The large volume of information that you must manage within the corporate structure pushes more and more data managers to turn to professional web hosting solutions. Unfortunately, the clarity of ideas about business requirements (increased bandwidth, flexibility in data management, advanced e-mail and so on) do not always correspond to equal clarity regarding the choice of services to be requested.
Because of the strong marketing action that affected the IT managers in recent years, we often tend to think that cloud computing services are the only answer to all your business issues. Promoted by industry researchers and analysts as the technology of the future, the “cloud” would seem to be just the one chosen by most of the companies. However, this belief does not always lead to success. Very often it happens that by focusing on the willingness to adopt advanced computer facilities, you do not make the correct assessments of the cost / benefit ratio.
It is good, therefore, to dwell with a critical eye and assess all the services offered by professional web hosting providers before going for one of it. A quick Internet search will immediately discover that in addition to cloud servers hosting solutions, there are other services available such as Dedicated Servers. But, how to choose a solution?
Often the mistake made by various businesses and organization is by making an assessment based on the price factor. Nothing could be more wrong! The first thing you need to consider is the computing power, which is consumed by the solution architecture. All we always do is evaluating various solutions and ultimately only on the price of the service.
Regarding dedicated servers, you have to evaluate different types of services depending on the computing power you require. For example, small and medium-sized, could move to Virtual Private Servers (VPS). This type of service does not offer a real physical server dedicated to your company, but only a virtual server created within a physical server. The advantage lies in the fact that multiple virtual servers can run simultaneously on the same hardware, and therefore there is a reduction in costs. However, the disadvantage of it is that the computing power provided to that physical server is distributed across multiple virtual private servers and, hence, you would notice a decrease in performance.
I completely agree that huge businesses and organizations should move towards the traditional hosting (i.e. Dedicated server); however, in this case all the server hardware is totally at its disposal. Unfortunately, the business needs to pay for the whole dedicated server.
For example, a Linux VPS having a basic configuration is offered at a monthly fee of $29.99, while a DELL PowerEdge Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Dedicated Server may be offered at a starting price of $99 per month.
Speaking about cloud solutions, the advantages of cloud reside in the scalability and flexibility of the services, even it offers greater efficiency, and completely eliminates the hardware related issues. You may decide to pay solely and exclusively on the basis of actually consumed resources (i.e. Pay-per-consume model or Pay-as-you-go).
In conclusion, the corporate IT department must assess the required computing power, the flexibility, the scalability, the security and lastly the cost.