What is Dedicated Server?

Dedicated servers, also referred to as dedicated hosting, are the premier application in the web hosting business. A dedicated server is a powerful computer that is exclusively used as a network server creating a single computer in a network reserved for network needs. It is dedicated to the rental and exclusive use of a computer and it provides services for one specific account or domain name. Henceforth, it is solely for use by one organization and is leased and stored in the data center of the host company. A dedicated server is comprised of an operating system (usually some variation of Linux or Windows) a web server, related software (such as a SQL server, Control Panel and much more) and connection to the Internet. These are all contained in the web hosting company's data center. Dedicated server hosting is specifically required for a web site or a group of related company sites that develop a considerable amount of traffic. The server is normally configured and operated remotely by the host company while allowing for client customization. A dedicated server can be assigned to function specifically as a resource server and cannot be used as a client. It is important to understand that the actual server is owned by the web host and clients do not have physical access to it.

When developing a complex business or a high-end e-commerce site dedicated web hosting is very beneficial. During development and throughout the life span of your company you will need more space and security therefore needing a web server dedicated to your business. This is typically purchased by a company when they want more control of their server and the host company supports and manages the rented or purchased hardware. Internet connectivity is provided to the server, in many cases over 10 or 100 Mb/s Ethernet. Dedicated servers are most often stored in datacenters, similar to co-location facilities, providing redundant power sources and HVAC systems. Large initial investments are not needed due to the inexpensive option with using dedicated server hosting.

Dedicated hosting in two flavors: managed and unmanaged hosting

For the most part, unmanaged hosting plans include hardware, operating system, web server and Internet connection. Managed plans however include the basics and are all inclusive with everything else available. You only concern should be your web site and content.

A dedicated server could also be a computer that manages printer resources however, it is important to note that not all servers are dedicated. In some cases it is likely for a computer to act as a server and execute other functions as well.

Dual Core Atom

  • Atom D510 1.66Ghz 1MB Cache
  • 500 GB SATA II Hard Drive
  • 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • Gigabit Internal Network + VPN
$179.95/mo

Dual Core

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  • 500 GB SATA II Hard Drive
  • 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • Gigabit Internal Network + VPN
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Quad Core (Nehalem)

  • Xeon X3450 2.66Ghz 8MB Cache
  • 500 GB SATA II Hard Drive
  • 4 GB ECC DDR3 SDRAM
  • Gigabit Internal Network + VPN
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Eight Cores (Nehalem)

  • Dual Xeon 5520 2.26Ghz 8MB Cache
  • 500 GB SATA II Hard Drive
  • 6 GB ECC DDR3 SDRAM
  • Gigabit Internal Network + VPN
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