Choosing the right hosting solution for larger businesses

Wednesday 26 September 2012

Mid-size and large businesses have a number of options to choose from when it comes to hosting packages, it has been suggested.

In an article for Business 2 Community, Jo Turnbull outlined the benefits of dedicated, virtual private server and managed hosting - each of which companies may wish to consider.

"It is important to choose the right one, in line with your financial budget and your individual needs/corporate needs," the expert claimed.

"The hosting packages vary dependent on the website, data traffic/transfer monthly, email accounts and any virus/spam filters."

The first option, virtual private server hosting, is a cross between dedicated and shared hosting, and is suited to clients who want to share the resources of the server without the large investment.

"A client shares the physical server hardware with other websites. The server space is divided in allocated percentage, meaning that not one person is using too much bandwidth," Ms Turnbull explained.

"Many small companies and those who have just set up their own business use virtual private servers as they cannot afford a dedicated server."

But increasingly, companies are willing to pay a little extra for a higher quality of service - particularly where the reliability of their website is at stake.

With dedicated hosting, businesses are provided with single-server support, meaning they do not need to share capacity with other users.

"It is ideal for big businesses who want complete control over their content and host server," Ms Turnbull said.

However, companies choosing this option will need to spend a lot of time managing and monitoring their website and account.

A more appropriate choice may be managed hosting, which is ideally suited for large businesses with a reliance on online business.

"Large organisations choose the managed hosting option as there is a dedicated server as well as maintenance support for the hosting," Ms Turnbull said.

"Nowadays you do not need to be technically minded to run a large website and avoid it crashing."

This is because the host provides remote technical support on behalf of their clients - ensuring websites are kept online and fully functional.

"It is important to have managed hosting when a client has a big site with millions of visitors monthly, otherwise the website site would crash," Ms Turnbull said.

Each company needs to assess its internet needs, and consider which solution is most appropriate to them, based on their own characteristics and end goals.

Posted by Alex Boardman