• Introduction:
A dedicated server is a variety of Internet hosting in which an entire server is taken on lease by the client. As far as choosing operating systems or hardware is concerned, this allows organizations to have complete control over the servers. Complex Managed Hosting – a type of dedicated server – applies to both hybrid servers and virtual servers. Security, IT support, storage and memory are all governed by the provider. Proactive service is rendered through this. Dedicated servers are known to provide lucrative investment returns.

• Connectivity and Bandwidth:

a) 95th Percentile Method:
Also known as “Burstable Billing”, it places the cutoff at the 95th percentile. The remaining 5% of the measurements are kept above the value while 95% is kept below.

b) Unmetered Method:
In the unmetered bandwidth, top-line speed is assigned to the server and set up on the switch level.

c) Total Transfer Method
The process in which the entire data transaction is measured (in bytes) is called the Total Transfer Method. However certain providers will only take the outbound traffic into consideration.

• Bandwidth Pooling
Many Dedicated Hosting service providers coalesce bandwidth pricing with the monthly charge. Those providers who do not offer bandwidth pooling would allow one to use 4 TB of bandwidth, and the remaining 16 TB of bandwidth would be practically useless. This is known by almost all hosting providers, and allows them to reduce costs by offering amounts of bandwidth that is liable to be superfluous. This process is called “Overselling” and lets high bandwidth customers to make increased consumption.

• Management

Dedicated Hosting providers will provide the following varieties of server management actions:

a) Fully managed – Includes software updates, security patches, reboots, monitoring and operating system upgrades. No customer involvement is allowed.
b) Managed –With a limited support, issues such as monitoring and updates are managed. Customers are allowed a degree of involvement.
c) Self-managed – Continuous monitoring and a certain amount of maintenance is carried out. Customers carry out a majority of operations.
d) Unmanaged – Little or no involvement for the service provider. Customers provide maintenance, security, upgrades and patches.

• Software:
Dedicated Hosting Service providers offer the option of selecting the software of one’s choice. The choice of one’s operating system, specific applications and database depends on the server’s total usage. Servers can be manipulated according to the customers’ requirements.

• Security Issues:
Service providers will use intense security measures to protect the data stored on their server networks. They may use different software programs to scan networks and systems for encroaching invaders, hackers and spammers.

• Benefits:

Some of the advantages offered by Dedicated Servers are the following:

a) High performance
b) Security
c) Email stability
d) Enhanced control.
e) Availability of high powered networks from multiple providers.

• Limitations:

a) Adult content is not allowed by numerous providers as its legality may be questioned or it may consume excessive bandwidth.
b) Copyright violations – Most companies do not intend to host copyrighted material whose copyright is improper.