If you’re like 90 percent of the small businesses BizEngine knows, you don’t want to mess around with your own server.
Servers, after all, are for those glasses-pushing nerds in darkened rooms at technology companies to sort out. You’d probably rather just pay a monthly fee to know your data and your websites are in good hands. Out of sight, peace of mind, right?
Increasingly, though, small businesses are exploring having their own servers, and with good reason. Whether it’s attacks on large server farms, lost data, hacks or just the ongoing expensive of web and data hosting, a small business server has never looked like a more attractive alternative. There are plenty of companies worth entrusting your data to, but there’s a certain lack of control that comes with it.
If that’s not something you’re wholly comfortable with, it’s time to get a small business server of your own. With the right setup, you’ll be able to host everything your business needs from the comfort of your office, though you should definitely back everything up regardless.
I’ll admit you’re not going to go out to the electronics store, plunk down a $50 and get a server that’s ready to run out of the box. That’s not particularly feasible. But if you have the money to spend on one —generally speaking, it will be upwards of $1,000—it’s not impossible to get it done.
What are the advantages?
- You can set up your own security, and you’re a much smaller target for hackers and the like.
- Your data is in-house. You don’t have to deal with tech support at another company to make fixes or changes on the fly.
- It’s not a monthly expense you have to be concerned about anymore. Buy it, pay a little money to get it set up properly and you’re basically done.
Would you consider having your own small business server in-house?
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