In the IT world of network engineering, it’s common practice to split servers. However, you’d be surprised at how many companies don’t take the time to do just that. You may think to yourself, “I have one server where everything I need is housed, and it seems to be running fine, so why should I spend more money to get another one?” In essence, it will help maintain your operation’s optimum bandwidth and security. For a more detailed explanation, it can help in the cases of:
- Hardware Failure - If one of your server’s hardware should malfunction or be ruined in any way, you’ll still be able to access your database and important information stored on a separate server.
- Security - If all of your information is located on one server, and that server’s security is breached, then everything is at risk. However, if your important information is stored in multiple places, your chances of losing everything are reduced.
- Overall Performance - Splitting servers will help to avoid database clustering; with less information on each individual server, your overall system will continue to move much more smoothly.
- Physical Speed - The physical location of a server matters. If you have a large company that spans across the country or even overseas, you will benefit from having multiple servers interspersed to ensure uniform ease of use.
- Multiple Users - Especially if you have multiple people in a wide variety of locations, it’s extremely beneficial to host all of the data on one server and then distribute the front-end workstations to others so that everyone can access and edit the same information without getting locked out or overwriting one another.