Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Web hosting, again

In my ongoing research into web hosting and email hosting options I'm starting to think that we need to reappraise how we're looking at it. There's no doubt that our current offerrings are behind the times, but I am less convinced that it should all be brought in-house.

For example, competing against web hosting companies like GoDaddy, 1 & 1 Internet, or Pair is going to be quite difficult. They all offer web hosting, email, domain registration, and DNS hosting services at very low cost. Bringing any one of these components in-house would incur large expenses not for just building the infrastructure, but also for supporting and maintaining it. I'm beginning to think that a better approach would be to outsource them, but choose one vendor to do it all. Doing so would simplify things a lot.

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