If VPS hosting cannot better serving the websites, or people now have the highest demands of web hosting environment, server resources and backup support, they will often decide to go with dedicated server hosting, the most advanced and most expensive hosting type in the market.
Simply put, instead of sharing resources among different users, dedicated server hosting offers people an entire server, and also gives them the choice of hardware, operating system and more. Mainly, people take control over software &application installation and optimization aspects, while the hosting provider will help manage the dedicated server equipment, resolve hardware issues, and ensure the server runs properly.
Although the hosting providers will take care of hardware related problems, customers can have easy access to review and monitor the operation status. One of the most popular and feasible ways is to install control panel like cPanel/WHM.
Compared to shared hosting and VPS hosting, dedicated server hosting comes with much higher flexibility and security. For businesses, organizations and enterprises, these features are quite important and useful to protect their valuable and private information. There are some essential aspects of dedicated server hosting that people need to know, and we will introduce them in detail.
Required Server & Hardware Resources
When people decided to purchase dedicated server hosting, the contained features and resources will be their first consideration. If the website content is based on simple pictures or texts, it does not need to have large server resources and just choose a normal dedicated server hosting service. For people who plan to run complex websites with large content, then they have to take the contained resources into account.
- Operating System
Generally, dedicated server hosting providers allow customers to choose between Linux and Windows operating system. Finding out the differences of different operating systems and what kinds of operating system type works best and smoothest for people’s specific demands can also make sure them run as expected.
CPU is the most important factor of server processing power, meanwhile, the processing speed affects the running of applications and some particular processes. Compared to the dedicated server hosting with one single processor, the dual-core and multi-core CPU processors would deliver faster performance and much better workload balance.
- Disk Space/Storage
Disk space determines how a website can serve applications and content like pictures, texts, videos and etc. It is very vital to get enough disk space before starting use dedicated server hosting, because once the system runs out of disk space, extra application installation, upload and backup cannot work properly. It would be easy if the hosting provider allows adding additional disk space resource directly. Otherwise, people have to transfer to a new dedicate server, and this might cause data loss and downtime.
RAM is the core factor determining how many tasks can be run at the same time and their running speed on a computer. If RAM amount is low, it will take long time to process the information and data. For businesses, this will result in terrible sale and customer loss.
Bandwidth, also known as monthly data transfer, its usage copes with how much data and information can be served, usually per month, and also is decided by the fees of hard drive replacement. Bandwidth increase can be completed within one day, and some other providers can satisfy customers’ needs immediately.
Instead of relying on some online backup tools and service, we suggest people to backup their database, files and the entire server once a week though their control panel. Backup and store them on another separate hard drive is considered as one of the most secure ways to prevent any possible crash.
Security of Dedicated Server Hosting
Although dedicated server hosting has the highest security level, it still needs to be well protected. As an administrator of a dedicated server, people are responsible for setting up, controlling software/application firewall and rootkits test. At the same time, they cannot ignore the possible security vulnerability. Moreover, it is very important to know how to fill the weakness in dedicated server hosting and websites, and also identify the drawbacks that may be used by hackers.
Choose Unmanaged or Managed
Of course, hosting professionals and experts know how to design, develop, maintain and protect servers, applications and websites very well. Unmanaged dedicated server will be the right option for these persons.
However, but like we mentioned above that it is not easy to secure dedicated server hosting, especially for pure businessmen. To help this out, hosting providers provide them managed server option, which usually charges at more expensive price than unmanaged server. With it, a technical support team of hosting provider will handle the setup, install, maintain, monitor and other aspects, ensuring people the easiest server process. If something goes wrong, technicians and engineers have ability to protect the server from attacks, issues and harms.