We all know how expensive the dedicated servers are. The entry-level service with dedicated hosting can cost a few hundred dollars per month. This can easily shoot up to ten thousand dollars or more for bigger organizations.
If you are moving or planning to move your resources to a dedicated server host, you should know a few tricks that can help you cut on the server setup cost.
Having said so, here are the 4 ways we advise our clients to bring down the cost of setting up dedicated hosting.
- Have a clear picture of your needs
More than half the clients who approach us for a server upgrade, approach us blindly. While some of them have an idea of how much resource they will need on their server, the remaining have little to no idea of how much is required.
Before you get in touch with a host, make a note of how much resource do you have on your current server and second whether your current hosting is able to handle your apps and websites. You should upgrade to dedicated server hosts only when the present server is incapable of handling apps and websites hosted on it.
- Always buy unmanaged server
An unmanaged server costs 10 to 15 per cent less than its managed counterpart. Experienced administrators almost always buy an unmanaged server because it gives them more control and saves cost. Ideally, you should go with managed services only in the following two cases –
You are not technically sound enough to manage the server on your own.
Managing server gets way too much hectic for you and you need help handling your server.
Here’s how managed, unmanaged and self-managed services are charged at Go4hosting –
Keep in mind that this wouldn’t be the best option for everybody out there. Businesses and individuals have their own needs so what fits one might not be suitable for another.
- Choose Linux operating system
You can choose between Windows and Linux OS when you rent a server. While Windows may be intuitive and interactive, it comes at an added cost. Linux, on the other hand, is open-source and hence free to use and distribute. If you are proficient in Linux, choose any distro and you can save some more bucks for your organization.
Linux, on average, costs 7 to 8 dollars less per month on an entry-level server. On high-end servers, this difference becomes even more tangible. Like managed and unmanaged service, the choice of an OS is also extremely personal.
Linux, although robust and free, is nowhere near as easy to use as Windows. Windows, however, is easy to use but comes at a price which is often prohibitive for a growing business.
- Combine with other technologies
You can reserve dedicated servers for crucial functions such as hosting apps and websites and move the (relatively) less important functionalities such as emails on cloud servers. Cloud computing offers almost the same level of uptime but at a reduced cost.
Dedicated servers can also be interlinked with the cloud to facilitate easy sharing and placement of data one over the other. You can code your dedicated server to move some of the load to the cloud for added flexibility.
There are virtually infinite options when it comes to minimizing how much you spend on dedicated servers per month. Even if you can afford it, there is no harm in cutting down your expenses, provided you can perform the vital operations on the server.
Do you need help setting up a dedicated server? Let us know and our representatives shall reach out to you in no time.