Dedicated hosting server or dedicated server is a web hosting service which is used to manage complex websites. In dedicated hosting server one can lease or rent an entire dedicated server without sharing it with anyone. As compared to shared hosting it is more reliable and flexible as user have full access to the server so one can easily customize its hardware, choose an operating system and modify other aspects of the server according to requirements.
Dedicated hosting server is a huge server so in order manage it one need to have complete knowledge about it, web hosting companies offer server management as well but people having knowledge about dedicated servers manage it themselves. As it’s a huge server to it requires great deal of care to manage them, that’s why it is recommended to house it in data centers quite similar to co-location server hosting. Data centers provide complete server management including hardware maintenance and operating system support.
Operating System Support:
Dedicated hosting server provide support for all types of latest operating systems such as open source operating system includes Linux and UNIX and are available free of cost whereas for commercial operating systems such as Microsoft Windows server OS, Red Hat Linux are available on the basis of monthly or yearly payments this includes installation and updates of various applications and security software as well.
Bandwidth and Connectivity:
Bandwidth is the amount of data transfer from server to the user end and it is measure in seconds. The more bandwidth one has the faster the data transfer will be. It is measured in bits/sec such as any user visiting a website utilizes the bandwidth as it generate query on the server. There are several methods available to bill the amount of bandwidth. Such as:
- 95th method
- Unmetered method
- Total transfer method
- Bandwidth pooling
Dedicated hosting server provide support for all the latest web applications and programming technologies such as PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby on Rails and more. It also supports installation and updates of various content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress, Joomlam Drupal and various others customize CMS.
As far as dedicated server management is concerned no standard is defined for dedicated hosting server providers it varies on the basis of providers but dedicated server management mainly include:
- Operating system updates
- Application installation and updates
- Security management (firewalls, anti-virus, anti-spammers…)
- Database administration
- Software installation and configuration
- Disaster recovery
So these are the major aspects of dedicated hosting servers, as it is the most expensive hosting server so it is recommended to host complex business websites.