Small and medium-sized business owners have more to worry about than ever as the IT market continues to evolve. With every SMB requiring a viable web presence to succeed in their industry, it can often feel like you’re up against a wall when it comes to choosing an option that is both economically viable and that meets your current budget as well.
As if that weren’t enough, there is now a large push to make technology more ecologically friendly, leaving you wondering how to accomplish all of your aims without breaking the bank. Fortunately, a managed VPS web hosting solution may hold the answer, both by reducing your out-of-pocket expenses and providing a simple green alternative.
VPS Hosting – The Basics
The “standard” way for any SMB to operate their web servers had been to own one or several and maintain them in-house. This means that the initial cost of the server, as well as all costs required to maintain the server, lies in your hands. From the purchase of the server to supplying it with power to making sure the server is up to date and running properly, all bills will go directly to you, no matter the issue.
If you’d prefer not to be in charge of every aspect of your server, however, you can choose a green web hosting option in the form of a VPS, or virtual private server. These servers are located in a hosting provider’s facility, and they will take care of all power, maintenance and IT costs. You, meanwhile, pay the host company for a portion of the server space and resources, and you can install whatever you like on the server – whatever OS you prefer, whatever applications you’d like to use, and whatever type of email service works best for you. Anything on your slice of the VPS can be accessed by those in your company with the right permissions, and from any PC in your network that is connected to the Internet. From a pure cost savings perspective, this kind of green web hosting means you won’t have to be burdened with paying for the initial server purchase, its maintenance over time, and replacing it when it becomes outdated.
Go Green with VPS Hosting
Fortunately, VPS Hosting is green by its very nature, meaning you can get the benefit of lower costs and of supporting a green technology industry by choosing an outsourced hosting option. This green advantage starts with reduced power consumption on your end – without servers to maintain each day, all day, and your power costs will drop dramatically. Your hosting provider will be able to more efficiently manage their power costs than you could locally, meaning that overall power consumption, and thus carbon footprint will be reduced.
Add to this the fact that the IT staff at your hosting provider will have one job – maintaining the servers they run, giving them the ability to make maximum use of server space while still maintaining performance for all customers. Allowing servers to run for as long as possible under optimal conditions before needing a full replacement and keeping them out of landfills means that a VPS hosting provider will limit electronic waste. Green VPS hosting is a simple way to not only lower your costs, but reduce the impact that your business has on the environment.
Stop Depending on Hardware
In addition to cost and ecological benefits, your SMB can also enjoy a reduction in your dependence on physical hardware. Without a bank of servers or small server data center, you can concentrate your time and effort on what matters to your business – your business. IT costs can be streamlined or all but eliminated, as IT support may be provided by your VPS host. Your hardware and base software will be kept up to date by your VPS provider as well, and many providers have a great deal of experience in the IT industry, meaning that you can expect only minimal downtime, as well as a significant improvement over a shared web experience or the use of a webmail application for your company’s communications.
Virtualization and the cloud are slowly becoming go-to options for SMBs as their availability increases and their costs go down. And thanks to the centralized nature of such solutions, your business can also enjoy the benefit of being eco-friendly and reducing your carbon footprint, all while saving money on your power bills.