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Everything You Need to Know About a Dedicated Server

Shania     23 June 2023     Cloud Infrastructure / Colocation / Network / Security     0 Comments

A dedicated server is a type of hosting service that allows one specific user or organization to use the server exclusively for their needs. One positive of going this route eliminates resource sharing as you and your organization will be the only ones accessing the server. 

There are a lot of things that you can do with a dedicated server. This includes hosting online games, e-commerce sites, websites, and applications.  A lot of users choose to use a dedicated server because of its security, performance, and customization features. 

To put it simply, a dedicated server is like a powerful computer that you can rent to play a game with your friends. Using your computer to run the game may cause technical problems, and you have to solve them on your own. However, you don’t have to worry about all that when you rent a powerful computer that is made specifically for running that game. This explains why renting is a popular option these days for both businesses and end-users.

Trends and Statistics

Based on research published by Maximize Market Research, the global dedicated server hosting market was valued at USD 12 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 24 billion by 2029. The study also mentioned that the growth in demand is mainly driven by the increase in virtualization and cybersecurity awareness. Dedicated servers provide users with more control and security, allowing them to handle their own security measures instead of relying solely on the provider. Moreover, the region that is expected to hold the highest share in the market is North America. 

Dedicated vs Shared Server

There are some differences between the two kinds of hosting services, which are:

Performance

Dedicated server offers better performance and faster speed than a shared server as it gives you full access to all the resources of the server. This includes the CPU, RAM, and storage. Meanwhile, with a shared server, you have to share those resources with other websites, which can slow down the speed. 

Prices

A dedicated server is often more costly compared to a shared server because you are paying for the entire server’s resources. Meanwhile, with a shared server, you will share the cost of those resources with the other users. 

Security

A dedicated server offers a higher level of security as it allows you to be the only user who has access to the server. This gives you more control over the security aspects of your server. Meanwhile, a shared server is more vulnerable as your website can be affected by security problems from other users.

Scalability

A dedicated server is more scalable than a shared server due to the difficulty of upgrading the RAM and CPU on the shared server. Albeit, there is a heavy upfront cost, you will see savings overtime. Like a car payment, once you pay off the car loan, the only bill you have left is gas and maintenance resulting in a consistent predictable bill. Opposed to a shared sever which charges for the amount of resources you use causing an unpredictable and potentially high monthly payment.

Customization features

You can always customize a dedicated server to fit your needs, as you have complete control over the server. However, when using a shared server, the number of features you can customize may be very limited. This is because you still have to share the resources of the server with other users.

Technical expertise requirement

Typically, a dedicated server will require the user to have more technical expertise compared to a shared server. This is because the user will handle the server maintenance and management. Meanwhile, with a shared server, the server management will be handled by the provider.

Who Should Consider Using a Dedicated Server?

Software developers

If you are a software developer that is looking for a server with customizable features, then you should consider using a dedicated server. It gives you the freedom to scale the resources up or down according to your needs. Additionally, it provides you with greater power and reliability.

Companies that manage large amounts of data

Security is key when it comes to handling sensitive information. If your business has to handle lots of sensitive information, then a dedicated server will be the right choice for you. This is because you will be fully in charge of your website’s security aspects. With full control, you can apply the security measures and configurations that you need to protect both your business and customers. With a shared server, there is a chance that a threat actor will be able to break through your security system due to another organization's lack of due diligence.

E-commerce or business sites

No one likes to wait for too long. Thus, having a website that loads very slowly can lead to a high bounce rate. This can therefore lead to low engagement rates on your site. The good news is, utilizing a dedicated server can help you prevent them. Dedicated servers can also help you give a better experience to your customers as it allows you to customize the security aspects of your site. Thus, dedicated servers can help to give your audience a reliable and secure user experience.

Online gaming companies

If your website is designed to host online games, then a dedicated server is a good choice for you. This is because dedicated servers are reliable, and also very scalable, making it possible for you to upgrade your resources at any time, depending on your online game’s workload and/or needs, making sure your website has a stable speed. Thus, using a dedicated server can help to provide the best gaming experience for your clients.

Overall, a dedicated server is the best option for people or businesses that need a reliable, secure, yet customizable infrastructure.

When it comes to choosing the right provider for your business, you should make sure that your provider can meet your support, scalability, security, and performance requirements as it impacts your IT operations and business' overall success. You can contact one of our IT experts here to learn about how we can help you integrate a dedicated server into your business.

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