Many small businesses are now using server platforms. This way they can support the sharing of data and applications, improve data security and provide a better backup. Here are some tips to increase the speed of your server.
1. Your server memory should match with the number of users you want to support. It is better to use 300 K to 400 K per active user. You should use published physical memory configurations as a ceiling to make decision regarding memory configuration.
2. Distribute I/O among separate users. You can place the OS kernel on one drive, the page file on another, and so on.
3. Use faster disk drives. You can increase the speed from 5,400 rpm to 7,200 rpm. This will improve the speed of your server.
4. Use faster CPUs. Move beyond the Pentium, Sparc and PowerPC processors; their speed was in the range 100-200 MHz. The size of Level 2 cache must match your expected user loads and response time. You should move from 256K to 512K to 1MB to 2MB Level 2 cache systems.
5. Improve your network. You can move from 10Mbps cards and networks to 100 Mbps configurations. You can use multiple LAN segments to separate network traffic, at the high-end user loads.
Increasing the speed of your server will improve the overall performance of your business. Data can be downloaded and processed faster. More people will be able to share the server without compromising on the speed. The business operations will become more efficient due to the increase in server speed. People will be able to utilize their time better and complete task without any delay due to server speed.