Remote Hosting vs Local Server

thedslguy
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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?

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Commented:
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
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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
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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.
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I got what I needed with the first post.

Thanks!!

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