7 Configurations & Features of a Dedicated Server

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Using dedicated hosting for your online presence offers a much greater degree of flexibility than virtual hosting or shared hosting. Having your own dedicated server from which to run your website or other online service opens up a wide range of options, allowing you to create a customized server solution that satisfies both your capacity needs and your hosting budget. Here are seven of the most common features and configuration options available from many hosting companies:

1. Server Monitoring

If your business depends upon your website or other online point-of-presence, you want to be the first one to know if there are any problems. Many hosting companies offer server monitoring services for a small additional fee, which track the availability and performance of your website around the clock. If your website goes offline or runs into problems, a server monitoring service can notify you by phone message, email, or text message, enabling you to take action to ensure that service is quickly restored.

2. Online Backups

Whether your data consists of lists of contacts, transaction and order records, market analyses, or other kinds of information, the last thing you need is to be left stranded due to accidental data deletion by an employee, or data corruption caused by programming errors. Online backups can protect the information that drives your business by making copies on a secure backup server, on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

3. Server Operating System

Several different server operating systems are available from most dedicated hosting companies, each offering different strengths, weaknesses, and assocated license and support costs. Whether you favor Windows, Unix, or Apple server operating systems, or you just want solid advice on what option is best for you, dedicated hosting companies can help you to choose the best operating system to host your online service, and may also be able to offer technical support and maintenance contracts for your dedicated servers.

4. Bandwidth

Dedicated hosting companies generally offer several bandwidth options to accommodate a range of business requirements. Whether your site is high-traffic, low-traffic, or somewhere in between, you can choose a bandwidth allocation with the right balance of price and capacity for your expected volume of online visitors.

5. Disk Space

Does your website include a large amount of content, such as music, movies, or software, for download to customers, or is your online business model more service-oriented? Dedicated hosting companies provide a range of pricing options for different amounts of disk capacity on your dedicated server, enabling you to purchase more to accommodate large amounts of data, or to streamline your servers with standard disk capacity at a lower cost if high storage capacity is not needed.

6. Firewall Services

With cyber-crime on the increase, and new online threats being discovered every day, planning for security is a critical part of any online business. Firewall services can protect your dedicated server from many types of intrusion attempt, and can even spot new kinds of attacks based on internet traffic patterns. In an online world full of complex threats and unknown dangers, drawing on the security expertise of your dedicated hosting company is a smart move to help safeguard your data.

7. Custom Software Installation

Thinking about adding a live chat function to your website to answer customer questions, or maybe a blog to keep them updated on industry news and events? Dedicated hosting companies generally offer on-demand installation of a long list of custom software packages, some of them free for the asking. Email accounts, database services, chat functionality, blogging, shared calendars, survey software, file transfer services, content management systems, and many other tools may be available to add to your dedicated server at little or no extra cost and effort, easily allowing you to expand the capabilities of your website or online presence.

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