Backup Application Servers

Written by Ivan Gale
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Backup servers are a good idea for companies who simply can't afford to lose valuable data in the event their server breaks down or a disaster strikes. The problem is, for small companies with limited budgets, such purchases just don't seem feasible. This was especially true when servers first broke out on the scene, fetching prices in the six figures.

Since then, prices for servers have come down dramatically. Servers can be purchased, along with a software application to fit your company's particular needs, for about a few thousand dollars on the low end. In time, prices will most likely go down even further still.

Preparing for the Unexpected with Backup Servers

A Server is used to power a company's internal infrastructure needs. It is also used to run and manage web-based applications, which can demand a lot of horsepower from a server. After all, one website can receive thousands of hits simultaneously. There are many functions a server may be assigned when it comes to enabling online applications. A server could be employed to run a shopping site, a customer service application, a portal, or a wireless site.

In today's information economy, a company's assets lie in the information it carries. In the event of a disaster such as an earthquake, a company could lose all of its data. Such a catastrophe could hamper a company from being able to get back up and running for several days, even weeks. That could cost the company dearly each and every day the site is down.

The solution, for some businesses, is to have a second piece of hardware dedicated for backing up information. So if disaster strikes, a company can retrieve data from the backup server, which has taken snapshots of all the most current information on the main server. For web applications, a backup server can run the website while the primary application server is down.

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