More and more often, companies are turning to the cloud when it comes to hosting server applications. Those who prefer to retain full control over their data reach for a local SQL mini-server. However, acquiring a local server is not a simple task. Many factors play a role in the selection. Above all, the system must have the necessary performance.


Reasons for a local SQL mini server

Contrary to the trend towards cloud solutions, many companies still rely on their own IT infrastructure. A key component of this infrastructure is the servers. They are used for the central storage of data and the provision of services.

An SQL server is a specific type of server. It is specialised in the administration of databases. For example, a Microsoft SQL Server is used as a Microsoft data platform. Databases often store critical or personal information.

Therefore, particularly high-security regulations apply to the storage of this data. These are now even stipulated by law. If the information is stored locally on your server, this has two benefits. On the one hand, you have control over the security measures. On the other hand, there are no problems in choosing a cloud server location. This is because it is often not located in your country. This can lead to conflicts with data protection regulations. Then you are responsible for ensuring the security of the data on a cloud server. In practice, however, this is not possible.


Local server or cloud solution: These are the differences

There are basically two options for setting up a database server. The alternative to a cloud solution is a local server. With your own server, you retain full control over your data. With an on-site server, you are also completely free in the configuration.

Depending on which type of cloud server is used, there are sometimes restrictions. The full performance of the system is also available to you. Inexpensive VPSs in the cloud share resources with an unknown number of virtual systems. This can have a negative impact on performance.

Moreover, the data on a server on one’s own premises is always accessible. Although the bandwidth of internet connections is constantly increasing, copying data to a cloud server can take an extremely long time. With a local server, this problem does not exist. Data can be copied and moved very quickly.


The benefits of an SQL mini server

SQL Mini-Server PrimeMini

Small and compact SQL servers show their strengths in everyday life. Above all, sustainability and energy efficiency speak for mini servers. Compact servers are a good solution, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. They offer sufficient performance and are inexpensive to purchase. Besides, the systems score with low maintenance costs. Concrete figures show the differences in the running costs of a server. If energy-saving components are used consistently, the PrimeServer Pro consumes about 80 watts in operation. On the other hand, a conventional server with a fan, as installed in a 19-inch rack, consumes around 400 watts on average. Since SQL servers usually run around the clock, this difference creates a significant discrepancy in costs. Assuming an electricity price of CHF 0.23 per kilowatt-hour, a regular server generates electricity costs of about CHF 700 per year.

When operating a mini-server, on the other hand, it is only 140 CHF. In addition, the lower power consumption also generates significantly less waste heat. Server rooms, therefore, often require additional and also expensive air conditioning. This is not necessary with mini-servers.

These are the benefits of having your own SQL mini-server:

  •     Full control over your own data
  •     Power-saving operation
  •     Suitable for a green IT concept
  •     Completely silent
  •     Space-saving
  •     Full control over the server’s resources
  •     Easy expansion of memory and hard disk capacity


Possible uses of an SQL mini-server

The primary task of an SQL server is to host databases. Many different programmes work with SQL databases. Accordingly, there are many scenarios for an SQL mini-server. Several databases for different applications can also be hosted simultaneously on one server. Especially in small and medium-sized enterprises with rather low workloads, an SQL mini-server can take over several tasks simultaneously. This creates a particularly effective platform that is inexpensive to operate. You can use an SQL mini-server for the following tasks, for example:

  •     A web server like Apache
  •     Server for the SQL database of the online shop
  •     Hosting of CAD software project databases
  •     Hosting of an ERP platform


Die Leistung des SQL Servers kalkulieren

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Servers are available in many different configurations. Small and compact systems form the entry-level. In addition, there are so-called blade servers. These servers have a standardised design. They are mainly used in server racks and data centres. Blade servers can be used to build high-performance systems that have, for example, 7292 processor cores per rack. This shows you how broad the performance spectrum of servers is.

First of all, it is important to identify what performance is needed. Small and medium-sized enterprises rarely need SQL servers with enormous performance. SQL mini-servers are sufficient here, which in turn have clear benefits for an SME.


Demands on an SQL server

Servers that host databases are usually in operation around the clock. This places certain requirements on the hardware that the system must fulfil. The components must be suitable for continuous operation. This is ensured with appropriate enterprise components. Furthermore, energy efficiency plays an outstanding role with SQL servers that are permanently in operation. Especially in 24/7 operation, energy-saving servers significantly reduce running costs. That is why compact and economical SQL mini server are perfect for this task.

Depending on the expected workload, the configuration also plays an important role. SQL servers benefit from memory and processor power. Multi-core processors that can work simultaneously on many processes have a benefit here. Especially with a high database load, CPUs with multiple cores enable high performance.


What an SQL mini server does: Examples from practice

Real-world scenarios show what the performance requirements for SQL servers are. An SME with five workstations and a connected central database only needs a quad-core processor with eight GB RAM. Mini SQL servers also serve as platforms for ERP platforms. Hardware setups for ERP systems require a database server. Mini-SQL servers are ideally suited for this task.

Only applications with connected databases and a corresponding number of users require more powerful systems. This starts at about 25 users. Then the demands on the hard disks also increase. It is possible to operate the fast SSDs in a RAID to increase performance further. These configurations allow a higher number of inputs and outputs per second.


Lösungen von Prime Computer

Lösungen von Prime Computer

Prime Computer’s product portfolio includes a number of systems that can be used as Mini SQL Servers. Since the systems consist of power-saving components and are housed in very compact cases, they fulfil the criteria of a mini server. For SME looking for an efficient mini server, the PrimeMini is a good choice. The small PrimeMini has powerful and, at the same time, power-saving components. For higher demands, the PrimeServer Pro is a good choice.


Benefits of Prime Computer’s compact servers

A significant benefit of Prime Computer’s mini-PCs and servers is their energy efficiency. The systems are particularly economical in operation. This is achieved through the consistent use of hardware that requires less electricity. This includes energy-saving processors and SSDs, which also consume less electricity.

Another benefit is the silent concept of the mini-PCs and servers from Prime Computer. There is no need for fans or other mechanical components. The cooling of the components is completely passive. Due to the power-saving processors and other components, passive cooling is completely sufficient.

At the same time, the absence of mechanical components reduces the risk of failures. Thus, the mini-PCs and servers from Prime Computer are very reliable. This characteristic is a great benefit, especially in the area of SQL servers. Here, a high level of accessibility is important.

Only in this way is it possible to guarantee the continuous provision of applications. At the same time, the housings of Prime Computer’s mini-PCs and servers are completely closed. This design has decisive advantages. No dust of any kind can enter the systems. The PrimeMini, therefore, has an IP51 rating. On the one hand, the sensitive electronics of the servers are protected from dust, which improves reliability. On the other hand, you can also use these servers in dusty environments. The computers of the PrimeMini series are available with or without an operating system. This gives you the freedom to choose a fitting operating system for the intended use. The mini-PCs and servers from Prime Computer are compatible with Linux and Windows. Individual configuration is also straightforward to realise.


The hardware of the mini servers from Prime Computer

Die Hardware der Mini-Server von Prime Computer

The mini-PCs and servers from Prime Computer are ideal for use as SQL mini servers. They are equipped with SSDs as standard. These provide an optimal platform for databases that quickly generate a high number of I/O operations. With their high write and read rates and low access time, SSDs enable many I/O requests per second. With large databases or many users, the storage disks are particularly challenged. The PrimeServer Pro is ideally prepared for such tasks because you can use RAID 5 or RAID 10 in these servers. The PrimeMini is also suitable for a RAID setup with two SSDs. RAID 0 and 1 are possible here. On the one hand, a RAID system ensures high performance. On the other hand, data security also increases. With RAID 1, 5 and 10, you achieve redundancy so that even storage disk failures do not affect accessibility.

The processors offer sufficient performance for managing large databases. With Prime Computer systems, you have a wide range of CPU options to choose from. This starts with particularly power-saving models such as the i3 from Intel. These CPUs are equipped with up to four cores. The PrimeServer Pro is then also available with Intel Xeon with eight or twelve CPU cores. The memory is also important for an SQL server. With complex applications, many accesses and large databases, a lot of memory is needed. For small companies, servers with 16 or 32 GB of memory like the PrimeMini are perfectly adequate.

Another benefit is that you can easily expand or replace the memory on Prime Computer devices. You can equip the PrimeServer Pro with up to 128 GB ECC RAM. The PrimeServer Pro works with ECC modules that have integrated error correction. In this way, such a server guarantees a high level of data integrity. If you are interested in a Mini SQL Server, please contact us today.

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