Last Updated on March 8, 2021 by Sammen Qureshi
Planning and implementing your IT infrastructure is one of the most important decisions you will make for your business. With several server options to choose from; It can be an intimidating task to understand which one is the right choice for you. That’s why it is important to match your needs to the right server type.
The best way to understand whether your business is in need of dedicated servers, colocation or cloud services is to consider which of these is the most beneficial to you:
A dedicated server is a single physical server or servers, housed in an off-site data center that is entirely dedicated to one user. These servers are known for their high performing features in processing power, storage speed, and connection to high-speed internet. If your business needs a large amount of processing power, then dedicated servers is the right choice. One of the biggest advantages of dedicated servers is that you do not need to purchase your own server. But, instead you pay a monthly fee that will include everything that you need to keep your server up and running. Typically, you can purchase these on a month to month contract, however most companies offer longer contracts upon request.
Colocation is reserved for long term IT infrastructure requirements. You rent a secured space in a data center facility with power, cooling, and connectivity, while retaining full ownership and complete control of your equipment. This involves the largest capital expenditures because you would be purchasing and maintaining your own servers. In addition to space and power, many colocation providers offer a variety of managed services and hybrid cloud/colocation options.
Storing your data in the cloud is not a physical but a virtual space. In the cloud, your data and applications are accessible anywhere. One of the key benefits of the cloud is cost-effectiveness, it depends on the business needs, because it provides services to businesses on-demand meaning you only pay for what you use.
Click here for an overview of the different types of cloud service that can help you make the decision.
First ask yourself the following question: What problem do you want to solve? How is your IT infrastructure going to be used: Are you planning for a short-term or a long-term project?
– Will you need file sharing or data backup?
– What applications are you planning to run on the server?
– Do you want control of your hardware?
– What is your budget?
– How many users will each application need to serve, now and in the near future?
– Do you need it to be flexible and scalable?
– Will you need additional services?
Answering these questions will give you a clear idea of the kind of server features your business needs. Choosing the right components depends on your performance, availability, demands and often budget.
When determining which applications are best suited for you, it’s important to keep in mind what the requirements and security measures you need in order to create the most effective and efficient IT infrastructure for your business.
Need help with a plan for your business? Our experts are happy to assess your business needs with you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 305-731-2225.