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Why a Server?


Recently we have been doing a lot of work with Cloud computing. For many clients, hosting part of their IT infrastructure in the Cloud has significant advantages - reduced cost, increased functionality, easing of cashflow. However, contrary to the often evangelistic message being preached nowadays, Cloud isn’t always the answer - sometimes an on-premises server is a better option.

I thought I would take time to list some of the advantages of a domain server for your business;

The most obvious reason to run a domain server in your business is that can provide much better security.

1. Users usually have a secure logon process. At it’s simplest this prevents non-staff accessing your resources. It also allows very fine-grained control over which staff have access to what.

2.Users are less likely to pass viruses and infected files to other PCs on the network.

3. Administration of the domain network is made easier (and less costly) by cetralising the process on a server.

Other advantages of a domain server are perhaps less obvious;

4. Scalability. It is much easier to add users and resources in a controlled domain.

5. Network management from controlling resource use to conserving bandwidth is possible with a server.

6. Roaming profiles - with a server comes the ability to allow users to log onto any PC and see their own desktop and programs. Think hot-desking.

7. Sharing of resources. Managing such simple things as access to printers and scanners becomes much simpler as does their installation and setup.

8. Remote access becomes ppossible and secure with a server.

One side note - contrary to popular advice, you don’t always need a server to run a centralised line of business application. Often any PC can act as a host for the data. Make sure you ask that question next time your IT provider recommends a costly server.

However, it can be seen that in many cases running a company server can have advantages. While Cloud applications can alleviate costs by reducing maintenance spend on on-premises hardware, sometimes a box in the corner is the most appropriate solution.


In reality, I think we are going to see much greater adoption of hybrid solutions using both technologies. One example would be using a domain server for management of users and file access, but manage email via a hosted Exchange in the Cloud. 

Added By: Phil Wright on 10th Jun 2012 - 22:02
Last Updated: 10th Jun 2012 - 22:12

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