The pros and cons of having your own dedicated server to manage and the pros and cons of getting it from a dedicated hosting service? And what type of website would benefit for either of them?
I agree with David except he left out one thing, which is speed. If your server resides in your building, you’re going to be able to access it at the speed of your local network, often 100Mb or even 1Gb/s. If the server is hosted remotely, you access the files over the internet. a typical broadband internet connection is perhaps 1-5Mb/s. So in the best case scenario access to the hosted server is going to be 1/20th as fast as access to the local server.
If you’re only storing and retrieving very small files and you need to do it from many remote locations, hosted is a good option. If you’re mostly working from one location and use the server any more than a little bit, a local server is your best bet.
Hope this helps, and feel free to check out http://www.inovagent.com/file_servers for more information on local file servers.
on: 13th October 09