A server is a central component of any IT infrastructure, as it distributes information and policies across a network. Servers used to have to be on-site to work, but now we also have cloud-hosted virtualized servers. Which is the best fit for your business? Let’s take a look.
List the Pros and Cons
Both the dedicated in-house physical server and the virtualized, cloud-hosted server have advantages and disadvantages to consider, based on your business’ particular circumstances.
Virtualized servers come with a package of services. If you need those services, this might be a very good deal for your business. If not, not so much. Many small businesses may find that virtualization is too expensive, or they just don’t need all the services. However, maintaining an in-house infrastructure can cost even more.
It depends on your needs. If you need more advice, our professionals are always here to help you make the better decision.
If your business’ data isn’t secure, you’re going to run into serious problems. An in-house server gives you a sense of more control, enabling you to adjust it to meet particular requirements. A virtualized server may have a more one-size-fits-all approach.
You need to make sure that you have the best security solutions. Whether you want hands-on access and control of that, or are willing to delegate to professionals will be a major factor in your decision.
Because it’s on-site, a local server is obviously at an immediate disadvantage in the event of a disaster. A virtual server is off-premises and probably isolated from whatever disaster may hit your location. And if the offsite data center gets hit as well, they usually store backups of their own at a secondary location.
Whether your business expands or contracts, your infrastructure should be optimized to match your size. While both physical and virtual servers are scalable to a point, the virtual server is more flexible, because the cloud-based server can add or remove additional resources automatically. Conversely, adjusting a physical server is a lot more complicated and laborious, without even considering the cost of a new server if necessary.
It’s a Complex Decision- We Can Help
Of course, your decision between an in-house and hosted server is based on many individual factors. It can get complicated. We can help you weigh your options and make the best choice for your business. Give Quikteks Tech Support a call at (973) 882-4644. We can help.