When it comes to hosting, shared servers seem like the most budget-friendly and practical option. Over the years, however, businesses have come to realize that cheap isn’t always the best choice. An expensive alternate can hold numerous long-term benefits. This is why many businesses are now choosing dedicated hosting over shared.
Dedicated hosting has numerous benefits to offer,but that too depends on how reliable your service provider is. While mainstream enterprise dedicated hosting providers are a bit expensive for SMEs, there are many other who offer a service tailored for small budget enterprises. If you really want to reap all the benefits of a dedicated server, you should be very prudent about your choice of service provider.
Not sure how to start? Here are 5 questions you must ask to make sure you are making the right decision.
1. Do you have any history of cyber breaches?
Security is by far the biggest concern for any organization. It is one of the primereasons organizations are willing to spend more money on their server and hosting related services. However, there is a very slim chance that you will find a service provider that can give you an honest ‘No’ as an answer. The cybercrime rate is escalating,and breaches are more common that we would like to admit.
However, what matters is how the organization dealt with the breach or how well they are prepared to deal with such a scenario. Ask them about their strategy and how it has improved since the last breach. If they can satisfy your concern with a proper explanation of their preventive measures and polices, move on to the next question. Your provider must be able to offer a comprehensive disaster recovery solution as well.
2. Where are you located?
Location of your server can have an impact on the performance. Shorter physical distance means shorter transit route. This ensures better stability and lower latency.
However, you should consider the distance between your servers and the target audience. It doesn’t matter where you areheadquartered, you need to consider where the end user is. For instance, a Philadelphia based company serving clientele in New York must considerhaving their server in New York. Similarly, if you’re an IT company based in New York but resources in Texas, it is best to go for a server in Dallas.
3. Will it be a fully managed service?
When opting for dedicated hosting, many believe that it means completely managing services. That isn’t the case. Different providers offer different levels of management. There is an option of completely unmanaged hosting, which means your team will be responsible for all the management related tasks. This includes installation, maintenance, and upgrades.
Other providers can offer partial management service, which covers some of the tasks but not all of them. Then there is a completely managed hosting service that doesn’t require you to hire a management team. However, you should also ask whether the provider offers proactive management or reactive. The former requires you to open a support request. Proactive management means the provider will keep an eye on your needs and promptly act as required.
4. Can you ensure 100% availability during peak hours?
Don’t hold back when it comes to the real questions. Ask them how they ensure 100 percent availability during peak hours and how they can improve the overall performance of your website.
Automated scaling allows service providers to offer a more flexible hosting that varies according to your needs. This means the capacity will increase during peak hours, but it will reduce when the traffic is low. This keeps your site from crashing due to peak traffic while also prevents overspending during low traffic hours.
While inquiring about hosting server performance, ask if the provider is able to optimize the way your website is delivered. Not many providers offer this service,but if they do, it is definitely worth your money.
5. Will I be able to add more features in the future?
Scalability and flexibility are crucial for any tech related decision that you make. Keep in mind that your needs will change as you grow and expand. Ask your hosting provider how they will accommodate your growth. If they do allow you to add more features, ask how that will affect the cost. Also, inquire about the hassle involved. It is important to choose a service provider that is able to accommodate your needs without increasing the level of complexity. A provider that can offer a bundled plug and play features is your best bet when it comes to dedicated hosting.
Ask the right questions and do not settle for a provider who isn’t able to provide a satisfactory answer. A trustworthy service provider will always go the extra mile to answer the concerns of their potential customers.
Author Bio – Audrey Throne
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