Choosing a Dedicated Server

A dedicated server is the most expensive form of web hosting that you can purchase and because of this it is important for you to make sure that you choose the right dedicated server for your requirements. There are many different factors that you should consider in a dedicated server if you wish to make the right choice, including all of the separate pieces of hardware that will form your dedicated server. As well as the factors related to the dedicated server itself, you will also need to consider the web hosting provider that you are going to use for your dedicated server hosting services; your choice of web hosting provider will affect how much you pay for your dedicated server, the product/service you receive and the level of uptime that you are provided with.

What are the physical factors that I should consider in a dedicated server?

There are several different hardware factors that will form the centre of any dedicated server hosting service that you may be looking at using. The physical factors that you should consider include:

  • CPU (central processing unit) – the CPU at the centre of your dedicated server is responsible for handling all of the applications and services that you have running on your dedicated server – most web hosting providers offer dedicated servers that use a wide variety of CPUs with dual core and quad core CPUs being the most effective and popular since they allow for a large number of applications to run at once, furthermore multi-core applications and services will also make good use of multi-core CPUs in order to deliver the highest level of performance – each CPU core is equal to an entirely separate CPU with each core running at the same clock speed
  • RAM (random access memory) – the amount of RAM that you have installed in your dedicated server will also affect how many applications you are able to run at once since all applications and services will require access to memory in your server at some point – the standard amount of memory found in dedicated servers these days is around 2GB and this is sufficient for the requirements of most users and when coupled with a powerful CPU this will allow the server to host a large number of websites – the busier your website is going to be, the bigger the amount of RAM you will want to have installed in your dedicated server
  • Hard disk space – as a dedicated server is a physical form of web hosting, you will be able to make full use of your own physical hard drive that will be installed in your dedicated server – depending on the type of configuration that you require you may have more than one hard drive installed in your dedicated server, for example if you require a large amount of storage space then more than a single drive may be required, and similarly if you are going to be using a RAID setup to help protect the data stored on your server then you will require a minimum of two hard drives regardless of the RAID configuration that you choose to go for.

The physical factors of a dedicated server are common to all dedicated server hosting services, regardless of the web hosting provider that you choose to use or the specification of the dedicated server that you purchase.

What are the external factors that could affect my dedicated server?

There are several different factors that could affect your dedicated server and it is important for you to consider these since you think you may be purchasing a decent server only to find that it is unavailable on a regular basis. The external factors include but are not limited to:

  • Network – the network that your dedicated server is hosted on can play a huge role in the availability of your dedicated server as if the network is down, your dedicated server won’t be accessible externally – most web hosting providers have reliable internal networks that peer with multiple external connection providers which will provide you with a fast connection to your dedicated server from any computer in any part of the world
  • Power – the power supply that provides your dedicated server with the power that it requires to run can also have an affect on your dedicated server since if your dedicated server loses power, it won’t be accessible in any way – however, most data centres will have employed multiple back-up power supplies to help ensure that if the main power line does go out, there will always be at least one other source available to keep the servers hosted in that data centre running.

In conclusion, choosing a dedicated server is a task that can be made simpler if you know what you need to look for in a dedicated server. Dedicated server hosting is available from most web hosting providers and some of the larger web hosting companies should be able to provide you with assistance when it comes to choosing a dedicated server if you inform them of what your requirements are.

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