Server hardware is a big ingredient in the performance and wellbeing of your FileMaker solution. Do you have a handle on exactly what to purchase? How much RAM, processor and hard drive do you need? Which brand of computer? Which platform? Who will warrantee it? What are the IT costs associated with purchasing, installing and configuring your own server? Do you have expertise on how to virtualize your server if you go that route? How long will it take to set up? The hassles and effort to setup hardware is one of the most popular reasons people choose to host with a provider instead of on their own.
When was the last time you configured FileMaker Server software? Do you the expertise to configure it for the maximum performance and protection? This is often better done by your hosting provider who works with the server software on a daily basis.
You don’t need to purchase FileMaker Server Software. If you were to have your own server, you’d be responsible for the yearly purchase and maintenance of the FileMaker server software as well. If you host your solution, the FileMaker licensing is included as part of the hosting cost and many times less than what you’d pay for the server licensing alone.
You don’t need to worry about being responsible for your own backups. Will your backups be monitored to perform reliability and religiously? Do you have off-site backups? If so, did you figure that into the cost? With Productive Computing Hosting, your backup is delivered to you nightly with the convenience of a Dropbox link. We also store 4 years’ worth of backups for you at no additional charge! Direct access to the FileMaker Server Admin Console and the ability to setup and configure your own server side scripts at no extra charge.
One of the biggest factors in the speed of a FileMaker solution is the upload bandwidth from the server. The cost to purchase a large upload pipe is extreme for an individual business (many hundreds of dollars per month). Since a hosting provider hosts your files at a data center, large upload speeds are part of the benefit of hosting and included in the cost.
Do you have a proper server room that is protected and monitored 24/7? FileMaker hosting providers use data centers that typically provide 99.95% uptime/availability and top level security.
Firewall configuration and security is a necessary part of the FileMaker setup. In most cases, this means getting your IT expert involved. None of this is required when you host with a provider.
As with anything in the software world, patches and updates will be required for both the operating system as well as FileMaker Server software itself. Staying on top of this is extremely important. At Productive Computing, we monitor and test the latest software patches and proactively update OS and FileMaker patches balancing uptime and security.
With your own server comes the responsibly of dealing with virus protection, hackers, SPAM, and Malware. Unique to Productive Computing, we host FileMaker files on OS X based Unix servers which are considered by most to be the safest environment to prevent viruses and malware.
If you plan to use Web Direct, we recommend encrypting the data between the browser and the server. At Productive Computing we install secure certificates for all our Filemaker 13 (and above) servers for you at no extra charge so you have the peace of mind without the expense and configuration worry of installing and maintaining your own secure certificate.
From left to right Keith Larochelle, CFO and
Marc Larochelle, CEO
Since 1996 our mission has been to help our customers utilize technology to make their operations more organized and efficient. Our trained and certified staff listen to the issues our customers want to fix, accomplish or avoid and we apply a common sense business approach that provides the highest return on investment.
How It All Started:
Founded by two brothers from a small town in New Hampshire, Marc and Keith Larochelle moved to California to create a software company. Within 5 short years they built exactly that and it is one of the premier FileMaker Pro development firms and product manufacturers within industry. But don’t take our word for it, in 2001 this distinctive accomplishment was marked by the company earning the highly respected and exclusive Platinum level membership within the FileMaker Business Alliance. This title, held only by a select few companies in the world, has been maintained continually since then and is reviewed annually by FileMaker, Inc. to ensure only the highest caliber expertise and most honest and trustworthy companies hold the title.
What Sets Us Apart:
We have spent years refining our business processes to meet our customers high expectations – and continue to do so. We have assembled the finest team of developers, consultants and admin staff who work together to bring years of collective experience and training to bear on a customer project. We have developed one of the most comprehensive suites of business products and services to address almost any customer technology requirement. With all these differentiating factors, skills and tools available at our immediate disposal, we are able to take the best tool to hone in and solve customer problems.
Who We Serve:
Our customers range from the 5 person small office to entire divisions in fortune 500 enterprises. What is common to each of them is that they are all looking for a solution to a problem that saves or makes more money than it costs and that is what we deliver no matter what size the customer is.