Second Hard Drive Means Life or Death Published: Jan 15, 2006
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A dedicated web server hosting involves the leasing of an entire server from a dedicated server host company.

A dedicated web server hosting involves the leasing of an entire server from a dedicated server host company. The hosting company owns, maintains, and backs up the server while providing all the security, power management, and other aspects of maintaining a data center. The site developer is responsible for all web server software issues.

The demand for dedicated hosting arises out of the expansion of the site with web developers often moving to more advanced technologies which require extensive use of system resources and increased bandwidth to serve the technology to a web browser. With this increased need for resources, having an entire server for your site is often the answer. A dedicated web server is also an option for reseller hosting businesses.

A dedicated server is the best solution for traffic-heavy businesses who lack the staff, resources, and security to build, install, and maintain an in-house solution. With a dedicated server, leasing saves on network administrator position for a company (Crowder & Crowder, 2001). A dedicated hosting account is usually cheaper overall than an in-house solution, and businesses can reap savings of up to 85% on a per month basis (TopHosts' Guide, 2001).

Financially, a dedicated server runs a few hundred dollars per month. Hosting companies often offer packages based on server configuration (space, processor speed, IP addresses, CPanel) and bandwidth allowances.

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Comments (2)

  • Gravatar - Deano
    Deano 16:10, January 29, 2006
    Thx for the article, I never really thought about this until I read your article.<br />
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    Currently Im looking for an alternative dedicated server host called 123-reg.<br />
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    Im having around 10gb bandwidth aday, so bandwidth and uptime is a major issue I have.<br />
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  • Gravatar - runningyour.com
    runningyour.com 08:16, August 7, 2006
    Great article! Having backups is crucial! However, second harddrive itself won't save you - make sure you have a copy of your backups at home or at work or somewhere else. Why? Because your serving hosting company can wipe them accidentally. It happened to me - they were performing OS reload on the first harddrive and destroyed my backups on my second harddrive even though I repeatedly asked them not to do it! True story... I'm glad I had backups at home!<br />
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    Michael

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