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Who Does and Doesn't Need a Dedicated Server

Posted by Drew Hendricks on December 29th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Of the various types of servers and hosting arrangements available, a dedicated server is among the most powerful option for businesses with a need for a robust server. The problem is that some businesses invest in a dedicated server when they don't really need one and others turn away the idea of a dedicated server when they should have one.

Today, you'll learn just who needs a dedicated server and who doesn't.

Before that, familiarize yourself with what a dedicated server is.

A dedicated server is one server that is dedicated to one business. The business in charge of the dedicated server can manage every aspect of it, including the installed operating system, the installed software, configured settings and even the CPU speed. It can also be subdivided into smaller servers if needed, but that is generally only the case when a business wants to use it for resale.

Who Needs a Dedicated Server?

Businesses that expect a high volume of traffic account for the easiest answer to that question. A dedicated server is aimed at handling a very large amount of hits in a short time. It's also meant to be able to stay up during all those views, even if the traffic comes from a social media site infamous for taking down websites.

If you're into application development or need a dedicated platform for your business transactions, then you're another type that may need a dedicated server. They give you both the flexibility and scalability needed to make sure that you can develop your business smoothly.

Application developers are another type that may need a dedicated server. In this case, a server is often used just as a host for a single and very large database.

If your business deals in commerce or e-commerce, then you may need a dedicated server to meet your customers' demand and to ensure a high uptime during critical parts of a transaction, such as during the actual checkout process.

If your business deals with hosting multiple sites that are unrelated, then you may also consider a dedicated server. This allows you to monitor and allocate resources to your websites instead of leaving it up to an operator like you would with shared hosting.

Who Doesn't Need a Dedicated Server?

The simple answer to this is that websites that can make due for shared or VPS hosting are the types that don't need dedicated servers.

The type of businesses that don't need a dedicated server are the ones that have no worry about running into bandwidth or capacity limits. Small internet entrepreneurs with one or two websites are included in this, as a shared or VPS server should be enough for their needs without wasting their money.

If your business doesn't depend on applications or web applications like an e-commerce website would, then you may also consider choosing a less powerful server. Businesses that still operate in brick-and-mortar buildings but need a presence on the web with a website would qualify for this.

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