The Benefits of Using Dedicated Web Servers

Dedicated web servers are, as their name suggests, individual or multiple web servers dedicated to run a unique web site or set of web sites, owned exclusively by one person.

Basically, the resources of an entire server (or group of servers) are used exclusively by a specific website. This means enormous processing power, storage capacity, bandwidth capacity and the power to control every detail of the actual hosting.

Web servers can interconnect and create a hosting infrastructure, which you can use to host either one very large web site, or a group or large web sites. Dedicated infrastructures offer users the possibility to monitor, control and modify every aspect of each individual web server, from alternating electrical voltages to better suit station which need more power at a specific time, to individually stopping a specific station and executing maintenance without needing to bring down the actual web site.

Before you would even consider opting for dedicated servers, you need to analyze your web site, and make a list of requirements. If basic web hosts do not satisfy your needs, then you can consider a dedicated host.

Big websites, with hundreds of pages and thousands of users need allot of storage space and bandwidth. Regular web hosts might provide the necessary storage space, but are almost guaranteed to fail at allocating enough bandwidth. And even if you do get enough bandwidth, in order to efficiently manage all the content, and to use the bandwidth to its full potential, you need allot of processing power.

If your website contains sensitive data, you need to be able to protect it. Encrypting data, verifying and filtering data, filtering spam and protecting sensitive information again requires processing power.

Also, in order for your web site to be reliable, you need to be able to back it up regularly, and you need to be able to do whatever you want with old backup. Keeping every backup is useful when looking for older data, but it takes allot of storage space, which you might not have when using a regular host.

Another thing about regular web hosts is that you are obligated by contract to share server resources with other subscribed users, meaning that there is no room upgrades and improvements, unless you move to a more expensive hosting plan, but even when you get to the most expensive one, you are still limited to what that plan has to offer, you can't go any higher.

If you find yourself in a similar situation to the one above, where you just can't get the resources you need, it's time to move to a dedicated server.

With a dedicated server you have full control of the physical server, meaning all of the processing power is yours, all of the storage space is yours, and you are free to upgrade whenever you want. Need more storage space? No problem, just add another Hard Disk.

You can also control bandwidth and traffic speed, by improving the networking equipment.

Software related, you have the liberty to do absolutely anything you want, meaning you can configure your own security settings, have as many sub-domains and email addresses you want, and install any administration software you want. You can also back-up whenever you want, and you will never be forced to throw away old backups.

So, if you are not satisfied with regular web hosting plans, and need more power, opt for a dedicated server. And if one server still isn't enough, you can add another, and another, and another, until you have enough power.