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Hewlett Packard MicroServer Is Ideal For First Timers

When you get to the place that you need a server for your business, it seems a daunting task to purchase one. Hewlett Packard (HP) has made it easy with a new product aimed at business owners who are setting up their first server. The HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 is a must-consider product.

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Earlier this month, Small Business Trends published a small business community piece mentioning dedicated servers [1]. One of them caught my eye because it is relevant to this article about buying a dedicated server.

Brandon Ellis authored an article about dedicated web hosting, which differs slightly, but still answers why you might want the power of a dedicated server or host. Because you need more power, more control, more space, more speed. You can get that in the cloud, too, but not necessarily in a way or at a price that works for your business.

I received a review unit and quite often companies will say, “Easy setup, right out of the box.” I never believe it, but in this case it was true. HP spent a lot of time to make it easy for those who have never set up a server before.

I connected it to an extra monitor I had and plugged it in. After just a few clicks, the machine self-configured itself (seriously) with what they call Intelligent Provisioning. You can interrupt the setup (by pressing F10) and customize various options. No CDs or software to download. It is already loaded on a flash chip.

Many business owners will want to add an Ethernet switch for better networking. HP built one to fit this design. The HP PS1810 lets you create separate local area networks (LANs), for example. You can buy a lower cost switch, but this one comes with features [2] that you might want to read more about.

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