What is Dedicated Server Hosting?
Dedicated Server Hosting is a kind of hosting service that grants a user full use of a server. This degree of control makes Dedicated Server Hosting an attractive option for users who require a high level of speed, uptime, and customization.
In contrast to Virtual Private Serving, Dedicated Server Hosting grants a user full ownership over a machine rather than sharing its with other users. Dedicated Server Hosting is the most expensive form of server hosting, but it offers the highest level of power and control to the user.
The Benefits of Dedicated Server Hosting
When a user chooses a dedicated server, the user is leasing an entire server. None of this machine’s physical resources are used for any other servers. A user is often granted machine access to the hosting server, allowing them to directly interact with the machine they are leasing.
Compared to Shared Servers and Virtual Servers, Dedicated Servers are extremely expensive. Because of their high cost, a Dedicated Server should really only be used if a website’s high degree of traffic makes the alternatives unfeasible.
Dedicated Servers work well for users who require the fastest speeds available and the lowest rate of down time possible. These forms of servers are typically attractive to users who are running high-use internet-based businesses that lose potential revenue even during a few minutes of downtime.
Operating Systems for Dedicated Servers
Different operating systems are available for Dedicated Servers depending on the user’s preference. An open source operating system like Unix is sometimes made available without additional charge, but if the client would prefer a standard commercial operating system then these may be purchased with the addition of a monthly subscription.
The degree of support offered for a given operating system varies depending on the host service. In many cases, hosts will offer operating system updates to make sure a server is running with the latest security patches.
Levels of Management for Dedicated Servers
Dedicated Servers are typically leased at one of five levels of management.
Unmanaged servers are not engaged by the host service. This means that it falls to the client to provide all security patches, upgrades, and miscellaneous maintenance.
For self-managed servers, host providers offer basic maintenance, but the user is still responsible for the majority of upkeep tasks.
Managed servers offer a comfortable balance between maintenance service and freedom. The host service offers support, but the user still has a high degree of freedom.
For fully managed servers, users have little to no engagement with the server. For these machines, the hosting service takes care of all the machine’s needs.