Have you ever wondered what we mean when we talk about dedicated hosting servers, and what the impact is for your organisation? Out resident server support, Steve Tozer, shares the benefits of dedicated server hosting and the reasons why you should consider a dedicated server for your website.
How does a dedicated server work?
A dedicated server is a physical server, usually rented from a dedicated server provider, that a person or company use exclusively for their web hosting needs. Choosing this type of infrastructure means you have your ‘own’ physical server instead of a virtual server that is shared with potentially hundreds of other users on the same physical server.
Is a dedicated server better?
Choosing a dedicated hosting platform for your business means that your website has more stability and reliability than shared hosting. Here are 5 of the primary reasons why you should consider choosing a dedicated server for your web hosting.
1. Dedicated servers provide a better performance
Dedicated servers provide an exclusive, dedicated operating system with no contention of resources. The server is dedicated to you and you alone. This means your dedicated server will give better performance and faster applications than a cloud server.
A cloud or shared server’s resources are shared between all the users on that particular server. Cloud servers are designed to offer you more storage and virtual resources, instead of providing efficient resources. If it’s a high performing hosting solution you’re looking to set up, a dedicated server to host your website is a better choice.
2. Dedicated servers are cost-effective
A dedicated server is the most cost-effective option and the best value for money in the long term. Cloud servers appear cheaper than a dedicated server, but a dedicated server will offer much more in the way of resources and the number of clients that you can serve at any one time.
Your dedicated server provider will handle everything from maintaining the network to supplying and maintaining the server hardware. As you are renting the server from the provider, they are also responsible for resolving any issues if something goes wrong.
3. Dedicated servers allow you to customise hardware for business requirements
When choosing a dedicated server, you can customise the hardware to your specification. Whether it’s more RAM, extra hard disk space or even faster CPU, all hardware is customisable. Moreover, if you need more resources in the future, you can contact your server provider and request an upgrade to suit growing business needs.
4. Dedicated servers offer flexible usage
Dedicated servers can be used for a number of different applications, as they are very flexible. The most common use for a dedicated server is to run a web hosting environment, while other applications include database storage and access, custom virtualisation setups, VPNs, email servers and more.
5. Dedicated servers provide better security
Your dedicated server is for your use only as the name aptly suggests. With a cloud server, the server is shared between all the clients that reside on that particular physical server, and consequently, you are not the only user who is able to log into the server, this increases the risk of data loss, infiltration and interception. In other words, your data is much safer on a dedicated server than it is on a cloud server.
Choosing the best dedicated server for your business
At Spindogs, we can support you with choosing the best-dedicated server for your business applications. Our IT and web development teams have a wealth of knowledge in dedicated servers and can advise on the best solution to host your website and help you get the results you need.
If you want to find out how to get your own dedicated server or find out more about the other web services and technical support we provide, get in touch with our support team today for more information and solutions.