Hosting a Web site in-house can be expensive, as it requires the necessary hardware and software and power and security precautions—not to mention the cost of bandwidth. To reduce costs and increase both security and performance, some companies are turning to “shared” solutions such as managed hosting and colocation. Before implementing one of these solutions, learn what your options are, and the questions to ask vendors.
costs and gain greater security and performance of their technology. An attractive option is managed hosting that is, the use of Web servers that are dedicated specifically to single Web sites, with service and support handled by the hosting provider, who monitors it, troubleshoots problems, performs regular backups, installs software patches and performs other standard management tasks. At datacenters, companies can take advantage of economies of scale. Multiple customers can locate their network,