A server is a computer program or device that provides functionality to other programs or devices within the same a network. Due to the intricate nature of a server device, several factors exist when looking to deploy and utilize its functions properly. One of the factors is compatibility. Compatibility is vital for proper functionality as well as for the health and longevity of the server device itself. While there are many different components that comprise a functional server, each component should be carefully chosen from a form-factor and compatibility point-of-view. In this case, the components can be items such as NIC Cards (Network Interface Controller Cards), HDDs/SSDs (Hard Disk Drives/Solid State Drives), CPUs (Central Processing Units), and PSUs (Power Supply Units). Each of these components must fit physically in its proper place within the server. Does the connection type of the HDD match the connection type of the backplane? Does the NIC card physically slide into the allotted slot at the back of the motherboard?
After addressing the physical compatibility requirements, performance and function become the next issue. Several examples of function and performance issues are: Does the voltage requirement for the RAID controller card match the actual voltage coming from the PSUs? Will the transfer rate of the HDDs match the SAS cables allowed transfer rates?
While there are many factors that will contribute to incompatibility, a few of the main reasons, as outlined above, are form factor, voltage, and transfer rates. As a consumer, purchasing a server can be a very daunting task without having some working technical knowledge. Here at Level4 Solutions, we take the guess work out of purchasing computer equipment. Our sales team will talk with you about your needs and the needs of your business. Then, our operations technicians will build, format, and configure the equipment to your exact specifications. This way, you can rest easy knowing that Level4 has you covered on the technical side, and all you have to worry about is plugging it in and turning it on.
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