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Your business might be small, but it’s probably not small enough that you can forgo a server. In fact, this is exactly the reason why you’re facing this dilemma – you started with a peer-to-peer network and ended up with a system that’s just too bulky, large and impractical for people to hook up anymore. So you bit the bullet and got a legitimate, 24/7 server which doesn’t ever stop. Then, of course, it stops, or moves so slow that it’s basically the same thing.

 

Either way, you’ll have to move on and try something new if you want your business to function digitally. It can be quite daunting to decide whether you should upgrade or switch systems. If you’re looking for alternatives, take a look at the list below. It contains pros and cons for on-site and cloud-based servers, which should help you decide whether you need to upgrades your system or change it to something else entirely.

 

Upgrading

 

Sometimes a local server will provide a better solution when compared to moving to the cloud.If you’re part of something more industrial then one of these should be considered. In fact, that might be true in a variety of cases. Upgrading to a good on-site server might give your business benefits such as low latency, high security levels, keeping sensitive information in-house, and more importantly, not requiring internet connection to function as well as already understanding exactly how it works.

 

The downsides of using this sort of system, of course, is that this sort of system puts the entirety of your work at risk in case of an on-side catastrophe. It also requires physical space for additional hardware in your building, being dependent on your IT support, running extra power usage for your server and requiring a relatively large quantity of capital.

 

Sharing

 

Organizations that turn to file sharing in the cloud as an attempt to facilitate accessing files and collaborating from endpoint devices have been discovering that these services can displace in-house file servers. If you want to go with a cloud server, you’ll face high latency, the need for extra security measures, and being dependent on the speed of your intranet and internet. Unfortunately, should you run into a tech issue, the solution is out of your hands, and there won’t be much you can do to get the company up and running again.

 

The advantages of getting a cloud-based servers include a lower initial investment, no extra on-site hardware, and scalability, connecting anywhere and from any device, and not depending on a full-time IT person. The system works for even the smallest of companies.

 

As with various tech issues, the decision will come down to reliability, speed, security, and cost. Deciding whether you’re willing to compromise will tell you whether you should move to a sharing system or upgrade the server.

Note: This is a guest post.

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