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Hosting Custom Dedicated Servers

Posted by eric

Despite the costs and complexity, dedicated servers provide numerous benefits to your business. Whether you run a resource-intensive ecommerce web site or require extra security for your web projects – hosting a dedicated server is the solution.

The typical web hosting platform may not be sufficient for the requirements of a larger business. This is because most solutions require that you share the server and valuable system resources with other users. While suitable for the needs of most customers, the lack of disk space, bandwidth and RAM coupled with probable security and performance issues is something many others cannot tolerate. Companies with more demanding needs are better fit for a different type of hosting solution, this solution is known as a dedicated server. What is a Dedicated Server?
Often marketed as dedicated hosting, a dedicated server refers to a single computer allocated to the needs of a single customer or business. You lease the hardware from a hosting provider and generally receive network monitoring, internet connectivity and routing equipment. This type of arrangement differs from the typical hosting environment as you have all the disk space, bandwidth and other vital resources to yourself, thus resulting in a much better performance.
Most importantly, with hosting dedicated servers you have complete administrative control via software that allows you to remotely manage the server, which is actively maintained in the hosting provider’s data center. Dedicated servers are most commonly used by those who have outgrown the shared hosting environment and now require the utmost in flexibility, reliability, security and control.
Perhaps the great advantage of a dedicated server is administrative authority it provides. In most cases, you have the option to install the software programs of your choosing. This ranges from operating system and control panel to programming languages and security applications. Because you do not have to share the server with other customers, you can effectively plan for upgrades and traffic spikes as you see fit. A dedicated server is among the most flexible and scalable hosting solutions you will find on the market today.
The types of custom dedicated servers fall under two categories: managed and unmanaged hosting. Managed hosting is a solution where the server is often actively monitored and maintained by the service provider. In the typical arrangement, you lease the server and receive features such as software patches and updates, security measures, hardware replacements, internet connectivity and end-to-end network management. Managed hosting is a solution that allows you to leave all the software, hardware and other technical aspects in the hands of the provider. This type of service is a popular choice among customers with little to no server administration skills, or those who lack the time required to keep a dedicated server up and running efficiently.
Unmanaged hosting describes a dedicated server in its purest form. In this scenario, the bulk of server management falls on your shoulders. While you do not have to physically maintain the hardware, you will need to perform software updates, apply system patches and fixes, boot and shut down the server, install and configure web services, administer database applications, implement adequate security mechanisms and much more.
Unmanaged hosting leaves you to deal with the burden of day to day maintenance and operation. A dedicated server calls for a lot of responsibility on your part, but you are not totally alone. For example, the hosting provider monitors the network, physically maintains and repairs the hardware, provides connectivity and troubleshoots network issues. In addition, many hosts offer semi-managed services such as software upgrades and database administration. However, the general maintenance of the server is left in your hands. Therefore, unmanaged hosting is recommended for customers with the experience, resources and time needed to keep up a dedicated server.
MetroHosting is a MANAGED dedicated server hosting company. We do not offer unmanaged dedicated server hosting and you will find our prices are higher than unmanaged providers as we do not provide this service. You will find that our managed solutions are very competitively priced if not much lower than the major national providers.