The idea of hosted servers has totally changed the game.
We used to work with the client and project ourselves in the future say five years.
How much space we require, how much RAM do you think you’re going to need, how fast does it have to be and then you have to scrape together the five or ten grand to buy this big monster server that you hope will work and not be over built or under built for that five year period of time and then you wait a couple three weeks for the server to show up and that it takes a week or so to provision and getting going.
Well, fast forward to today hosted environment phone call; New server? No problem, how much RAM?
Okay, we’ll start with that. Twenty minutes later, here are your login credentials.
Boom! Just like that. And, it’s an operational expense not a capital expense and you pay for that which you use you need more space, no problem.
Dial a couple of buttons there and you’ve got more space.
Want to double your RAM? Easy, single reboot now you’ve got it and you’re only paying for it if you use it and if you’ve over bought, you can always dial it back and then you’re only paying for what you’ll be using then too.
So, its a real game changer. Totally cool.