Five Server Myths Debunked

At the center of most growing businesses is a network server. This computer is a central repository of the company's files, protecting valuable data from damage, theft, or mischief, and giving employees access to the latest documents whether they're in the office or on the road.

If you run a small business, you might not have considered adding a server for fear that it's too complex or costly. But in recent years, the technology has become much more affordable and easier to maintain. Overall, the advantages of adding a server to a small business -- productivity, security, cost savings -- far outweigh the cost. Note that you'll gain the benefits only with proper implementation, so if you don't have a firm grasp of the options, check with a professional IT consultant.

Let's explore the most common myths about network servers and debunk them once and for all.

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Protect All Your Company’s PCs and Servers in Minutes

Cloud-based security makes it possible to protect an entire company's computers remotely. Better yet, it's incredibly quick and easy with Worry-Free Business Services. The reward is continuous, dynamic protection against viruses, malware, and other threats to your business.

Worry-Free Business Security Services is a hosted solution. That means you don't need to install any management software on your own servers, which are treated just like any other machine that needs protection. Trend Micro handles maintenance and upgrades for you, and you can manage security settings and features from a Web browser. Everything you need is online.

To get started, either sign up for a free trial or subscribe to the service at www.trendmicro.com. As part of the sign-up process, you'll be prompted to enter a Logon ID and password. You'll use this ID and password to access the management console and begin protecting your network.

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Server Buying Guide

Despite the dizzying array of options and choices, selecting a server for your small business can be straightforward. This guide will help you narrow the options and choose a solution that meets your business needs -- and price point, too.

Why bother buying a server at all? Several reasons. You may want to keep better track of your business-critical files, such as your customer lists and product descriptions. You also want to ensure that everyone in your company is working on the most current version of any particular shared file, rather than panic when the time comes to submit a proposal to a client and you can't find the latest draft. You want to centralize and automate backups of your files so you are better protected in case of data loss. Servers also can improve the security of your data and make it easier to remotely access information from home or on the road. Today's servers aren't much more costly or complex than a standard desktop.

One requirement of owning a server has nothing to do with technology and everything to do with people. Make sure someone on your staff has the primary responsibility for your server and takes care of it. This means adding new users for new employees, deleting the accounts of former employees, and making sure the server has adequate storage for your company's files. In a small firm, these tasks are not a full-time job description, but you do want to put one person in charge -- even if that person in turn delegates some of the responsibility to a contractor or consultant.

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