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What are the benefits of buying a server?
We currently rent two identical dedicated servers from CrystalTech , which has been an excellent and responsive host for not only SO but Coding Horror as well. SQL Server has an insatiable appetite for memory, and given the ridiculously low cost of memory these days, it seems crazy not to build a server box with 8 GB at the very minimum — and possibly 16 GB or 24 GB depending on how much the server will accept. The rental model is something we want to move away from in the longer term, anyway: the more we grow, the more servers we add, the more our monthly costs increase. This way we pay a fixed one-time cost for the servers, and the monthly cost for the rack space plus bandwidth stays the same mostly, depending on our bandwidth usage. I considered building my own rack mount using Google-style commodity computer parts in a rack case , but quality RAID, dual-socket, and redundant power supplies are sort of hard to come by in typical consumer computer parts. Starting with a pre-built server chassis that has the correct redundant power and hard drive setup already configured seems like the smarter move here.
Update & Support Service
The Internet has many NTP servers that can be used to synchronize the time of networks and computers. Most provide a service completely free of charge. Dedicated hardware time references installed locally, within an organization, provide a number of advantages over Internet time sources.
But as your business grows, file permissions, speed and reliability become more important. Servers are built to be faster and more reliable than PCs. They can help you enforce IT policies to implement:. Our staff of IT professionals are happy to help. A server evaluation usually takes about an hour of billable time, which of course varies bases on the complexity of your business.