When we talk about server hosting, we’re talking about how hardware systems are managed for your business. A server is one system that provides data for your company’s computers—and it’s often better to have your server managed by a dedicated team.
Why? Outsourced, off-site server hosting cuts down setup and management time, allowing your company to work faster.
What if I want to manage my hosting internally?
We get this question a lot.
Many businesses, usually small to medium-sized ones, want to switch to internally managed server systems. It makes sense—that means you do the buying, the setup and the management. Full control equals peace of mind, right?
Like most things, servers are a bit more complicated than that.
You’re probably already aware of the upfront costs associated with setting up an internal server. What about the maintenance costs? The time consumed troubleshooting technical issues.
Added up, these costs end up being significantly higher than a single monthly payment to an outsourced IT service that can host and maintain your server for you.
Why else should I outsource my server hosting?
With expertise behind the technology, your server will run into fewer problems. This means faster speeds, regular updates to hardware, and a support team that takes dedicated time to help you through changes in your server.
At the end of the day, you’ll be able to carve out more time for operations.
Server hosting options
Businesses of different sizes should consider different storage options. Small and medium-sized businesses benefit more from shared hosting options or to operate through a VPS (Virtual Private Server). Large enterprises can afford—and should seriously consider—managed hosting.
When your hosting is shared, you’re literally sharing it with users outside of your business. This large shared server is in a remote location, and you get a piece of that hosting. Of course, this means you’re sharing bandwidth with a lot of users, and you lose speed as a result. But it’s an affordable option for businesses that can’t yet afford a private server.
VPS—short for Virtual Private Server—hosting lets you forego internal hardware and still get lightning-fast connection speeds.
VPS is somewhat like shared hosting in that you’re using a piece of a massive remote server. The key difference with VPS is that your section of that server is reserved. This guarantees you’ll get the bandwidth you’re paying for, rather than competing with other businesses for the same server space.
Managed hosting means your server equipment is leased and you have hired a team to professionally monitor and maintain it. Again, it’s a significant investment that large businesses can (and should) make room for.
Choosing a Trustworthy Managed IT Provider for Hosting Services
Easier said than done, right?
If you’re not sure where to start, start searching for local IT service providers and get a look into their hosting plans. What kinds of hosting do they offer? What kinds of businesses do they support?
Also, be sure to check online reviews. Talk to colleagues you know about the services they trust.
You likely won’t get answers to 100% of your questions about the right match for your business until you reach out for consultations and get estimates on their services.
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