Introduction to Dedicated Hosting
Typically, web hosting platforms aren't sufficient enough to meet the requirements of large companies. Most platforms require that websites share the servers and system resources as a way to cut down on costs. While shared hosting is indeed very affordable, it's not always enough for big businesses and larger websites that need a great deal of bandwidth and server space.
A dedicated server is a single computer that is utilized to meet the needs of one business or individual. Any website owner who opts for this type of hosting will have access to all of the controls and tools. If you don't like the idea of sharing your server space with others, then you can lease hardware from a good hosting provider. You'll be able to receive network monitoring, routing equipment, and all of the space and bandwidth your company needs.
Dedicated Hosting Advantages
The most obvious advantage of this type of hosting is that you will have total administrative control over all of the hardware. You'll be provided with the software you need for controlling and maintaining the server remotely. Most hosting companies will provide you with a variety of software programs ranging from security applications to language programming. Since you won't have to share the server with anyone else, you can easily upgrade whenever you need to.
Flexibility is another advantage. As your site grows, you'll be able to expand the hosting environment to meet the growing bandwidth demands. The platform won't limit you as much as it would if you were to share it with others. Just as long as you choose a good and reliable hosting service, you can control every aspect of your site(s). The only potential problem can arise from the hardware itself. Since you won't have physical control of the computer, you need to choose a dedicated hosting company that takes good care of its facilities.
Dedicated and Virtual Dedicated Hosting
If you actually do have room and enough money for the hardware, you can buy or lease it and keep it yourself. This is genuine dedicated hosting, whereas virtual hosting is to control the computer via software. Many hosting companies actually sell the equipment, so if you want complete control over the server, including physical, then this might be the best option for you.
However, the downside to this option is that you will be responsible for physical maintenance, repairs, troubleshooting, network problems, electric bills, etc. You will also need to increase security to protect everything from damage or theft. On the other hand, if you choose virtual hosting, it's in your best interest to choose a company that takes good care of all of its equipment, as your internet business will depend on it.
Managed and Unmanaged Virtual Dedicated Hosting Servers
In regards to the aforementioned advantage, you yourself can choose how much flexibility you want. Virtual dedicated servers can be either managed or unmanaged. The former is an ideal option if you don't have the skills or time to actively maintain the server yourself. In this type of arrangement, you lease the server and receive features such as security measures, updates, patches, and network monitoring.
Unmanaged hosting means that most, or all, of the server maintenance and monitoring is your responsibility. Essentially, you will as much control of the hardware as possible without having it physically in your office or home. It's a lot of responsibility on your part, so much in fact that it might become a burden if you're not capable of dealing with everything. Do not choose unmanaged dedicated hosting unless you're confident in your abilities, and know that you will have the time needed for maintaining the server.
Published on September 12,2018 by Celeste H. Oliver