A dedicated server is a computer dedicated to performing a specific task, such as hosting a resource-intensive application or website. Dedicated servers can take several forms.
In the case of a dedicated server, a server is a computer that is explicitly reserved online for your application or website.
For many web hosting companies, the standard hosting type, or at least the cheapest option, is cloud hosting. When your company chooses a public cloud provider, your application and website can be located on one or more computers and use cloud computing.
Your site or application is competing for resources with an unknown number of other software applications in a shared hosting solution. This creates the potential situation listed above where you start to experience delay or lag behind someone else. These additional software applications and websites can use the resources your application or website needs.
When we talk about dedicated servers with hosting companies, the service provider allocates one server (or one machine) to handle the website’s load or application. Managed servers give you access to your private cloud and give you the flexibility of cloud hosting, but with your resource center’s added security and speed.
Benefits Of A Dedicated Server
In addition to increased bandwidth and disk space, dedicated servers provide several other benefits:
Improved performance: Dedicated servers can offer better performance for applications because they are less prone to the stresses associated with the many workloads used by different organizations.
Customization: the presence of a dedicated server allows you to perform additional customization, such as network micro-segmentation or the introduction of specialized software. Shared hosting is more limited because not all server organizations may need the same setup.
Data security: thanks to dedicated hosting, the likelihood of data leaks is reduced. If an inadequate security infrastructure compromises an organization, it can jeopardize all other organizations hosted on that server on shared servers.
Dedicated Vs. Shared Hosting
There are two types of hardware server hosting to suit different business needs: dedicated hosting and shared hosting.
Shared hosting means multiple organizations host their business assets on the same server. A limited amount of disk space and bandwidth is provided to each party. On the other hand, Dedicated hosting means that an organization has full and exclusive access to all the storage space and bandwidth the server can provide.
Shared hosting is typically used by small organizations that do not require extensive scalability or large amounts of disk space. Shared hosting services often provide server support, administration and security, making them a good option for small organizations that do not have the internal resources needed to manage servers.
Dedicated hosting is the best option for large organizations that need scalability to handle large spikes in traffic to their website or if they need to host multiple sites as they will have access to more bandwidth. In general, the larger the business, the more data you’ll have to store, making storage space more valuable.
Unlike shared hosting services, dedicated hosting usually does not provide support, administration, and security with standard plans. These additional services can be purchased at a higher cost, but large organizations are likely to have internal resources and team members to manage them themselves. In general, dedicated hosting is a more expensive option.