The big focus over the last few years has been on cloud computing and whether or not organizations should use a public or private cloud server. However, many businesses do not consider whether they should consider hosted servers or have a server on-site.
Hosted servers designed for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have many advantages, the biggest being that a hosting company will handle all matters related to the server for you. An IT staff can be costly for a smaller company, and even if you have one, hosted server monitoring means that they can focus on other, more important aspects of your business. Hosted server costs are also usually low.
In contrast, hosting a server on-site can be expensive and time-consuming. And while the costs of having an on-site server may have gone down in recent years, many SMBs are trying to get the most of their budget and if your organization expands, making hosted servers still the ideal choice
Basic Shared Hosting
If you’re a SMB looking to host a web site, basic shared hosting is your best option due to its low cost. However, since you are sharing a server with other customers, you may experience slow-downs and your hosting company may limit the amount of resources you have.
Virtual Private Servers
Virtual private servers (VPS) are another shared service. While costs tend to be a bit more than basic shared hosting, you will receive more resources. And if you’re looking to cut down on costs, VPS also offer the option of allowing customers to handle their own hosted server monitoring. However, unless you have the resources and experience, it is recommended that you leave it up to the professionals. Virtual private servers also give you the ability to create a number of hosting environments.
Overall, opting for VPS provides you with a number of resources, better performance, and more freedom and flexibility.
Dedicated Hosted Servers
With VPS, you are still sharing a server with other customers. If you don’t want to share, a dedicated hosted server is your best bet. You can run whatever you want and without worrying about hogging resources; you can also customize your server to suit your needs. However, you will still be limited on the amount of bandwidth you use and what you host on your server, which will typically be outlined by your hosting company.
Regardless of your choice, Venture Computers of Canada Inc. offers hosted servers for small- and medium-sized businesses. Our team of experts will help you to create a solution according to your needs and budget.