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Dedicated Server Hosting Tips

Dedicated Server is basically renting a whole server solely for your use (dedicated). It is much like having your own server but the biggest difference is you do not need a large initial investment to set it up.

This means you own the machine but have a hosting company maintain the server for you. Dedicated Servers give a company the flexibility of having a dedicated machine for their website(s).

Last Updated - 15th October 2005

Who Needs Dedicated Servers?

Web Hosting Benefits Of A Dedicated Server
When choosing a dedicated server, there are several things to consider:

Operating System

The Operating System of a server is similar to that on your own personal computer; once installed, the operating system enables one to perform tasks more simply. There are a bevy of server operating systems available today including Linux-based and Windows-based software.

The operating system you choose should be directly relational to what operations your server will be performing, which types of software you'll need to install and also, what you're more comfortable with. Some common operating systems used for hosting at present are Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), FreeBSD, Fedora (previously known as Red Hat Linux), Debian, and many other flavors of linux.

Data Backup, Monitoring and Automation

If you run a site, which is constantly being updated, you will need to back it up frequently. This can be a hassle. Many dedicated hosting providers will provide a back up service for you - usually for an added fee, but the convenience may be worth it. Your server will need to be monitored constantly to prevent service interruptions.

Check to see that your host can provide such monitoring, and how frequently it is done (e.g. every 5 min.), and what measures they use to deal with problems, which are detected.

Running a dedicated server does usually require a greater level of technical knowledge than shared hosting. However, those who lack technical expertise may still be able to operate a dedicated server --- if the host offers some form of web-based automation to simplify the process of managing a server. Check to see if your host can offer such automation (if you think you may need it).

Hardware Options

Hardware Options are also something to consider when choosing a dedicated server. You'll need to pick a processor that's up to the task. Regarding the amount of memory you wish installed, firewall options, and the size of the hard drive.

Celerons in general do not perform well when you start hosting several large powerful applications or web sites, Pentium 4's (P4's), perform much better as they also have a larger cache, Xeons on the other hand can perform much better, especially Dual Xeon processors. One should also take into consideration the AMD option, Dual (and single Options) have been shown to outperform Dual (or single) Xeons by a margin of 30% or more in some cases. These are quite often cheaper to purchase, so therefore a more suitable solution.

When looking at hard disks, you should remember that all hard disks fail at some point or other so it is a necessity in a server environment to have off-site backups or onsite backups of some sort. Having a second mirrored (RAID-1) is a great solution. If you require fast access and high reliability and are willing to pay more it is a very good idea to go for SCSI as they have much lower access time and much lower failure rate.


A certain amount of bandwidth is generally included when renting or leasing a dedicated server. Once you have ascertained how much bandwidth you will require, you can adjust that limit with your service provider. The space you'll be given is generally directly relational to the size of your hard drive. Some hosts also give clients the choice of uplink port speed (usually 10Mbps/100Mbps but can go up to 1000Mbps). Bandwidth can be provided using the 95th percentile rule, or simply the via an alloted bandwidth (which is quite often around 1000GB/month).

Technical Support

Are you a novice or an expert? This is a question that you need to seriously think about. For the novice, a managed provider with 24/7 support is for you. You most definitely do not want to find an unmanaged provider that does nothing but point you in the directions of the "FAQ or Documentation Pages" when you need help. Not only will it upset you, it will cost you money that should have never been spent in the first place as you have no business being with an unmanaged provider.

When your monitors suggest a fault or possible fault occurring, you will need highly skilled and qualified resource to deal with the problem. The minimum number of support staff required to deliver a robust 24 x 365 support is 8.

Disclaimer: The Dedicated Server Hosting Tips / Information presented and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Tips And Treats . com and/or its partners.

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