Advantages and Disadvantages of Physical Servers

Deney 17 October 2012 0

Physical servers can be a major investment for a business or company, and contrasting the pros and cons should be the first step. Physical servers are especially useful with businesses dedicated to web hosting services. Weighing the options when deciding to invest in a large scale, IT computing environment it would be critical to think it through, here are some things to consider:

What are physical servers?

First question to consider before you moving onto to a critical analysis would be, what are physical servers? Physical servers, also known as dedicated servers, are best for high-scale, large processing IT environments. Seen as the ideal servers for web hosting services, especially those that receive a high amount of visitors, they are also for businesses that need a reliable server that will provide critical roles such as shared web hosting. Physical servers are fairly reliable when compared to other servers. Physical servers come in a variety of sizes, forms and products. Blade servers, rack servers, cloud servers – the list goes on and on. Determining your IT environment is an important step before even considering purchasing a server(s).

What are the main advantages of physical servers?

Physical servers are the best type for high-scale IT environments. They provide reliability and ease of access for web hosting services. Since a physical server is dedicated for one or more specific purpose, critical resources are not being used for anything other than the dedicated task. A dedicated hosting environment is incredibly reliable for a large traffic website to do well and operate efficiently. For smaller web sites, it will also provide reliability and uptime.
A dedicated server is all yours, it isn’t shared and its purpose is specific. Dedicated resources are being used, without outside interruption, which means applications will run smoother. A website will run smoother since the services won’t be interrupted, for an effective server that is always available. Root administrator access is also available with a physical server. Physical servers also allow customization, as it can be configured which are not usually available on other forms of hosting.

What are the main disadvantages of physical servers?

The most obvious disadvantage of a physical server is the high cost. A physical server is costly but the ROI, return on investment, is quite high since the role that it will play will be managed reliably. A physical server can also be expensive due to data center costs but this is normally a problem that comes with web server hosting. Physical servers also require space, hardware, and equipment. Virtualization and cloud based servers are also far less physically intrusive.

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Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems, Inc., a managed and cloud computing service provider company in Portland, OR. Deney is the only localised and authorised IBM business partner in Pacific Northwest. You can also follow him on LinkedIn.

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