Published on 21 Sep 2017 - Updated on 06 Feb 2020
What’s your FTP solution? If you’re running own business, you want to be sure everything is working like a Swiss watch. The widespread belief that self-help is the best help often leads to doing things yourself and even considering deploying an FTP server yourself with internal resources.
Be ready to start with the most important question: Do you have the extra budget to keep and manage the in-house FTP infrastructure? Setting up your internal FTP server will eat a big part of your yearly operating budget. Server technology needs to be online 24/7, 365 days per year. Your electric bill will increase from having hardware always running, not just when you are at the office Monday – Friday from 9-5. That’s only the beginning of the expenses you should consider when hosting an FTP server internally. We’ve made a list of costs you should consider (prices are approximate):
You’re looking at a minimum of $3100 for hardware and services before you even get started. Once you add on monthly fees – you’re looking at quite the expenditure. Keep in mind, this list doesn’t account for keeping the server in a temperature-controlled room. Because your FTP server will always be running and generating heat that can cause failures due to built up heat, particularly in the summertime. You’ll need to consider cooling depending on the server location and enclosure if there is one. If you have highly sensitive data on your FTP server, so should consider the security of the physical servers themselves.
When you start building your in-house FTP server, you become responsible for everything. Let’s repeat that critical point; you become responsible for EVERYTHING. You have to purchase the hardware, choose and maintain the operating system, map your software needs, configure, deploy, and hope that everything is working properly after your setup. All these things require a huge amount of time, effort, and technical skills. From time to time you’ll need to upgrade hardware to keep up with expanding business needs. This includes needing more concurrent users, or resource requirements like purchasing new software.
With a hosted FTP solution, you are responsible for fixing any and all problems. As new bottlenecks and issues arise, you or your technical team have to make sure that everything on the server is running smoothly and updated. If you’ve decided to deploy internally, do you have a rescue plan when your FTP server goes down? Or what if your server gets hacked?
FTP server security is no laughing matter; any server can get hacked, even one managed by professionals. You won’t be safeguarded against DDoS attacks without an adequate firewall and other security measures in your configuration. So you’ll need to account for the extra time you’ll need to devote internally towards the discovery of new threats and issues on your in-house FTP server.
Of course, your business can run its physical FTP server, but nowadays the majority will have neither the adequate budget nor the internal knowledge to do this successfully on their own. Don’t take on this headache if you don’t have to; you can choose an alternative like a hosted FTP service such as ExaVault. With hosted FTP, you can replace your expensive to maintain in-house FTP server infrastructure. ExaVault is a secure managed service with highly professional support.
Benefits of using ExaVault’s hosted FTP service:
Running your FTP needs with ExaVault unburdens you from complicated IT processes that spend your time, money, and human resources. Go to ExaVault’s hosted FTP page for more information and start your free trial today. You work on your business, and we’ll work on your FTP needs.
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