Potential pitfalls when looking for a new dedicated server
Dedicated servers can make a massive difference to your business. However, there are several pitfalls you’ll want to avoid when choosing your server base:
Not taking online threats seriously.
Despite some of the high-profile hacks that have taken place in the last few years, it’s surprising how many businesses don’t look at their security levels when picking out the right dedicated server.
There are levels of safety online, and you need to make sure your dedicated server sets the standard in terms of protecting your online presence. Remember, if you store any Customer and staff data – and you almost certainly do – it’s your responsibility to safeguard your business.
Not taking value into account.
When it comes to online servers, the cost can vary substantially. As in any industry, there is nearly always someone prepared to do the job for cheaper.
However, rather than looking at the initial price, have you considered the value of your chosen dedicated server?
Let’s say that you decide to go with a server that’s £2,000 a year cheaper. What happens if you suffer five days of downtime throughout the year, each day costing you a conservative £1,000?
You’re already down on how much it’s cost you. Think of long-term value, not just the initial outlay.
Not consulting with specialists.
It might sound trite to say it, but servers can be very complex. Even tech-friendly companies are often surprised at how complicated picking out the right dedicated server can be.
With that in mind, you should avoid simply picking one that ‘looks’ good to you. Nearly all dedicated server providers will be happy to work with you to help you understand the best one to suit your needs.
Remember, if you run your business online without the right server, nothing will work as it should. The server is the heartbeat of your company, and making a poor decision here could cost you thousands each year. Maybe even more.
Be sure to consult with a specialist at this stage, and be sure that you take the time to pick the server that best suits your company’s individual needs.