Howdy folks – Harrybbbb here -co- author ad publisher for the Advanced Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book. I like to hold vitual book readings and we are now at the end of Chapter 2 on hardware.
Though it might be tempting to leave hardware “strictly up to the experts” at any number of system integrator or original equipment manufacturers from whom you buy, there’s real value in learning about today’s technologies, platforms, and architectures. After all, if we all followed the now-outdated recommended hardware list for SBS 2003, we’d be searching in vain for 500 MHz processors and building handicapped $300 servers. To put hardware in a more real-world context allows us to anticipate the performance we’ll need for any given application, and to make decisions based on our customers’ projected growth, desired budget, and available resources.
As you work, not only will you find that a more complete knowledge of hardware helps in configuring effective servers and workstations—it also helps turn that inward-facing expertise into the outward-facing ability to right-size an SBS installation and sell hardware effectively. Both right-sizing and selling are managed manifestations of your inner-geekdom, polished to a salesman’s shine and made as user-friendly as possible.
It’s easy to tell when someone doesn’t understand much about hardware. They’ll often oversell to compensate, erring on the side of too much power…and spending too much money in the process. That’s where you come in, trained in the ways of servers and ready to build the right one for each application, from 5-person offices to 50-employee businesses. Between reading up on the hardware scene, learning how to right-size, and selling effectively, you are now better prepared to approach some of the other advanced SBS 2003 topics.
Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation
MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)