Just to start the topic , I'm not really confident with that. My son is programmer and gave the tip to buy a server. I'm running a small business and I want to buy a rack server instead of paying 30$ every month. I found one used server which I think it's good for me. I want to ask if that's enough to just run a website with 2-3 applications and a database environment? The server price is around 200$ Here are the server specs:

HP ProLiant DL160 G6 Rack

Processor (CPU): 2 x Intel Xeon L5630 2.13Hz Quad Core CPU Memory (RAM): 16GB DDR3 Hard Disk Controller: On-board HP Smart Array B110i SATA RAID Controller (RAID 0, 1, 1+0) Hard Disk Configuration: 4 x 3.5" SATA Hard Drive bays (No Caddies included) Hard Disk Drive: None Installed Graphics: 32MB shared supporting all display resolutions up to 1600x1200 Optical Drive: Not Installed Network Ports: Embedded HP NC362i Integrated Dual Port Gigabit Server Adapter Power: 460W Power Supply (PSU)

Expansion Slots: 1x PCI-Express x16 expansion slot 1x PCI-Express x8 Gen2 slot HL/LP (internal only)

Interface Ports: 1 x Serial 1 x Video 2 x Network RJ-45 USB 2.0 Ports 4 total: 2 rear, 2 front

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    That $30/month also pays for a datacenter, with redundant internet, power, security, etc. Not to mention bandwidth. Given that you're "not really confident" with servers, I'd suggest letting someone else manage it. – ceejayoz Jul 25 '16 at 17:06


The hosted solution will be much more reliable. As ceejayoz said in his comment, they have much better equipment than you do and professionals to manage it.

You probably got a good deal on your server, but it is much older than what your hosted solution will run, and you'll spend a lot more time maintaining it.

Even if you were completely confident in your server maintenance skills, it sounds to me like your situation would still be better off with a hosted solution like you currently have. Especially if your database is mission-critical, I'd stick with paying the pros to maintain it. Hope that helps!

Note: Your question is basically asking for opinions, which sometimes draws negative votes in StackExchange. The community typically prefers more specific and objective question structure. Just a tip :)

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