Dedicated servers have long been one of the most popular IT solutions for businesses and organisations. They are exceptionally powerful machines that provide significant storage capacity and processing capabilities. In this post, we look at some of the main benefits dedicated server hosting has to offer.
- Dedicated resources
The term dedicated server means that all its resources, e.g., storage, CPU and RAM, are exclusively for the use of the company or organisation that leases it. And with a modern server, those resources are considerable. The benefit of this is that, unlike with a shared server, there is no other user that can impact its performance by running resource-hungry applications. As a result, you have a more stable operating environment that is protected from slow website loading times, poor processing performance and potential downtime.
- High-speed performance
Dedicated servers are built to ensure ultra-reliable, high-speed performance. So, regardless of what type of application you are running, you can rely on them to do the job faultlessly and quickly. With up to 2 TB of high-speed SSD storage, 32-core Intel Xeon processors and operating at speeds of 2.2 GHz, Webhosting UK offers some of the most powerful dedicated servers available, ensuring that all your applications can run faultlessly.
- Server customisation
Dedicated servers give you total control over your hosting environment. This starts with the actual build of your server. While there is a wide range of off-the-shelf server specifications to choose from, if these do not match your needs, you have the option to create a bespoke server which does.
Additionally, you’ll have root access to configure the server the way that suits you best, you can install any operating system or application, and you can script in your chosen programming language.
What’s more, as time moves on and your needs change, you can update your server accordingly, adding additional storage, memory or processing resources.
- Enhanced security
Along with private cloud, a dedicated server offers one of the most secure forms of hosting because, by being used by only one organisation or business, the threats from other users are removed. You won’t be at risk of malware cross-contamination, get taken down by someone else’s DDoS attack, or get hacked by someone gaining access to your neighbour.
In addition, if your server is hosted, you’ll also benefit from the robust security measures implemented by your service provider. At Webhosting UK, this includes the latest advanced firewalls that defend your network, server and applications from malware and intrusion, as well as from DDoS attacks.
Of course, you can always deploy and configure your own firewalls and anti-virus or anti-hacking tools if you prefer.
- Managed services
One of the biggest advantages of having a hosted dedicated server rather than installing one on-site is that you can benefit from managed services. This means that many of the server admin tasks that you would need to do on your own premises are done for you by your service provider. These include tasks such as setting up and configuring the server, carrying out server management (e.g., updating and patching the operating system), and server monitoring and maintenance.
This is ideal for customers that lack the technical skills to carry out these tasks in-house or which would prefer their IT teams to spend their time focusing on more important projects.
- 24/7 technical support
A hosted dedicated server also comes with technical support from your service provider. At Webhosting UK, you have round-the-clock access to a team of experts, every day of the year, to help you with any issue that you have with your server or your hosting. So, regardless of when something happens, you’ll always have an experienced technician on hand to help you fix the issue.
Dedicated servers are high-specification machines that cost a great deal of money to purchase outright. What’s more, if you run them in-house, you have additional expenses to pay for, such as energy, cooling and insurance. A typical dedicated server uses 7,500 kWh per year in energy, which at today’s business rates would cost £6,000 a year to run.
A hosted dedicated server is a much more affordable solution. There is no capital outlay to buy the machine, instead, you pay a fixed price monthly fee. And as it’s hosted, there are no additional energy, cooling, maintenance, or insurance costs.
For businesses looking for a super-fast, high-performance server with masses of storage, a dedicated server is an excellent choice. However, a hosted dedicated server can be an even better option as it is more affordable and comes with managed services, additional security, and 24/7 technical support included in the plan. For more information, visit our Dedicated Server Hosting page.