There are so many different types of servers (meaning that there are so many services that are required or desired to have on a computer network) that it would be near impossible to describe them all in just a couple of paragraphs.
When considering a server implementation, the server itself is not key. Primary consideration should be focussed on the services that need to be served. Of course there are some “givens”, such as DNS and DHCP. And there may be business applications that have particular prerequisites. Nonetheless, it is imperative to ensuring that you select the right server and the right implementation of that server, that all services required on the network (or envisaged to be required in future) are considered prior to making any determination.
Remex’s strong grounding in Microsoft and several varieties of Linux server operating systems, combined with our network-level expertise and our ultimate aim to ensure that any systems we integrate provide greater value to our clients than the sum of the components alone, enable us to help our clients select the right server implementation for their peculiar requirements.
Some key points on Remex’s check list:
- What services are required on the network?
- What services are already delivered by other network servers?
- Are these other network server the best choice for delivering the network services?
- What is the network topology?
- What growth should be allowed for?
- What maintenance and support mechanisms are, or will be, in place?
- How business-critical are the services to be provided?
- What level of fault tolerance, back-ups, and business continuity planning should be planned for?
- Who will implement the design?
- Who will update the network documentation?
- What implementation back-out procedures will be utilised?
Servers can be expensive. At Remex, we respect the investment that our clients make and the faith that they place in us to help get it right.