In a simple language, dedicated server hosting can be stated as the type of Web hosting or the Internet hosting in which client leases the entire server from the web hosting company to host its website.
Understanding this type of hosting in detail is quite useful, but before that one should understand
What is dedicated server?
A dedicated server is basically designed to serve the needs of the whole network which contain thousands of computer connected to each other and communicate with each other. In a network, it is a single computer which is set aside to serve the need of the network.
As we are talking here about server hosting, thus in terms of hosting, the dedicated server means a computer which has an internet connection and includes related software and a web server and is rented from the web hosting company. The term “Dedicated server” means the server which is allocated to you only for hosting your website i.e. dedicated to the client website only to serve its need.
Now after understanding “What is dedicated server”, we should move to our topic, to understand in detail.
Dedicated server hosting providers may provide the different types of support to manage the server
To manage the server, hosting providers provide fully managed support which includes monitoring, security patches, up gradation of software, reboots, and operating system upgrades. As it provides complete support, thus Customers have a great advantage of this.
Here customers or client has to manage few things which involve monitoring, updates, involve a medium level of management and limited support.
Hosting providers also allow its client to self-manage their server which includes regular monitoring and some maintenance.
There are few hosting providers which are not involved and does not provide support to their customers to manage the servers, all maintenance, upgrades, patches, and security handles the customers only.
Dedicated server hosting offers several benefits
This is very flexible, as you have full control on your server and you are not sharing your server with anyone else. It also allows you to choose your own system resources like operating system, hardware, disk space, processor etc. It also provide you a big return on investment and fewer overheads. Dedicated servers are most often housed in centers, providing redundant power sources and HVAC systems. It also provides the advantages of high performance, security, email stability, and control. In terms of security, dedicated hosting-server providers used security measures so that the data can be safely stored on the network of servers. Web hosting companies also deploy various software programs for scanning systems and networks so as to prevent spammers, hackers, invaders, viruses and other harmful difficulties like Trojans, Worms, and crashers.
Dedicated server hosting possess few limitations
Dedicated server hosting is very expensive and thus it is mostly used by websites that receive a large amount of traffic. Many providers do not allow adult content because it consumes a large amount of bandwidth and it is legally questionable also. Many hosting companies as per their terms of service does not allow to host copyrighted material for which client does not own the copyright.
Dedicated/Unmanaged hosting services differ from managed hosting services
Dedicated hosting services are also termed as unmanaged dedicated server hosting services.
Managed hosting services are suitable for clients with less technical knowledge, whereas dedicated hosting services are suitable for web development and system administrator professionals.
Dedicated server providers do not follow industry standards as no industry standards have been set yet to clearly define the role of their management. Each provider will define them differently. But if we talk about Managed hosting services then their providers follow the set of industry standard to define the role of their management.
Dedicated hosting server providers define their level of management based on the services they provide. In a comparison of this, managed hosting services are equally managing them self i.e. from provider to provider. Operating system administrative maintenance often includes security patches, upgrades and sometimes even daemon updates are also included. Different levels of management may include adding users, a configuration of a daemon, adding domains or even custom programming.
Server management can include updating the operating system, applications, monitoring of server, SNMP hardware, applications, application management, technical support etc.