WHAT IS A DEDICATED SERVER?
A Dedicated Server is computer equipment with special features configured to provide specialized services to a company. This server could be a computer purchased by the company or leased to another for an annuity or monthly payments.
If the company chooses to buy it, the administration of all server resources rests with the administrator of the local network. Of course, this option entails an important investment in the short term, since the equipment will have to be bought and the necessary infrastructure prepared: adequate electrical installation, energy backup, cooling system and security of the place. It also requires planning long-term expenses, such as maintenance, depreciation of the equipment and future updating, the cost of the electricity bill and if cloud services will be offered, payment of adequate bandwidth. Like everything, it has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of operating expenses.
The other option that exists when Dedicated Servers is to rent to a company. Normally Web Hosting providers also offer these services for quite affordable prices, compared to those mentioned in the purchase option. In this option, the Dedicated Server is located in a data center of the Web Hosting provider and they will be responsible for everything related to the physical care of the equipment and its maintenance. The client only receives the addresses and accounts necessary to access the server remotely in order to work with it as if it were in front of the computer.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A DEDICATED SERVER AND A VPS SERVER
The difference between a Dedicated Server and a Virtual Server ( VPS ) is that the Dedicated puts at your disposal all the real resources of the server, while the VPS is sharing with other virtual servers the resources of the central team. Actually, the VPS is installed on a Dedicated Server and function as their guests.
WHAT ADVANTAGES ARE THERE TO HAVE A DEDICATED SERVER?
A Dedicated Server offers you the following advantages:
Regardless of whether it is purchased or rented from another company, the Dedicated Server is at the service of only one customer.
The client has complete control of the machine, its resources, and applications; that is to say, you can install or uninstall whatever you see fit.
The client will take advantage of 100% of server resources: CPU, RAM, hard disk space, bandwidth, and any feature.
It allows the client to ensure the quality of the services it will offer since they do not depend on the workload of any other client that could be "stealing" important resources.
Maintenance tasks and updates can be carried out directly and without the need to coordinate with third parties.
Buying or leasing a Dedicated Server offers you many advantages, but we still have a question to answer.
SHOULD I OPT FOR A DEDICATED SERVER?
We have been analyzing what a Dedicated Server is, how it works and what advantages it offers over VPS, but still, you may have the doubt: should you opt for a Dedicated Server instead of a shared service or a VPS for my business?
In order for you to make the best decision, you have to take several factors into account.
Web dependency. If the business systems are completely assembled on the internet and require constant access from a significant amount of equipment, perhaps you should opt for a Dedicated Server. It offers you greater security and all physical resources will be at your disposal.
Importance of information. If the information of the company is of a delicate nature, it would be best to opt for a dedicated Dedicated Server; But even if you choose to lease one, you are sure that no one will have access to the information, since the access codes and everything related to administrative tasks are borne by the client. In addition, these types of servers offer many options to make security backups.
Virtualize multiple servers. Most medium / large companies need several servers to perform their activities: accounting, backups, document management, printing, website hosting, etc. A Dedicated Server offers you the possibility to virtualize all those servers on one computer.