Things to Consider when Choosing Dedicated Servers

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					Dedicated servers are computer systems leased entirely by one organisation rather
than shared between many. Typically dedicated servers are rented from specialised
service providers and are located at the premises of the hosting company. Technically
one such server is just a single computer that is connected to the Internet and this
computer caters solely to the needs of this one specific client. This is in sharp contrast
to shared servers, where the machine is divided among several clients and their
websites, each demanding its own share of the server 鈥檚 resources.
  By not sharing your web server resources with other clients the server benefits
gained (such as security) are quite varied. For example, one UK based firm decided to
host its website on a shared server managed by a local service provider. However,
they were not aware that they were sharing their server space with a file transfer site.
Within a year, the firm found itself in a legal tussle for violating copyright laws. On a
shared server all the clients have the same IP address, so further investigation was
requested. It was discovered that the sharing site was the actual culprit. However, the
firm never recovered from the shame of the incident due to all the negative publicity
the event had garnered.
  Choosing One or More Dedicated Servers for Website Hosting The type of server
required will depend on the business budget and the server 鈥 檚 workload.
鈥?Economy Servers: You may have a website that gets low to moderate hits each day
and/or a smaller budget, in which case a heavy duty server is not appropriate. An
economy level dedicated server may be perfect for you, as it is both robust and cost
effective for your limited bandwidth needs. 鈥?Enterprise Servers: For a website
under heavy load and with a larger budget available, a high performance
enterprise-level server may fit the bill. (A slow and unresponsive website under load
will severely hamper your business and, in time, your reputation, so it doesn 鈥檛 pay
to skimp in this area). With a high performance enterprise server you can expect fast
processing and fast delivery of data.
  If you need even more server power, then you may need multiple core CPUs in
operation, with increased redundancy in terms of disks, power and networking.
  Providing Your Own Dedicated Servers Colocation is another method of gaining
some of the benefits normally provided by a dedicated server service. Here, the client
places its own servers at a server hosting site, rather than locally at the office. The
data centers, having been built specifically for the purpose of server hosting, have a
long list of benefits that a small business just could not afford. For example: air
conditioning & security systems, redundant power, multiple and large
communications links and qualified engineers.
  Outsourcing systems to a hosting organisation allows the client to focus on core
competencies while the IT is well taken care of. With a server management service
bolted on, the client doesn 鈥檛 even have to worry about upgrades or repairs. This
reduces IT headaches considerably for a small organisation with minimal resources.
  So regardless of whether the client purchases dedicated server hosting or simply
colocation rack space, they can still gain from at least some of the benefits provided
by a large data centre.
  Economy servers are also known as cheap dedicated servers. The name is misleading,
as the performance of the servers is in no way weak. Some of the options available
include: 鈥?Dual or quad core processors 鈥?Internet connectivity from 100Mbps
鈥?Large data transfer allowances 鈥?RAIDoption, to ensure protection against hard
drive failure 鈥?A choice of operating system 鈥?Monthly billing
 These services are adequate to effectively serve any small-medium sized websites,
and can be combined by managed hosting providers to support much larger websites.
 Kathryn Dawson writes articles for ConnetU, a UK specialist for high specification
hosting and dedicated servers management, offering unprecedented skills at your
disposal with a team of on-site technical specialists at their locations. ConnetU offers
highly affordable colocation rack space with 24/7 on-site technicians and rapid
downtime alerts. Look no further for cheap dedicated servers that give you the power
and support like no other.

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