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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.

 

 

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Peer to Peer Network

Client-Server    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:

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shared,  System-Wide Services: Servers provide shared, centralized services  for clients to access such as file, print, email, database, and web hosting.

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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.

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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.

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