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Can I host my company’s website on my Microsoft Small Business Server?

A Microsoft Small Business Server does have its own internal webserver. It runs Microsoft IIS and is intended to run application such as your own company intranet site, and server based applications and services which require a web interface for interaction. Some of these services can be enabled for external access.

I would not advise that your Microsoft Small Business Server is used to run your own external company website for the following reasons:

  1. Bandwidth – You may currently have an internet connection which is adequate for business use, but will not normally have the resilience for web based hosting. This is particularly acute where your website is exposed to the world wide web and to an unpredictable numbers of users.
  2. Security – You may not have suitable hardware firewalls in place to protect your server and network from external attacks. A malicious and sustained attack on your server will have serious, performance, cost and business disruption, let alone leaving your server as a compromised machine.
  3. Data Protection – You would also be storing all your companies and clients confidential data on the same server. A comprised server could cause unnecessary downtime, put business continuity at high risk, and data leakage which could ruin you companies reputation with core clients.

I would therefore recommend that you host your company’s website externally, where bandwidth, security, and resilience are with a 3rd party provider and will not affect your businesses continuity.

Web servers provided by hosting companies are also optimised for webhosting functions and come at a small annual cost, over the potential unforeseeable costs to network administration, hardware infrastructure, and support if done internally .

Written by: Julian Flux – connect with Julian on LinkedIn

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