Pros and Cons of Dedicated Hosting
MAR 03, 2015 07:08 AM
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Pros and Cons of Dedicated Hosting

By Bob Speigel

Like any other web hosting service, dedicated hosting solutions have some benefits and some downsides. Nevertheless, in some particular cases, some of the pros can also prove to be cons in the end.

Pro: Leasing Dedicated Server Space 

One of the major benefits of dedicated server hosting is the possibility of leasing a server within a data center. Unlike colocation solutions, wherein the consumer owns the server being utilized, dedicated solutions limit the upfront costs of purchasing and maintaining a server, by enabling the consumers to lease one within a data center environment.

The major benefits of leasing a dedicated server as opposed to owning it (colocation), are less expenditures, less server management/upkeep and more options in terms of which dedicated hosting company you can choose. 
By leasing a dedicated server, you will also have the option of choosing a managed or unmanaged service. If you are the technical type, the unmanaged option is cheaper and enables more granular control of the hosting environment. 
The managed option allows you to step back from the day-to-day management of your server, so you can focus on core business needs. 

Con: Leasing Dedicated Server Space

Leasing dedicated server solutions within a data center means that you are giving up ownership over your physical hardware. In fact, leasing space with a provider automatically relinquishes full control of the environment in terms of both control over your server and more importantly, the network your server lives within. 
While leasing dedicated hosting space is cheaper than colocation, if you choose an unmanaged dedicated server solution you will use some of your time seeing to your server needs, as opposed to seeing to your business. 

Pro: High Amount of Dedicated Server Resources

A dedicated server is a powerful computer; it comes with a big amount of RAM, Bandwidth, Disk Space and CPU, of which you can use as much or as little as you like. 
Knowing your server’s hardware resources will allow you to determine and use the proper amount of applications and services that will run at full speed. 
Con: Finite Dedicated Server Resources
The biggest trend in the web hosting space is cloud computing and cloud hosting. One of the major benefits of the cloud hosting environment is how infinitely scalable it is. By virtualizing and pooling resources, cloud infrastructure can whip up new servers within seconds, allowing businesses to scale resources whenever they need them. 
The major downfall of any dedicated server environment is exactly what makes it great – finite dedicated resources per server. Instead of having the ability to scale resources when needed, the client needs to lease a new dedicated server, which will also have its set of locked in computing resources. 
The downside here is the time it takes to set up a new dedicated server and the associated costs.

Pro: Higher Threshold of Security

If you run a company that is interested in securing critical data, the dedicated server environment enables you to control firewall access, installed security protocols and server encryption techniques. 
Unlike a shared hosting environment or an unmanaged server solution, a dedicated solution grants you control over all the internal security protocols that are governing your server. In addition to this, the data center provider will control the overall data center network security protocols, thus adding an extra layer of security.

Con: Technical Skills

If you want to set up the security protocols of your dedicated server, install, maintain, upgrade and remove server applications, take care of IP routing, MX records and fix the server when it crashes, you need to be a skilled IT specialist.
If you aren’t a computer network specialist and you choose an unmanaged dedicated service, you are going to have a hard time trying to take care of your server.
The alternative is to utilize managed dedicated server hosting, wherein you allow your provider of choice to take care of aforementioned issues on a day-to-day basis. 
Managed dedicated hosting appeals to the less technical, of course, but it also means giving up more control of your environment, making you, the consumer, rely on the technical/security knowhow of your provider. 

Pro: High Traffic and Bandwidth Allowance 

Dedicated servers maintain high threshold server resources, so they are ideal for hosting high traffic websites. If your company operates one or more websites which receive a steady amount of traffic 24/7/365, the high amount of computing resources that are provided by dedicated servers are well suited for your needs.
To help in this regard, most dedicated server hosting companies will stock their dedicated servers with as little as 10TB of bandwidth allotment per month, going up to 500TB of bandwidth per month. Naturally, the more bandwidth you use per month, the more money your server will cost. 

Con: Dedicated Server Cost

Dedicated server web hosting is more expensive than shared hosting, cloud hosting and VPS hosting. Colocation hosting tends to be the top end in terms of cost within the web hosting industry, but dedicated server hosting isn’t too far behind.
In addition to this, the cost of dedicated server hosting can become restrictive in terms of scaling to meet new demand. If cost is an issue, a VPS or a cloud hosting solution might be better suited for your needs.
Bob Spiegel is the founder of QuoteColo, a company that provides a free service, matching buyers of colocation, dedicated servers, managed hosting and cloud hosting to reputable, cost-effective web hosting providers. Connect with Bob on Facebook and Twitter.
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