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If you’re running a small business, and you’ve decided to go with a dedicated server for your hosting, then you may quickly be discovering that it’s not the simplest kind of tech tool in the world! While having a server intended solely for your own use certainly has its advantages, you need to be managing it in the right way to get the most out of it. Here are some of the biggest mistakes business owners make when using a dedicated server.
Bad Cost Management
A lot of people aren’t aware of it, but one of the biggest issues associated with dedicated servers is rooted in money. True, there aren’t any setup fees or nasty hidden costs associated with most good dedicated hosting services. However, it can be easy for small business owners to grossly underestimate the full extent of the costs it takes to keep a dedicated server running. After the server itself, you’ll need to budget for IT support, maintenance, temperature control, extra security, and a range of other things. If you buy into the hosting plan wearing rose-tinted glasses, you can seriously disrupt the cash flow within your whole organization. Be sure to do your research and know what kind of costs you’re going to have to cover well in advance.
General Neglect of Security
One of the main reasons you chose to go with a dedicated server may have been the fact that they’re much more secure than cloud-based solutions like VPSs. However, that doesn’t mean that you can afford to forget about security altogether! Breaches on dedicated servers can and do happen, and you need to make sure your business’s data is as well-protected as possible. All good hosts should have a range of security measures in place, and be able to prove it through certifications such as SSAE16. After that, you’ll need to take things into your own hands, by restricting who has access to the server, monitoring traffic, managing your own security applications and so on. Depending on the nature of your business, some applications and functions may be more necessary than others. However, the one thing you shouldn’t do is neglect security altogether!
Too Much Concern with Hardware
When business owners are first browsing their options for a dedicated server, it’s pretty common for them to focus way too much on the hardware. While the capabilities of the hardware should serve your needs, it’s also very important to think about the hosting service’s network, and whether or not it’s capable of delivering strong, consistent performance. If you’re in the process of choosing a host right now, make sure you’re looking past the capabilities of the dedicated server’s hardware. You need to have a solid, dependable network, with multiple redundancies already built-in. This will ensure that the server stays reliable, and that one isolated failure has no chance of taking down your company’s entire IT infrastructure!
If you’re going with the dedicated server route, be aware of these three mistakes, and do everything possible to make sure they’re avoided.
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