If your online business is rapidly expanding with greater software and hardware needs, but you don't yet have the capital or need for an individual data center, there are other options available to you. Many businesses don't need a data center dedicated solely to them – even some larger companies – and many choose to employ dedicated hosting or dedicated servers to help fulfill their hosting needs.
In a dedicated hosting environment, one server is sectioned to look like individual hosting services for each company using the server. Companies are able to virtually manage a dedicated hosting server, but are generally placed in the same server as those wishing to use the same operating systems and hardware so they can be limiting.
By choosing to use dedicated hosting, a business obtains the high speeds that are associated with premium non-shared hosting, but shares the data center with other businesses. Although multiple businesses may be sharing the same server, visitors to your company's website would never be able to tell that your website was being under.
If your organization has multiple websites or greater hosting needs, it may be more beneficial to rent a dedicated server over hiring a dedicated hosting service. Dedicated hosting is generally reserved for one website, one client. Dedicated serversoperate much like a data center, but are more efficient and cost-effective for businesses that aren't ready for a data center of their own.
When a company rents a dedicated server, they then have full control over the server including which operating systems and hardware they wish to use allowing greater freedom than dedicated hosting. Dedicated servers provide companies with greater access to the tools they need for rapid growth and expansion without restricting them by high costs. In fact, many companies that choose to use dedicated servers over building a data center of their own see a much higher return on investment.
Some dedicated server providers will even offer support for the operating systems or applications you choose to use through their server. Dedicated managed hosting, however, does not have any strict industry guidelines, and most providers will offer varying levels of management. Those interested in renting a dedicated server should always inquire with a provider prior to signing a lease to determine if they offer full, partial, or minimal management. Regardless of management structure, all dedicated servers are incredibly secure and are housed in larger scale data centers which come equipped with HVAC systems and redundant power sources.
Both types of hosting services are great for businesses seeking to fulfill their hosting needs while also remaining budget minded. There is no reason to lock up funds that could be used for greater growth and expansion in a data center, when other equally functioning systems are available.