FAQ: What are Dedicated Servers?

By April 27, 2015 Learn No Comments

Many companies are familiar with the concept of colocation, but some confusion remains about just what are dedicated servers. We’ve answered some of the most common questions below to help you evaluate whether dedicated servers are the right option for you business.

What are dedicated servers?
Dedicated servers are simply servers that you lease from a provider, have exclusive access to, and operate from a colocation facility. It’s like owning your own server, except the cost is less and you never have to worry about the hassles of operating it on site.

Why choose dedicated servers?
Working with dedicated servers offers a number of advantages over an on-site data center and other types of colocation:

  • Reliability – Since servers are not shared with anyone else, you don’t have to split bandwidth and memory capacity. That way, when traffic spikes, you have the computing power to accommodate it.
  • Security – Shared servers can put your data at risk since you can’t control the behavior of the other users. Dedicated servers give you exclusive access and much tighter control over you data.
  • Customization – When you are the only party using the server, you have the freedom to install whatever hardware, software, and operating system you prefer.
  • Scalability – Dedicated servers leave you space to grow and a simple outlet for adding more servers to your infrastructure.
  • Dedicated IP – You will have you own IP address instead of a shared one, which enhances security, improves SEO, and leads to faster load times.

Who Uses Dedicated Servers?
Any company can benefit from the features of dedicated servers, but companies that work with sensitive, regulated, or proprietary data have even more to gain. Securing this data is much easier when resources aren’t shared. Businesses with a large web presence or a heavy reliance on IT also choose dedicated servers because they deliver optimum performance.

If you have more questions about dedicated servers, contact the team at SiteB Data.