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FS.COM High Performance Server for Virtualization and Hyper-Convergence

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FS.COM High Performance Server for Virtualization and Hyper-Convergence

FS Official 2018-10-12

Networks seem to be everywhere, and the quest for it keeps up-swinging each and every day. Resemble much of the human network, computer networks let us share data and resources. In this information era, our reliance on networks is bound to be more pervasive in homes, schools, business, etc. Severs, as the backbone of the network, determine the performance, reliability and scalability of a network.

Computer network of today range in scope and scale. It often consists of multiple computers or devices that are physically or wirelessly connected. A server is a critical part of the computer network, on which the network relies to capture and deliver data between client computers and other devices. So here comes the main questions: What is a server? How to choose the right server? In this guide, every aspects related to a server would be explained to you.

What Is a Server in Networking?

A server is a super computer that dedicated to receive the signals and commands from the clients (computers), and responses to it accordingly to share information and resources. The clients can connect to a server through either a local area network (LAN) or a wide area network (WAN). Unlike standard desktop computer, a server usually involves a high-powered processor, high-speed RAM and multiple hard drives, as well as a network interface, offering significant higher processing power, performance and scalability. Servers can be dedicated to just one function, like file storage, manage printers or offer database services, or they can be used for processing multiple tasks. It is an ideal solution to help centralize and secure your business information.

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Why Do You Need a Server?

Large companies often assign a dedicated server to individual task. While for small businesses dealing with less intense data flow, one server could possibly offer a combination of available functions. If sluggish PCs are slowing your network and impeding your business growth, it’s just the right time to invest in a server. Servers could help improve network security by protecting critical business information and providing additional security. They also give a whole lot of reliability with automatic data backups and hardware redundancy. Moreover, servers also enable remote accessibility, so staff can work from virtually anywhere and anytime. Using a server also helps to maintain work efficiency as staff can share resources and equipment. Besides, servers make it more quickly and easily to deploy applications, allowing your business to grow with peak scalability.

How to Choose the Right Server?

Your server need to work 24/7, the performance of which partly determines whether your business could strive. Choosing the right server is critical in setting up your network. So you have to weigh a few aspects in mind before making the decision.

 Figure out you need. Will you use the router for a single purpose like email, or will it be used for file-sharing, data backup, or a separate application? Your need basically determines the type of server you are going to purchase.  Scalability. Always think ahead and plan for disk space, RAM, and processor power. How much growth you anticipate in terms of traffic and data for your application play a very important role in how you decide to set up your server.  What kind of physical space do you have? Tower rack, due to its bulky size, may not be an optimal choice if you have to place your server in a space-constrained environment. Rack servers are smaller in size and are mounted one over another inside a rack. Blade servers are the smallest types of servers available, which can be placed inside blade enclosures for conserving space.  Server security. It is crucial to securing your data, resources, and communication. Having an on-site server gives you built-in control over who can access your information. Choosing the right components. The server hardware need to be very reliable. The key components are the processor, RAM (random access memory), power supply and hard disk. Choose a server with a powerful processor (at least a dual core 3GHz processor). RAM determines how fast you are able to access files. Generally a server with 16GB or more RAM is advisable. Besides, you may need an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to supply power for your server in the event of a power cut. It is also wise to consider having several hard disk drives if you need extra capacity.

FS.COM 2-Socket Rack Server to Modernize Your Data Center

With years of research on the server market, FS.COM recently launched RS-7188 and RS-7288 2-socket rack servers – a perfect combination of affordability, high performance and large storage capacity, all in a compact 2RU form factor. FS.COM RS-7188 and RS-7288 are rack-mountable servers with two of the latest Intel® Xeon® processor to drive applications faster and more flexible. With build-in RAID card, these servers greatly improves data storage capability and security. RAID system also enables the server to tolerate a drive failure and keep working. Moreover, the servers are equipped with two of the more advanced disk drive type: 240GB SSD hot-plug drives, allowing for faster and more reliable server performance, as well as easier future upgrades. Their 24 DIMM slots allow you to grow memory capacity over time. Some key parameters of the servers are listed in the following chart.

FS P/N RS-7188 RS-7288
CPU Type 2x Intel® Xeon® Silver 4112 2.6G, 4C 2x Intel® Xeon® Silver 4116 2.1G, 12C
Drives 2x 240GB SSD SATA 2.5in Hot-plug Drives 2x 240GB SSD SATA 2.5in Hot-plug Drives
Memory Capacity 2x 32GB RDIMM, 2666MT/s, Dual Rank 2x 32GB RDIMM, 2666MT/s, Dual Rank
Chipset Intel® PCH server C621 series chipset Intel® PCH server C621 series chipset
PCI Expansion Slots Up to 8 PCIe 3.0 slots, including 1x non-standard PCI-e x8 SAS/RAID mezzanine card + 1x non-standard PCI-e x8 NIC mezzanine card Up to 8 PCIe 3.0 slots, including 1x non-standard PCI-e x8 SAS/RAID mezzanine card + 1x non-standard PCI-e x8 NIC mezzanine card
Network Controller Embedded 2x 1GbE port, optional 2x 1GE/4x 1GE/ 2x 10GE/ 4x 10GE/2x 40GE NIC Embedded 2x 1GbE port, optional 2x 1GE/4x 1GE/ 2x 10GE/ 4x 10GE/2x 40GE NIC
RAID Support RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50/60 RAID 0/1/5/6/10/50/60
Hot Plug Fans 4 4
Hot Plug Power Supplies 2x 550W Platinum 2x 550W Platinum

FS.COM RS-7188 and RS-7288 servers are built to handle business-critical applications for cloud storage and SMB solution. They are excellent fits for a wide range of workloads, including data analytics, virtualization and hyper-converged cloud computing.

Data analytics: FS.COM RS-7188 and RS-7288 servers are designed to meet the long-term data analytics requirements as big data is growing in volume, velocity, and variety. Your business growth need this kind of server performance to handle the data and the analytics without delays in processing time or latency.

Virtualization: Virtualization is nothing new to us and it is getting pervasive recently. Server virtualization can be viewed as part of an overall virtualization trend in networking. Server virtualization helps eliminate the physical space a server would take up, and makes more efficient use of server resources. In this way, it greatly improves server availability and centralizes server administration. With FS.COM virtualization servers, administrators can convert one physical server into multiple virtual machines via specifically designed software. Each virtual server acts like a unique physical device, capable of running its own operating system (OS).

Hyper-converged cloud-computing: Hyper-convergence has grown into a generally scalable platforms for enterprise applications, database, and private cloud. The legacy IT infrastructure designs are often with separate storage system, servers and network switches. Which fails to handle the burgeoning traffic flow and presents barriers to change and progress. Servers for hyper-converged cloud-computing can be integrated with storage resources and switches, being managed as a single hyper-converged infrastructure. This assists to simplify data center operations, streamline management and create an agile datacenter that easily scales with your business.

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Conclusion

With the drops in server price and the gains in functionality, productivity and security, you are bound to reap great benefits by setting up a server for your business. If you are planning to pick a server, please remember to consider the above five criteria. FS.COM is committed to help you get the best solution for your business’ unique needs. For more product details, feel free to contact us at sales@fs.com.


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