September 9, 2015

4 Ways to Know You’re Ready for Managed Hosting

Managed Hosting

We don’t have to tell you that change is not only hard but inevitable. You probably tell this to your team, and may have even suggested that everyone read that book about moving cheese. But even though we generally accept that change usually benefits an organization, or at least motivates others into feeling this way, it can still be tough to make a big move like switching your hosting provider.

You may have been maintaining your own equipment for years, and your team is great about making sure it all runs. Today, due to better cloud options, more companies are considering dumping their local network and letting someone else handle the storage, maintenance and support. It offers a chance to let the IT team focus on other tasks, and have less need for physical security, or even new software or licenses.

But getting there can be tricky, as you may be comfortable sticking with your existing system, and you may be anxious about giving someone else control of sensitive company/customer data. Taking that plunge can be rewarding because there can be much to gain.

Here are some signs that it’s time to make that call:

When building and managing your applications takes more time than helping clients

This shows that your environment may have been poorly designed from the start. Maybe you inherited it. Maybe you even helped create it, but you still have to monitor and resolve any issues that arise with your public facing website and protecting your data. Either way, from a cost analysis, your team is spending valuable time on projects not directly related to helping clients. A managed hosting provider will work as an extension of your IT team to ensure that all the security, monitoring, patching, backups and more happen on a daily basis while your team is able to focus on your customer’s needs.

When the cost of downtime exceeds uptime

Uptime is the ability for your website to be live to the public to ensure your business runs smoothly. Downtime is the opposite, when your site is off-line for any reason. When you migrate to a managed hosting provider, the burden of keeping your website up 24/7/365 is taken care of. When your website is down, it could potentially affect sales, member login, student registrations, medical payments and more depending on your business. Even better, you can even request a certain uptime level, however, the higher the percentage of uptime guarantee, the higher the costs may climb.

When your business runs around the clock, but your employees don’t

The ideal modern business should be able to stretch people’s schedules so there’s literally someone there around the clock to make sure that equipment functions and customer needs are met at any hour. But this can be a challenge, especially in smaller companies where little happens after traditional working hours.. But if you notice more system activity before or after regular business hours, then it might be a sign that you need to do something a little different – or contract with a company that offers around-the-clock service.

When your sensitive data is exposed to the Internet

“What kind of security do you offer,” is a perfect make-or-break question to ask prospective hosting providers. The better ones may have several layers of defense, including redundant systems that safely hang onto your data in multiple safe locations. Additionally, their staff may have been able to focus more on security measures and a knowledge base. All things considered, if you’re sharing sensitive information across the web, it’s time that you evaluate who / how your data security is managed and maintained.

Understanding the differences and benefits associated with moving to managed hosting versus doing it in-house is critical to determining whether it will be a good solution for your business. The best thing to do is to have internal discussions about how you are handling your environment at the current moment and which options are best for your business on a cost and productiveity basis. Visit Edge Hosting today to receive a complimentary custom analysis and determine if managed hosting is the right choice for your business.

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