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Dedicated Hosting and You

What exactly is Dedicated Hosting? There are so many terms that people use and hear today when it comes to Hosting –

  • Dedicated Hosting
  • Virtual Dedicated Hosting
  • Managed Dedicated Hosting
  • Dedicated Server

The list just goes on and on. So let’s start by explaining what Dedicated Hosting is. The short and simple explanation:  A form of Web hosting where the hosting provider dedicates a single machine (server) that is not shared with anybody for a customer’s Web site(s).  Dedicated Hosting gives customers full control over the server, including choice of Operating System, hardware, and full root access.

With Dedicated Hosting, the host or hosting provider is responsible for making sure that the hardware and network is “always on” or always available to the customer. Depending on whether the customer chooses a managed dedicated server or an un-managed (self-managed) dedicated server will determine who is responsible for maintaining the code, scripts, and applications that are on the server itself – the customer or the hosting provider.

Taken from Wikipedia:

A dedicated hosting service, dedicated server, or managed hosting service is a type of Internet hosting in which the client leases an entire server not shared with anyone. This is more flexible than shared hosting, as organizations have full control over the server(s), including choice of operating system, hardware, etc. Server administration can usually be provided by the hosting company as an add-on service. In some cases a dedicated server can offer less overhead and a larger return on investment. Dedicated servers are most often housed in data centers, similar to colocation facilities, providing redundant power sources and HVAC systems. In contrast to collocation, the server hardware is owned by the provider and in some cases they will provide support for your operating system or applications.

“Virtual Dedicated Hosting is cheaper than Dedicated Hosting, what’s the difference?” We hear this question often. With Virtual Dedicated Hosting a single server is partitioned into multiple servers. “Huh?” All of us at ServerBeach understand just how confusing all the ‘lingo’ can be so let us explain a little further. When you partition a dedicated server to act as multiple servers, each partition has the appearance and capabilities of running on its own dedicated machine. Each virtual server can run its own complete operating system, and each server can be independently rebooted. Virtual private servers bridge the gap between shared hosting services and dedicated hosting services, giving independence from other customers of the VPS service in software terms but at less cost than a physical dedicated server.

So if a Virtual Dedicated Server is cheaper, why not just go with it? There are a number of reasons why customers choose to go with a Dedicated server/Dedicated Hosting instead of a Virtual Dedicated Server, many reasons relying on the nature of their business. Due to the number of virtualization clients typically running on a single machine, a VPS generally has limited processor time, RAM, and disk space. Some say, their isolated nature has become common “sandboxes” for possibly insecure public services or update testing. So is virtual dedicated hosting bad? Not at all! If you don’t require a lot of resources such as hard drive space, RAM, or processing time, it just may be the best fit for you.

If you have any questions or want to know more about the benefits of Dedicated Hosting, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-741-9939 and we’ll be happy to explain to you.

18 Responses

  1. Also, some/most VPS providers prohibit load sharing/balancing between VPS’s which restricts the amount of traffic a site will support.

    • Hi Ron. This is very true. Thanks for stopping by and pointing that out. We encourage everyone to comment on the differences in order to help others learn.

      – Charnell

  2. The hosting company is responsible for the maintenance, backing up, security, and power management. Blog Hosts

    • Hi Blog Hosts. Could you please clarify what exactly you’re referring to when you say maintenance? Also, not all hosting companies provide back-ups. Managed hosting typically offers full feature services as add on packages, which includes back-ups, security, among other things. Some (unmanaged/self-managed) Dedicated hosting companies do not offer these services.

  3. Indeed a very well written article, very informative thanks for posting it on the net..I could use this as reference and many others can also use it.
    Thanks again..
    Jain Neha

  4. Yeah, I think Virtual Dedicated Hosting will be better for us. Try it…

  5. Sometimes it’s really that simple, isn’t it? I feel a little stupid for not thinking of this myself/earlier, though.

  6. Dedicated means you get the whole server for yourself and VPS you get a virtual space on the same hard drive as others.
    And also reseller means you can distribute your own hosting package.

  7. Thanks for the nice post. I always like to save webmaster or hosting related posts like this one.

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  9. Alishia – happy to hear this helped! If you’d like to see further information on this topic or anything specifically related, please let us know.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  10. We are not in the business of web hosting and web site design, however the folk here responded all my inquiries promptly and appeared willing to help. Also, having a Gulf Coast as well as an East Coastline workplace aids in the time differential. It causes having questions responded to immediately after 5pm ET feasible.it’s simply no brainer but their guaranteed very affordable web hosting.

  11. Though I would’ve loved it much more if you added a relevant video or at least pictures to back up the explanation, I still thought that your write-up quite helpful. It’s usually hard to make a complicated matter seem very easy. I enjoy your weblog and will sign up to your feed so I will not miss anything. Fantastic content

  12. Well … I like myself the owner of the server.
    Since it is sometimes a lot of trouble


  13. I’m definitely going to bookmark you! Thank you for your info. Good post and nice design, is this a regular template?

  14. I using VPS server and I’m happy.


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