For many businesses, hosting the company website and/or data storage in-house is the best option, both financially and logistically. But then, things begin to change. The business grows, new services are added, budgets are reprioritized or staffing changes are made. Or, in a worst case scenario, the business falls victim to a disaster or cyberattack, and determines that it’s time for a more secure hosting setup. Whatever the reason, when it becomes time to outsource hosting, it’s helpful to know the steps.
Step One: Get The Information
Before deciding whether to outsource hosting, you should first get in touch with a reliable hybrid IT company. At Vaultas, we’re happy to talk businesses through our hosting solutions, and to help determine what exactly they need.
Step Two: Determine What You Have and What You Need
What and how much you choose to host will depend on:
- the company’s personnel resources,
- budgetary allocations, and
- the type of business you conduct.
Step Three: Start Making Decisions
Whether you maintain some hosting in-house will depend on having the right personnel and your specific business needs. One option is to choose an IaaS, or Infrastructure-as-a-Service, provider to manage select hosting needs, while managing others in-house. This allows companies to save money while outsourcing some of the more complicated aspects.
(If a company does business in healthcare, banking, insurance or financial services, there are federal regulations on security and compliance that can make it more difficult to manage in-house.)
For companies without the personnel or IT resources to manage any part of the infrastructure, fully managed hosting services may be the way to go. This could be a more costly option, but it allows for smoother day-to-day operations, and decreased risk.
Vaultas offers a wide variety of hosting options, including website, application and storage hosting solutions. If your business needs a more custom solution, we can tailor any of our services to meet your needs, providing nonstop, comprehensive support to ensure that there are no interruptions.
Could outsourced hosting save your company time and money?
Contact Vaultas to learn more about our custom hosting solutions.
Vaultas is a premier provider of hybrid IT solutions, providing data storage and backup, disaster recovery and business continuity services, hosting, colocation, cloud storage, data center consulting, internet connections, hosted PBX and VOIP, and more. Our data centers are located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Alexandria and St. Cloud, MN, and Milwaukee, WI. Contact us to get started.
(This is a repost of a blog post from October 2017 that was updated in March 2020.)