Servers & Data Storage
Server-Based Computing - IBM SystemX / HP ML ProLiant / HP DL
Application Servers/Data Storage Servers/SAN
Blade Servers/Network Attached Storage-NAS
HP ML Series, HP DL Series & IBM's SystemX server system offers the highest quality server hardware available for running your network applications on. Even their smallest servers inherit technology from their top end equipment. All of the servers that we install are supplied with a minimum of a two year next business day on-site warranty, with some customers choosing to upgrade to four hour response. These highly configurable machines are available in pedestal (tower) form factors as well as rack-mountable versions.
Using a combination of the All these servers and Microsoft Windows Server System, we are able to install and maintain servers that provide real value and low total cost of ownership to our customers.
As HP Premier Partner & IBM Business Partners and Microsoft Partners, we are able to use our knowledge and experience to specify, install and maintain the ideal server to run your business.
We install many servers with the popular Microsoft Small Business Server, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard & Enterprise Edition and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition, which incorporates numerous features, just a couple of which are listed below.
Microsoft Windows Server System
Microsoft Windows Server System 2003 / 2008 provides a complete business server solution with messaging and collaboration, secure Internet access, protected data storage, and reliable printing.
You can access important business information from anywhere, anytime, and on any device. Users can connect to the Internet and Remote Web Workplace to access the information that they need. Putting a Microsoft Windows SharePoint site in place lets team members share and collaborate easily. Businesses running the premium edition can create an interactive Web presence with an unlimited number of visitors and run as many business applications as needed.
With messaging and websites, Microsoft Windows Server System 2003 / 2008 will help to build on your customer relationships. You can host your own e-mail, create a company web-presence, and get to your information remotely. Microsoft Windows Server System 2003 / 2008 are built to set up quickly and help your business run effectively. Your company can really benefit from the full networking power of this easy to operate server.
These servers are basically higher configuration servers like SAP Servers..required higher end configuration.
These servers are basically thin form factor servers. Basically rack mount server with small space occupying.
Network Attached Storage - NAS
What Is NAS?
- NAS challenges the traditional file server approach by creating systems designed specifically for data storage. Instead of starting with a general-purpose computer and configuring or removing features from that base, NAS designs begin with the bare-bones components necessary to support file transfers and add features "from the bottom up."
- Like traditional file servers, NAS follows a client/server design. A single hardware device, often called the NAS box or NAS head, acts as the interface between the NAS and network clients. These NAS devices require no monitor, keyboard or mouse. They generally run an embedded operating system rather than a full-featured NOS. One or more disk (and possibly tape) drives can be attached to many NAS systems to increase total capacity. Clients always connect to the NAS head, however, rather than to the individual storage devices.
- Clients generally access a NAS over an Ethernet connection. The NAS appears on the network as a single "node" that is the IP address of the head device.
- A NAS can store any data that appears in the form of files, such as email boxes, Web content, remote system backups, and so on. Overall, the uses of a NAS parallel those of traditional file servers.
- NAS systems strive for reliable operation and easy administration. They often include built-in features such as disk space quotas, secure authentication, or the automatic sending of email alerts should an error be detected.
- Communication with a NAS head occurs over TCP/IP. More specifically, clients utilize any of several higher-level protocols (application or layer seven protocols in the OSI model) built on top of TCP/IP.
- The two application protocols most commonly associated with NAS are Sun Network File System (NFS) and Common Internet File System (CIFS). Both NFS and CIFS operate in client/server fashion. Both predate the modern NAS by many years; original work on these protocols took place in the 1980s.
- NFS was developed originally for sharing files between UNIX systems across a LAN. Support for NFS soon expanded to include non-UNIX systems; however, most NFS clients today are computers running some flavor of the UNIX operating system.
- The CIFS was formerly known as Server Message Block (SMB). SMB was developed by IBM and Microsoft to support file sharing in DOS. As the protocol became widely used in Windows, the name changed to CIFS. This same protocol appears today in UNIX systems as part of the Samba package.
- Many NAS systems also support Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). Clients can often download files in their Web browser from a NAS that supports HTTP. NAS systems also commonly employ HTTP as an access protocol for Web-based administrative user interfaces.
Storage Area Network - SAN
What Is SAN?
SAN is a dedicated network that is separate from LANs and WANs. It is generally used to connect all the storage resources connected to various servers. It consists of a collection of SAN Hardware and SAN software; the hardware typically has high inter-connection rates between the various storage devices and the software manages monitors and configures the SAN.
A SAN's architecture works in a way that makes all storage devices available to all servers on a LAN or WAN. As more storage devices are added to a SAN, they too will be accessible from any server in the larger network. In this case, the server merely acts as a pathway between the end user and the stored data.
These servers are especially for Storage of Data like used for NAS & SAN or Sun Microsystems' Storage System.