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10 things to keep in mind when purchasing a new server

By Brien Posey | April 29, 2011, 3:17 PM PDTA network server is a big investment and usually represents a long-term commitment, so it's critically important to select one that will meet all your needs. Here are some things you should consider when you go shopping for a new server.Note: This article is also available as a PDF download.1: DriversOne of the first things you need to consider before making any purchasing decisions is whether the server you're interested in offers the necessary driver support. You shouldn't have any trouble getting Windows drivers as long as you're purchasing a server from one of the major manufacturers, such as Dell or HP. However, Linux drivers may not be as readily available. Taking a little time up front to make sure that you can get drivers for your intended operating system can save some heartache down the road.2: RedundancyIf the server you're purchasing will be used for a mission-critical purpose, you need to make sure it uses re…

How to interview with a small company vs. a large one

By Toni Bowers | April 26, 2011, 6:34 AM PDT

Though "selling yourself" is still the goal whether you're applying at a small company or a large company, sometimes what you need to emphasize about yourself is different.

Many times in a small company, for example, you may interview with the top dog (the company's founder). This is a person who has a really personal stake in the success of the company, as it represents a substantial investment - in time and money - for him or her.

In a case like that, that person wants to see the same type of enthusiasm and passion from you. Be ware that you may also have to talk to several other people in the company from different departments. In smaller companies separate departments work closely so "fitting in" will be a major consideration here.

In smaller companies, you may not be offered any kind of training. It's important to exhibit in the interview that you are able to work without direct supervision, and that you…