The Best Hosting for Large Businesses
When you choose a dedicated server, you’re choosing to lease a physical server from a data center. If you have a large business or simply have multiple sites that have a lot of traffic, you’ll need a hosting package that enables you to have the best performance possible. With a dedicated server you have greater administrative access so that you can install any software you want, and unlike shared hosting when you purchase a dedicated server you don’t share any resources so you can choose exactly what you want for your server. For example you can choose the operating system (Windows or Linux and a specific version of each), the amount of RAM (starting from 2 to 16GB), the type of processor (single processor Multi-core Xeon 1200 series or 3200 series, double processor, quad processor), the hard drives, the amount of CPU, disk space, and bandwidth (5TB & up).
Choosing between Linux and Windows dedicated servers
Linux dedicated server: Some hosting companies will give you a choice of specific Linux-based operating systems such as CentOS, Unbuntu, Fedora, or Free BSD, while others may only work with one type. This is the same with your processor, many hosting companies will use a specific type of processor like Intel Pentium, IntelCore, IntelXeon series and then you can choose Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 or Intel Xeon Series.
Windows dedicated server: If you decide you want a Windows server, your choice is limited to a Windows 2003 or 2008 server. The benefit of the Windows server is that it can support all Windows-based applications like ASP, ASP.NET, MSSQL, MS Access, Visual Basic Development, C#, and Remote Desktop. Often your web hosting company will provide a control panel, most likely Plesk. Sometimes this is offered for free or it may be at an additional cost.
For any type of dedicated server you should receive 24×7 customer support, 24×7 physical maintenance, at least 1 dedicated IP address. More features than this depends on whether you purchase a managed or unmanaged server. Some companies like HostGator already have pre-installed features like streaming audio & video, ASP.NET for Windows, PHP 5, Perl, Ruby on Rails, Python, SSI, JSP, Cron, FrontPage, Curl, GD 2, Image Magick, CGI, e-commerce tools, e-mail (IMAP, webmail…), and more.
Managed & Unmanaged Dedicated Servers
Besides choosing the type of operating system and the contents of your hosting package, you should also consider whether you want to have an unmanaged or managed hosting. With unmanaged dedicated hosting, the hosting company is responsible for the physical maintenance of the server, but the customer is responsible for updating software and security, fixing issues within the system and the software, starting up the server, installing and configuring new applications, and more. This requires more time, effort, and experience on your part.
If you have a managed dedicated server the hosting company is responsible for all of the maintenance of the server including software and security updates, any necessary backups, technical support, anti-virus software, and control panel software. This is the best solution for businesses that don’t have the time or resources for continued maintenance on their dedicated server. Continue reading to learn more about managed vs unmanaged servers in dedicated hosting.
Cheap Dedicated Server Hosting
Dedicated Servers come in all prices, from $79/month to over $300 or more permonth. The type of OS, processor, amount of disk space, CPU, and bandwidth will determine the price for the dedicated server. In order to get the cheapest dedicated hosting, you simply need to know which server is best for your needs. In other words, there’s no reason to pay over $300/month for 16 GB RAM and 10TB of bandwidth when your websites only require 2 GB and 5TB.