Dedicated Hosting Explained

January 8, 2014 8:11 pmComments OffViews: 91

dedicated serversThere are numerous areas where technology has expanded to help facilitate the success of businesses, but few are as important, varied, and vital as internet hosting. It’s obvious that today’s companies need a good online internet presence, but there are numerous paths that can be taken to reach that goal. Whether setting up a website, utilizing online storage, or something else entirely, it’s important to choose the right kind of internet hosting for your situation. One option is dedicated hosting, and taking a closer look at what it is, what it offers, and what its limitations are is important for figuring out whether or not it is the right call for you.

At its most basic, a dedicated hosting service is nothing more than a service wherein a client leases out an entire server for their internet hosting needs. In many instances, shared hosting is used instead. Shared hosting involves the partitioning of a server machine. Each partition will run a separate instance of an operating system and be accessed only by the client who has leased it. With dedicated hosting, the entire server is used by a single client with no partitions and no sharing among other clients. 

While shared hosting usually offers a lower price, the benefits of dedicated hosting are many and in most cases the benefits help explain why the higher price is worth every penny. 

  • Flexibility is one of the biggest benefits. When an organization uses dedicated hosting instead of shared hosting, they’ll have full, total control over the entire server. This means that they can choose the operating system, the hardware, the size of storage, and much more. Being able to customize the server to suit your needs is an important aspect of this service and one that is important to consider when choosing a server type.
  • Performance matters as well, and with dedicated hosting the performance of the server is improved. This is due to the simple fact that the server isn’t splitting up its processing power and online bandwidth with multiple clients. Instead of having to serve two or even three clients and run multiple instances of an OS, the server is used for one purpose, freeing up processing power and more to ensure that it works exactly as it should.
  • Security concerns are often a big reason that an organization will use a dedicated hosting service as well. While numerous steps are always in place to ensure that shared hosting is safe and secure, some users prefer to know that they’re the only entity accessing a particular machine. Dedicated hosting helps alleviate these concerns.
  • These primary benefits are the big difference between dedicated and shared hosting. But taking a closer look at the specifics of dedicated hosting is still a good idea since understanding as much as you can about it will help you figure out if it’s the right choice for your business.

For starters, it’s important to note that most common operating systems are fully supported with dedicated hosting. Linux, UNIX, and even Windows are regularly offered and will work perfectly with a company’s existing infrastructure setup. Various open source operating systems can be used as well.

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 Dedicated hosting will come with a huge level of support, which helps alleviate the burden of a company’s IT team. Everyone knows that things like regular patches and system updates are a must for keeping things running smoothly, as are regular maintenance and security checks. With dedicated hosting, a client’s IT team can work on their company’s IT concerns without worrying about the server. This is because the server provider will handle all aspects of security and maintenance, with regular updates, checks, and more all included in the cost of the server.

As for cost, there are numerous things that will influence the overall price one pays for a dedicated server. Influencing factors on the price of a server will include:

  • Storage size
  • Operating system
  • Bandwidth
  • Processing power
  • Level of server management
  • And more

Generally, users will be able to choose the specifics of their server and design a server package that works perfectly for them. And since there are numerous options available, it’s easy to find the option that is right for you.

One point to note on the list above is the ‘level of server management’. This is an area that varies from provider to provider, with certain server providers offering much greater levels of management than others at no additional charge. However, in most cases the higher level of management needed, the higher the cost.

There are multiple options in terms of management. There are fully managed servers – wherein every aspect of the server is managed by the provider including upgrades, updates, reboots, security patches, routine monitoring, and more. On the opposite end of the spectrum are unmanaged servers – those that require the user to handle all maintenance and security processes.

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There are other options between these two, and in most cases a moderate level of management will be provided by the server provider, with them handling things like regular maintenance, server updates, and security while specific aspects of the server are handled by the client. It’s always a good idea to spend some time figuring out just what kind of management you’ll be responsible for and what type of management the provider will offer. With higher levels of management handled by the service provider it’s easier for users to let their IT team focus on on-site issues instead of constantly spending their time and energy on the dedicated hosting server.

In short, dedicated hosting is an option that is well worth the extra cost for some. Those businesses with large storage requirements, high performance needs, exceptional security concerns, and other situations will often find that it offers more to them than shared hosting could. The process of setting up a server may seem complex and daunting, but companies that provide the servers will help with each step of the process to ensure that you get the kind of results you need.