A beginners' guide to dedicated hosting by iupon13


It's a decision that can be reached in many different ways. You may have a complex
application that's delivered over the internet, you may have a company server on its
last legs, or you may be managing a fast growing startup that's maxing capacity on a
shared web hosting account. The end result is the same- you're ready for a dedicated
server. So what's next? With the wide variety of managed dedicated and virtual server
packages available, it takes a little planning to make sure you get the server that's
right for you.

There are two fundamental questions you need to answer when evaluating dedicated
server options and they are very much tied to each other. What will you be using your
server for, and do you want a Windows or a Linux operating system? For some
functions, like serving web pages, either Windows or Linux will perform admirably.
Both the UNIX based Apache web server and Microsoft's Internet Information Server
have been driving millions of websites for many years.

For more specific applications, a Windows or Linux environment will be a
requirement. Make a thorough list of what software needs to run on your dedicated
server and make sure you are choosing the right OS. It's a good idea to include any
other system requirements in this shopping list. You don't want to be installing an
application to your new server only to discover you didn't get enough RAM.

With a managed dedicated server, you won't be responsible for such things as
installing and patching the operating system, booting and restarting the server, and
other maintenance and management tasks. It's a good idea though to have some
familiarity with the operating system you choose, unless you plan on having a 100%
hands off approach. Windows and Linux take different approaches to things like file
systems, root directories, and other standard conventions, and understanding the OS
you're using can make things easier. Remember too that a large benefit of a managed
dedicated server is the level of support you receive, so be sure to take advantage of

As with the quality of support, your managed dedicated server will give you access to
a host of other services. These will include such things as managed backup, managed
firewalls and load balancers, and hosted applications like Microsoft Exchange and
Sharepoint. The enterprise class services that a top end provider can deliver give you
unbeatable availability and performance at a fraction of the cost it would take to do in
Dedicated hosting gives you an unprecedented amount of power, flexibility, and
control. Dedicated hosting adds value to budget line items, both in cost savings as
well as through leveraging add on services that improve both internal operations and
the external user experience. In an age where outsourcing is critical to successful
business plans, dedicated hosting can be a difference maker.

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