If you are running an e-commerce or database-driven website, or if you require a greater access to software choices and the hardware itself, you will probably need a dedicated server. A dedicated host is a server devoted exclusively to your Website that you rent from a Web hosting provider. From the Web hosting provider you rent the server gives you control over maintenance and software configurations. But once you have decided you need a dedicated server, how do you go about choosing the right host?
Here are few factors which you should consider while choosing a web host for your dedicated server:-
OS(Operating System): Obviously, the platform, or operating system, you will choose will depend to a large extent on the applications you use and the skills and knowledge you already possess. The two most well-known operating systems are Windows and Linux. Windows are more expensive option, is regarded as the most user-friendly and the easiest to install, especially for those who use Windows on their PCs.
Linux is Cheaper, but people are unfamiliar with the text environment experience a much steeper learning curve. So you must choose a host which uses a platform most compatible with the systems you’re used to. This will simplify the setup and you’ll save time and money by not having to convert to new applications and operating systems.
Data Transfer or Bandwidth: Many dedicated server hosting providers allow you to choose among data transfer levels, usually in gigabytes per month. Because you pay more for higher levels, do not purchase more than needed. You can always increase the amount as needed at any point of time.
Data Backup: If you run a website that is constantly updated, you’ll need to back it up frequently. This can be a hassle to do yourself. Look for a hosting provider that offers back-up services. You’ll probably have to pay an added fee, but the convenience will be worth it.
Monitoring: Your server must be monitored constantly to prevent service interruptions. Check to see if your host can provide such monitoring and how frequently it occurs – every five minutes, for example. Ask what measures are used to handle problems when they are detected.
Automation: As mentioned, running a dedicated server requires a greater level of technical knowledge than shared hosting. However, those lacking technical expertise can still operate a dedicated server if the host offers some form of Web-based automation to simplify the management process. If you want full control over your server, make sure your host can offer such automation.