Pros vs. Cons of Buying or Building a Server
Servers are becoming more affordable for SMBs and the server industry is being more flexible.
In result, we’re seeing a trend of built-in-house servers declining and SMBs buying prebuilt servers as the preferred choice.
A popular thread at Spiceworks has 35 replies whether it’s better to build or purchase a server for a business.
The overall verdict was that it’s more beneficial to purchase a prebuilt server from a popular manufacturer such as Dell.
The main weigh in factors include: support, compatibility, and cost.
Building and Configuring a Server In-house
- Your IT department can handle all the issues immediately
- Lower cost (arguable)
- More customization
- Lack of manufacturer support
- Can lead to over diversification
- You’re at fault if it breaks
Purchasing a Prebuilt or Configuring Server to Order
- Manufacturer-backed support
- Warranty that covers the entire system
- Easier firmware updates and access to drivers and software
- Tested system configurations
- Higher-end systems may be more expensive
Small businesses with a limited IT budget may still prefer building their own server in house. However it may be not worth saving a few hundred dollars in the long run. Purchasing a server that includes a warranty and support can give you peace of mind in the event of an IT disaster and you face down-time.
In conclusion, every business has different IT needs. Does your IT department prefer to purchase prebuilt servers or build their own?