24 Feb

Major Factors to Consider When Choosing The Location of Your Hosting Server

Factors to Consider When Choosing The Location of Your Server

Hosting market has evolved greatly over the last several years and there are quite a few options available these days to choose a web host that is apt for you or your business. There are several criteria to be considered for choosing a correct server for your requirements – one of this criteria is to choose the correct location for your server.

Hosting Server Location

While there are conflicting views on whether this should be considered as a viable criteria for choosing a provider or server, we do positively recommend to consider getting a server as close to your target audience as possible for the below reasons:

Lower Latency & Faster Access

Having a server in the same country or at least same continent as your target audience helps in delivering your web pages or application / database much faster due to lower latency. The time required for data packet to travel from one country to another or to a country which is few continents apart is considerably higher than having it travel in the same country or same continent. Faster websites or applications always help in engaging better with end users since they will be having overall better experience working with your websites and servers compared to slower websites or servers.

Better Connected

It is highly important that your server is located where there are premium transit providers available (like New York / Chicago / London / Amsterdam / Singapore / etc.) since it helps in providing better routes for network traffic globally. You can potentially see difference of several milliseconds between servers located at the best connected locations vs. those without it which could eventually cause you to have sub-optimal experience with regard to faster connectivity.

Compliance

Many institutions (mainly financial / banking) are legally bound to have their data reside in specific countries only – hence, it becomes inevitable for those businesses to be very specific with regard to  the location where their data is going to be stored so that they remain in compliance with legal protocols of their organization. Restrictions to have data hosted in a specific country are specifically laid down for data privacy / secrecy laws.

Data / Server Safety from Natural Calamities

There are a few locations which are prone to natural calamities (like floods, snow storms, cyclones, etc.) which have potential to take the operating data center to a non-working state and will cause the facility to stall operations or in some instances cause damage to facility and servers as well. Hence, it is extremely necessary that the location of a server that you choose is safeguarded and stay resistant to historical natural disasters.

Search Engine Optimization Benefits

Although, it is not attested by any search engine, it has been widely recommended that having a server in the same country as your target audience helps in having your website rank higher in search engines for that locale / region. This may affect having your website load faster compared to competitors (related to lower latency) and thus creating better user experience & user engagement chances for your website.

While most of users may not be aware of the above points, a few of them are very selective with regard to location and this is something that should be researched by end users before opting for a web hosting server provider. If you are looking to engage into some type of Forex trading or online financial / share trading, a difference of just 1-5 milliseconds would mean hundreds or thousands of dollars lost due to rates getting updated slower. If you are having a video streaming website, it would mean that your users have to wait more to view your video (and they may just exit forever due to poor user experience). In case you are using servers for phone PBX or VOIP, you might experience break in communication or business presentation – all of these factors can severely affect your business performance.

Hence, it is required to ensure that you choose a provider that has a global footprint and own servers located as close to you as possible. Softsys Hosting provides global virtual private server & global dedicated server hosting services from Denver & Chicago in USA, London in UK and Singapore for Southeast Asia & APAC countries. This helps you to have your server located at a hub that provides the best-in-class connectivity to your end users and thus allows increasing your business revenue.

30 Oct

Choosing the Best Dedicated Windows Hosting Services for Business

Dedicated Windows Hosting for Your Business

There are plenty of businesses that rely on Microsoft Windows Servers to host special applications like ASP.NET websites, MS SQL server databases, Exchange email servers, Sharepoint applications, Navison erp system, failover active directory hosting,  etc. However, finding the right web host which can provide you with complete Microsoft Hosting Solutions has always been a challenge for end users. Let us overview some of the most important points to consider when you are shopping for the best dedicated windows hosting for your business:

1. Microsoft SPLA Partner

Microsoft allows using its licenses for production web based hosting servers through authorized SPLA partners only. These are volume licenses which have monthly recurring fee based on the number of physical or virtual processors in your server or number of user licenses. You will have access to full suite of Microsoft licenses through SPLA partner and is the only authentic way of using licenses in production hosting environment. Hence, as a first step, it is important to opt for a provider that will be providing you with authentic & valid licenses as per protocols laid down by Microsoft.

2.  Sales Engineering Team Who Understands Microsoft Windows Licensing

It is important that the sales engineering team of your windows dedicated hosting company is well aware of optimizing your license usage so as to ensure that you are not overpaying for your licenses along with ensuring that you are not missing on important terms of license usage which may pose an issue at a later stage. Microsoft licensing is not the easiest and there are bits & pieces to be taken from various parts of SPUR to come up with complete understanding of its licensing structure.

3. Microsoft Certified Technical Support

It takes a lot of efforts to understand underlying architecture of Windows server hosting products and it is best done by techs who have obtained Microsoft Certification for its products. You will need to have experts to review your website hosting server, database or hyper-v vps hosting servers on a regular basis to ensure that they are performing at the very best and also that they are completely secure with the latest updates / patches applied. Also, in case of any issues encountered, you will need an expert to fix them professionally to ensure that it is resolved in accurate & timely manner with assurance that the issue will not return again in future. It takes years of experience working with Microsoft hosting servers efficiently and hence you will need to consider reviewing the length of a windows server hosting service provided by your host.

4. Enterprise-Class Server Hardware

Microsoft products perform the best with ample amount of resources like CPU, RAM, SSD storage, etc. You will definitely not like to have various server components going out of service at regular intervals which will affect your business website or application severely. Hence, it is important to ensure that your prospective Microsoft host is using the best server hardware components which are attested to run in 24/7 environment. Enterprise servers from SuperMicro, Dell, etc. are recommended along with using Intel processors for efficient processing. It is also highly important to choose correct storage array for your server – best will be to opt for an enterprise SSD server as solid state drives will provide the best performance for your website & hosting. You will need to ensure that your host uses only enterprise-class components for servers for having a reliable server hosting experience. It is also worth considering that the hardware components used (raid controllers, addon cards, etc.) are compatible with Windows Server Systems so as to avoid any potential issues at a later stage.

We at Softsys Hosting have years of experience delivering the best-in-class Windows-based hosting coming with fully managed and self-managed servers, ultimate capacity and resources.

15 Oct

How to Choose a Hosting Plan for Your Web Store?

If you are hosting a web store (ecommerce website), it is very important to choose a correct hosting plan from your hosting provider as it will directly affect your business. A few important points to consider are outlined below:

1) Hosting Company

You will definitely need to consider a web host which has years of experience hosting ecommerce websites and can help you in getting your store up and running 24/7. It is absolutely necessary to avoid a newbie host (less than 2 years in business) as you may end up with issues that are not sure of resolving quickly. Furthermore, you should also ensure that your prospective host has fully enterprise class server hosting infrastructure / data center to ensure that your website performs at the best of its ability at all times. A fully managed server is highly recommended since it will ensure that you have backups, security, monitoring & 24/7 support taken care of by the experts.

2) Security

Security is the key for all web stores as they are publicly available (including to hackers). You will need to ensure that your customers’ data along with credit card data are securely stored (with encryption & hashing). Also, database should not be publicly accessible with the appropriate firewall solution in place to keep it safe & secure at all times. The operating system & applications should be kept up to date with latest security updates / patches installed regularly. It is also highly recommended that you have DDoS protection included with your hosting plan since it will help to protect your server from widespread online attacks and ensure that your website stays online even in case of ongoing attacks.

3) Hosting Environment / Plan

For an ecommerce website / web store, it is recommended that you host it in a dedicated environment (VPS or Dedicated Hosting) so that your server node or operating system is not shared with other customers. Keeping an isolated environment helps in safeguarding your website against “bad neighbors” which may exist in a shared hosting environment. With VPS hosting or a dedicated server plan, you will be having total control over your server environment to be able to secure & configure it as per your requirements.

4) Scalability

In ecommerce business, you never know when your business will pick up and you may start receiving high amount of traffic which can typically happen during festival season or when you are running an advertising campaign or simply when your web store becomes very popular. During such a period, you might require more server resources to handle the traffic without affecting your website going down or becoming inaccessible for your end users. Scalable cloud, VPS hosting or dedicated servers can be an ideal choice in such case. You will be able to expand your server resources on the fly.

5) 24/7 Server Support & Monitoring

It is highly important that you have access to technical support from your hosting company on 24/7 basis through email / ticket or live chat based system along with emergency phone support. Things can break at times and it is best to notice & fix them ASAP without impacting your business. A robust monitoring solution from your web host should help in detecting faults or issues with your server and fix them proactively. Also, access to efficient team of system administrators will ensure that you have qualified techs who can fix server issues immediately at any time of a day.

Softsys Hosting offers premium class ecommerce hosting with fully managed VPS and dedicated hosting packages that are ideal for web stores of any size and functionality.

10 Aug

Major Pros of Hosting Data Backup

Data Backup

How important is it to backup your data regularly?

“How important is your data?” This is the first question I ask customers if they are not sure of whether to invest in having data backup enabled for their particular hosting account. If you cannot afford to lose your data or in case it is highly critical for your business operations, there is no doubt that you should be considering having data backup in place for your account.

There are various automated backup products available on the market that will help you in automating the process along with reporting you about successful / failed backups and appropriate system in place for easy restoration of data in case it is ever required. We use R1Soft backup service for all of our managed servers which takes backup of the entire server in a schedule that is setup by you – this can be as frequent as every few minutes to once a day or week or month. We typically backup every night with the retention period of 6 days (last 6 days of data is retained for restoration).

Data backup comes very handy in various cases:

  • Accidental delete of files / folders. In case you/your developer accidentally delete a file / folder, you can easily jump to your backup console and restore it without the requirement to rebuild it.
  • Compromised files – in case your server is infected by virus / malware which has modified or scrambled your files, you will need to restore these files to the original version in addition to removing virus / malware from your server.
  • Bad OS Update. In case your server is hit by a bad OS update which breaks things, you will need to restore it back to a state where it was running smoothly. Backups turn out to be very handy in this case, so that you can revert to a restore point whereby your system was in the appropriate working state.
  • Hardware issue with server – in case your server hardware or storage devices (HDD, SSD, RAID controller, etc.) fail for some reason, you will be looking at complete data failure with immediate requirement to restore your data to a working state. Appropriate data backups in place help immensely in this scenario, so that you can move your system to a state before hardware crash.

No one can really predict on when will they need data from their backup copy, but it is highly important for above reasons to ensure that you have backups in place which are monitored regularly. You should carefully understand your use case and select backup software which is appropriate for your requirements. R1Soft works fairly well in most of the use cases as it all supports backing up of nearly all operating system servers. Few other products like Veeam, Acronis have also evolved and in use by many enterprises. The key to any backup software is to ensure that you are able to backup and restore your data in a timely manner and data integrity stays intact. Having an efficient backup system in place helps in business continuity to ensure that you do not spend time restoring your important files / folders in case of accidental delete (human or non-human) as you will already having an efficient backup system in place. It has been a myth that having RAID protected storage is a replacement of backups, but this is completely incorrect – there are several cases whereby RAID can fail completely with no ability to regain the data that existed in your storage array. Hence, you should always have an off-server and preferably off-site backups for your infrastructure.

We at Softsys Hosting backup all of our Shared / Reseller servers on a daily basis along with backing up customer virtual machines or dedicated servers with managed services on our network backup servers. We have reporting enabled which will update our 24/7 technical support team in case backup fails for some reason so that we can fix this immediately.

09 Jun

Main Hosting Trends of 2015: Ultimate Speed and Performance

When it comes to hosting for your website or for infrastructure services in your company the latest trend for 2015 resides in ultimate speed and performance. While security and mobile support have been other past focuses for hosting, many are looking towards the future and utilizing cloud as well as dedicated servers to improve access speed around the world.

Studies have shown that as little as a few milliseconds of lag when accessing web format files or a website can be enough to discourage a user from returning back to the website. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has taken on a whole new focus in this industry and as a result many are opting for Windows-based virtual private servers, dedicated servers, cloud servers and more.

A virtual private server as well as a dedicated server can deliver the ultimate speed for any of your web applications or for a website. This means that you can enjoy an ultimate uptime as well as the quickest possible access to all of your web elements. This will cut milliseconds off of the time it takes for your web page to load which can actually improve search engine results, maximize the amount of return visitors that you might get and minimize any issues that might occur from accessing your web content.

Another big focus to increase performance and speeds is DDoS protection. These types of attacks can quickly shut down a website or any web elements for hours. Recognizing one of these attacks as it occurs and having means to prevent this denial of service attack is absolutely crucial. With the proper protection in place, a website will remain up even if it’s experiencing some type of attack guaranteeing that competitors and hackers cannot affect your hosting. Having this level of protection up and running will secure your online business from costly downtimes.

20 May

Windows VPS vs. Linux VPS: Getting the Most Out of Your Web Hosting Account

When it comes to choosing the best hosting option for your needs, it is important to note the difference between virtual private server interfaces running on popular operating systems. Although launching a virtual private server on Linux and Windows can be somehow similar, there are certainly some differences on either system. Here’s a rundown of some of the top pros and cons that you can face by choosing Linux or a Windows-based server:

Linux VPS

Linux is open source software and you can find this operating system anywhere for free. Linux based servers are known for their amazing ongoing performance and uptime. They’re fairly easy to adapt, but it may require a little more technical knowledge as the OS isn’t quite as intuitive as a Windows-based system.

Some of the top Linux pros:

  • Its free and open source.
  • Works well with PHP and other open-source applications.
  • Lots of OS versions, including Debian, Ubuntu and more.
  • Fantastic integration with cPanel.
  • Less load on the servers with SSH access which grants greater control level.

There’s really only one major con of the Linux system:

  • SSH management for Linux VPS isn’t as easy to work with as the Windows interface.

If you have the tech skills to manage a Linux-based system it can be an affordable VPS hosting option with lots of open source compatibility.

Windows VPS

Windows offers one of the most intuitive systems for reliable VPS hosting meaning that even someone with very little in the way of a tech background can get up and running after paying a licensing fee. Windows database server hosting and large Windows VPS are available in US, Europe, Asia and the rest of the world. It is a great OS as it offers fantastic integration with other Windows-based software and scripts.

Main Windows pros:

  • Easy to manage with low IT skills. Great graphical interface similar to regular Windows XP.
  • Full integration with Scripts from ASP or ASP.net.
  • Ideal for fans of MS SQL databases.
  • Massive amount of support and tutorials from Microsoft with regular security updates.

The main Windows cons include:

  • More expensive to operate and buy licenses.
  • Doesn’t have the same ease of integration with open source applications.
  • Does not support cPanel.

If your business heavily relies on Microsoft-based products, a Windows-based VPS is probably one of the best options for you although it can be more expensive to run.

08 May

Cloud Servers or Standard VPS for Ecommerce Web Projects

Standard VPS Hosting vs. Cloud Solutions for Ecommerce Projects

There are various web hosting plans available on the Internet to host your website or your ecommerce online store. Some of available hosting choices offer discount coupons too and can save hosting budgets dramatically. For a developer or seasonal web hosting customer, selecting the best web hosting plan is rather easy. But for any newbie, it is confusing to understand these web hosting features & choose the most suitable one at an affordable rate.

Common web hosting choices based on Linux and Windows platforms:

1) Shared Hosting.

2) VPS Hosting.

3) Cloud Hosting.

4) Dedicated Servers.

Burning question is how to determine the best web hosting option out of these?

1) Shared hosting is enough to host any small scale business website.

2) If you own a mid-sized website, go for either standard VPS Hosting or cloud hosting.

3) And if a website boasts huge images / videos and uses extensive server resources, dedicated hosting is your only option. No doubt, fully redundant cloud hosting can also be a viable choice.

So, now let’s talk about the best web hosting plan to host any ecommerce website. How to determine the best option for ecommerce project?

Standard VPS

VPS hosting is ideal for small business websites as it is one of the best value for money. It allows you to configure a server with the much needed features and is easy to manage. VPS hosting comes with customization facilities and complete control features.

Now let’s talk about how vps hosting will fit ecommerce hosting needs. Going for vps hosting with managed level services & SSL certificates is recommended for any start-up or established projects. Going for a web hosting company with the managed service level will solve all the problems related to your server. Additionally, an SSL certificate helps in secured transaction, preventing the hackers from entering your website.

Cloud Hosting

Instead of being a traditional single unit server, cloud hosting operates from many servers simultaneously. Each individual server includes its own OS and can be easily customized. Cloud VPS plans are scalable on-the-fly. Any number of resources such as CPU, RAM, and storage space, etc. can be added at any given time frame and here there is no need of migrating your server.

Summary

With cloud VPS you pay for the resources used only, while with standard VPS hosting, you have to pay some fix amount each month. If a website is getting heavy traffic, cloud vps is the best option, while traditional VPS won’t meet all you requirements. Choose from cloud servers or standard VPS the one that will better suit your current and future goals.

05 Apr

Major benefits of VPS hosting over traditional shared hosting solutions

Are you on Shared hosting services with restrictions?

Are you looking for more power and flexibility with your web hosting service?

Are you not allowed to do custom configurations or installation of specific software or service?

If answer to any of the above questions is a “Yes”, you should consider VPS hosting services that comes with administrator or root access to the server for detailed configuration along with more scalability feature.

VPS hosting solution is an ideal alternative of dedicated servers. The resources on a virtual private server hosting platform are distributed amongst a set of users in unique way that provides dedicated resources at low cost compared to dedicated servers – this allows you to gain best performance of your server at cheaper rates (like dedicated server).

The VPS Hosting plans are best for all medium-sized enterprises or for large e-commerce websites.

You should consider VPS Hosting if you need any of the below features:

•             Low website loading speed (fast website access).

•             Requirement of root access or administrator rdp access of web server.

•             Running a website with medium web traffic.

•             Requirement of more power for your web server or database server.

•             Requirement of uninterrupted accessibility of website and not have your website affected by other websites on same server.

•             Requirement of a flexible and scalable server (increase or decrease resources whenever required).

•             Requirement of having an isolated environment which is not shared with any other customer.

Moving to VPS Hosting from shared hosting

The low rates and potentiality of VPS inspires various businesses to consider VPS servers. This saves the man-power, time and cost of the firm. As with several restrictive nature of shared hosting, there is no much need of server observation and management with VPS. License installation or software upgrading task is easily handled by VPS as it comes with complete root access. You can enjoy all the benefits of ultimate web performance, scalability, powerful control panel and more with VPS.

VPS is a ver cost-effective web hosting service available in current market. Adopting VPS as the hosting solutions is helping the growth of the capital for companies. Every penny spending is giving fruitful results for the business. More and more businesses are moving the web application to VPS so that they can capture all benefits of VPS hosting and its functionality.

We at Softsys Hosting offers premium VPS hosting plans for you to switch over from shared hosting. Whether they are based on Linux or Windows or Cloud. We feel proud to announce our VPS Hosting plans from Softsys Hosting, your one stop hosting solution provider.

Softsys Window VPS: Affordable Windows VPS with Hyper-V Technology, available with managed or self-managed service level

Softsys Linux VPS: SSD Linux VPS Hosting Plans Powered by KVM virtualization infrastructure, available with or without cPanel.

Softsys Cloud VPS: Build Your Own Cloud VPS as per your resource requirements. Completely scalable and redundant!

26 Mar

When is a dedicated server required for your business?

Since the start of web hosting services, technology has improved on high scale in year 2015. New features were added with the technology advancement in any web hosting service. Selection of web hosting service among these depends on the usage and needs of your website.

VPS hosting has too grown up with better visualization software and scaling ability. Dedicated server has much more potential to host your website(s) hosting with best security than VPS. Although VPS is still the best solution for many business owners as it offers enough power at reasonable rates.

Every webmaster knows what virtual private server is, still let’s explore it one more time. VPS suits to small or medium businesses for any of their hosting requirements at affordable price. It is like “You are having fixed amount of resources (RAM/CPU/HDD) for your server with full control”. VPS have the capability of performing better just like dedicated server but in a shared environment (multiple VPS’ hosted on same server but with isolation). As you are having complete root / administrative access, many software or applications gets installed as per business needs. Compared to shared hosting, VPS Hosting is much faster and it gives better performance.

Why should I prefer DEDICATED SERVERS?


First of all, let’s define what is a dedicated server?

A Dedicated Server is the standalone physical machine to host medium / large business sites or applications or it can be used for backup purposes. A client can use the allocated CPU and RAM resources of a dedicated server for faster performance of their websites.

Your online projects are mission-critical and resource-intensive? You need ultimate performance from your web hosting?

In this case, VPS Hosting won’t help and dedicated server will outperform VPS Hosting with in all areas. Dedicated Servers are most powerful and speedier choices among web hosting services. They provides around-the-clock guaranteed accessibility from any location around the Globe. Dedicated servers ranked up as far as web hosting performance concerns, although prices are high too.

Now let’s talk about benefits in selecting dedicated servers, which may or not available with VPS.

One of the major feature of a dedicated server is that it is completely under the control of the owner. It can be rebooted in required times. Any Software, any tools or any server applications can be installed in your dedicated server. Also dedicated server can be completely customized with your chosen OS as per the business needs. OS Choices available: CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu & Microsoft Windows Server (2008 & 2012) or install your own OS.

VPS Hosting provides do not allow their customers to install and run more software even it is much needed and ready to install. Also VPS providers sometimes do not give 100% control of their virtual modules to their clients. VPS Customers have to compulsory share the resources of their server, while dedicated servers customer enjoys resources at any time. Processors, Memory, hard disk storage capacity, network access & rest belongs to the owner in 100% capacity. With Dedicated Servers, any hardware can be handle and run in server. Customers gets full control of a server. ‘You are complete owner of the house’.

Dedicated hosting is reliable. There is risk of not having required access to the resources at times of need in VPS. Your website may goes down or temporary unreliable due to other customer’s use of the server. Especially at times, when server gets bombarded with huge traffic. Dedicated hosting solves those problems by giving you an entire server all to yourself. In this type of situation, there is no chance of a single issue with dedicated server hosting. No worry about other websites using all your bandwidth when you need it most. Due to this particular reason, there is no downtime or no crashing issues with dedicated server hosting. Your site will be up all time with huge traffic handling capacity inclusive of video streaming / high quality images. Your website will never get denied access to the resources it needs to handle traffic and media.

Dedicated Server hosting performs better. Hosting your traffic flooded website with VPS, will lead to many crashing and unavailability. Also high resolution photos and videos can be incorporated in website without any fear of bandwidth loss. In any of the case, dedicated server will offer best reliability and smooth run-up of website. There is no compromise with the performance. Your website will be accessible to each potential client with best loading time.

Dedicated web hosting is secure. One of the biggest benefit offered by dedicated server is far greater level of security, compared with VPS. All the resources are allocated to the particular server, making it far more secure than a VPS. With managed level service, shield your server with regular updates and security patches.

Also, Softsys Hosting dedicated hosting includes 24/7 support. Bare metal servers allows you to create a custom firewall and enforce your own access control policy. With a dedicated server, you will be allocated with your own IP range. No Blacklist issues due to spamming activities by other customers.

DDoS protected Dedicated Servers. DDoS attacks makes your website unavailable to end users. Most providers will null route your IP for a period of 2 – 48 hours in case a DDoS attack is detected. All services will be inaccessible / down due to DDoS attack for you and all your visitors. These attacks are giving hard time to website owners but Softsys Hosting have perfect solution: DDoS protection system. These will help to mitigate these attacks and make sure your websites and servers are accessible to all end users. Also redundant DDoS mitigation systems will filter all malicious / bad traffic and continue to forward all clean traffic to your servers. This means that your websites / services will continue to operate without any downtime.

Although DDoS protection is expensive. DDoS attacks suffered customers are looking for the web hosting companies with DDoS protection. It is advisable for website owners to check for DDoS protected web hosting services from any web hosting company.

Other options of standard dedicated servers:

• If in need of more speed, go with SSD server and
• If you want to completely relax, give all server management to Softsys Hosting managed dedicated server hosting service.

Are you interested in powerful dedicated server hosting to better match your business needs and goals if compared to VPS? Softsys Hosting dedicated server hosting plans start at $100.00. Take a look at our website or shoot an email to the sales team on sales @ softsyshosting . com.

12 Feb

How to reduce your Server / Hosting expenses

We routinely communicate with customers who are very much interested in reducing their hosting expenses. However, there are few critical factors to consider when you look out for this which also includes degradation of quality of services which directly affects your business. I’ve created few points here which will help you in analyzing your current setup to ascertain if you have any scope for reducing your expenses

1) Consolidate Websites / Applications

If you have several websites in different hosting plans, you can check if you can upgrade your hosting plan subscription with existing provider and consolidate all websites in single plan – this can save your costs significantly along with reducing time spent on management of different website hosting subscriptions. In case you have services with multiple providers, you can consider to move them to a single provider who has been best in service quality.

2) Move on-premise servers to hosting providers / cloud

The cost involved in maintaining on-premise server is massive and is usually overlooked by corporate management. You need to consider power usage, backup power setup cost, uplink (public) connectivity cost, hardware spare management costs, networking gear costs, cooling unit costs, etc. when you have on-premise server(s). If you think this is negligible, you are wrong – these costs pile up massively and you can save significant amount if you move these servers to professional hosting provider along with ensuring that you receive better services out of similar servers. Professional hosting providers have enterprise grade setup / environment which has been specially setup / developed / maintained for servers along with regular maintenance of equipment performed. Additionally, the provider stocks up all spare hardware components along with ensuring that your server has the very latest components installed for best performance.

3) Move to Managed Services

Most organizations spend significant amount on IT staff for managing their servers – moving to managed services by professionals helps to reduce these costs massively. With managed services, your provider will manage everything inside your server which includes setup / provisioning, performing day to day management tasks, applying patches/updates to operating system, securing your server, performing daily backups, monitoring your server on 24/7 basis and performing routine security audits of your servers. All of this can be for a price range of as low as $40-$100/m per server. You can virtually get rid

of your entire IT staff after moving to a managed provider – this can essentially save you hundreds of thousands of dollars every year! A detailed write up on this is available at http://blog.softsyshosting.com/2014/07/04/managed-hosting-server-management-and-monitoring-services/

4) Virtualize your servers

In this current era of cloud computing, most organizations have benefitted from virtualizing their physical hardware by moving to Virtual Machines. A virtual machine performs similar to a dedicated server whereby you have full fledged operating system and you can perform all functions that you can on a physical server. With virtualization, you can have a high end physical server which can host multiple virtual machines – such a setup helps you in reducing your costs significantly. Virtualized environment helps in lowering the costs since:

  • Less physical space is required.
  • Lower power usage
  • Significantly less maintenance / management costs
  • Reduces time (and money) for managing servers
  • It is highly scalable – you can easily upgrade / downgrade your virtual machines on the fly

You can understand from above points that these are fairly simple steps / changes in your setup that you can consider to undertake and thus reduce your expenses significantly along with ensuring that you get enterprise class setup which is of latest generation. You will also have access to the very best talent in industry with managed services who will keep your server safe, secure & backed up at all times.

At Softsys Hosting, we help our customers in reducing their expenses with various services which help their business grow flawlessly. We provide virtualized Windows VPS / Linux VPS plans along with dedicated server hosting. We also provide comprehensive server management services where our experts (available on 24/7 basis) handle all day to day management tasks along with monitoring your server, backups, security, etc. These administration services are available as an addon or with specialized managed Windows VPS hosting or managed server services.