Many businesses have to weigh the costs of building a file server, application server, web server, or other types of equipment needed for hosting different types of files. Small businesses that only need to share a few word documents may be able to get by with a basic desktop or laptop that shares files, but any businesses that need to transfer gigabytes of data or more within a day will need something more powerful. Here are a few file hosting details to help you figure out the right option for your business.
The Costs Of Managing A Physical Server
Any type of server that hosts more than a few dozen files per hour will need a specific set of hardware. Servers that need to run an application such as a business database, an experimental build of a game, a live version of an online game, or a website will need hardware that has to handle heavy requests.
These requests cost more electricity than their standalone workstation counterparts, and the work required will generate heat. The heat generation means having greater control of your cooling, which means a server that has internal cooling technology such as high powered air or water cooling. Your air conditioning system will be working a bit harder depending on your server's cooling efficiency.
Finally, internet costs. Some businesses can get by with a residential or basic tier business connection as long as the files are only for internal work and a few remote access employees. If you're hosting a website or an online game, your customers will get irritated and potentially turned away by the performance issues.
A lot of residential and non-web host internet connections allow a lot of errors that are only seen when highly precise, high-demand actions are taking place. You need to buy a special service from existing Internet Service Providers to handle this workload.
Or, you could make it someone else's problem.
Cloud Hosting For All Of Your Data Needs
The idea behind cloud hosting is simple. You lease access to a virtual block of internet space in the cloud--a term for many miscellaneous processing systems, storage systems, networking systems, and security systems--that will hold your files.
These files can be access by you and configured just as if you were handling your own physical server. The only difference is that you can't physically plug up a storage drive to the back of the system when you want a direct connection; you either need to upload the files across the internet or mail a storage drive to be added by the host technicians.
You don't have to worry about building the system, dealing with the increased electrical bill, or maintaining the hardware. Contact a cloud based data center to discuss other benefits of sending your data requirements to a dedicated data center.