Why You Should Stop Maintaining Your Own Server

Room full of servers
Let’s be honest: if you maintain your own server (or that of your organization’s), you know what a headache it can be. Problems never seem to happen from 9-5; instead, you usually have to deal with them at the most inopportune times—at 8AM on Christmas morning, when you’re out celebrating your birthday with friends, or when you’re halfway into your Florida family vacation.

So why keep doing it? If you’re thinking it’s too much of a hassle or that it will cost too much money to “outsource” it—keep reading! You might be pleasantly surprised to learn that enlisting the help of a company that specializes in cloud computing for retail businesses may end up saving you valuable time and money.

If you’re a new business that is just starting out, you’re going to have to set up your server. This is no easy task, especially if IT isn’t your forte. There are a number of server components required to ensure it runs properly (transfer and delivery agents, security certificates, spam filters, antivirus programs, etc.), and not having one or more of those components in place can often cause the entire system to go awry. A company like Retail Control Systems, with years of experience in server maintenance and cloud computing, will ensure your server is set up properly—with all of the necessary components—so your retail business can always meet the demands of your customers.

With the day-to-day commotion of running a business, it can be easy to forget to install those new security certificates or firewall updates and this leaves you and your business unprotected. Imagine if your server were ever attacked, it could mean hours—even days—of possible downtime. It could also lead to your company’s data—and potentially the personal data of your customers—being compromised. Companies that specialize in server management make sure everything is updated when it should be, so you never have to worry about downtime or security issues.

Have you thought about what you would do if your business were to grow beyond what your current server can handle? Cloud based servers can easily accommodate growing demands, so you don’t have to worry about needing a complete server overhaul in a year or two because of increased traffic or workload.

Finally, cloud based servers are infinitely more efficient than most traditional servers. You can access your operations data from anywhere with an internet connection, so you can quickly and easily monitor how your valuable resources are being used. Cloud based servers can also help you better track sales, marketing campaign outcomes, and customer information—so that you can know exactly what’s going on with your business at any time of the day or night. An organization that specializes in cloud hosting will eliminate the inconveniences of maintaining your own server, so that you can focus on the fundamentals of your business.

Retail Control Systems can help! Our state-of-the-art cloud hosting capabilities allow you to seamlessly access your point-of-sale information anywhere there’s an internet connection—on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone. With multiple cloud computing tiers, disaster recovery features, advanced security options, and a dedicated hosting and support team, Retail Control Systems can help you understand the many benefits of off-site cloud management and monitoring. Call 1-800-417-3030 or CONTACT US for more information or to schedule a demo!