Dedicated hosting is a hosting configuration in which the server is used for unique purposes, such as a single organization or a website. This contrasts with shared hosting, where the server acts as a host for multiple clients. Dedicated hosting services, also known as dedicated servers, can be configured as services in the data center, either internally or out of band. Let’s look at some of the benefits.
Customers using a dedicated platform can deploy security measures tailored to their capabilities, such as antivirus and firewall configurations. You can avoid security vulnerabilities that may be caused by the activities of neighboring clients on a shared hosting platform. Dedicated servers located in the data center can also benefit from the physical security measures that these facilities often include, including biometrics, security guards, and manager traps.
Dedicated hosting gives you the freedom and control that other hosting solutions cannot offer. The fact that a server is dedicated to a client and there is no common server means that the server (and the global hosting solution) can be adapted to the specific needs of that client. This allows you to choose the features you need and pay for them.
Server congestion is less of a problem for dedicated servers, especially compared to shared hosting options. In the latter case, there is a potential for congestion due to traffic and usage levels of other Web sites or applications hosted on the same server, competing for bandwidth, disk space, and usage of the same server processor. Due to the nature of dedicated hosting, this is not a problem. It also works in another way. If the website in question is heavy in resources, dedicated hosting may be the solution to avoid breaking other websites.
It is important that your website remains functional all the time, in a world where convenience is paramount and consumers are not used to waiting. Site downtime allows customers to switch to competition. With dedicated hosting, you can achieve optimal performance and reliability so that your website and other business functions run at almost 100 percent (typically 99.4 percent or more). To do this, the service provider must provide server monitoring and backup capabilities, as well as support services (described below) to ensure the most seamless functionality possible.
Some dedicated hosting services provide a certain level of support. This is important because large hosted clients use the service to host critical or critical IT features or websites. Effective support helps minimize site disturbance. For example, a fully managed hosting provider can provide 24/7 support.
Detailed information on support levels and reliability statistics is usually available in SLAs. These documents can often provide insight into the quality of a particular service and should be carefully considered during the vendor selection process.
If you choose a dedicated service that is not supported, it is important to ensure that you have the necessary knowledge to effectively manage and maintain your server.
Ashok Arora is CEO and Founder of eWebGuru a leading web hosting company of India. He is a tech enthusiast with more than 25 years of experience in Internet and Technology.
Ashok is Master in Electronics from a leading Indian university.
Ashok loves to write on cloud, servers, datacenter, virtualisation technology.