Windows Server was the perfect Solution for Hosting our Accouting Database
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May 22, 2019

Windows Server was the perfect Solution for Hosting our Accouting Database

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Windows Server

I am using a Windows server as a database server for our Accounting program. Before using the server, the database was hosted locally and was slow. When we made the switch to using a Windows Server, we saw an increase in the speed of the accounting program. The setup of the server was very easy, and auto updates, and so far has not been an issue. The server has been running for several years with little maintenance involved. We use a cloud-based software for backups, in addition to a locally attached hard drive, as safeguards in addition to the built-in Raid drive cloning.
  • Easy setup.
  • User-friendly for those used to the Windows GUI.
  • Low cost.
  • Had to buy Anti-virus specifically for Windows Servers, and it was pricey for only 1 license.
  • The attached Hard Drive backup took a lot of tinkering to get functioning properly, which shouldn't be the case in this day and age.
  • Some of the built-in settings and programs were bloatware.
  • Quick setup.
  • Limited maintenance.
  • Solid platform.
We looked at using a Linux type of server remotely, such as from Liquid Web or Rackspace as a dedicated server. Though the setup would be even easier, the long term costs did not add up. Again, for our smaller needs, a low-end Windows Server got us running and paid for itself in several months time.
In our case, if you needed a low-cost server that was already set up, this is a great solution for you. Such as, you can buy a low-end server via Dell or HP, and have it delivered with all the software and drivers already installed and tested. I know Linux is a good option for those who are more tech-savvy, but Windows does make it easy to buy it and be up and running quickly.