Although this article is an advertisement for Productive Computing’s server based services, it covers all of the arguments for using remote servers for a FileMaker server hosting solution:
- Server Hardware
- Installation and configuration Expertise
- Server Maintenance
Server hardware is a big ingredient in the performance and wellbeing of your FileMaker solution. Do you have a handle on exactly what to purchase? How much RAM, processor and hard drive do you need? Which brand of computer? Which platform? Who will warrantee it? What are the IT costs associated with purchasing, installing and configuring your own server? Do you have expertise on how to virtualize your server if you go that route? How long will it take to set up? The hassles and effort to setup hardware is one of the most popular reasons people choose to host with a provider instead of on their own.
When was the last time you configured FileMaker Server software? Do you the expertise to configure it for the maximum performance and protection? This is often better done by your hosting provider who works with the server software on a daily basis.
If you have clients in need of Server based services and they don’t want the hassle or expense of buying and maintaining their own servers, a solution like Productive Computing is the way to go. And there are plenty of server farms out there to choose from:
Prices and features vary, so do your homework. I currently use Triple 8 and I have been happy with their service and pricing, but I review plans with others every six months.