Atlantic.Net Blog

Why Buy a Windows 2012 License When You Can Lease It?

Editorial Team
by Atlantic.Net (217posts) under HIPAA Compliant Dedicated Server Hosting

As we all know, what a particular business achieves day-to-day, on behalf of its customers and for internal purposes, is not all conducted by the company itself. Using third-party vendors and suppliers is reasonable for tasks with the following characteristics:

  • require niche expertise;
  • use a sophisticated infrastructure;
  • and/or don’t fulfill the needs of a cost-benefit analysis (in other words, that are unnecessarily costly to be performed by the business itself).

One aspect of a business is that is often entrusted to external companies is web hosting and affiliated technology-related needs. Specifically, many companies choose to lease Windows 2012, using it either within a dedicated architecture (preferred by some businesses) or cloud VPS environment (more affordable and popular).

There’s a tendency among savvy businesspeople to want to accrue as many assets as possible for their business. That gameplan makes sense in some situations, but it’s not the wisest choice in others, financially or strategically. Let’s explore this topic of leasing versus owning broadly, considering why it’s popular in the automotive world (per The Motley Fool) and looking at the cost-effectiveness of hosting a website out of your home (per The Guardian).

When leasing is the right choice

First let’s look at leasing versus buying in general, using the example of the car market, and then relate it back to leasing a Windows 2012 VPS Hosting service.

A JD Power report released in July 2013 found that more than one in every five US-sold cars – 23% – were being leased rather than purchased outright. Leasing has one particularly strong negative: you don’t develop equity, so you are basically just renting in the same sense you would office space or an apartment. Motley Fool blog contributor Sean Williams suggests three situations in which leasing is the best choice:

1. When money doesn’t matter

Obviously, in this case, you will be paying for a car without developing an ownership stake, so you won’t be able to collect on it as a trade-in when you get a new car. You could also be responsible for extra-warranty repairs and mileage fees above a certain number designated in the contract. You will, however, be able to drive a new car every year or two, which certainly has its perks.

Your upfront payment is reduced a bit from the typical down payment if you are buying. With a new car, you also won’t have to be inconvenienced with trips to the mechanic. You also don’t need to worry about selling the car or worrying about the generally poor resale values of luxury cars.

2. Access to first-generation features without the investment

Another situation in which leasing can be the right choice is when you want access to the cutting-edge technologies and innovative styles of a first-generation car (an aspect that has particular relevance to Windows VPS hosting  – see below). New cars themselves that are the first generations of a model are not great investments, as evidenced by an MSN report. The MSN analysis argues that electric car shoppers should lease rather than buy, so that the car isn’t made obsolete by future versions (a scenario experienced by Chevy Volt owners, due to improvements to charging and price reduction of the new Volt).

3. Need a new car, but can’t afford the payments

Of course, the idea of “needing” a new car is slippery – since it’s often conspicuous consumption more than fulfilling a necessity. Nonetheless, if you feel a new car is essential, but you aren’t prepared for the high payments (down or monthly), leasing could be your best choice. Auto pricing company released a study last year revealing that the average monthly payment for cars purchased with loans was $464, while the payment on a leased vehicle was $418 (a different payment model from Windows VPS hosting  – see below).

Relationship to Windows 2012 leasing

As you can see, leasing is not always unwise. In fact, the above information makes it clear that it’s generally the best tactic with first-generation cars. Additionally, it gives you access to strong features. That’s really what leasing Windows 2012 through a cloud VPS is about: giving your business access to cutting-edge hardware, security, and platforms without a high upfront investment or ongoing maintenance concerns.

Like leasing a car, you are also less tied to a particular system. You can change your mind and switch to a different version of Microsoft, or even transition to a Linux server.

One way in which Windows Cloud Hosting is different from leasing a car, as established above, is that you only pay for what you use with the former. Unlike a fixed monthly payment when leasing a car, you only pay for the max resources used each hour (or each second, for lower rates, as with our Windows VPS environments).

What about buying your own server?

It’s reasonable for an entrepreneur or startup to consider getting their own Cloud Server and setting up a hosting environment internally for their website and applications. However, typically it’s not the best choice, says IT expert and journalist Jack Schofield of The Guardian, due to the following traits of professional web hosting companies:

  • they can host an affordable website more efficiently than an individual can;
  • their speed will likely be better than a self-hosted environment; and
  • their uptime and general reliability will also typically be superior.

Essentially that means your leased version of Windows 2012, the operating system for your cloud VPS, can be expected to be faster, operate with better consistency, and the more affordable than buying the operating system and installing it on your own server.

Windows VPS hosting you can trust

Beyond the decision to lease or own your operating system, if you do use a web hosting company for some of your needs, you will want one that’s both affordable and reputable. Atlantic.Net has been in business since 1994, winning awards throughout our 20 years in business from media outlets including Entrepreneur and Inc.  Sign up for affordable Cloud Hosting today.

By Moazzam Adnan also offers HIPAA compliant hosting solutions. Contact us today for a consultation.

Start Your HIPAA Project with a Free Fully Audited HIPAA Platform Trial!

HIPAA Compliant Compute & Storage, Encrypted VPN, Security Firewall, BAA, Offsite Backups, Disaster Recovery, & More!

Start My Free Trial

Looking for HIPAA Compliant Hosting?

We Can Help with a Free Assessment.

  • IT Architecture Design, Security, & Guidance.
  • Flexible Private, Public, & Hybrid Hosting.
  • 24x7x365 Security, Support, & Monitoring.
Contact Us Now!
Stevie Gold Award Med Tech Award

SOC Audit HIPAA Audit HITECH Audit

Case Studies

White Papers


HIPAA Partners

Recent Posts

Get started with 12 months of free cloud VPS hosting

Free Tier includes:
G2.1GB Cloud VPS Server Free to Use for One Year
50 GB of Block Storage Free to Use for One Year
50 GB of Snapshots Free to Use for One Year

New York, NY

100 Delawanna Ave, Suite 1

Clifton, NJ 07014

United States

San Francisco, CA

2820 Northwestern Pkwy,

Santa Clara, CA 95051

United States

Dallas, TX

2323 Bryan Street,

Dallas, Texas 75201

United States

Ashburn, VA

1807 Michael Faraday Ct,

Reston, VA 20190

United States

Orlando, FL

440 W Kennedy Blvd, Suite 3

Orlando, FL 32810

United States

Toronto, Canada

20 Pullman Ct, Scarborough,

Ontario M1X 1E4


London, UK

14 Liverpool Road, Slough,

Berkshire SL1 4QZ

United Kingdom