What is Dedicated Hosting?
Dedicated hosting is a service that allows a client, usually the webmaster, to lease the entirety of a web server for his or her exclusive use. Unlike the other forms of hosting, namely shared hosting and VPS hosting, the client will have the choice of many operational features that are usually not given in any other form of hosting service.
In most cases, dedicated hosting is the most flexible kind of hosting with resources that are large enough to scale to an international corporate service level. Dedicated hosting is actually required for some of the larger types of enterprise level networks.
Hosting with a single webmaster on a single server is also quite expensive. Dedicated hosting and its offshoot, complex managed hosting, are decidedly more expensive than either shared hosting services or virtual private server hosting services. There is also a learning curve that accompanies a dedicated server that a business must either learn or outsource to a technical partner in order to use effectively.
The Advantages of Dedicated Hosting
There is more safety for a webmaster in a dedicated hosting service than in any other kind of service. In shared hosts and in virtual private servers, bandwidth and resources are shared between different webmasters. The data pathways are supposedly disconnected inside of a VPS server; however, it is still possible even in this environment for the problems of one webmaster to affect the entire server. With a dedicated hosting service, you do not have to worry about the problems of another webmaster leaking into your data stream because there is no physical connection between your server and any other physical data stream.
The ability to scale is important for all companies who are marketing themselves online because of the virtually limitless potential of the Internet to expand a business. The dedicated hosting solution is the only solution that is truly capable of keeping up with these companies from the beginning of their recognition cycle until its apex and leveling off period. Dedicated servers will have no trouble with web spikes during seasonal traffic or additional traffic that comes from an especially good marketing campaign. Webmasters will also never have to worry about the traffic spikes of any other company eating into its resources. Even on VPS hosting services, if the traffic spike is large enough, this can become a problem.
Dedicated hosting servers are the most stable of any hosting service available because of the lack of different networks that must be put in sync with one another. Because there is only one webmaster on the dedicated server, there is less fragmentation of data and more continuity of functionality. The data centers that house dedicated servers are usually more stable physically as well. Dedicated servers are placed under more surveillance and given higher security details. This is usually incorporated into the higher bill that a webmaster will receive every month or annually.
Dedicated web hosts also have the option of placing as many mirror sites and additional guards against a customer facing emergency on their server as they wish. Although this may not improve the internal stability of a website, it will improve it based upon the experience of the customer, saving any goodwill that might be lost from an unexpected 404 page or other technical mishap.