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Choosing a Dedicated Server Host

Choosing a dedicated server host can be overwhelming due to the fact that there are literally hundreds of server host providers available at a potential client’s fingertips. If you are the potential client, then choosing the correct dedicated server host for you can be simple if you know what to look for. First, you must know exactly what a dedicated server host is.

A dedicated server host provides clients with a server dedicated solely to them. A dedicated server is customized to the client’s needs through choice of operating system, hardware, software and management services. The client has full control over the server and no information on the dedicated server may be accessed or shared with another client. This allows for both privacy and security.

Secondly, the client needs to keep in mind how much RAM, disc space and bandwidth is needed to adequately keep up with their demands. RAM represents the amount of memory on the server. Disc space includes an allotted amount of physical space on the server designed to store the client’s content. Bandwidth measures how fast data is transferred from one point to another, for example, from the server to the website. Potential clients need to ensure the dedicated server hosting provider offers the appropriate amount of RAM, disc space and bandwidth that they need.

Next, the client should consider the type of control panel used by the dedicated server hosting provider. Generally, the two most common control panels used are the Cpanel and the Plesk control panels. Both of these controls panels are utilized by clients who run multiple websites and domains. A Cpanel control panel may only be used by clients using Linux. Plesk is used by clients with Linux or Windows operating systems.

Another important feature that every potential client needs to consider when choosing a dedicated server host is the amount of management they require. Management is offered at different levels by all dedicated server hosting providers. The level of management being offered should be read carefully by each client before making a choice of a dedicated server host. Each host will define their levels of management differently. Level of management also affects the cost of leasing a dedicated server.

Management levels range from fully managed to unmanaged. A fully managed dedicated server requires no management from the client. The host monitors the server, performs updates, performs upgrades and provides security etc. Next is the managed and self-managed dedicated server. At these management levels, the client has more responsibility for performing the above tasks. An unmanaged dedicated server severely limits the amount of management responsibility the host has while leaving it all in the hands of the client.

When choosing a dedicated server host, clients should always factor in the amount of scalability available from the provider when making their choice. Scalability refers to the ease of upgrading the server to stay up to date with the client’s needs. This can also include adding a new server. Upgrades include adding new hardware and increasing the amount of bandwidth on the server. This should all be done at a fast pace which is affordable to the client. Clients need to remember that the more they add to a dedicated server the more it is going to cost them.

Other important aspects every client should consider are security, technical support, speed and uptime. Also, overall cost of employing the services of a dedicated server hosting provider should be considered. Clients should never settle for less than what their needs are and should always remember to look for hidden fees. Be wary of introductory prices where the cost of leasing a dedicated server increases after a few months from the initial service.

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