What is a Server?
A server is a special computer which fulfils requests from other computers. Once you add a server to your network and entrust the responsibility of authentication to it, your network is transformed from a peer-to-peer network in to a client/server network.
Requirements of a server’s operating system and application software differ from those of a desktop computer. A server is better able to share data from multiple people securely and reduces bottlenecks. Additionally, a server may also provide secure application sharing, as well as e-mail, Internet connectivity, data backup functionality, and shared printer and fax services - features that can significantly increase a small business’s productivity.
A server is designed to manage, store, send and process data 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 356 days a year. Thus, servers need to be far more reliable then their desktop counterparts. To accomplish this, servers offer features not typically found in a desktop PC. Some servers are, do or include:
- Dual processors or multi-core processors (either equipped with or capable of supporting)
- Faster RAM options for optimal application performance
- Redundant hard drives or power supplies
- Multiple hard drives for increased data capacity and redundancy
- Hot-swappable components
- Scalable to meet current and future needs
- Process data faster and more efficiently
For an office with less than 25 employees, a server with one processor and 2-4 hard drives should be sufficient. If you have more than 25 employees or if you're planning to run data intensive applications, a server with two processors and 4-6 hard drives is recommended
Not every small networked home or small business needs a server, but if you find that you, your family member and your employees need to shared files, photos, video, data printers, and mobile devices in a orginized, centralized y secure way, then you need a server or a special computer with the role as a server.
If you are running your business on a PC-based peer-to-peer network or some other ‘pretend’ server wannabe solution, you are hurting your business, hurting yourself, and hurting your employees.
Servers offer small businesses a clearly defined, logical pathway to future growth. With a bunch of PC’s cobbled together to imitate a real server, all you get is an increasingly unmanageable, unsecured, and costly mess.
Advantages of a Real Server
- Security, with built-in, highly automated features that stop attacks before they get embedded and keep unauthorized users out
- Collaboration and Remote Access features that deliver all the required computing resources to users no matter where they are located
- Manageability that includes capabilities for you to manage the entire computing resource from any remote location
- Storage and data management features that automate data back up to keep your business up and running through thick and thin
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- Easy to set up. Easy to manage
- Enterprise-class data protection
- Built-in remote access
- Raid Enable Storage
- Extraperformance & Data Protection With Raid
- Easy Maintenance
- Realtime System Status
- Stream Digital Media
- Automatic Backup
- Compatible with multiple operating systems
Easy to set up. Easy to manage.
Simple setup. WD Sentinel comes with everything you need to centralize your business files. Once it’s set up, it intelligently manages drive and network status, reducing maintenance time so you can focus on your business.
Enterprise-class data protection for your small business.
Built on proven technologies from industry leaders, WD Sentinel small office storage server offers your business a complete data protection solution for your peace of mind.
Built-in remote access.
WD Sentinel enhances your business efficiency and productivity by enabling anytime, anywhere access to your business information. Your employees and trusted partners have secure access to your company files without the complexity and expense of a VPN solution.
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Raid Enable Storage: Extraperformance & Data Protection With Raid
Did you know that with a RAID-enabled storage system you can connect two or more drives so that they act like one big fast drive or set them up to be mirrored so that one drive in the system is used to automatically and instantaneously duplicate your data for real-time backup.
RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. With RAID enabled on a storage system you can connect two or more drives in the system so that they act like one big fast drive or set them up so that one drive in the system is used to automatically and instantaneously duplicate (or mirror) your data for real-time backup.
What do the RAID modes of WD Sentinel mean?
Data protection (RAID 1)
Set the system to data protection mode (also known as mirrored mode or RAID 1) and the capacity is divided in half. Half of the capacity is used to store your data and half is used for a duplicate copy. If one drive goes down your data is protected because it's duplicated.
Data protection and speed (RAID 5)
WD Sentinel with three or four drives is automatically set to RAID 5. This gives you the best of both worlds: fast performance by striping data across all drives, and data protection by dedicating a quarter of each drive to fault tolerance leaving three quarters of the system capacity available for data storage.
Adding or replacing one of the pre-installed drives is as easy as changing a light bulb. Just open the door and swap out the drives and WD Sentinel does the rest. It seamlessly migrates the server to the appropriate RAID level and automatically expands the server’s storage capacity. Your users can still access your business data while the drive is being integrated. No data loss. No down time.
Realtime System Status Through The Administration Dashboard
View realtime updates for drive, RAID and network status through WD Sentinel's Dashboard, which includes easy-to-use task wizards to help you set backup schedules, administer user accounts and manage public and private shares.
With dual Gigabit Ethernet connecitivity, WD Sentinel DX4000 delivers read speeds up to 85 MB/s through the Gigabit Ethernet interface. That's three times faster than most network drives in this category today. For maximum flexibility there are also 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports that allow you to connect additional storage devices and experience up to 5Gb/s transfer rates.
Stream Digital Media Anywhere In Your Network
With the built-in DLNA media server your employees can access any shared media libraries on the network rather than maintaining copies on their individual computers. You can also stream digital content like videos, music or digital signage for employees, vendors or clients using remote web access.
Compatible with multiple operating systems
WD Sentinel includes the Connector software for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X Leopard and Mac OS Snow Leopard. Support for major network file-system protocols enables cross-platform compatibility and file sharing among Windows, Mac and Unix/Linux operating systems.