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Nuts and bolts info you need to choose and install a server for your business.
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The three-year cost of a server may be 10 times the hardware purchase price. Depending on how much time and effort you expend keeping it operational, the lowest price server may not be the least expensive. Here's how to figure out your total cost of ownership.
HOW TO BUY
When it's time to buy a server, don't be overwhelmed by the staggering number of purchase options. The weak economy, combined with the glut of sales channels, provide plenty of bargains and purchase options to suit any business budget.
Server prices will be flat or down over the next year, but performance is expected to go up with increased power efficiency to boot. From dual cores to quad cores and beyond, here's what to look for on the server horizon.
Take control of your business servers by understanding the terminology and jargon IT pros use. By mastering the 36 terms in this how-to guide, you'll talk like a pro and enhance your knowledge of your business server infrastructure.
Servers gorge on watts and create enough heat to burn your budget. By following the 8 steps in this how-to guide you'll learn strategies to help reduce power drain and boost your bottom line.
TIPS & TRICKS
Servers store your most important business data, deliver your e-mail, and run your Web site, but keeping them from harm's way is a full time job. The 12 tips and tricks in this how-to guide will help keep your data secure.
Business plans should drive your server shopping, not bits or bytes. In this how-to guide, learn about user needs, applications types, and other considerations vital to server-capacity planning.
This how-to guide provides practical answers to the 12 most important questions about how to buy, configure, support, and get the most from your servers -- whether you're ready for your first or adding your 20th.
From form factors, processors, and operating systems to pricing, features, and configuration, in this how-to guide you'll get the basic information you need to assess your needs and then purchase and install a server.
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