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Dedicated Servers Gaining a Better Understanding

Choosing the best dedicated server for your business could be a task. But once you have found your soul web hosting provider, it is a ‘hurrah!’ moment.

Finding Best Dedicated Server:
Before deciding on the best dedicated server for you, let me clarify what ‘best’ means here.

Best is a very subjective term.

For finding the best dedicated server, you need to understand your requirements, look for the web hosting providers who fit those requirements, and then make a decision.

Technology

1. Processor:
How powerful you want the server to be?

For virtualization, video-transcoding, SQL, or specialized applications like chat servers, you need a Xeon or dual Xeon server.

2. Bandwidth:
After having an idea of the traffic to your website, decide on the bandwidth required. If your website sees high traffic, go for more bandwidth. If you plan to run scripts, have HD pictures, or stream multimedia files, then go for high bandwidth servers.

3. Memory:
Memory is important in order to decide the efficiency of your server and faster loading of your website. More RAM = Better Speed.

4. OS:
Depending upon your needs, decide if you want a Windows dedicated server or Linux dedicated server. You must also take into account the type of your application.

5. Storage:
Know your data storage requirements of your website. You can pick from several hard drive options. Usually, RAID is preferred because if there is a hardware failure, all your data will be lost. RAID is critical for mirror copying.

6. Application:
You need a Windows Dedicated Server if you are looking to host MS SQL, ASP.NET or Microsoft IIS. Go for Linux Server if you use LAMP or MEAN stack or an application that does not need a specific Microsoft license.

Datacenter

Tier 1: 99.67% uptime, no redundancy, 28.8 hours of downtime/year.

Tier 2: 99.74% uptime, partial redundancy in cooling and power, 22 hours downtime/year.

Tier 3: 99.98% uptime, N+1 fault tolerant, 1.6 hours of downtime/year.

Tier 4: 99.99% uptime, 2N+1 fully redundant infrastructure, 26.3 minutes of annual downtime.

Security
Before choosing a dedicated server in US,UK, you need to ask questions related to access to data, power supply, hardware, fire protection, building, data privacy etc.

Analyze Your Requirements
If you go in the market without analyzing your requirements, you may not find anyone who will fit the bill. I know self-introspection could be hard. But if done (correctly), it will surely give you the best results.

Here are some of the important aspects you should consider while analyzing your requirements:

1. Types of Server:

Depending upon your activity, you can consider:

File Server
Database Server
Domain Server
Application Server
Communication Server
Print Server

Traffic:

How much traffic do you see in a month?

3. Application:

If it is a resource hungry application, then you should go for a server having high computing power.

4. Operating System:

Are you looking for Linux Dedicated Server or Windows Dedicated Server?

5. Budget:

Obviously, money is an important factor, always. But if you find the right dedicated server for yourself, it is going to be worth the investment.

Important aspects of Best Dedicted Server
Customer Reviews: If you have a chance to get in touch with their customers, then do take a review. Ask about the guaranteed uptime, how swift they respond, the time they take to solve queries, and more.
Do they provide any additional services for free? For example, DDoS protection. (If they do, they care for you!)
No server should go live without the backup. If it goes, there are chances of you losing the data.

What is dedicated server hosting?
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 else. This is more flexible than shared hosting, as organizations have full control over the server(s), including choice of operating system, hardware, etc

Does dedicated hosting mean I own the server?
Yes. It means you can have access the server at the root level. You have to contact the Hosting Provider and ask for it.

What is difference between dedicated server and cloud server?
The dedicated server is a physical server with dedicated hardware. The server is not shared with anyone, the resources are dedicated only for one. That makes it extremely protected and fast.

While Cloud Server is a virtual server. It is very flexible and you can adjust the resources any time. Cloud Server are packed with a number of functions.

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