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The Differences Between Dedicated And Shared Servers

Published Dec 04, 2018 by Neil Cumins

 

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To industry newcomers, servers can often seem strange and mysterious. The mechanics of hosting online content such as website coding and product databases take place inside inaccessible data centers packed with complex hardware. If you don’t know your SSD from your RAID, making an informed choice between dedicated or shared servers can feel daunting.

In reality, there are fairly significant differences between these two hosting solutions, often simplifying the choice of dedicated or shared servers. This is especially true considering that one option is far better suited to customers with limited technical knowledge…

 

A simple plan

Shared hosting means that technical processes such as server maintenance are handled by service providers. The software, security, and settings are chosen by the server administrators rather than the users. These providers constantly govern server administration to ensure that each piece of hardware is fully maintained for everyone sharing space on a server. However, it must be noted that shared servers are notorious for slower speeds and downtime due to the nature of sharing resources. On a dedicated server, maintenance is the owner’s responsibility, which means technical knowledge is required to set up and manage everything.

 

Divide and conquer

A dedicated server is yours to deploy and configure in whatever way you choose. Its resources are at your exclusive disposal, whereas a shared server is subdivided among unrelated businesses. These will often have very different data needs, and clients may be based in different time zones to balance usage levels throughout every 24-hour cycle. Also, each company’s data is totally separate, so there’s no way of telling which firms you’re sharing server space with.

 

Stick to the limits

When a server is subdivided between multiple organizations, shared hosting delivers a smaller volume of server space. A dedicated server places its entire disk space and bandwidth capacity at one client’s disposal, which is ideal for enterprise-level organizations where data limits could cause frustration. It also eliminates performance drops caused by demand spikes among other sites on your shared server.

 

The price is right

Because the resources of one server can be split across several companies, each pays a percentage of the total hardware and maintenance costs. This is ideal for those with limited budgets, or for startups who know they won’t need additional resources further down the line. An established business generating substantial data volumes might require greater disk space or bandwidth, making the acquisition of a dedicated server more cost-effective.

 

Sold secure

A constantly evolving spectrum of threats makes server management a complex process for those with limited IT skills. While some companies might welcome total control over their choice of security applications and firewalls, most firms choose dedicated servers based on additional power and resources.

If you are ready to move beyond shared hosting, 100TB is ideally placed to meet your dedicated server needs. We use the latest Cisco hardware, while intelligent routing ensures data is delivered optimally. We provide every customer with a dedicated API to control their hardware, from scalable virtual servers to fully customizable bare metal servers. And if shared servers no longer meet your company’s data requirements, we’ll manage the upgrade to a dedicated server with no service interruption.

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