A server is simply a computer that has been given the function of "serving" a particular need to multiple users. These functions can range from file/printer sharing and hosted email to centralized database storage and hardware firewall functionality.
Servers are the heart of a working network. They must be built with the best hardware and given special care to be sure that they provide their resources to all who need to access them. The data that is stored on them needs to be backed up, preferably to more than one location, at least one of which should be in a geographically different location. To protect sensitive data, permissions to the files need to be assigned so that the appropriate individuals have access to what they need, but not more.
Many small businesses feel that they don't need a server, let alone several of them. There have been many advancements that allow smaller companies to effectively utilize server technology within a reasonable budget.
We can help you determine how adding a server can increase your office efficiency and protect your data or maintain those you already have.
Networks are everywhere around you and often seem invisible. They can be broken down into two broad categories: LANs (Local Area Networks) and WANs (Wide area networks). LANs are what are used to communicate within the confines of your home or office and WANs are what make up the connections that span the world - the internet being the most common one that comes to mind. Networks are available in both wired and wireless forms. Your cell phones and many home and business "land lines" travel over wireless networks, connected to one another via wired networks and satellites.
As invisible as they may seem, there are many things about networks that must be properly setup and maintained to give the most reliable and efficient performance, such as switches, routers, and firewalls.