Virtual Private Servers (VPS) can provide the extra IT horsepower that small businesses need without an investment in hardware and infrastructure. If you’re looking for a way to expand your business or replace that hunk of hardware in your ‘server closet’ then a VPS solution is right for you.
When making an investment in your IT infrastructure you need to know how much capability you really need. Processing power, disk space, memory, all of these factors can be hard to predict when you’re in growth mode. A Virtual Private Server solution allows you to scale up or down as your business needs change without additional hardware costs and no down time.
With 100% up time you don’t have to worry about your Virtual Private Server going down due to power failure, virus, slow software updates, or any of the many headaches associated with maintaining your own server. And, unlike shared hosting, your performance is not affected by other websites that are being hosted by the same provider. Your resources are yours.
The monthly cost of Virtual Private Servers is offset by the time saved trying to maintain a server in-house. If you already have IT staff they can spend their time on higher level tasks instead of server maintenance. Since there is no hardware to maintain, there is no capital expense for upgrades and replacement. If you need more memory you simply call your VPS provider. No ‘server closet’ means no back-up power source and no ventilation or cooling system. There’s no server eating up electricity so energy costs come down significantly.
Customer service will be a major factor in your Virtual Private Server experience. Some providers will only allow for outage reporting. Some will have user friendly dash boards. Some providers offshore their customer service while some use their own technical staff to support their customers. For small businesses it is best to find a provider who offers some degree of tech support.
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A Virtual Private Server offers convenience, flexibility, and cost savings. These benefits are important to any size company. But for a small business, a VPS frees up critical resources that can now be spent on the health and growth of the business.