You’ve been researching hosting for a little while now and you’ve come to the conclusion, you need some type of dedicated hosting for your project. Whether it’s a server you buy or lease, you know the resource need to be all yours.
Dedicated hosting is very powerful and many businesses leverage this type of hosting for their most important projects. High traffic website, blogs and those looking for the utmost security, need a managed dedicated server to fulfill their hosting needs. The question comes down to, do you need a leased server or a managed dedicated server for your project. Here are a few things to consider.
The Differences Between a Leased and Managed Server
1. Set Up Costs
When you’re considering leasing servers or using managed dedicated servers, you need to consider how much it will cost to set up. With a leased server, you will need a systems engineer to help with configuration, testing and to build your server property. This can take up to two full days of work, which will cost you well over $1,500.
With managed dedicated servers, you don’t need to worry about any of this. ITX Design will take care of the setup, testing, operating system installation, virus scans, securing, add-ons and anything else you need. This will save you the $1,500 or more you pay with a leased server for an expert to set it up properly.
2. Internet Connection
Another thing you must look at when considering a leased or managed server is the connection to the internet. The security and uptime of this connection are very important. Of course, when considering the connection, you must also look at the cost between the two.
A leased server will provide you with great security and uptime for your internet connection, but you will need to hire a couple of companies to handle the connection. You need two companies using the same network router and program to make sure, when one connection fails the other kicks in automatically. This will cost you between $500 and $1,000 just to get it set up and in place. With a second T1 line added to ensure you get the most out of your hosting, you will pay at least $300 extra per month.
The benefit of a managed dedicated server, when it comes to internet connectivity, you don’t have to spend hundreds to get the connection you desire. ITX Design will take care of everything, including redundant connections to ensure you get the most out of your hosting. This will save you over $500 upfront and at least $300 in monthly fees.
Of course, running your own dedicated servers for hosting requires power, and quite a bit of it. It can cost you as much in power to run the server, as you spend each month to lease it. With a leased server, you will need to get a UPS or Uninterrupted Power Supply or you will suffer downtime issues. If you lose power, you won’t have a backup source. This will cost at least $1,000 and that’s not including the extra power costs of around $100 or more per month, per server.
When you choose managed dedicated servers from ITX Design, you don’t need to worry about a backup power supply or paying for the power to run the server(s). It’s all taken care of for you, which saves you over $1,000 up front and around $100 per server every month.
4. Monitoring and Security
Probably the most important thing to look at when comparing managed dedicated servers and leased servers is the monitoring and security. Monitoring your servers will require a staff working around the clock. Most technicians capable of monitoring and fixing issues with your servers will cost between $10 and $50 per hour. The best techs are even more expensive.
With a managed dedicated server, you don’t need to worry about this cost. ITX Design staffs the best experts to monitor your servers around the clock, seven days a week.
Security is another major concern and includes both internet and physical security. Both will cost you money and getting the right cooling system and other necessities for physical security will cost at least $1,000. Add in the software you need for good internet security and you will spend at least $500, but up to $5,000, along with up to $1,000 for an engineer to install and set everything up.
When you choose the managed dedicated servers from ITX Design, you don’t have to worry about physical or internet security. The software is included in the monthly cost and everything necessary for great physical security are included, as well.
The Bottom Line
What it really comes down to is control. If you want to spend thousands of dollars you don’t need to spend to gain a little extra control over your servers, a leased server is the way to go. However, if you would rather allow a team of experts to ensure your server(s) get the proper attention, you want managed dedicated servers from ITX Design for your hosting needs.