Dedicated hosting is a the managed hosting of a dedicated server in a third-party data center. The service covers dedicated server hardware and every aspect of connectivity between the server and its users, both server administrators and end users (e.g. website users, online portal users, business application users). Dedicated hosting prices and service quality vary greatly. What doesn’t change is what makes a great dedicated hosting service, explained in detail in this article.
If you’re shopping for entry level dedicated hosting – perhaps comparing providers below the $100/mo mark – you’re probably comparing roughly similar looking server specifications. But when evaluating the value offered by dedicated hosting, server specifications are only the tip of the iceberg. Here are the things to look for beyond the listed specifications, to help you avoid the disastrous consequences of choosing a provider based on price alone, rather than value and quality.
Specs mean nothing when your server’s down
Dedicated hosting providers are responsible for the entire infrastructure behind your dedicated servers – everything between your server and its users. When only the specifications are published, what you cannot ascertain is the quality of the hardware and engineering used to build the servers and the network connections, and crucially the level of network and power redundancy.
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When considering where to locate your server, the best location will depend on the quality of the hosting providers available, their connection to the global communications network and the proximity to your target markets. You should also briefly consider the legal, political, environmental and exchange risks.