All You Need to Know about Dedicated Servers (Africa):

When you use a dedicated server (also known as dedicated hosting service or managed hosting service), you lease the entire server for your own individual use, not sharing it with anybody else.

Naturally, this is a more flexible position than if you are using shared hosting. You see, the dedicated hosting service gives your company full control over the servers, and this includes choice of operating system, hardware, and so forth.

Why You Need a Dedicated Server Rather Than Shared Hosting:

  1. To get more access to you resources – since you won’t have to share with other users, as would be the case with shared hosting.
  2. For improved security – the risk of security breach is minimized in comparison with shared hosting. Hosting multiple websites on the same server is risky.
  3. For improved performance – dedicated servers have better loading times than shared hosting.
  4. To get more customization options – for instance, the server’s location and Operating System

Managed Servers vs Unmanaged Servers

Another advantage of managed servers is that they provide an environment where you do not have to fret much over server administration. Thanks to the ongoing server and software updates and patches, online backups, and built-in data recovery, you can simply focus on the content of your website without having to worry too much about server administration.

On the other hand, unmanaged servers, though they offer you a wide array of possibilities and give you the freedom to configure the server in whatever way, require you to be precisely knowledgeable, knowing exactly what it is you need on your server and be able to configure and administer the server to achieve these goals.

So if you are not a tech whizz, if you just want to have your server do what it’s supposed to do, if you don’t want to get bogged down in technical busywork, you would be best served purchasing a dedicated server rather than an unmanaged server.

Peer-to-Peer Networks vs Server-Based Networks vs Client-Based Networks

Computers on a peer-to-peer network are considered as equals; therefore, no computer is in charge of the network’s operation. Each computer in the network is in control of its own information, and can as such function as either a client or a server, depending on what function is required at the time.

Due to the lack of central control, peer-to-peer networks are rather difficult to secure. On the contrary, server-based networks offer centralized control, and thus provide secured operations. A dedicated server on a server-based network operates by storing data, applications, and other resources, and then provides access to these resources in response to client requests.

Whenever a client requests a resource (e.g. a document), the dedicated server will send the whole resource over the network to the client, where it undergoes processing before being later returned to the server for continued storage.

Also, dedicated servers can control the entire network’s security from one central location or share the control with other specially configured servers. As a result, dedicated servers are attractive from a business perspective because of the economies of scale. For this reason, dedicated servers are the dominant networking model used in networks.

Client-based network servers do not send the original resource to the client for processing when a client requests a resource (e.g. a document). Instead, they process the request itself and return just the results. In this way, client-based networks are able to capitalize on the powerful processing capabilities of both the client and the server.

It is worth noting, however, that dedicated servers are usually more expensive than shared hosting plans. But if you consider your site grown enough to require a dedicated server, the cost should not be a hindrance; it’s worth it.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Dedicated Server Hosting Service

  1. Managed vs Unmanaged Servers

If you opt for the Managed server, check if the support is easy to access, and if it provides rapid response times without requiring you to jump through any hoops.

Alternately, if you want an unmanaged server, check the degree of customisation. Does it enable you to manage and configure features such as remote backups, firewalls, and anti-DDoS protection?

  1. Operating System

You may opt for Windows, Linux OS, or some other OS, depending on your needs. Linux servers will prove a bit more complicated to manage than Windows.

  1. Resource Requirements

What exactly does your business require? Use that knowledge to examine the features and resources that your dedicated hosting service will provide. For instance:

-Disaster recovery

-Large file management

-PCI compliance

-Email services

-VPN setup support

-DDoS Attack protection

-Data Integrity

-Firewall Protection

-Highly secure access

-Scalability, and so forth

  1. Support Quality

Customer support is something you can’t overlook when choosing your dedicated hosting service. Sooner or later, something is bound to go wrong, and you will need technical support to help you solve the problem, especially if you are not an I.T. expert.

The best dedicated hosting providers offer 24/7 customer support, and make it easy for you to reach them through multiple contact modes (telephone, email, online chat, online forums, and so forth). Go online to see what other customer have to say about the provider’s reliability and overall helpfulness.

  1. Your Budget

The overall cost of dedicated hosting will rise depending on the following factors:

  1. Server costs
  2. Security
  3. Setup fees
  4. Software licenses
  5. Bandwidth fees

Ideally, you should choose the hosting plan that is most inclusive and offers you the best value for your money, meeting all your resource requirements, while staying within your budget. Prioritize quality and stability over price, if you can help it.

  1. Scalability

Your business is not a static phenomenon. It is a growing and expanding entity. Therefore, choose a service that will enable you to scale your operation when it becomes necessary to do so. Flexibility is a virtue in a hosting service.

  1. Security

In the present business climate, where cyber crime is ever on the rise, security is one thing you should not even consider compromising. Not if you want to keep your company’s data, your clients’ data, and your visitors’ data protected. Be very keen to find out what the provider is doing to ensure security

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