Dedicated servers can benefit businesses in a number of ways. In order to avoid confusion it is helpful to actually outline some of these tangible advantages so that you can decide whether or not it is worth adopting such a platform for your business.
Here are five of the most important benefits of dedicated servers for businesses to take on board as they consider adoption.
1. Processing Power and Bandwidth
There are common attributes shared by a number of remote hosting solutions, but assurances over the amount of processing power and bandwidth that will be at the disposal of your business are mainly to be found with dedicated server packages.
The hardware capabilities of your particular server will not need to be shared with any other customer of the hosting company if you choose a dedicated solution. This means that every clock cycle and available bit of data storage will be yours to command and use as appropriate.
The same point is applicable to bandwidth, because a dedicated server should have its own predetermined allocation that you can use to gain access to your apps and information being hosted on it without finding that your activities are being stifled by the heavy usage of other clients.
Dedicated servers give businesses the option to get involved with the management of the system.
With an unmanaged dedicated server you will be free to install and update software, control access and generally treat it exactly as you would if it were based on site rather than at a remote data centre.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of managed server packages which make it possible for a provider to handle everything to do with controlling the server, thus letting your business focus on actually exploiting its capabilities whilst avoiding the more technical aspects.
3. Hardware Maintenance
A key benefit of dedicated servers is that your business is not accountable for the installation, maintenance and upgrading of any of the hardware that does all the heavy lifting in the provision of mission-critical services.
Instead, the provider will take care of this, which means that you do not need the in-house expertise to deal with whatever issues might arise.
The upshot of this is that downtime should be kept to a minimum, with further guarantees of accessibility provided thanks to the aforementioned lack of a need to share the hardware or bandwidth with others.
As with hardware, the monitoring of access to your dedicated server can be managed and maintained in an immaculate state by a provider. This means you will be able to enjoy an up-to-date level of protection for vital services while still being able to actually access them.
5. Scalability and Cost
The aforementioned benefits ultimately lead to the realisation that dedicated servers can be more scalable and thus more cost-effective than other IT solutions which you may have relied upon in the past.
As well as reducing the need to hire permanent staff to manage a server and maintain the hardware, a dedicated server can easily be migrated at a later date to something with even more power and capacity. This means that the growth of your business is not predicated on the idea that in-house IT will determine the rate of expansion.
Obviously a dedicated server may be costlier than a shared solution or a less capable on-site alternative. However, the cost needs to be measured against the advantages that it endows and the improvements to productivity that will also be made possible.
Adoption of a dedicated server should not be taken lightly, but hopefully an appreciation of the benefits will help guide your decision.
This article is published in association with Daisy Group plc, a leading independent business telecoms provider.