The deployment of fiber optic networks made the in-house hosting appealing to many companies.
3rd party access to your servers
Today, all the trade secrets of a company are located in data like emails, files, databases. When a company hosts its servers, it also protects its trade secrets. On the other hand, if a 3rd party hosts your server, technicians that you don’t know can access the servers.
Here is a safety nightmare scenario. Let’s imagine that you pay for a cloud subscription. The reseller has an admin access to your accounts. Behind the reseller, there is a data center company with technicians who can get root access to your servers. Additionally, the datacenter company may hire from time to time different sub-contractors for the maintenance of servers. Those ones can have
Connectivity to the internet
The fiber optic network subscriptions are today really cheap. Some of Data centers have access to a CDN network. However, we found that many data centers had few connections to the Internet.
If your backup server is connected to your main server. You can do what it needs to get a 1Gb/s and fully restore a server quickly. When you
Noise & bad behaviour in a data center
On the private network of the data center, other individuals and companies use the network infrastructure made of switches and firewall. To illustrate this issue, we monitored all the network packets that were received by our servers at different data centers. We discovered that most of the packets that our servers received came from other servers of the data center. On the other hand, when your company
Once, at Leaseweb in Amsterdam, we rebooted a server and someone else stole our IP address so that we could not have the IP address. It took 24 hours before gettings back the IP address.
No need to be dependent on a third party maintenance schedule. the company can determine its own maintenance schedule so that it will not be an issue for your daily business.
Control your budget
Many cloud solutions are good but then, if you wish to get a full backup of some servers, this may become really pricey. Hardware firewalls, network switches are not replaced every day.
Some people will tell you that the company has to invest in hardware for in-house hosting. However, today, it is possible to start with cheap routers, switches and hardware firewalls, that will do the job for a small or a
Protection of servers and data
As we said before, we found that servers at data centers received packets from nearby servers. We think that hackers could be located inside the data centers in case of server hosting, cloud hosting with a private network, VPN server hosting. The private network is not so private because a server shares its network with other servers.
We found that in some data centers everyone had console access without any password to some server. We have read many terms of service from web hosting companies and found that many didn’t ask their employees and especially sub contractors to sign a non disclosure agreement.
3rd party dependency
Once the company data is hosted in the data center, it means that this company agreed to give up a part of its sensitive data and operations to a 3rd party. Then the web hosting company is almighty. It can increase prices, change the infrastructure, impose maintenance dates and modify the contract. Since the customer will be forced to agree any changes and activities imposed by the web hosting company.