How to Buy a Server

by Larry Emmott on October 18, 2010

in Hardware,Office Design

The linked article provides a rather wide range of advice. My personal opinion is that a “typical” dental office needs a dedicated server running Windows Server 2008 with RAID 1 and the ability to scale up to double the original capacity. In other words if it comes with 100GB hard drive you can add another 100GB easily. Expect to pay about $3500 for this.

Even in the age of cloud computing, hosting your own server can make a lot of sense, but getting started can be a daunting task. We break down the basics of buying your own small business server.

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Joe Spencer October 19, 2010 at 11:01 am


I am not a dentist, but I do have a technology background (BS in Computer Science). At this point, I don’t use a server in my business… it’s all on the cloud. With services like Curve Dental, Google Docs, Open Office, and why could a dentist office not just use a great internet connection (cable seems more reliable and much faster in this area than DSL) and some laptop computers? The cost would be significantly less (both upfront and longterm), the backups are automatic… what’s not to love about that setup in a dentist’s office?


Larry Emmott October 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Joe, I am a big fan of the “idea” of cloud computing. However at this time IMHO the functionality does not yet live up to the potential. In dentistry we store some pretty big image files and so far manipulating large files in the cloud is problematic.

An even bigger problem is user acceptance. Many (maybe even most) dentists are still uncomfortable putting a patient’s record on a computer in their office. The thought of having those records stored somewhere in the wilds of cyberspace is daughting.

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