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Inhouse vs. Outsourced Hosting

To provide hosting there are a few essential components required. This document will discuss what needs to be considered when planning to either host internally versus the "Anchor" alternative.

Other aspects to be considered:

Hardware

Internally

A server is typically going to cost anywhere from ~$1,000 up to $10,000, which represents a significant upfront investment.

Anchor

Internet Connection

Internally

SDSL is probably the most affordable solution for small/medium size businesses, at approximately $100/month. However, the link speed is approximately 1/100th the speed of any one of our links. What contingencies are in place if your ISP has an outage? What about if the router in your office stops working?

Most general purpose connections provide by an ISP are generally optimised for inbound traffic. In a hosting environment most traffic is outbound.

As for high speed connections purely designed for this purpose (eg. dark fibre connection); installation costs alone are likely to be many thousands of dollars.

Anchor

Configuration and Running

Internally

Anchor

Reliability

Internally

Anchor

Environment

Internally

Anchor

Security

Internally

Anchor

Wiki: planning/inhouse_vs_outsourced_hosting (last edited 2008-09-23 17:49:45 by AndrewRogers)