Understanding Servers: The Head Chef of The Network
For most non techy people a server is one of the most known pieces of network equipment, maybe next to your Wi-Fi router at home. Work today is reliant on technology, having a basic understanding of various tech components is crucial to knowing how recommendations by IT will impact to your business. Our goal here is to provide a low tech description of a server and how it works.
A server is a hub for communication and power. It holds space for the demands of the programs you run and it provides power to them. It also holds space for the organization of information and for the operation of the systems you use. The actual data is typically stored by a device called a SAN. The server is like the quarterback or chef of the network; organizes, directs and empowers.
Today, typically, servers are virtualized meaning that there are many virtual servers built into one “server box”. This creates multiple servers within a server; like a picture within a picture. The reason this is done is to better manage the power and space of the machine. Instead of having your email, files, apps and directories simultaneously demand resources at once, they become segmented into the virtual servers and the power and space of the server is better used. This decreases the chance of your server crashing and reduces lag time you might see in running programs. These virtual servers are typically called Virtual Machines and the server becomes a Virtual Host. Hopefully we haven’t got to technical here.
What’s the value of understanding this? If your IT is recommending creating Virtual Machines, you’ll know this is a better use of your network, creating faster work – decreasing downtime. If your IT is asking you to buy more space for your Virtual Host you’ll know that it’s for the quarterback or chef of your business.