We started out small. As time went along and the customer base grew, of course the amount of servers grew as well. It just wasn't sensible anymore to keep leasing servers. Frankly it was a waste of money, such as renting an apartment for example. Do you agree it is better to own your own property and own equipment after some time? I surely think so, and that time can come for any business. There is a point when 2 worlds cross your mind and you have to come up with a different way to keep costs down. And the big jump to organizing a data center was our only solution. While the costs up front are massive, we were prepared for that and now we are definitely in it for the long run, and couldn't be more pleased with our decision. With everything at our fingertips and with more control, it couldn't be any better. The downside was all of the account transferring and the headaches that came with that for both ourselves and our customers. It could not have been 100% perfect, but we had to accept that fact and be ready to dust ourselves off and move on, knowing we did the right thing to continue growing and to continue providing better services.
So does owning your own data center make you a better company? Of course not. It all comes down to uptime and support, and you have to make that happen any way you can.
Owning the data center only can make assumptions about a company, such as if they are a serious company that has grown so much that they needed to do that. Of course there are great companies out there that don't have their own data center. But I do believe in the future, more small companies like us will begin to branch out into that realm. It just takes much time, and a definite need and want to do so.
Is it just me or does the forum seem slow... maybe it is just my connection. I edited a typo and was about to just say.. forget about it. Probably just me.. though I haven't checked to see how many users are online right now.