Regardless of your relation ship, offer the following:
Network design, installation & support
Stock full line of computer and network parts
Disaster preparedness planning
Security management, planning and auditing
We have established partnerships with numerous top tier, national vendors for Domain Hosting, Website Hosting, E-mail, and Antivirus
Custom built and Acer branded Desktop units
Acer Laptop Computers
Custom built, high quality servers.
We are Microsoft and Intel Partners
Some issues to consider in buying a server:
There are several differences between desktop computers and servers. Functionally a desktop computer can provide file sharing and centrally managed Antivirus/Anti-spyware but True Server Operating systems offer easier management of security and added functions and other options (see Functionality below) and Server Class Hardware usually offers improved performance, reliability and durability. See below for details. True Server Operating Systems can be installed on desktop hardware and some of the features usually associated with server hardware can be implemented on desktop hardware. While substituting desktop hardware for server hardware can save money, some features are being sacrificed. Another option is to install Network Attached Storage (NAS) to provide just centrally stored and shared data (See below for detail).
Function is primarily provided by the Server Operating system as opposed to a Desktop Operating system. Features that may be included are: robust file sharing and related user security, centrally stored e-mail to provide backup of e-mail plus scanning for viruses, spam, etc., file archiving, internal website, hosting of an external website, central backup solution, centrally managed anti-virus and anti-spyware, remote access and support.
Processor - speed, number of cores (single, dual, Quad), amount of L2 Cache, Bus speed
Memory – Amount of memory (32bit OS can use a maximum of 4 GB of memory), Speed of memory (533/667/800)
Disk Drive: speed of drives, technology (IDE/SATA/SCSI/SAS), RAID (none/mirroring/striping)
Ethernet Adapters: Speed (100Mhz/1Ghz), Multiple adapters with load sharing
ECC memory – performs better than non-ECC
Reliability: (Reducing how often server goes down due to component failure)
Redundant Hard Drives - Drives that configured with RAID (mirrored or striped) provide for redundancy of storage which prevents data loss (in most cases) when a drive fails and usually allow the server to continue to functions properly even with a failed drive until the failed drive can be replaced.
Hot swap drives - Failed drives in a Raid configuration can be replaced without turning the Server off.
Redundant power supplies – Multiple power supplies (power converters located inside the server) allow the server to continue to run when one power supply fails.
Hot swap power supplies – allow replacement of a failed power supply without turning the server off
Hot swap fans – allows cooling fans inside the server to be replaced without turning the server off.
Server class equipment - motherboard, power supplies, disk drives are built to run 24/7 so, on average, will last longer than similar desktop components before failure.