Just about everyone has heard about the Cloud today. It is a great way to back up data and have files ready to be accessed from just about anywhere on the planet. It is all about convenience, and for the most part, it delivers. The Cloud, however, is not a cure-all. There are many reasons why a business still needs to have a server ready to be accessed on a moment’s notice. The Cloud simply does not allow for quick access to needed files. It is also a bit lacking when it comes to remotely store data. The Cloud is not really that fast when it comes to file copying. All of this leads us to talk about the five best quad-core servers on the market today that you will want to consider as you think about your data storage needs.
Lenovo ThinkServer TS 140
This is a popular server that is often chosen because it is less expensive than other major name brands. It is also upgradeable, meaning that you can start small and then add to it as your business begins to expand. This model has a total of four 3.5” bays that are empty. You can also mix up the SSDs and HDDs to arrange them as you like. You can also reduce your expenses even further by just using an SSD as your server’s operating system. You will get up 16TB of storage with this one, and up to a maximum of 32B of RAM. It is also very quiet and is rated very low in terms of energy consumption.
Dell PowerEdge T30
This is a Dell server that is upgradeable and considered to be entry level. It is suitable for many small businesses and will grow alongside them. Like the Lenovo, it also comes with four bays and comes standard with between 8 and 16GB of RAM. It runs an Intel Xeon Quad-Core processor and contains up to 16TB of storage. It is also upgradable to 64GB of RAM. It is whisper quiet, so that is an appealing feature. It also has several fixed USB 3.0 slots.
Synology DiskStation DS916
This one is a bit pricier than the other servers on our list, but it is packed with features. For small businesses looking for a powerful device without going way overboard, this might be the server for them. One drawback is that it only has two drives, compared to four with many other models in this same category. This server is extremely fast to set up and has four bays. It also comes equipped with mobile applications that make it even easier to use and access. Up to 200 different users can have access to it, and it has hot-swapping capabilities.
NetGear ReadyNAS 424
NetGear has made quite a splash into the QuadCore server market. This a four-bay model, but they also have a two bay version if you want an option that is even less expensive. There are some great applications that are included with this one, making it easier for many small businesses to utilize. It is also extremely easy to set up and is known for being one of the more inexpensive servers in this market. It can be expanded up to 9 bays, allowing for a lot of expansion. It has a handy package center and is able to support up to 40 different users.
This is a server that has become popular for both small business and home users alike. This means that there are quite a few different options that you can choose from here, each coming in at a different pricing point. This server is easy to set up and comes equipped with server virtualization. It is extremely fast and comes standard with 4GB of RAM. That can be upgraded to 8GB when needed. It also has hot-swapping capabilities.
While there are certainly other quad-core servers on the market today, one of these five should meet the needs of most any small business. The features that are included, combined with being cost-effective, make any of these a good choice in the end. You will just want to consider your particular organizational needs and then select the server that is best suited to you.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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