Databases and Applications for SMB

What are databases and applications for SMB?

Databases and applications are critical ingredients for the collection, management, calculation, and dissemination of data for small and medium businesses. They can be as simple as a storage solution for customer information, or they can be robust, allowing for complex computing of stored data.

How do I configure a server for databases and applications?

There are multiple approaches to configuring a server for databases and applications.

The first approach is to configure everything on a single server, meaning that you’d set up the web server, application server, and database server in one place. This is the simplest and quickest way to configure a server for databases and applications, but it limits an organization’s ability to scale if the business or compute needs grow.

The second approach would be to configure separate servers for the databases and applications. The benefits of this approach are that the databases and applications do not draw from the same computing resources, which makes the configuration more efficient and affords you the option to move the database away from the public internet, which makes the stored data more secure.

Another approach is called a reverse proxy approach, which functions similarly to a load balancer configuration. The compute load is balanced because it spreads compute duties across multiple servers and draws upon allocation resources evenly to maintain efficiency. In a reverse proxy configuration, incoming requests are routed to the balanced load of distributed servers and returned to the user using the same domain and port.

How can my small business host data and applications on site?

As web-based technologies become more powerful and more commonplace, the push to move all computing, data storage, and server architecture to the cloud is ubiquitous. While cloud-based and hybrid cloud computing architecture have countess benefits, they are not the only options.

In some cases, cloud-based services—often subscription-based—can pose a financial challenge as the monthly fees increase. Also, for small to medium businesses, the infinite scalability of cloud-based computing isn’t as necessary or beneficial as it is for enterprise clients and those who want to offer access to a variety of users in multiple locations.

Those who want a fixed cost, and prefer to have on-site access to servers, databases, and applications, can set up a data center on-premises. Cutting-edge server technology and equipment have been decreasing in price, making the local data center an attractive option for small to medium businesses.

As businesses move data and applications on-site, another consideration is security. With the servers connected directly to the organization’s local network, IT personnel can be confident that critical information is protected, with access available only to those with the appropriate credentials and authorization.

HPE and databases and applications

If you are part of a small to medium business and plan to move your database and application architecture to a local data center, HPE has the hardware, software, and expertise to make the process seamless and worry-free.

HPE ProLiant servers deliver the intelligent compute foundation for hybrid cloud and offer unmatched workload optimization, 360-degree security, and intelligent automation—all available in an as-a-service experience.

Simplify and automate management tasks, and establish a solid foundation for an open, hybrid cloud platform enabled by composability using the unmatched server automation, server security, server optimization, and built-in intelligence of HPE ProLiant servers.

Additionally, HPE GreenLake for Compute Ops Management solves these challenges by simplifying and unifying operations across the server lifecycle, for the whole environment, no matter where your compute infrastructure lives. The service provides a consistent, secure cloud experience that scales elastically and unifies compute management.