Dedicated Server: What is it and who needs one?

Even when we hire simple web hosting services, the so-called shared servers or "shared hosting", we always see in the top menus of these companies the item "dedicated servers".

Well, the name says it all: the dedicated server is one that only directs resources to the contractor. Dedicated servers in general are known in the market as higher value services, which offer a much larger storage space – but that is not its main feature.

Customers looking for dedicated servers do have more data storage needs, but the main requirement is regarding the performance and reliability of the service.

The machine is maintained by the web hosting service provider or cloud hosting, but you are the only customer to have access to it and to fully use its resources.

Why use a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are a good recommendation if you need more space and have heavier applications, but there are some other profiles and features that make this type of service as recommended.

Security

This is one of the main advantages of this type of service, especially in relation to the hiring of shared hosting services.

As the machine is not shared with other customers, the probability that third parties will have access to your data is much more remote. The greater availability of space and resources also allows the installation and configuration of more efficient and complex defense mechanisms, built according to the profile of the applications you are running from the server.

Access

Again, the quality and access speed and configuration of dedicated servers is considerably higher.

Flexibility

For advanced developers and complex applications, the dedicated server offers more possibilities. With this service, the client can have access with administrator profile to machine resources, allowing him to do the setup and installation of modules, frameworks and scripts that are not common or would need the interference of web hosting services in shared contracts.

You can even run applications on different databases of the traditional MySQL, such as MongoDB and Redis, besides the development of applications in different languages and frameworks like Ruby on Rails, Node.js, Django and more.

Space

As whole machines are allocated to the same customer, the amount of space and the level of data flow available are also to be considerably greater in the case of dedicated servers. Some flexibility is possible even with the addition of new HDs to the server.

  • Price

    Price is an important factor in deciding on either dedicated hosting server, but it is not the only aspect to be analyzed. The resources and the profile of the machine to be hired are also important, especially for applications or more complex database and more users.

    The ideal, in most cases, is to consult your IT staff or development team before closing any deal. Options chosen only because of prices can cause future problems if the CPU of the dedicated server is not enough to run and work with the applications to be developed.

  • Flexibility and Scalability

    The level of flexibility for future expansion and resource scalability is also a key factor. As your data and subscriber base increases, you need to often increase resources quickly – dedicated hosting services with rapid scalability options and without complex settings are always better.

    Big data and the increased use of APIs and large databases created a greater need for dedicated web hosting services. Similarly, many companies that held internal servers at headquarters started to see the advantages, especially regarding the maintenance costs in hiring dedicated servers and cloud.

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