Dedicated servers are a cost effective way to control a server without having to manage it. However, some companies are taking unnecessary risks with this approach. They are using dedicated servers that are hosted and managed by their IT provider. The problem is that server is only as good as the infrastructure that supports it.
When you have a server on site, you have proximity and only a single network that needs to be up and running to access it. A dedicated server relies on internet connections. So, you want a dedicated server provider that has multiple internet connections to their location so that you are not left without a server if one of the internet service providers goes down or has a bottleneck.
In addition, it is good to choose a provider that has a backup power supply, temperature controlled environment, and a secure location. The typical independent IT provider lacks all of these things. So, you would lose access to your server if the internet goes down or there is a power loss at the server’s location. Files are also vulnerable if the location is not secured. Someone could break into the location and steal the server.
If you use a dedicated server, be sure to choose a service provider with appropriate infrastructure to ensure your servers are available when you need it.
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