Whether you are a CEO of a million dollar company, an entrepreneur or a store owner, money drives your decisions. Without money, your business would not be able to function.
If you walk into a store and choose a jacket to purchase, the next thing you do is to check the price tag. You need to know how much it costs. Then you perform a quick calculation with your budget versus the cost of the jacket. You ask yourself if you can afford it. Will you be able to afford it?
Cloud Hosting Questions
The same questions come up no matter what you are buying, be it personally or professionally. Many factors will influence what you buy, but money is the bottom line.
You now recognize that money is the determining factor even when you are deciding on which hosting provider to choose. There are 5 cost specific questions that you should ask yourself as you are re-evaluating a new host or a move to a virtual infrastructure.
1) How much are you paying for in-house servers, equipment and hardware currently?
2) How much are you currently paying to maintain your servers on a monthly basis?
3) How much will upgrades cost you the next time?
4) What percentage of your costs of doing business is spent on hardware/infrastructure?
5) How much money do you lose during downtime or unplanned outages?
Cloud Hosting And Costs
Now try to come up with those figures, or at least come up with a rough estimate. Those numbers can be kind of scary. But, the reality is moving to the cloud can save you hardware costs, maintenance costs and continued downtime. For a flat monthly rate, a virtual private server (VPS) will allow you the security of a tier 3 certified data center, 24/7 monitoring, services and support, guaranteed uptime and scalability.
So, since money drives all your decisions in your business, you might want to research your choices and ask questions that concern your business.
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