Are you ready for your first server?
You read business technology articles and you talk with savvy IT professionals. The message from both is that key business systems are built on servers, but what exactly does that mean?  

"Server" is a broad term that may quickly bring a host of questions -- and good ones at that -- immediately to mind:  
  • How is a server different from a desktop system and can you use a high-end desktop in place of a server? 
  • What are storage area networks (SAN)?
  • How do you know when you need a server?
  • Do you need more than one server?
  • How much memory and disk space will it need?
  • Will you have to replace it in six months?
  • And of course, how much will it all cost?

Advanced Data will answer these questions and guide you through the process of purchasing, installing and maintaining your server environment. 

We implement and maintain solutions involving many varied server vendors like Dell, HP and IBM that support various server roles including Microsoft Windows ServerTM, Enterprise Linux, Microsoft ExchangeTM, Microsoft SQL ServerTM, VMWareTM ESX, SANs, etc.  

We also work in the small office environment where we typically only see one server often running Microsoft's Small Business ServerTM to handle email, file sharing and collaboration.

Server technologies are varied and complex, learn more about some of the solutions we work with on a day to day basis:


Virtualization increases efficiencyVirtualization is a powerful IT tool that gives businesses the ability to run multiple instances of their servers (operating system and applications) side-by-side on a single physical box.

The virtualization application -- such as VMWare, Citrix Xen or Hyper-V -- allows each "virtual" server to share physical resources such as: processor(s), RAM, storage and network interface (NIC).

Through this process, businesses are able to greatly reduce their hardware and space requirements, optimize their system utilization and acheive true high availability (HA) for their company's IT infrastructure.

Advanced Data's Virtualized Server implementation offers a robust infrastructure to support virtualized servers as an alternative to a traditional physical server hardware platform.  

As an Advanced Data Virtual Server customer, you gain portability and availability benefits for your servers through the utilization of VMWare™ or other virtualization platforms.  

Benefits include hardware independence, realtime server snapshotting, improved implementation time and high availability clustering.

Advanced Data Asheville Virtualization Services

  • Cost-Effective High Availability
  • Zero-Downtime Maintenance
  • Instant Provisioning of New Servers
  • Lower Hardware Cost
  • Smaller Server Room Footprint

Thin Clients

What is a Thin Client? 
 Asheville Thin Client
Thin clients are computing devices that function as an access device on a network.
These solid-state devices connect over a network to a server where the bulk of the processing takes place.

Thin clients have no hard drive, allowing for more secure storage of data and applications on the server.

In fact, keystrokes, mouse events and screen images are all that is sent between the client and server.

This makes the device much more secure than a standard desktop or notebook computer.
With no hard drive, fan or other moving parts, thin clients have a much longer lifespan than standard computers and use significantly less power.

Lower maintenance costs are another benefit as software application updates, virus scanning and patches can be executed on the server.

Deployment costs are also reduced as thin clients can be remotely configured and do not need to be set up individually. Break-fix simply requires replacing the thin client.

Or if you have aging desktop computers they can be converted into lightening-fast thin clients using 2X ThinClientServer.  This saves your business from having to purchase new computers and enables older / slower hardware to work like brand new machines!

You should consider thin client solutions if your business is faced with issues such as:

  • Desktop replacement costs
  • Network security
  • Data access to mobile or remote workers
  • Supporting application software on diverse hardware
  • Ensuring your data remains accessible and secure

Thin clients are ideal solution for today's healthcare, industrial, retail, financial and education industries offering numerous benefits to your business.

Enhanced security 
Unlike a traditional desktop or notebook computer, no applications or data are stored locally on the thin client. This makes them easy to replace if lost, stolen or damaged.

Thin clients are an ideal choice for businesses that are facing increased regulatory compliance laws such as HIPAA or Sarbanes-Oxley. 
Easier manageability 
Thin clients are managed at the server, located within the data center. The client hardware has fewer points of failure and lacks a hard drive for storage providing protection from viruses and malware.

Thin clients connect to servers via web browsers or remote desktop software. Depending on the functionality the user needs, client desktops can be very simple single- application kiosks or a flexible and familiar Windows environment.  

Thin clients can be set up out of the box in less than 10 minutes allowing easy deployment to new users or remote locations. 
Increased energy efficiency 
Thin clients offer significant savings in power usage over traditional desktops. This is realized not only in energy costs but reduced air-conditioning costs in some cases.

With their long lifecycle thin clients allow companies to achieve energy savings targets and reduce the need for replacement equipment.  

Server Rooms

Asheville Server Room



Developing a secure and efficient server room is a top priority for IT professionals.

Whether your company seeks to overhaul its current server room infrastructure or to design a server room from scratch, Advanced Data's expertise can help your company move from the planning stage through implementation and maintenance.

A server room should function as a carefully controlled environment.  Choice of location, the amount of space required and the related power and battery backup requirements are all important factors that need to be considered when building or redesigning a server room. 

Our team of experts is trained to assess these factors and dozens more to design a server room perfectly suited to your needs.  When it comes to providing scalability, flexibility and high availability, our designs and resources set us apart from the competition.

Our emphasis on planning and pre-design services guarantees that your company will receive optimal server room solutions that fit within your budget and time frame.


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