but also help you avoid costly fines.

For over 20 years, Raven Computer has been a trusted leader in network technology and security.  Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help boost your business with servers and professional IT support.

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