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Dedicated Hosting

"Dedicated hosting permits individuals and business to lease pre-configured, state-of-the-art equipment and connectivity from a hosting service provider. Instead of simply sharing server space on a virtual server, dedicated hosting gives you the opportunity to lease an entire server for your own exclusive use"

The server hardware, routing equipment, network connectivity etc is monitored and maintained by the hosting company and the server software + applications are maintained by you.

But why have your own server? Why not share a webserver with other customers? Surely there is a cost advantage in sharing a webserver instead of opting for the more expensive dedicated server option?

Well, a dedicated server will be more secure, more private, other things being equal it will be faster, and it is better suited to complex applications.

The options the host will give you probably include a fully manager dedicated server or a dedicated server that is self managed. And there may be several options in-between. Some of the services that the host may manage for you are a firewall, spam protection etc.

Generally the server is provided by the hosting company themselves though in some cases (colocation) you may be able to provide your own server. The advantage in having a dedicated server provided by the hosting company is of course that they do the maintenance and repairs. 

Payment for a dedicated server is usually done on a monthly plan rather than an outright purchase of the server. But various hosts operate differently and you may get discounts for paying a year in advance and/or financing the purchase of the server.



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