How Your Company Can Upgrade its Server Hosting
When your company’s website or data needs grow enough to require more than a shared hosting plan, you’ll find that there are several options available. These range from larger shared plans all the way to running your own server. It turns out that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, each upgraded option offers unique benefits and has its own fans. Here are a few of the choices to consider:
Upgraded Hosting Plans
These are popular with companies that need more than a shared plan provides, but that don’t yet need to make a larger IT investment. They basically work like regular shared web hosting, but offer more bandwidth, disk space, or processing power. One popular variation is the “reseller account.” These accounts were originally aimed at people who wanted to resell hosting services to their own customers, but they have become favorites of individuals and businesses who operate large numbers of web sites themselves.
Managed Dedicated Servers
Those who outgrow upgraded shared hosting are typically faced with the need to be able to use all of a server’s resources. However, they may not yet be interested in learning all of the intricacies of keeping a server online, patched, secure, and mechanically sound. For them, managed dedicated servers offer just what they need. Technicians are hired by the service provider, and they take care of all of the under-the-hood work (with software debugging being a typical exception). The big catch is that these servers are very expensive compared to unmanaged ones. They also don’t truly allow the customer to have full control over their equipment. Instead, customers are limited to the OSes, overall configurations, and hardware brands that the provider offers. This can be a problem if a specific configuration isn’t offered, but is needed in order to run a critical application.
Server colocation involves having your own equipment hosted in a remote data center. This gives you all of the flexibility you need. It is also far better than using your own location for your server. That’s because a true data center has excellent climate control, multiple redundant broadband internet connections, redundant power sources, heightened physical security, and in some cases, even has technicians on staff to handle your hardware needs.
Colocation is a relatively inexpensive option even when compared to unmanaged server hosting. One of the reasons for this is that you provide your own hardware. Since the data center doesn’t have to “eat” the cost of replacement server parts, its operating expenses are lower than they are at a full-service server host.
The main drawback of colocation is that many data centers offer no hardware support. In these cases, you’ll need to do your own repairs if something goes wrong with your equipment. Hardware upgrades are also your responsibility.
If you have the expertise to handle these aspects, or have someone on your staff with the needed skills, this isn’t a problem. However, you’ll want to choose a data center that is close enough for you or your tech to travel to in short order. This will minimize downtime when something fails unexpectedly. It’ll also save on travel expenses.
One way to avoid distance-related problems is to choose a colocation data center that offers at least some technical services. These come at an extra cost, but allow you to use data centers that are quite distant from your office – sometimes hundreds of kilometers away. Getting your hardware to such locations is simple: You ship it to them. This can be a good option if you’re in a small town or other location that doesn’t have the services you need.
To learn more about colocation and which services we offer, just contact us. We’ll be glad to help you decide on the perfect server solution for your business.