If you have decided that you want your data stored on a dedicated server, you have one more decision to make. The maintenance of your server can be your responsibility or you can choose to hand it over to the experts and let them manage it. Some business owners are not aware of the work involved in managing a server. We believe that managed hosting is worth the additional investment for any business. Here’s why.
- Managing hosting hardware is a lot of work
There’s actually a lot of work in maintaining hosting hardware. Updates to software need to be installed. Continual monitoring of the usability of the hardware. Data back ups. Replacing of hardware. We could go on. To manage these functions yourself you will need to invest large amounts of time and money, especially if your business function is not IT.
- On-site Experts are expensive
It takes a lot to know what to do in the case of something going wrong with your own dedicated host server. Getting the right kind of help 24/7 when you need it is expensive; to call out a professional in an emergency can be hundreds of dollars an hour. Server management companies have system administrators, network architects and other technical support staff always on hand to assist with any issue.
- Control Your Costs
It’s easy for costs to blow out of proportion in the case of something going wrong. Replacement of spare parts or damage control and protection are both costly exercises that are usually covered under your contract with a dedicated host manager. You can safely budget a regular amount every month and avoid getting caught out by expenses but necessary upgrades or investments, right when you need the cash flow elsewhere.
- Higher Quality Infrastructure
Because of the volumes host managers deal with, they can always provide you with high quality infrastructure and services for a reasonable rate. Servers need to be globally available and cross-functional relationships must be managed. Hardwar has lifecycles where parts need to be replaced. All of this takes time and effort that could be better spent on the core functions of your business.
By handing over the management of your hosting to the experts, you are ensuring that you never have to worry about how to get your server, and data, back online. Need help? Speak to one of our experts.