Is a High-End PC a Server?

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Mar 28, 2011


Once you've determined that your business needs a server, one of the first questions you should ask is whether or not you can use a high-end desktop instead of having to invest in a new server. This Webopedia slideshow answers this common question.


While a high-end PC can often work and function as a server in a pinch there are several reasons a dedicated server makes a better long-term investment.

"One of the most important differences between servers and high-end desktop computers is the use of higher quality hardware in servers that has built-in failproof protection in the form of redundancy. If a desktop component fails, it typically impacts only one user, whereas if a server component fails it can impact a large number of users or even an entire business.

"Redundancy is particularly important for storage, where RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks) is typically utilized to keep a server up and running even if a hard drive crashes, as well as for power, where backup power sources are utilized to keep a server operational even if the main power supply goes down. These components and other hardware in a server can typically be replaced with minimal or no disruption to users."

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