Welcome to another article about cloud computing. This will make an effort to describe dedicated servers and we hope it will provide some answers you might be looking for.
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This is a type of Internet hosting service whereby an entire hardware server is leased by a client. The client controls the entire suite of resources and has the freedom to choose the operating system and hardware specifications of their choice. The client then goes ahead to deploy the services being desired at their discretion and this can include reselling or running applications on the platform.
So why would one need a dedicated server?
There are various reasons why a client may need a dedicated server and most of them revolve around the following:
i. The need for High Performance
High performance becomes necessary when the type of services desired by the client cannot be satisfied with the conventional Virtual Machine. The customer may be setting up a private cloud to offer cloud services to a given clientele. This will automatically lead to the client leasing dedicated server(s) to deploy the private cloud since the servers will provide the high performing resources the set up demands.
On the same breath, there are applications that are resource intensive for example higher level Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions. In case a customer requires better performance in order to host such services, then a dedicated server(s) better comes in play.
ii. The need for bespoke security
Dedicated servers are hosted in an environment that guarantee a higher level of security. Physical security and high availability are some of the benefits that clients who lease dedicated servers accrue.
iii. The need for lower maintenance costs
Leasing of a dedicated server attracts lower costs compared to one being privately owned and hosted on-premise. To begin with, the initial expense of procuring a server is exorbitant. Besides that, there comes the hefty hidden charges involved in maintaining the procured server. These charges include power maintenance, network maintenance, provision of security and the charges paid to personnel involved in the aforesaid activities. On the other hand, leasing a dedicated server offloads everything to do with power and network maintenance together with lower costs spent on personnel. This in turn gives the customer the time to focus on the application(s) being deployed to bolster his or her business.
iv. The need for full control
As it can be guessed, a dedicated server gives the customer full control of resources and freedom to explore/utilize it.
v. Higher levels of scalability
With a dedicated server, a customer can plan for the future easily. The current needs may increase and in order for them to be accommodated more resources can be plugged in on the go. These may include storage, RAMs and others.
vi. Flexibility of managed support
Dedicated server management and support can come in different flavors including fully managed, self-managed and un-managed among others. In case the customer has no technical background at all, the hosting provider can provide a package such as fully-managed where security, updates, monitoring, rebooting are done by the provider. In the self-managed package, the client does most of the updates, monitoring, rebooting and security processes and thus possesses the technical skills it requires.