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Why Does Your Small Business Need a Dedicated Server?
« on: September 22, 2013, 08:04:32 AM »
Your business may need a dedicated server for a variety of reasons. Mainly, businesses use dedicated servers because it’s the best option for large scale operations. However, small businesses can also take advantage of a dedicated server if their profits are high enough to warrant their usage. See, in the hosting genre of business, companies usually choose the hosting option that is closest to their financial bracket. A small business could opt for shared resources but there is always the fear and doubt to deal with in the back of their mind. Sometimes shared resources go “on the blink” and a great majority of the time they are overloaded with customers to begin with.

This is one of the first mistakes that beginning online business make. More often than not, a hosting business will choose to go with the most “economical” solution instead of the higher priced competition. Why? Because they initially save a few dollars! The reality is, access times in online business is everything. If your website is slow, customers are very likely to turn the other direction and go somewhere else to buy their products. Online websites need to be highly responsive and react fast to a customer’s request. Many hosting providers with shared resources can handle less resource intensive requests, while larger scale websites require that a dedicated server be used.

A small business doesn’t necessarily mean a small amount of traffic or resource demand. In fact, in many cases the exact opposite is true. Small business websites can sometimes have a resource requirement that is above and beyond what they think they need. Also, websites that use shared resources in a shared hosting package are prone to down time. Think about it, if your business was down for a day or two, you would probably end up losing a handful of customers that are used to making frequent recurring purchases. This would be a terrible thing, especially if it happens more often than once in a while.

A managed dedicated server eliminates all of those possibilities and lives up to its server uptime guarantee. Making thousands of dollars per day from your small business website shouldn’t be trusted to just anything. Choosing a dedicated server from a hosting company with a strong history of positive feedback should be one of the first things you look for as a small business owner.

With shared hosting packages, you have a limited access potential for server controlled software. You can’t add customized software packages and suites. With a dedicated server, you are given full control of whatever you want to add. There are no restrictions barring the use of customized e-commerce software packages and background processes.

Have you stopped to think what would happen if your business experienced an incredible surge in resource demand? With shared resources, you can increase the amount of disk space and bandwidth you use but that’s about it. With a dedicated server, you can upgrade the hard drive, RAM, processor and bandwidth. Pretty much everything that could affect the quality of the website experience you deliver to your customers through your site, you can change. This is always good for businesses to have when sales and visitors start to increase.

Dedicated server hardware has its own hardware firewall. This increases the amount of system security you have. Shared system resources are inherently insecure because everyone has access to the machine. With a dedicated server, you are the only one who is going to be able to access the hardware.

With a dedicated server you have your choice of operating system. Windows NT or Unix. Windows NT is much more user friendly than Unix but Unix offers the most customizable features for your dollar. You get to choose which operating system will work best for your situation.

Dedicated servers often have the option of providing you with a data back up service for an extra fee. This is possible for dedicated servers but rarely for shared hosting packages.

Just in case you didn’t know, a dedicated server requires that you have immediate access to it in case something goes wrong. Most times, programs are able to automatically fix any bugs and problems. But, for larger complications that require the administrator to intervene, you will need to be able to monitor your server hardware.

A dedicated server performs a portion of their tasks through automation. However, a great deal of the tasks require that you have a prior level of knowledge and expertise in the field of server administration. If this seems like too complicated a task, it probably is. In that case you should opt to purchase a managed dedicated server package. This means that a server administrator will handle the technical aspect of server upgrades, downgrades and modifications to the site through the cPanel. And, to top it all off, you still get all of the wonderful features of a dedicated server.