As companies grow, they often get to a point where it makes sense to purchase their own server. It allows them to easily host assets and have them available to their entire staff, such as company emails and other applications.
A properly set up server can support your entire business operations and file storage needs and give you more control over your technology infrastructure.
But, with the convenience of having your own server to power your technology needs, also comes associated costs and responsibilities. If anything goes wrong and the server goes down, it’s on you to fix it. And every minute of downtime is costing you money.
The average cost of enterprise downtime in 2019 was between $301,000 and $500,000 per hour. For small businesses in Broomfield, CO or anywhere in the country, the cost is also significant.
The average cost of downtime for small businesses is $8,220 to $25,620 per hour.
One way to maintain the flexibility a server provides while also mitigating your administrative costs and potential downtime is to host your server in a data center.
While this may seem counterintuitive – “We bought a server so we could have it onsite and save money.” – it’s actually a way to have the best of both worlds while keeping costs under control.
The Advantages of Moving Your Server to a Data Center
One thing that many companies find once they get their own server is that it’s usually a lot more involved than they thought. Servers need continuous monitoring and administration for things like:
- Updating the operating system
- Updating software
- Configuring new applications
- Ensuring server security from breaches
- Maintenance to prevent disk crashes
- Antivirus/anti-malware monitoring
Having professionals in a data center taking care of those tasks, can allow you to enjoy the flexibility that comes with having your own business server while also minimizing disruption and costs for server administration.
Here are several advantages of using a data center to host your server.
Reduce Additional Power Costs
One cost that businesses often miss when deciding to have an on-premises server is the additional cost of electricity. An average server can use between 500 to 1,200 watts per hour.
At the average commercial cost per kWh for Colorado of 0.0949, that’s an additional electricity cost to run your own server of at least $47.45 per hour. This adds up to $379.60 per 8-hour day or $1,138.80 per day if you leave it running 24 hours/day.
When you host your hardware in a data center, the power cost is included in your hosting rate.
Servers Run at Optimal Temperatures
The optimal temperature for servers is in the 68℉ to 71℉ range. If you’re a small business, dedicating a specific room to house your server and having the ability to control the temperature in that room may not be possible.
When servers get too hot, they can overheat, and crashes can occur. Data centers are housing multiple servers and an important part of their operations is controlling the temperature and keeping it at the optimal level.
Keeping your server protected from data breaches is a continuous job. Threats are always getting more sophisticated, which means safeguards are also evolving regularly.
When your server is housed in a data center, it’s protected by 24/7 monitoring for cyberthreats. Data centers also include multiple physical protections, such as key card readers or biometrics to get into sensitive areas of the building as well as onsite security staff.
One of the details that can get overlooked when a business is hosting their own server at their office is the need for data compliance certificates. Certain organizations are required to provide proof that data is protected properly when stored on their server.
These certifications can cost thousands of dollars if you’re trying to handle them yourself.
Co-locating your servers in a data center can make this process much easier and less expensive should you need to comply with a data security audit for compliance with HIPAA, PCI, or any other similar guidelines for data privacy.
If you haven’t ensured that your office internet service plan has enough bandwidth, you may get lags when connecting to your server. If you host your company website on your own server, it can also cause downtime if bandwidth capability is exceeded.
Data centers are designed to support high volumes of traffic and have the bandwidth to support that. This means faster network speeds and fewer issues with outages due to traffic demands.
Redundancy to Mitigate Downtime
Data centers have safeguards to ensure client uptime. These include things like:
- Automatic switch to generator power if there’s a power outage
- Fire suppression systems designed for data centers
- Multiple network route connections and paths
- Ability to mirror a server to a backup to prevent data loss
- Technicians onsite that can immediately address an issue
Make the Most of Your Server Investment
B-Comp Services provides multiple server administration and maintenance services to ensure you get the most out of your server investment.
Contact us for a free consultation today at 303-282-4934 or through our contact form.