A server which is hosted by a hosting company and allows only one company to access and lease is called a dedicated server. It is dedicated to only one client and not shared with any of the other clients. Dedicated servers allow client to choose that what kind of operating system has been installed on it and what kind of hardware is being used in it. In some of the cases, as an addon service, hosting companies provide administration services for client, to make the client free from worrying about it.
In the most cases, hosting companies perform most of the maintenance on dedicated servers. This includes:
- Disaster recovery
- Data backups
- Intrusion Prevention and Detection
- Firewall maintenance
- Monitoring of server and application
- Updates to installed applications
- Operating System Updates
Hosting company also employs hard core strict security measures to safe client’s data. Client generally pays on monthly basis, quarterly or yearly fee to use dedicated server, this helps to save money over hosting, managing servers and maintaining own servers on site.
Here are some benefits of having dedicated servers:
Customization: Dedicated servers give control and freedom over other hosting solutions which are unable to provide. Fact is that the server is dedicated to only one client and there are no other cohabitants, it means that dedicated server can only be tailored to specific needs of client.
Uptime: In world where convenience is just everything and consumers are not used to wait, it is a vital to ensure that a site is functional for all the time, website downtime may lead to the customers moving to the competitors.Dedicated server hosting allows for stability and high performance to ensure that the websites and other businesses function virtually 100% of the time.
Congestion: Server congestion is less an issue with a dedicated server as when compared to the shared hosting options. Later on, risk of congestion is due to the traffic and usage level of other applications and websites hosted on same server, competing for CPU usage, disk space and bandwidth. Nature of dedicated server hosting ensure that it is not an issue.
Security: Clients who use dedicated platforms, able to deploy security measures like firewall configuration and anti-virus, there are much more tailored to their functions. In an addition, dedicated servers located within the data centers may give benefit from physical security measures. These measures include mantraps,, security guards, biometric authentication.