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Tips on Choosing a Dedicated Server Online Business

Tips on Choosing A Dedicated Server

So your online business or website is a success and it is constantly gaining more and more traffic. There are times that you may experience high traffic volumes and your current hosting plan may no longer be able to accommodate your site’s traffic and needs. Then going for a dedicated server is the best option. Upgrading to a dedicated server from a shared hosting or VPS also means expanding your business to new horizons, allowing your business or site to cater more visitors. But before you buy a dedicated server, here are some tips on choosing a dedicated server that may help you answer some question when choosing the right hosting company and dedicated server for you.


Dedicated Servers, aside from having control over your hardware, can make your site perform better, access data faster and you will be able to accommodate high volume of traffic. Before are key elements that you should look into a server.

Processor

This is probably the first thing that you would encounter. What type of processor should I choose? Should you go for 1 processor, 2 or 4 processors? Just to clarify things, when I say 1 processor, I mean 1 physical processor that could be a dual core or a quad core processor. That means in a 2 processor or Dual processor setup, you get two physical processors, and so on.

Usually, if you have just upgraded from a shared hosting or VPS hosting, a single quad core CPU would be the best option. But if you plan to run many processes, queries, crons, scripts and etc., then you might want to go for a 2 processor setup. You can always upgrade later to a higher processor if you need to.

You might notice that some Single processor servers have higher clock speeds compared to Dual processor servers. This does not mean that they are faster. Having a Dual processor server or Quad processor basically means your server can run processes in parallel, thus getting the job done faster.

It is suggested that you should go for Xeon Processors since they perform better than AMD processors. It is also suggested that you should contact and ask the web host company first so that they could suggest the right plan for you.

RAM/Memory

RAM or Memory also plays an important role in your dedicated server. Just like the memory in your PC or laptop, the higher the memory you have the better your computer / server will perform.
Bandwidth

Bandwidth refers to how big your server can accommodate data being transferred from and to your site’s visitors. Just think of it as a tunnel for car vehicles. The larger the tunnel and the wider the road is, the more traffic it can accommodate. Usually hosting companies offer 10TB to 30TB of bandwidth. There are also some hosting companies that offer 100TB unmetered bandwidth to all their dedicated servers.

Storage Type: HDD vs SSD

Storage is also important in your dedicated server. Basically, this is where all your data and files will be stored. So it’s up to you how big your storage should be.

You might also want to consider getting a RAID setup if you are storing important data. Having a RAID configuration, like storage redundancy ensures that there is a backup of your files in case the current drive where your files are stored fails.

Some hosting companies also offers software based RAID and hardware based RAID. Although RAID cards can be expensive but they are more reliable and better than software based RAID configuration.

Now, some web hosting companies offer SSD or Solid State disk. Should you get SSD or HDD? Solid State Drives are significantly faster and better than hard drives. But they are more expensive and storage capacity is lower compared to HDD. HDD are cheaper, offers more storage capacity, but they have a lower Mean Time Before Failure rate compared to SSD.

Which storage setup would you choose will depend on what kind of data is being stored in your server, how often does your site reads and writes on your storage drives, and the likes.

Operating System

Usually you are given the option for a Linux type or Windows dedicated server. Most people would prefer Linux since it is more secure than Windows but it can be difficult to manage specially if you do not have sufficient knowledge on Linux operating systems. But don’t worry, you can always opt for a Managed Dedicated Server and let the hosting company do all the maintenance for you.

Migration and Deployment

Most probably, people or company who are transferring or upgrading to a dedicated server came from a shared hosting or VPS. Migration process can be painful and stressful if not done properly and fast enough. Talk to the web hosting company first. Make sure that they can take care of the migration process in as little time as possible without any problems.

You may have probably read from forums about people complaining during the migration process. This is not easy as copying and pasting your files from one drive to another. So you better talk to a customer rep or a technical rep of the hosting company you plan to transfer and make sure they can migrate your files without any problems.

Deployment time is also important. The sooner the dedicated server provider can deploy your server, the better. Some dedicated server hosting can deploy the servers in less than an hour.

Uptime Guarantee

As much as possible, always look for a dedicated server hosting company that offers 99.99% or 100% uptime guarantee. It’s important that your site or business is open 24/7/365. You would not want a visitor coming to your page and suddenly receive a warning “Error: Page could not be load”, right?

Customer Support

Always make sure that Dedicated Server hosting offers a 24/7/365 customer support. Aside from tickets, email and chat support, it’s also important that they can be reached through phone calls at any time. You also need to consider how fast the support would respond and how fast can they solve the problem. You definitely would not want your business to be offline even for a minute.
Managed vs Unmanaged

After you have successfully chosen your hardware and configured it for your dedicated server, it’s time to choose whether you should opt for a Managed Dedicated Server, Unmanaged Dedicated Server or Semi-Managed Dedicated Server.

Managed Dedicated Servers – If you choose this option, you do not have to worry about maintaining your servers. The hosting company will do that for you. Usually the company maintains and monitors the condition and operation of your server in a Managed Dedicated Server. This is advantageous specially if you do not want to do the dirty jobs and you just want to focus on your business. Most companies or individuals would choose this option. However, a Managed Dedicated Servers entails additional cost.

Unmanaged Dedicated Server – In this type of Dedicated Server, you are in full control and you are responsible in maintaining your servers. It’s quite the opposite of a Managed Dedicated Server. This option does not entail additional cost. But this type of dedicated server is not recommended for those who are new or does not have sufficient knowledge when it comes to operating a dedicated server.

Semi-Managed Dedicated Server – This type of dedicated server is not common to all hosting company. Only a few hosting company has this option. Semi-Managed Dedicated Server means that you, as the owner, are partly responsible in the operation and maintenance of your servers, same goes with the hosting company. Hosting companies that have this option usually indicates as to what extent the hosting company will do for your dedicated server. This type of hosting is cheaper compared to a Managed Dedicated Server and is recommended to those who have sufficient and moderate knowledge on maintaining and operating a dedicated server.

Price

One last thing, make sure to check the specs and compare the prices from other hosting company. Most of the time the Xeon E3-1230 Dedicated Server’s price is not the same from one web host to another. The reason is some of the server’s specs are different. A web host company may price their server a little bit higher because they might have features that a competitor does not have, or the hardware they used might be better compared to others. Always compare their prices.

There you have it, I hope this “Tips on Choosing a Dedicated Server” helped you somehow. Remember, always ask questions first and clear things that you are unsure of.