a Dedicated Server
Choosing a Dedicated Server
When choosing your next dedicated server it's important to make
sure you are always comparing apples to apples. Often shoppers searching
on price alone find themselves months into their deal frustrated
with lack of service, while others use overkill, and end up paying
for services never even used. For the very basics, here are a few
things to consider for your next dedicated server.
Your choice of platform will depend to a large extent on the types
of applications you are using and the skills and knowledge you already
possess. The two most well known operating systems are Windows 2000
and Unix (which includes the Linux, and Solaris platforms). Typically
your purpose for the server will determine what platform you will
If you are looking for a cost effective way to host a bunch of
web sites, Unix is probably your best bet. If you have a site that
uses ASP and needs Microsoft SQL server then you are going to need
a Windows server. If you are using a dedicated server for something
like an email server or a firewall then it can really boil down
to what you are most comfortable with. There are great applications
for these cases available for both Unix and Windows environments.
Data Transfer / Bandwidth
Data transfer options are getting more and more generous as the
industry gets more and more competitive. Beware, just because a
host says you can have unlimited transfer, does not necessarily
guarantee that they can make it available.
Most dedicated server plans are going to offer anywhere from 50
- 500 GB of transfer each month. Take note of who each host uses
for their internet connectivity. A dedicated server provider should
have at least 2 redundant internet connections from various providers
but most have even more than that these days.
Look for our upcoming feature about managed vs unmanaged dedicated
hosting services - so we won't go into great details here but -
be sure you know what managed services you will need from your provider
and whether or not it is included with your plan. For example, some
hosts may perform various monitoring, upgrade and backup services
with your plan, while some provide nothing but the server.
A crude analogy may be something like renting a parking space in
a big city - some places may charge the battery once a month, wash
it and make sure your radio does not get stolen, while others may
simply be providing a place for you to park your car.
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