Some Crucial Features of a Server

A server is a dedicated machine and also a computer technology what distinguishes a server and classifies it from the ordinary personal-computing technology that lives either on your desk or your lap? And what is missing from the mix?

Servers are the workhorses of business IT, but what are their most crucial features?


The data I/O channel is a server’s vital feature, Dell PowerEdge R740 for example houses Broadcom 57416 Dual Port 10GbE BASE-T & 5720 Dual Port 1GbE BASE-T, rNDC, assisting to promote the flow of data and provide redundancy against hardware malfunction. Because of the growth of virtualisation technology, I/O is in higher demand because each virtual machine could be serving dozens of users’ demands for information.


Venting excess heat from high-powered processors is essential. This server contains four fans but can continue to run on two, should they falter. Like the power supply unit, the fans can be removed while the server is running to provide constant service.

Remote Management

Servers are useful in places such as smaller offices, and dedicated locked rooms. They are not readily accessible yet admins need to conveniently manage them remotely. The management port enables admins to manage the server using an out-of-band network, which does not affect production network traffic.


Dell Network X Series gives system information, such as system health monitoring, alerts and control of basic management configuration.


The final concern is noise. Servers are still pretty noisy and this machine, though a little quieter than many, still makes more racket than would be admissible in an office as a result of its multiple fans. But quieter servers are favoured noise results from wasted energy, and energy conservation is high on the agenda of all system and component designers.

John Thompson

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