Review Your Web Hosting Options: Dedicated, Shared or Cloud

By | 2017-11-15T11:38:38+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Hosting Services|

With cloud services becoming more and more popular, this seems like a good time to review the options available to us. Perhaps, by comparing the advantages and disadvantages of the three most common computing solutions, you’ll get a better idea of the service or option that can best suit your business.

Do I need dedicated hosting?

In the event that you’re struggling with that very question, let’s clarify what dedicated hosting is and what it can do for you. Basically, dedicated hosting means that you have a dedicated server and resources specific to you. Dedicated hosting can be a good answer for you if you’ve got a high volume website and can manage your own data center. That means you’ll need to have resources on site or an IT vendor you can call for emergencies.

Advantages:

  • Every aspect is within your control.

Disadvantages:

  • In the event of an emergency, calling your IT guy on short notice can become an expensive proposition.

Do I need a shared hosting solution?

A shared or managed solution is exactly as it sounds. Your server is at a remote location and most often, you have a local back up. A company manages and maintains this server for you, ensuring that all updates occur promptly, security is in place and your information is accessible should a major on-site episode take place.

Advantages:

  • No need for on-site resources
  • Packages may include 24/7 support
  • Extremely reliable – little to no downtime

Disadvantages:

  • Less control
  • Cost (when compared to cloud)

What’s all this talk about cloud computing?

With cloud hosting, your information may be managed over several servers. Each server performs a specific task. A malfunction of one server with trigger another one into use, creating a back-up and ensuring uninterrupted operation. Cloud hosting is becoming popular for its low cost and flexibility, among other things.

Advantages:

  • Low up-front investment in hardware and low monthly costs
  • Flexibility/Mobility
  • No maintenance
  • Little to no downtime

Disadvantages:

  • Subject to internet outages

What solution is best for me?

Another good question. You’re on fire today. Email me and let’s discuss which solution works best for your business needs.  One of our Microsoft certified engineers can get you up and running for as little as $5 a month. You can give us a call at 336.447.3473 or request a free audit to find out where your business is. We’ll help you take the first step towards an affordable network solution.

About the Author:

Kevin Lackey
Kevin joined Beacon as an Account Executive in August 2016. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.S. in Business Administration. Kevin has 15 years of sales experience, most recently as a Strategic Education Account Manager at Best Buy for Business.