Remote Hosting vs Local Server

Hello Experts

Here's the deal:

My client has used a PC s a "server" from the beginning.  This "server' was offered by the software vendor completely configured.  It was the best option for a long time.  It is now time to look at a real server.  So we are considering the upgrade.  However, we also have the option of remote hosting.

So here is the question:

Our local network is  Gigabit.  With a server and 3 Gigabit connections, why should we expect as fast response from an internet connection of 6MB to a hosted server?

Shouldn't we expect  some latency?  

And if so, from the perspective of speed and latency, wouldn't  a local server be a better option?

I admit, I don't know much at all about remote hosting.  It just seems to me that a 1GB connection is superior to a 6MB connection.

Am I looking at this the right way?

thedslguy
LVL 1
thedslguyComputer and Network ConsultantAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

x
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
What's this "server" supposed to do?

It's a server for a critical internal application? If so, it does make sense to keep it locally, or at least a hybrid variant to cover for internet outages.

It's a web server? Definitely host it on your ISP, so your clients can reach it faster.

It's a file server? Definitely keep it internal, as the 6MB pipe will be a serious bottleneck.

So unless you can be a little more precise on the purpose of the server, I can only guess and give general advice.

HTH,
Dan
0
thedslguyComputer and Network ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Dan

It is a file and software server.

It houses a database as well as software for a vendor.

If yoe need more information, please let me know

tdg
0
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
If it's a file server, keep it local.

For the application, it really depends on how much data it sends over the network and how many clients connect to the server.
Most ERP's I know have light network traffic unless they have a document management component, in which case they move gigabytes of scanned pdfs every day.

If you have the budget, I'd say go for a local version. You can even opt for a hybrid approach, where you have 2 servers, one local and one on the clouds, but that might be overkill.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
thedslguyComputer and Network ConsultantAuthor Commented:
I got what I needed with the first post.

Thanks!!

tdg
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Network Management

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.