When it comes to storing important and confidential business data, investing in servers is the best decision you can make. Yes, you can store business data on desktop systems but that can be too risky. An example is if your desktop system gets infected, there is a system failure or a power outage, then you might end up losing all the data stored on your desktop system. And this can lead to business discontinuity and bring your organization to a standstill.
To avoid such a situation and ensure that your business continues to run despite all the problems, investing in servers for business data storage is a sensible thing to do.
What is Server Hard Disk?
Before we start explaining about server hard disk drives, first let us discuss what a data storage server is. A storage server is basically a server that is primarily used to store, manage, and access data (including services and files). This is a purpose-built server that is used for data storing & accessing, both in small and large volumes, over the internet or a shared server.
Now, let’s understand how servers can help you store and protect your sensitive business data better than desktop systems. Basically, desktops have a single hard drive but servers, on the other hand, have several hard drives that are configured in such a way that they seem like a single hard disk known as RAID. RAID stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks.
RAID protects servers from a usual problem like disk failures. In case one of the drives fails, this does not mean that your business is at stake and your precious data on the drive is lost. This is because the data can be easily retrieved and recovered from other drives.
In general, there are five different levels of RAID. RAID 1 is a simple version of two hard drives while RAID 5 is more complex. RAID 5 offers more disk space and is much faster than the former.
The disks found in the servers are also quite different from the disks in desktops. They can be divided into two types:
- SATA drive
- SAS drive
Difference Between SATA and SAS Hard Disk Drives
The SATA server hard disk drive is a general-purpose interface while SAS is developed and designed for mission-critical enterprise applications. SATA is single-ported whereas SAS is dual-ported which helps the SAS hard disk drive to scale performance.
SAS has the ability to transfer business data at full-duplex while SATA transfers at just half. SAS also allows users to read and write data while you can’t do so, on SATA. Additionally, SAS hard disk drive uses SCSI commands for both error reporting and recovery. In terms of functionality, SAS with its SCSI command is more functional than SATA that uses ATA command.
For entry-level servers, SATA server hard disk drives or 7200RPM configured in either RAID 1 or 5 are enough for data storage purposes. However, for high performance, more data storage, and security concerns, the SAS hard drive is a better choice.
For more information about Server hard disk drives or service assistance, you may get in touch with us today. We at IT Solutions Singapore, strive to give our clients the best storage solutions at the most affordable prices. Our team is ready to assist you round the clock. Discuss your storage needs with us and we’ll help you not just navigate through different selections but also make the best disk drive choice according to your business needs, budget, and goals. Contact us now!