Lenovo now offers the ThinkSystem ST series of tower servers as a lower cost option for SMBs or light server workloads, available in the ST50, ST250, and ST550 editions. ThinkSystem servers from Lenovo now replace the System x Series formerly by IBM and acquired by Lenovo in 2014,…
What are tower servers?
Tower servers are relatively low-cost server options that are designed to support small and medium-sized businesses. They look like PCs but act as servers being that they can share data to multiple locations while using a wide network. It has the processing power to distribute information on a large scale which is ideal for serving files and corporate networking. They usually sit underneath or on top of your desk in an upright position further giving it the appearance of a PC.
The more capable and powerful tower servers will be larger in size due to their need for more storage room to hold processors and RAM sticks and to have more powerful fans. Compared to their counterparts in rack and blade servers, tower servers are more of an entry-level server designed to fit a user with more basic needs. If you are looking to combine power from even more servers or have a lot of IT hardware, you may be better suited looking into rack servers. Additionally, tower servers are the more cost-efficient option compared to rack and blade servers.
Tower server Features
Choosing the right server means paying attention to the features you will receive with each one. Aside from being more cost-efficient, tower servers are a great choice for small businesses because they have exciting features which include:
Easy to Upgrade
Simple to Manage
Tower servers comparison:
Workspace. Before purchasing, you may want to take into account the space you will be working out of. Some servers are bigger, heavier, and are designed to either sit on the floor or on top of your desk. Depending on how portable or where you plan to keep the server may make a difference into your decision, so keep in mind the location of where you plan to work.
Business Size. Tower servers are entry level servers designed to suit the needs of small to mid sized businesses. The specific size of your business may influence the amount of storage and internal built-in drives desired, and therefore its wise to take into account your business size and how many users will be needing access.
Tower servers are the more cost efficient option when compared to its rack and blade counterparts. Prices will be dependent on certain aspects of the server such as storage capacity, dimensions, GPU support, number of processors, and expansion slots. Look for prices to range from $500 to about $4500 for more top performing server capability.