What is a Dedicated Server?
A dedicated server is an important constituent in website hosting service. A server is necessarily a physical computing machine, which has a web server with it, with all related software, and an internet connection. This server is housed in the premises of the website hosting company.
A dedicated server is a server that is exclusively and entirely rented out to a single user, for her/his exclusive use of website hosting. No one else, other than the owner of the dedicated server, can share the hosting services and the web hosting resources of the dedicated server. The entire web hosting resources of a dedicated server is used by a single user, making this dedicated server extremely useful to host websites, or a set of related company sites, which have the pressure of huge traffic of website visitors. The e commerce websites, which have millions of website visitors and conduct their total business transactions activities online, cannot function without the hosting services of dedicated servers.
Thus, a dedicated server is a single computer, connected with internet network and is dedicated to serve the needs of the network. A dedicated server may also be a remote server, which remains dedicated to serve a single user, application or an organisation. A website hosting service provider company, may it be Cloud or Managed Service Provider, deploys and manages the dedicated server with its hosting.
A dedicated server operates exactly like an in-house server, with same functionalities. But a dedicated server is owned, managed and operated by a backend service provider company. The user or the customer of the dedicated server has to connect remotely with the dedicated server, over the internet connectivity. Then only the user or the customer can perform a series of services which are based on server functions.
A dedicated server has multiple uses. A dedicated server can be used to host websites, to host applications and to provide hosting for back up services. A dedicated server is also useful for data storage. A dedicated server may be dedicated to printing services, may be used internally for the hosting and providing specialised services to its client or user. A dedicated server can implement dedicated files or other network servers.
Advantages of dedicated server-
A dedicated server’s total hosting resources are directed to a single user of the hosting service. Therefore, a dedicated server provides benefits of highest possible performance, top level security measures, complete stability in e mail service, and absolute control to its user.
The main advantages of a dedicated server are-
1.The server resources are not shared with any other user, in a dedicated server. The user gets the full resources of the single server. No other websites other than the users have access to the server, so there is no clogging of the server CPU or the RAM. Any bad script or a malware running on another website cannot slow down the server.
2.The dedicated server provides optimum hosting performance with security of highest level. A dedicated server provides maximum uptime for the website of the client. A dedicated server provides stable hosting for websites with highest traffic of website visitors. Dedicated server remains protected from any malware or spam as it does not share its space with any other website.
3. The dedicated server is the most flexible server. The client can easily customise the server as per her/his business needs. The CPU, RAM, software and the disk space can be customised by the client only. A dedicated server offers the client a customisable environment that suits her/his business requirements.
4.The dedicated server provides its client with a unique IP address. The client need not share her/his IP address with anyone else, or any other website.
5.The dedicated server prevents client from unnecessary overhead expenses of purchasing and maintaining server equipment. It is the low-cost server for the client to access the complete resources of a full server.