SQL Hosting Costs
There are many different types of SQL Hosting, and depending on your choice the price for those SQL hosting services can vary greatly. First you have to choose a RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) such as MS SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL or another database server. Then you need to choose an OS like Windows or UNIX that will host your database server. Finally you need to decide if your website is resource intensive enough to require its own dedicated server, or you can start with a simple shared SQL hosting account.
Choosing SQL Server and OS for Your Hosting Database
Choosing your SQL RDBMS will depend on several factors including preferred OS, budget, what RDBMS are your web developers familiar with and more. If you want to run your database hosting server on Windows some of the choices you have are MS SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS Access, and SQLite. If you prefer a UNIX-based system, then you can run all of the above with the exception of MS SQL Server and MS Access. If you are on a budget and want cheap database hosting solution, you can opt for MS Access, MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite as you can use them (at least some of their versions) free of charge. If you need a more robust and reliable solution you may opt for MS SQL Server or Oracle, however you need to buy them or pay licensing fees to use them. If your web developers are familiar with Windows dev environment then choose on of the Microsoft products like SQL Server for example, while if they prefer to develop on UNIX then use Oracle or MySQL.
Choosing Between Shared and Dedicated SQL Hosting
Although a shared SQL hosting will lower your costs and can perform adequately, getting a dedicated server for your database needs is superior as the name says it all: dedication and reliability. You can get a shared SQL hosting for a few dollars per month or you can pay thousands of dollars for powerful and robust dedicated SQL hosting solution. Dedicated SQL hosting is more expensive compared to shared hosting, because it offers better performance, control and security, which is a must if you run a serious business.
When it comes to choosing a SQL host, it boils down to what you are using it for. If itís for personal use or small business, go with the cheapest route possible. If you see it as an investment in a large corporation, then a dedicated system with the benefits to match the cost is your best option.