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Dedicated Servers and Dedicated IP's

Posted by kk on Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Web servers, like every other electronic device that connects with the Internet, are identified by an Internet Protocol (IP) address. So each fax, computer, router, printer, and switch has a distinct IP address. The IP address is made up of four 1-3 digit numbers that are in the range of 0 - 255 and separated by dots. The IP address of a web server is “dedicated,” and that means that the server always has the same IP address. This differs from the situation with shared hosting in which websites that use the same server share the IP address.
Managed hosting service provides you with a dedicated server and a dedicated manager to administer your system. This is a more expensive service than dedicated hosting, in which you are leasing the server while providing your own server manager who will need to solve any problems that arise. Here’s an example of the difference in cost. Dedicated hosting with up to 500 GB of space and around 2000 GB of bandwidth runs from $55 to $215 per month at selected web hosts if the account is paid by the year. Managed hosting with those parameters for capacity and bandwidth runs $99 to $260 per month if the account is paid by the year.
There are several reasons why a dedicated server is the ideal situation. First is capacity. If you need the entire server space for your business or businesses, a dedicated server is an obvious choice. Second is bandwidth. On a dedicated server, you don’t have to be concerned with how much bandwidth anyone else is using: it’s all yours. Third is extensibility. Even if you’re not using the whole server now, but you have plans to expand, it may be preferable for you to have all your holdings on one server (with redundant reliable backup) rather than split over several servers.
Another reason that might push you towards a dedicated server is the behavior of neighbors on a shared server. It has been known to happen that spam blockers respond to the misbehavior of some users by blocking not just those users but an entire IP address. If your online activities require free and unlimited access to other web addresses, then freeing yourself from the repercussions of your server-neighbors’ poor choices might be enough to move you to a dedicated server.
Beyond the value of handing the dedicated server itself, there’s also the value of the dedicated IP address to consider. For one thing, those who seek a Private Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate must have a dedicated IP address. And that comes with having a dedicated server. SSL certificates have an encryption system used for the security of message transmission and are a crucial element of electronic commerce, such as accepting credit cards, as well as other sensitive information.
If you are looking for cheaper dedicated servers, you should be careful while choosing the right specification and package. Things to consider are operating system, data backup and monitoring service, hardware options, space, bandwidth and technical support. Ask the hosting providers to give you a few websites for references, read hosting reviews before you sign up and be sure that the price is affordable. We know that the dedicated servers on this site are the one that will give you the most reliability and flexibility for your money.


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