The term “dedicated server” refers to a server, which is available exclusively to a single customer or website operator or to a specific task or service with its entire performance.
In contrast to a virtual server, a dedicated server or dedicated host is a physical computer with a fixed IP address that can concentrate all its computing performance, memory, and routing to just one customer or task.
If you rent a dedicated server, you will not be having to share the server hard drive with others and your user rights will not be restricted. This usually costs more than comparable shared hosting offers whereby the hardware of the server is not exclusively available to the customer.
Complex websites with a lot of Traffic, high volume of data, or extensive database resources such as popular web communities or eCommerce sites require a lot of hard disk space, powerful processor performance, and large memory, often more than standard web space packages with limited capacity. Operators of such websites will often choose a dedicated server. Even companies that do not want to store sensitive company data on a shared server often prefer dedicated hosting.
Another version of a dedicated server is dedicated to just one service instead of one customer. It performs certain tasks such as the provision of print and email services or administrative tasks within a network. Genuine database servers, game servers or VPN services are possible. In this sense, a dedicated server is a host that is only intended for a specific task.
Server operating systems that are not compatible with other systems and services are hosted on such servers. The same is true for certain services that use a single host as a resource. Here, the boundaries between dedicated to customer and dedicated to service blur. This is because a server that hosts a single website is also a dedicated server. If this is managed by one customer, it is double dedicated, in other words, for just one client and just the one web service.
The advantages of a dedicated server with regard to performance can include the following:
In terms of technical SEO, valuable web projects should always be hosted on a dedicated server. This acts as a signal to Google and other search engines right from the outset, that his project is definitely not a “cheap” spam project.
The following scenarios should be using a dedicated server:
When selling web hosting offers, the term “dedicated server” is used to guarantee the exclusivity of a more cost-intensive offer. Virtual or “shared servers,” however, are considered lower quality, thus justifying a more cost-effective compensation. Whether performance is actually better, still depends on the quality standard of the provider. Providers, however, along with dedicated servers, often offer a more comprehensive service of software support and hardware support. The next step is referred to as the managed server - the Provider also handles tasks such as updates or monitoring of the services.
Which server solution would be most suitable for a specific customer depends on many different factors. Customers should get themselves informed in detail on an individual basis and take into account the different aspects of an infrastructure. This can be relevant for online marketing and search engine optimization. It includes aspects such as IP cluster and IP subnetworks, high accessibility, adequate server utilization and performance criteria such as computing power, storage capacity and high data rate for high traffic - volumes. Under certain circumstances, CDN solutions are also useful.