What is Dedicated Hosting?
Dedicated hosting is simply a server located in a data center somewhere in which you have complete control over, and hence is “dedicated” only to you. The data center will usually have network operations staff who will be able to assist you with some basic functions, such as resetting the server or upgrading hardware, firmware, operating systems and more; however, in general a web developer or system administrator is in charge of the server.
According to Wikipedia, dedicated hosting is “A dedicated hosting service, dedicated server, or managed hosting service is a type of Internet hosting in which the client leases an entire server not shared with anyone. This is more flexible than shared hosting, as organizations have full control over the server(s), including choice of operating system, hardware, etc. Server administration can usually be provided by the hosting company as an add-on service. In some cases a dedicated server can offer less overhead and a larger return on investment. Dedicated servers are most often housed in data centers, similar to colocation facilities, providing redundant power sources and HVAC systems. In contrast to colocation, the server hardware is owned by the provider and in some cases they will provide support for your operating system or applications.”
How much does dedicated hosting cost?
The dedicated hosting market is fairly competitive with an increased number of host providers and hosting resellers. We’ve seen pricing as low as $30 per month, and as high as a $200 per month with varying level of quality, support, and uptime promises. This dedicated hosting provider offers a dedicated server out of the box for about $75 per month with free setup. Dedicated hosting should cost less than managed hosting, but may be more expensive than cloud hosting or other types of shared hosting arrangements.
What’s the difference between dedicated hosting and managed hosting?
Managed hosting usually comes with much more support and service and is generally designed for less technical people who won’t have the know-how to set up a server on their own. Dedicated hosting is more suitable for web developers and system admin professionals who want their server configured in a certain manner. Managed hosting can cost several hundred more dollars per month compared to a dedicated server. Hosting companies such as Rackspace are known for their Fanatical Support for managed hosting customers, but in turn, customers pay a premium for the server.
I have a server at home so why should I use a dedicated hosting provider?
Having a server at home is usually good for local web development, testing or staging, but you really want a dedicated hosting provider to handle your customers. By leveraging the host providers data center, you are getting better bandwidth, redundancy, backup, support and virtually zero downtime. If your server should go down in the middle of the night, you have the peace of mind that their network operations center will ensure your server is rebooted and back online as quickly as possible, all while you’re sleeping. You can also easily upgrade your server hardware for a fraction of the cost of buying new equipment on your own.