Sunday, December 2, 2012

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated Server Hosting
Setting up Dedicated Hosting services for business or home.

A Dedicated Hosting Service, Dedicated Server, or Managed Hosting Service is a type of Internet hosting in which the client leases an entire server not shared with anyone else. This is more flexible than shared hosting, as organizations have full control over the server. Using a dedicated hosting service offers the benefits of high performance, security, email stability, and control.

Support and administration is usually provided by the hosting company as an add-on service. In some cases a dedicated server can offer less overhead and a larger return on investment, the server hardware is owned by the provider and in some cases they will provide support for your operating system or applications.

Dedicated hosting services primarily differ from managed hosting services in that managed hosting services usually offer more support and other services. As such, managed hosting is targeted towards clients with less technical knowledge, whereas dedicated hosting services, or unmanaged hosting services, are suitable for web development and system administrator professionals.

For some dedicated server providers, fully managed is defined as having a web based control panel while other providers define it as having dedicated system engineers readily available to handle all server and network related functions of the dedicated server provider.

Server management can include some or all of the following:

  • Operating System Updates
  • Application Updates
  • Server Monitoring
  • SNMP Hardware Monitoring
  • Application Monitoring
  • Application Management
  • Technical Support
  • Firewall Services
  • Anti-Spam, Anti-Virus or Spyware Software Installation & Updates
  • Security Audits
  • DDoS Protection & Mitigation
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Backups & Restoration
  • Disaster Recovery
  • DNS Hosting Service
  • Load balancing
  • Database Administration
  • Performance Tuning
  • Software Installation & Configuration
  • User Management
  • Programming Consultation
Dedicated hosting server providers define their level of management based on the services they provide. In comparison, fully managed could equal self managed from provider to provider. Administrative maintenance of the operating system, often including upgrades, security patches, and sometimes even daemon updates are included. Differing levels of management may include adding users, domains, daemon configuration, or even custom programming.

Dedicated server hosting providers may provide the following types of server managed support

Fully Managed – Includes monitoring, software updates, reboots, security patches and operating system upgrades. Customers are completely hands-off.
Managed – Includes medium level of management, monitoring, updates, and a limited amount of support. Customers may perform specific tasks.
Self-Managed – Includes regular monitoring and some maintenance. Customers provide most operations and tasks on dedicated server.
Unmanaged – Little to no involvement from service provider. Customers provide all maintenance, upgrades, patches, and security.


Dedicated hosting server providers utilize extreme security measures to ensure the safety of data stored on their network of servers. Providers will often deploy various software programs for scanning systems and networks for obtrusive invaders, spammers, hackers, and other harmful problems such as Trojans, worms, and crashers (Sending multiple connections). Linux and Windows use different software for security protection.


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