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How Rackmount Servers Make Business More Efficient

By John Hodge

There's a reason most IT departments are squirreled away in the dark recesses of a building, and it's not just because they're closer to the servers that way. IT services are an out-of-sight-out-of-mind part of most organizations, because their contributions are as fundamental - and often as taken for granted - as heat and lighting.

Often, the after-thought nature of the IT department leaves companies struggling with the growing pains of using a smattering of small servers, when what they need is a couple of rackmount servers. The benefits of making that transition are anything but slight.

Breeding Efficiency with the Right Hardware

  • Planning Benefits: Simply having a datacenter forces you to dedicate the planning and resources that will enable you to have successful build-outs and moves when necessary. Operating at this level, with the services of an entire organization resting on your rackmount servers' shoulders, requires minimal to no downtime when moving to a new location or cycling out old servers. That type of planning needs to happen months, even years in advance, and it forces your IT department to have a roadmap for the entire organization.
  • Cloud Limitations: It's definitely the buzzword of the decade. But for most companies, it doesn't make sense financially or security-wise to move all of their data services into the cloud. Moving productivity and some file-sharing into the cloud can breed collaboration within an organization, but all of those resources are at the mercy of someone else's IT professionals, and vulnerable to the least-common-denominator of their disaster recovery plans. Cloud-based services may do while you're building up from the startup phase, but a rapidly expanding organization will find that growing without their own datacenter comes with a lot of pain.
  • Modular Expansion: There's no definite dividing line between your small business phase and higher level data services, especially when you're experiencing rapid growth. Blade servers and virtualization allow for a more gradual expansion, even when you don't know where the upper-limit is going to be.
  • Reduced Costs: Switching from several small servers to one or more powerful blade servers means reduction in cooling and power costs, a lower footprint for the hardware itself, and a significant productivity gains. Just think how much just a day of downtime, caused by a faulty patchwork of small servers, would cost your company. What would happen if that downtime were stretched to several days? The cost-benefit comparison for this kind of mini-disaster clearly balances out in favor of a rack-mounted server setup with redundant power supplies, network cards, RAID controllers and network switches.


The benefits of upgrading from patchwork desktop servers to more advanced level data services are obvious. The time to make that change is not. What criteria are you using to judge your timing?

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John Hodge is a writer for RackMountPro. When he's not writing he loves computers and everything related to them, gaming and spending time with his family.

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