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  • Dedicated Servers : Advantages and Disadvantages

    Dedicated Server Hosting is also well-known as managed dedicated server hosting these days, or simply as dedicated server, or as dedicated hosting service. It is a web hosting package where the customer rents a complete web hosting server to host websites belonging to his or her company, or for a professional use.

    Unlike the VPS or the shared web hosting packages where a web server is chiefly shared between more clients, the dedicated server is exclusively leased to a single customer, or is rented by a single customer, or is even purchased by a single customer, and none of the server’s resources are shared with any other clients. As an exception to this exclusive usage of the dedicated server “rule”, the dedicated server is further used as a shared hosting server by that customer or as a VPS as in web reseller hosting business. The dedicated servers can be further divided as three major types: the managed dedicated servers, unmanaged dedicated servers, and the third type is the semi-dedicated servers.

    Advantages of using the Dedicated Server Hosting are :

    The dedicated server is rented by a single client or company. This gives the company the complete control of the dedicated server, and also makes the server very secure, stable, powerful, extremely reliable web hosting server. In dedicated server hosting, the web host provides the web infrastructure, and the maintenance and care of the dedicated server. With thus, the client only pays for the usage of the server, thus saving a lot of money and expenses on infrastructure, hiring experts, and continuous maintenance and monitoring of server, data center, and its equipments. Even the hardware equipments’ maintenance and replacement is taken care by the web hosting service provider.

    Disadvantages of Using Dedicated Server Hosting

    The main issues with using dedicated server hosting is the very high cost and the needed knowledge of using it competently. If your dedicated server faces any type of technical or equipment problems, then there can be additional hourly- or per instance-basis fees to be paid to the host. You will need to take all such expenses into consideration and be sure to ask the web host about such additional expenses in advance while opting for a dedicated server hosting package.

    Managed Dedicated Servers

    If you opt for the managed dedicated server hosting package, then the web host will either help you maintain the server fully or partially and at various levels as per the hosting company’s terms and conditions. So understand those Terms about the dedicated server’s support terms in advance, as these terms usually differ from web host to web host.

    Advantages of Managed Dedicated Servers

    All the critical software updates, for example, the security-related, the control panel related, and the operating system-related issues are resolved by the dedicated server hosting provider. Most of the problems regarding the dedicated server are also taken care by the host. Before opting for a managed dedicated server hosting package, be sure to understand how much support the web host will be providing you.

    Disadvantages of Managed Dedicated Servers

    The managed dedicated servers cost more than the unmanaged dedicated servers. Also, there can be some limitations imposed on you, for instance, you may not have admin or root level access, if you opt for a managed dedicated server hosting package.

    Unmanaged Dedicated Servers

    The client is responsible for all the dedicated server’s maintenance and operational issues. The web host may help you, but he would charge additional fees to do so. The web host is responsible for any hardware related problems or for the replacement of hardware and equipment.

    Advantages of Unmanaged Dedicated Servers

    The client is in total control of the dedicated server under this plan. If the client has well-trained staff or he can manage the dedicated server on his own, then he will be able to save a lot of money by opting for the unmanaged dedicated server hosting package.

    Disadvantages of Unmanaged servers

    The web host’s help is extremely limited, and he may impose additional fees if any tasks require his or his support team. These fees can be very high if there is extensive support to be given by him. Hence, it is wise to understand every aspect of a dedicated server hosting package, as these issues are never mentioned in-details on the web hosting service provider’s sales pages. But, the dedicated servers are extremely powerful web platforms and are ideal to how professional and commercial websites.

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  • #2
    Thanks for the indepth article. I am interested to know the statistics regarding the most popular choices in this area. You mention price as a disadvantage for dedicated hosting, so how many people choose this option?


    • #3
      Would you think that it would do me better if I assemble my own dedicated server if ever I know how to setup a server? I'm not saying that I know how setup but I'm only citing an example. I still prefer subscribing in a web hosting company and they will deal with any problems that the server will have.

      The article justified the use of using dedicated servers. The disadvantages have been outweighed because of the advantages.


      • #4
        Originally posted by Shane Phillips View Post
        Disadvantages of Managed Dedicated Servers

        The managed dedicated servers cost more than the unmanaged dedicated servers. Also, there can be some limitations imposed on you, for instance, you may not have admin or root level access, if you opt for a managed dedicated server hosting package.
        Why wouldn't you have access to root level if you decide to pay for server management? I thought that if you're the owner there are no limitations.


        • #5
          Dedicated Servers : Advantages and Disadvantages

          Dedicated servers are gaining more popularity lately. Aside from the fact that it offers more control as opposed to shared servers, dedicated hosting has also now become more affordable. Most medium sized businesses are now considering this type of hosting for their web hosting needs.

          A dedicated server is actually a type of hosting service which allows a client to lease an entire server to cater to his needs solely. This means that this server is not shared with anyone else unlike shared hosting. With this set-up, web site owners are allowed to have full control over the server since they practically do not share it with anyone else. Having full control over the server means that you can easily chose the operating system and hardware among other things. These are some of the reasons why this type of hosting is garnering favor from web site owners lately.

          However, before jumping into impulsive decisions, you should critically consider every aspect of the web hosting plan that you will be choosing for your web site. More than anything else, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of every type of web hosting, dedicated server included.

          One of the advantages of dedicated servers is the flexibility of the package which is actually dependent on the storage space and data transfer allocation. With a dedicated server, the regular features are completely declared, thus you can expect to enjoy everything that the plan promises. Furthermore, there is no need to buy your own equipment because all the necessary equipment needed for the service is provided by the web hosting company.

          In addition, for those who are not highly technical, getting a this kind of web hosting plan is very convenient since it does not actually require updating and maintenance. Upgrade needs can be conveniently executed from the same dedicated server and web host provider. Moreover, you can easily improve your server, where enhancements can be implemented in less than 24 hours upon submission of the job order to the host site. To top it all, dedicated server hosting comes with high speed servers which are robust and offers high capacity upon purchase.

          On the other hand, the most disturbing feature of a managed dedicated hosting is probably the price. Getting one is generally costly compared to shared hosting. It is also dependent on the web hosting provider such that if the web host that you choose is not really that dependable, your dedicated server's performance is affected as well.

          Another disadvantage of dedicated server hosting is the appraisal of the financial charge that happens when the allocation for transfer of data is surpassed. Usually, heavy fees are charged each month as payment for the physical hosting and the hardware on which the site is located as well. Although this set-up may actually come out cheaper in the short term as opposed to the large investment expenditures needed to get co-location implemented, in the long run, it is actually more costly.

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          • #6
            Good effort kaethy for the info, its highly appreciated
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            • #7
              Dedicated Servers : Advantages and Disadvantages

              Dedicated Servers are seen as the best type of web hosting for people who are running large resource intensive websites that receive many visitors, as well as for people and businesses who need to be guaranteed a stable service that is more reliable than other types of web hosting, such as shared website hosting


              • #8
                Dedicated server is a complete solution to all the critical needs of online business. The total control of the dedicated server on which business sites are located cater free choice of using a suitable operating system, software, applications, hardware, etc....

                Hence, opting for a dedicated server from a very reliable and competent web server hosting company is the fundamental need of any good online business.
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                • #9
                  I never thought that there are kinds of dedicated servers!
                  I appreciate this article so much, thanks for sharing!


                  • #10
                    there can be some limitations imposed on you, for instance, you may not have admin or root level access, if you opt for a managed dedicated server hosting package.