The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Dedicated Server

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Dedicated Server

There are several hosting options available at Northern Bloc including dedicated hosting, cloud hosting and managed hosting.

Dedicated hosting means you have your own personal server that is not shared with anyone else. This means there is no resource sharing and you are not affected by other customers, as they will not be on the same server.

A dedicated server is a physical server which is safe and secure in our data centre. Dedicated hosting is a great choice if your website has a high amount of traffic or you require a large amount of bandwidth.

Below we discuss the main pros and cons of using a dedicated server.

The Advantages

Resources
A dedicated server is yours alone and is not shared with anyone else. This means all the servers resources and connectivity is dedicated to you.

Flexible
You have your own dedicated server which means you can use it as you like. You can install programs as and when you need to, which gives you greater flexibility compared to a shared server.

Powerful
The server is powerful enough to handle thousands upon thousands of visitors per day. You have the full power of the server and its resources which means performance is enhanced. A shared server is less powerful due to the resources being shared between customers.

Secure
Dedicated servers are very secure due to fact that they are not shared with several customers. This means many potential risks are eliminated. For example, if one account was hacked on a shared server, the rest of the accounts on that server could potentially be hacked. Having your own personal server minimizes these threats.

Range of Options
You can choose the server that best suits your needs as there is a range of options available. You can decide how much disk space and RAM you require and select the option that meets your requirements. This means you are not paying for resources that you will not use.

The Disadvantages

Cost
Dedicated hosting is the most expensive type of hosting. However, if you need high performance then it’s worth the extra cost. Before selecting a hosting type, assess your business needs and decide which type of hosting is best for you.

Usability
Dedicated servers can be difficult to get to grips with if you are not experienced with using servers. Technical knowledge will be required for installing software, daily maintenance, daily tasks, and other necessary duties that are in your control.

Control
Though being in control of your own server is great, there are also risks of mistakes being made such as deleting important information. Daily monitoring is required to look out for accidental errors.

Safety
Hosts are able to offer advice on security, but it is your duty to ensure your server is secure. This means installing security features such as firewalls and virus detectors yourself.

Get in Touch
If you would like to know more about dedicated hosting and the options we offer, feel free to get in touch with the Northern Bloc team.

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