What is Dedicated Hosting and why are Dedicated Servers still around?

leana.thorne 19 August 2013 0




Ever since a mass craze about cloud computing technology has started several years ago, experts kept predicting the downfall of traditional IT infrastructure. As cloud giants built enormous server farms for storing almost all the digital data in the world, it was in a way logical to predict that it will send in-house servers to history.

Clearly, this hasn’t happened yet and it probably won’t, at least not in predictable future. The reasons to assume this are various and are all related to the well-known benefits of dedicated servers.

What is dedicated hosting?

Dedicated hosting refers to sets of servers to which you have a full access to. This means that you don’t share your hosting environment with anybody else and that you can completely adjust it to your own needs. Most frequently, dedicated servers are regarded as the best option for storing multiple websites, as they have enough power to handle extensive traffic and any kind of multimedia. These servers are reliable and usually perform better than VPS or cloud hosting.

Alternatives to dedicated hosting are VPS that refers to a virtual machine distributing resources from a single physical computer to multiple virtualized ones and cloud hosting, which is another type of shared platform. As opposed to these, dedicated hosting gives you complete control over server resources. This translates into different benefits for your website:

1. Increased security

The major problem with shared hosting environment is its vulnerability to malicious attacks. This means that even if hackers attack another website that shares your server, they can obtain your data too. In addition, if another client on your server makes a scripting error and his or her website crashes, your website may be taken down as well.

2. Full control

Full control over the applications gives piece of mind to every website owner, which is why dedicated servers are still a favorite choice of many businesses. Shared hosting never allows you to completely control, manage and distribute available resources and this may affect your website’s performance. Which brings us to the following:

3. Stability

As you are solely responsible for managing your resources, you can easily control your website’s performance. VPS stability may vary due to extensive amounts of traffic other users on the same platform may get. As you cannot completely control CPU, you depend upon other clients’ behavior. With dedicated server, you have 100% of resources at your disposal, so that you can plan and organize your website completely.

Then, why doesn’t everybody use dedicated hosting?

The simplest answer to this question is – the price. Namely, dedicated servers require significant investments into hardware equipment and IT teams. This is why they are most frequently found in large enterprises that can afford both equipment and personnel. Dedicated servers won’t usually bean option for SMBs where the key business area is something completely unrelated to the IT.

Conclusion

Even though both VPS and cloud hosting have become efficient alternatives to dedicated hosting, they are still far from it in terms of security, performance and reliability. Certainly, not every business has the same necessities, which is why it is healthy to have so many options. On the other hand, as long as there are IT professionals and companies ready to invest in this industry, dedicated servers will probably remain irreplaceable item in many settings.




leana.thorne (2 Posts)

Leana Thorne is a freelance writer covering various technology themes. Her speciality is always-evolving Internet technology, cloud computing and virtual private servers.

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