Small businesses can significantly benefit from a networked infrastructure. Networks enable small businesses to enhance their collaboration and share resources such as file and print services.
There are two types of networks: peer-to-peer and client-server. A peer-to-peer network consists of interconnected client computers, such as laptops or desktops, able to access each other’s resources such as applications or files. A client-server network is a centralized network where one or more computers (aka servers) act as dedicated resource providers to a pool of client computers. These servers “serve up” 24x7 services to the client computers such as file, print, email, and backup.
Peer to Peer Network
There are advantages and disadvantages to both peer-to-peer and client-server networks; however, in general, small businesses benefit more from a client-server network designed to maximize your employees’ productivity through enhanced security, reliability, and accessibility features. And client-server networks built with an Intel® Xeon®-based server are the ideal choice for small businesses.
If you’re unsure about whether a client-server network is the way to go, here are the
Top 10 Reasons to Setup a Client-Server Network with an Intel Xeon-based Server:
24x7 Accessibility: With a peer-to-peer network, if a user needs to access a file residing on another computer, that computer needs to be powered on. This is not practical with client devices that are generally powered off when not in use. With a client-server network, the server is always-on, always available, so files and applications can be accessed at anytime.
Improved Collaboration: The server in a client-server network can act as a centralized hub for storing and sharing files. This configuration allows multiple users to access files and makes changes to a single centralized copy. This also helps minimize version control issues that often arise from managing multiple versions of the same file.
Centralized, Client Backups: Servers can be configured to automatically backup client computers and also restore data based on those backup images, in the case of a client hard drive failure.
Remote Access: Servers support remote access which enables employees, partners, and customers, to access data on the server without physically being in front of the system.
Server Backups: Intel Xeon-based servers support Intel® Rapid Storage Technology, which enables the server to seamlessly store multiple copies of its data on additional internal hard drives, so if one of its hard drives fails, it can quickly recover the data with minimal system downtime.
Enhanced Security: Servers can be configured to control access to the server’s data and other resources on a per-user basis. This ensures that only individuals with proper permissions access specific data and applications residing on the server. And with Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel AES-NI), data passing between the server and clients is encrypted to prevent data from being compromised in transit.
Better Client Performance: In a peer-to-peer network, clients also have to act as servers, “serving up” services to other clients on the network. This can negatively impact performance of those clients. This computational burden is lifted by having a high performance, Intel Xeon-based server, dedicated to supporting the clients.
Shared, System-Wide Services: Servers provide shared, centralized services for clients to access such as file, print, email, database, and web hosting.
Enhanced Reliability: Intel Xeon-based servers support Error Correcting Code (ECC) memory which helps protect your business-critical data and prevent system errors by automatically detecting and correcting memory errors.
Business Growth: Peer-to-peer networks are limited in terms of the number of users. A client-server network built with an Intel Xeon-based server is scalable for your needs, allowing room for growth as you business grows.
For your small business’ client-server network, the right choice is a server based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 product family. For more details on the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 product family, listen to my Intel Chip Chat.