A dedicated server is a type of web hosting in which a company rents a complete computer server with Internet access from a data center. Unlike a traditional computer server in an office cabinet, the dedicated server is kept in a temperature-controlled data center where the network and the availability of the Internet are maintained by expert engineers. Businesses can now rent dedicated servers instead of buying and installing a computer server in their office and hiring additional staff to manage and maintain the server. This allows businesses to eliminate the hassle of everyday server problems and focus on growing their business.
What is dedicated server hosting?
A dedicated server is much more reliable and secure than a shared hosting account which uses resources shared between clients. A dedicated server is reserved with 100% of the resources allocated to the client. This means that no client will share Internet connectivity, hardware, disk space, etc. This type of service is designed to enable 100% uptime and enterprise level customers can rest assured that the service is available to them without any compromise. Critical applications also require dedicated servers supported by a sophisticated and powerful, fully redundant infrastructure, which distinguishes data centers from traditional computer servers in an office environment. The cost associated with dedicated servers varies depending on the
A typical dedicated server can include:
High speed connectivity
Dedicated server hosting is gaining ground due to its unrivaled speed and incredible bandwidth. Since dedicated servers are hosted in a data center environment, a large amount of bandwidth is available through multiple operators. This allows business customers to take advantage of low-cost bandwidth without compromising quality and provides additional redundancy. The main factor that helps reduce the cost of bandwidth is the ability of the data center to establish multiple broadband Internet connections, thereby eliminating the need for costly local loops at the customer's site. Customers usually have the option to increase or decrease the bandwidth as needed,
Dedicated servers are generally supported by up-to-date service level guarantees. Service level agreements may differ depending on the quality of their network and infrastructure. Superior hardware combined with built-in redundancy and multiple layers of security provides ultimate peace of mind when using a dedicated server. Multiple redundant Level 1 back-to-back Internet connections, diverse fiber paths, and redundant core routing allow businesses to get the peace of mind they truly deserve. A service level agreement of 100% network availability and hardware replacement, backed by a money back guarantee,
Data and network security is one of the top priorities for businesses. Dedicated hosting server providers are able to assist their highly qualified and specialized engineers who are on staff 24x7x365. Data centers generally employ the best skilled network security talent. This minimizes threats from spam, virus, and hacker attacks. Even with highly trained security agents, it is recommended that you take extra care in associating dedicated servers with firewalls and regularly installed security patches to avoid threats.
Additional support features like 24x7x365 technical support as well as proactive monitoring and convenient services are some of the key support functions that also provide customers with peace of mind when away from their data. With dedicated hosting, customers can focus on their core business and let professionals take care of their servers.
Businesses can choose to run their applications on Linux or Windows operating systems. Open source Linux servers are a cost-effective alternative to Windows servers, as the license is free in the case of Linux. However, there are commercial products also offered by Linux such as Red Hat Enterprise, available for a monthly license fee. Although there is no defined standard for operating systems; most data center service providers offer a variety of options, including Debian, OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD, Fedora Core, and CentOS, to name a few.
Operating system support
Dedicated server options vary from provider to provider with different levels of support for managing these operating systems. Vulnerability fixes, patches, security fixes, and updates can be included with operating system support. Hosting applications is somewhat difficult, however, as there are many applications, and dedicated server providers expect companies to manage their own applications, with the exception of commonly used applications. Some of the common applications generally supported universally may include IIS and Apache for Web servers, MySQL, MSSQl and PostgreSQl for database and Exchange servers, Post fix and Qmail for mail servers. A remote restart control option as well as full administrator access to the root is also generally available to the client, which gives him full control of his server environment.
One of the main advantages of renting a dedicated server from a reputable host is its ability to host the server in a world class data center. Most data centers are supported by uninterrupted back-up power, a diesel generator, a redundant HVAC system (heating, air conditioning and ventilation) and advanced fire suppression. This allows data center operators to provide the best environment for dedicated servers, helping to extend the life of expensive equipment and ensuring 100% uptime.