Dedicated Hosting: A Simple Solution
What many people fail to realize is that whenever you access information on the internet, it does not come from some shadowy ether world that exists only in thin air.
Every bit of information on the web is stored somewhere, and the place that placed is usually a “server” or a very large computer that does nothing else but store information for clients who either rent space or purchase a server for themselves.
The servers are traditionally kept in large buildings known as data centers and can hold many, many hundreds of individual servers that contain a plethora of information for a wide variety of different clients.
In many cases, a single client will not be able to fill the storage capacity of an entire server, and they essentially share that server with many other clients in order to share the cost of having access to a server.
If the company is large enough or simply has too much information to store, they may need the capacity of an entire server to themselves. This is known as a dedicated server in that it is “dedicated” to an individual client rather than having a shared platform.
Some companies choose to keep their dedicated servers on site if they have the space, and a technologically advanced enough staff to service available to help with technical issues. Others usually access them remotely from their place of business while the servers are kept in a data center.
The Benefits of Dedicated Hosting
There are several benefits to having a dedicated hosting application for your business.
The primary advantage is being quite simply that you will most likely never run out of space on your server or have the server run slowly because of other traffic running on that server from other companies.
The other benefits than the obvious performance issues that you get from having a dedicated server to yourself is the security that it enables one to maintain over the system.
In a shared server situation, anyone who is connected to that server has the ability to access any information on that server. While the host will ensure that there are firewalls between different clients and their information, the simple fact is that any firewall can be compromised and other security features can and often are by passed by nefarious hackers in pursuit of their own agendas.
You can avoid this potential negative impact by using a dedicated server that can be accessed only by the “owner” of that server. All of your important and classified information is stored on “your” server and cannot be accessed by anyone else.
The primary users of dedicated servers are companies with a very large amount of information and websites that attract a very large amount of traffic.
Another advantage of a dedicated server, especially the one that is housed in data center and basically rented by the client is that all of the maintenance required is provided by the hosting company, as well the utilities required such as electricity usage and heating and cooling functions which are of paramount importance to run such sensitive and high tech equipments.
The other benefit of using a dedicated server is that the host companies by running many servers for many clients get a better deal on “bandwidth” which is the amount of space you use on the web when they are able to purchase larger blocks for a better price due to the volume they deal in. This can result in significant savings for the clients who would have to pay for that bandwidth themselves if they ran the server from their own location.
Providers of Dedicated Hosting
There is no shortage of companies that offer dedicated hosting in the U.S and around the world, here is a small sample;
- Host Gator
- Inmotion Hosting