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So for those of you that require servers for business and/or personal reasons;

What are the pros and cons of purchasing your own versus having a hosted unit?
 

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Long run hosted is more expensive but the better ones are geographically distributed and protected against natural disaster, ISP outages etc..Potentially less secure.


Up front your own is more money, subject to theft, ISP outages but are potentially more secure. Once it's up and running your only expense is electricity and bandwidth.
 

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How are they more secure? I thought one of the pros to being hosted was that they handled the security of the server?
 

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Most ISP's discourage email servers at locations other than their servers. That is because they hire good security personel and you don't.
 

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How are they more secure? I thought one of the pros to being hosted was that they handled the security of the server?
*potentially

It depends on how much security you put into it, you are a smaller target. You are in control of security.


Target thought their security professionals were good too.
 

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Most ISP's discourage email servers at locations other than their servers. That is because they hire good security personel and you don't.
I have been using Quickbooks Online, but it just doesn't have all the features of inventory that I would like. So I was looking into having the desktop version hosted, to be able to remote access it, along with maybe a few other programs.

I would honestly feel more confident having it hosted, because I just don't have either the time or knowledge to do it, but I want to make sure it is done right. I guess I just don't know the proper questions to ask a hosting company.
 

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*potentially

It depends on how much security you put into it, you are a smaller target. You are in control of security.


Target thought their security professionals were good too.
The pirates are infinitely more advanced and better than 95 % of the security pro's and the pro's know it all too well. Especially the Russian ones. Ask Microsoft. Security Patches are hacked in an hour.
 

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even if you build your own server, it won't be worth a crap unless you pay for space in a data center (due to upload speed ). if you don't build two and it goes down you are sol. the rental for the bandwidth/slot is usually more than just paying for hosting on someone else's server.

on the other hand, many exploits don't even apply to servers. locking down email is another thing. Unless you are doing business overseas, you can prevent a lot of hacking and scanning just by blocking out whole ip ranges (china, asia, etc.). I had a server (one of two identical) I kept up in Chicago for a few years for mostly gaming. Ran win2k flawlessly for 4 yrs, no issues. But I locked it down well, and there was no email server etc., so not much to hack.

pay for hosting.
 

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Cons

-A good built server will be at least $1000
-Large power bill, mine is about $400 a month, but I have more than 1 server.
-large internet bill, mine is around $150/month
-hard drives go bad, depending on size and type: $100 - $500 each
-M$ server software is expensive: around $1000
-it makes heat
-viruses


Pros:
-it keeps your room warm during the winter
 

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The company I work for uses a combination of a server physically located at our office, online cloud backup, and backup/replication to an off-site server via VPN. This may be over kill for you, but redundancy has come in handy when we have had hard drive/hardware failures in the past.
 

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Unless you are a pretty big company with an IT staff, hosted is
the way to go. They will (presumably, make sure) take care of
backup, scaling, redundancy etc.

Pros:
+ When Microsoft (or whoever) does an upgrade, your hosting
provider will worry about it, you can focus on your business.
+ Cheaper than a dedicated server (which is overkill when not busy,
but could cost you performance/business when it is busy)
+IT services are a commodity -- they are cheap!

Cons:
- If you are a super-nerd, you can roll your own.

Unless you are a crackerjack IT guy, let them take care of this
for you.
 

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I've looked into this for clients and it looks like the rates are all over the place.
Is there a host that is reasonably priced for a small contractor?
 

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I've looked into this for clients and it looks like the rates are all over the place.
Is there a host that is reasonably priced for a small contractor?
You want to use a company called A Small Orange. I know the branding of their company is a bit wonky, but they are the best web host I have ever used. :thumbup: They don't oversell, which means you get what you pay for -- something that is nice.

http://asmallorange.com/2/hosting/shared/

Also: Hosting a website by yourself takes a lot of setup, and if you don't have a static IP can be a pain in the butt. Just go with a hosted solution unless you have hours and hours of free time.
 
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