Just as your business and websites are growing exponentially, so does computer and internet technology. Constant upgrading your hardware, software and business applications are already part of everyday business and any avoidable additional expense can slow the impact on your budget. Unnecessary initial investment in equipment can prove costly to smaller businesses especially when they are in the beginning stages of expansion. Just like leasing a car, leasing a dedicated server can keep your business current with the latest models and software with a quick exchange of equipment.
Instead of having to support your own IT department, most dedicated server suppliers have 24/7 IT support available whenever you need it. These experts can also manage and monitor peak traffic times to ensure the speed and efficiency of your site is maintained so you don’t have to. Customer support in the form of an online knowledge base such as FAQs can keep you informed and up to date with the technological advances regarding dedicated servers. Most suppliers also provide online comprehensive and detailed information on all current associated services, applications, software and hardware available.
By investing in a dedicated server of your own you receive connectivity to the internet, redundancy measures, and monitoring plus the hardware and operating system. You can purchase a dedicated server system and maintain it in-house or you can co-locate it in someone else’s data center.
Colocation is a space saving alternative of your personal dedicated server is a space saving alternative. Colocation hosting is the sharing of a facility by multiple designated servers that is already fully designed, constructed and wired to handle the activity and traffic. This eliminates the need to create a new workspace in your own office environment. Whether it is building a whole new room or adapting a closet it is another hardware infrastructure expense that takes more time and money. The down side is that if you own your dedicated server and something fails you may need to have it shipped out for repair. Dedicated server hosting providers have spare parts on hand and can react quickly to an emergency.
An emerging trend in the dedicated server environment is the re-designing of interior office space to incorporate dedicated servers on racks that are concealed and soundproofed in customized cabinets. These cabinets come in many sizes and in a variety of finishes and colors to blend into your current office decor. Some of these manufacturers even offer a color matching service.