Perfect for businesses that want to maintain control of their servers and operating system (OS) but would rather lease or rent their servers than purchase them outright. Dedicated servers are available in a variety of configurations and may also be fully customized to your needs.
What is Dedicated Server?
A dedicated server is a hosting solution in which a client leases an entire server not shared with anyone else. Dedicated hosting is more powerful and flexible than shared hosting, as businesses have full control over their dedicated server(s), including the operating system (OS), hardware, etc. Dedicated servers are the ideal solution for website hosting, ecommerce, email and exchange.
There are two major categories of dedicated servers which are managed and unmanaged. Similar to colocation, unmanaged dedicated severs require IT resources for the administration and management of the operating system, monitoring, and security. However, with managed dedicated servers, clients are able to focus on running their business applications. Many dedicated server providers offer a la carte or individual managed services.
If you’re considering dedicated servers, you will want to have an idea of what type of hosting plan is needed to support your business. This includes: the number of servers, operating system (OS), CPU, RAM, storage, monthly data transfer, and more.
Why Would You Use Dedicated Hosting?
The answer is pretty simple. Dedicated servers offer greater performance, reliability, flexibility, and support at a lower comparative price than colocation, managed hosting or cloud servers. Dedicated servers will increase your processing speed and reduce load times on your website.
Security? Dedicated servers also provide an extra level of security in that you are the only one that has access to your machine and can severely restrict access to your server from the outside world.
Benefits of a Dedicated Server
Cost Savings: The dedicated server market is highly competitive and therefore prices are generally a good value. Be careful, there’s a huge difference between cheap dedicated servers and performance dedicated servers.
Flexibility: Dedicated servers offer you the same flexibility as colocation in terms of operating system (OS), hardware, etc. Dedicated servers allow you to grow your computing power as your business or website grows.
Security: Another important feature of a dedicated server is security. They are highly secure and can be protected with additional security features such as dedicated firewalls, gateways, and monitoring. Dedicated servers are also used for compliance hosting such as HIPAA and PCI.
Reliability: The majority of dedicated server providers are located within fully redundant data centers. This ensures that your dedicated server is up and running. Make sure to find out about uptime SLAs. Is your dedicated server guaranteed at 98% up-time or 99.999% uptime?
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