Server is a device or computer on a network that manages network resources. Low end server is one socket server that can have up to 8 cores. Small business servers are usually low end servers designed to be manageable and affordable in a small business environment. Such small business servers may come pre-installed with the software needed to run the server and are suitable for one to dozens of employees. They are used to manage multiple network services including threat management, email, printer and file sharing, data backups, internet connectivity and remote access. These servers are different from servers employed in large corporations and data centers, which are frequently dedicated to execute a primary task.
The servers market has always been brewing and dynamic with changes encouraged by the emergence of new technologies and low end servers market is not an exception. These changes are frequently driven by client requirements, which lead vendors to gear themselves up. Currently, cloud and value added services are affecting the buying patterns in low end severs however; entire market for these systems is expected to remain strong.
In case of operating systems, Linux more rapidly improves on low end as low end server is its main specialization and is the area where it attained considerable penetration. Major low end enterprise class server vendors such as Dell, IBM, Cisco and HP ships Linux preinstalled on their servers. For the couple of years, Linux penetration dramatically increased on low end and presently in several data centers Linux present a leading bland of Unix on the low end.
HP, Dell and IBM are the strongest vendors in this market when it comes to low-end servers. Other players in this market include Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Intel Corporation, Fujitsu Limited, Acer America, Lenovo, Hitachi Data Systems, Microsoft Corporation, Oracle Corporation, NCR Corporation and Sugon among others.