Workstation computer basics for small or home business IT solution
The workstation computer systems are designed for professionals with the broadest range of higher level applications that are currently available. This class of computer can provide breakthrough capabilities for businesses on the leading edge as well as those in the mainstream and offer advanced, affordable for Creative and Technical Professionals and are designed to address the high-performance requirements. This system might be the answer to your small or home base business IT solution.
Although there not as many manufactures that offer these types of computers there are more than enough manufactures that do offer this class of computer system. Current companies that offer these types of computers include Dell, HP just to name a few. There other companies such as JAVA also known as "SUN" that also offer these type of systems but they also run off from a different operating software platform UNIX or now Linux. If you’re wondering what the big difference is between an everyday desktop and a workstation the big difference really is the type of CPU, memory and sometimes hard drive that is being used in the system.
Usually these types of systems use a similar type of processor that a server might use and unlike a desktop these kind of computers can have more than one processor even with the new Dual and quad core type processors. Another difference is the amount of maximum memory that a the motherboard can hold is usually more than a standard computer. Usually a standard computer system can hold around 8 to 12 Gig ram of memory maximum but systems can vary so consult your manual before adding memory. A workstation computer depending on the model can hold around 12 or more Gig's RAM memory maximum on the motherboard again depending on the model. Usually this is a different type system memory as well such as EEC DDR so keep this in mind as well should you decide to add more RAM to your system so always check what you have in your system before you buy. The last major difference is the hard drive sometimes workstation class computer do not use an IDE type or SATA hard drive instead they use SCSI hard drives. There is couple a very nice benefits to this such as increased speed and higher life expectancy then normal hard drives but the bad thing is expense.
The higher speed and life span will cost you more money for example a 420 Gig hard drive might cost you now around $120.00 but the same size SCSI drive will cost you around $250.00 depending on the speed of the drive. Other nice options include in some models RAID and redundant power supplies and the ability to have a very powerful computer that has multiple processors and runs very fast.
Yes you can buy these systems with just a single processor and they will work find with Window XP but if you’re going to do that then maybe just a normal Desktop system is what you should purchase. The reason I recommend purchasing the Desktop if you’re not going to take advantage of the full power of the system is that usually it would be more costly for these types of systems.
If you decided to purchase this type of system for you small business computer or home based business computer then you have purchased a very powerful computer that you can use for more than just the running of software. This type of computer can also be used as a server depending on how high a level system you decided to buy but even a lower end unit can be used as a file or print server should your bushiness have a need for one. They do have some limitations and are not as powerful as servers but they can still be very useful for the operation of your small or home based business.
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