If your office has more than four or five computers networked together, it may be time to invest in a network server, which can improve reliability and protect the data that’s shared between them. Network servers allow you to manage and define access rights for your data from a central place, instead of having files distributed throughout the network. They also allow you to perform automatic backups, while offering a first line of defense against viruses, spam, and worms.
Servers also feature hot-swappable components that, if they fail, can be removed and replaced while the the machines are still running. Fortunately, network server prices have come down in recent years, so if you’re having a hard time managing your business network, it could well be worth your time and money to rethink your network strategy.
Be sure to read Small Business Network Server Security for practical advice on how to protect your network from hackers, viruses, and other dangers.