Server hardware is the essential element to running a cloud computing system or any other network shared applications or storage.
A server is a hardware platform that is designed to be a central resource in terms of computing power and storage, and subsequently is used for network-based applications such as an email server or perhaps a CRM system. Server hardware is the main component underpinning cloud computing with varyious vendors and models offering choices from simple individual servers through to large-scale high performance clustered systems. Today, servers are usually virtualised into separate operating systems residing onto the hardware platform. This does not negate the need however for solid reliable and redundant server hardware.
The advantages of purchasing and deploying server hardware upon which to build your Cloud are obvious. The exact nature of your selection and purchase will depend on your requirements, which is why its worth using Compare the Cloud to explore your options and what’s available in the market: Our Cloud Comparison offers you:
- Choice of providers
Today there is a wide range of server hardware manufacturers and vendors all fighting for your business. Always shop around and look at the features and benefits, and ensure that the server will meet your immediate and future needs.
- Independent advice
At Compare the Cloud we maintain a database of system integrators and vendors who are able to service any requirement. Let us help you find the right vendor for your needs. We also work with the UK’s brightest consultants and industry leaders who can offer advice.
- Access to new innovations
Being at the forefront of Cloud Computing and passionate about IT, Compare the Cloud has access to early stage technologies usually months before general release.
- Local partners
Working with a local partner to fulfil your hardware requirements and provide hardware support enables your organisation to secure the best possible supply chain and highest level of support. Use our tool or contact us to find suitable partners in your area.
When purchasing new server hardware there are always areas worth taking into consideration in order to ensure a smooth deployment. To aid your decision we have listed out key points below;
Is your hardware system interoperable with other systems or software within your IT systems?
What vendor support and installation options are available either directly or through the partner channel? If you’re using a system integrator what levels of support is the vendor offering the partner in terms of high level incident support?
- Hardware certification
Is your proposed hardware choice certified independently as compliant with standards? And example being the energy star standard.
- Provider experience
If you’re purchasing hardware from a system integrator, always ask for previous reference sites with proven deployments of the hardware your considering.
At Compare the Cloud, we’re here to help you get started and to help you identify suitable server vendors and system integrators to evaluate and work with. Take a few minutes to tell us about your company in our Cloud Comparison Tool, and we’ll present you with some informed options – and help you take full advantage of your server hardware choices.