Enterprise Networking & Servers

Enterprise Networking and Servers

With almost every company relying on computers, internet access and connectivity to run their business smoothly, having a reliable network and enterprise storage solutions is essential.

What Exactly is an Enterprise Network?

An enterprise network is the communication backbone for a company.

  • Connects computers and devices: Most businesses require quick communication and file sharing between employees, so an enterprise network connects computers, tablets and network hardware in order to do so.
  • Local and wide area networks (LAN/WAN): A local area network is a connected group of devices in a particular area such as one office building. The WAN connects LANs together, which is important for multi-site or global corporations.
  • Integrates systems: A specific computer (the enterprise server) contains programmes that serve the collective needs of an enterprise or company. An enterprise network server integrates systems such as both Windows and Apple computers and their operating systems, along with Unix systems and related smartphone and tablet devices.

Why Do We Need Storage Servers?

A server is a computer that is essential to the smooth running of a network. Just some of the benefits are:

  • Stores and backs up valuable information: Rather than using dozens of USB sticks or memory cards when your computer drive gets full, a storage server can hold important docs until someone needs them again. Servers will also do a routine back up to ensure that information is not lost.
  • File and network security: A server gives you the benefit of being able to access files from every computer in the company rather than from a single machine. Employees can have restrictions on what folders that they can access so to prevent unauthorised use of documents.
  • Virus management and reliability: With a company of dozens or even hundreds of employees, the server can control any viruses that manage to get into the network. They will still run even if a hardware failure occurs.

Are There Any Alternatives to Having a Regular Office Server?

Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a great alternative for smaller businesses. NAS is a storage device that connects to a network and authorised users are able to store and retrieve data in a centralised location. It is almost like a private cloud for your office. The benefits of an enterprise NAS server are:

  • Low cost: NAS are much cheaper than a regular network and server setup.
  • Easy to use: Unlike regular servers, NAS doesn't require the attention of an IT specialist.
  • Always accessible: Backups of data are easy and authorised users can access from anywhere at any time.