Well, we just wrapped up our part one and two here on how to select the right hosting package, starting with a virtual hosting server, and moving on to a virtual private server or cloud hosting option. These all are fantastic options, depending on what you are needing for your platform or website. Today we will start to get into the more robust options, ones that may end up costing you a bit more money, but will have some full capabilities and abilities that some of the other options may not have . Also, they can earn you a token of exclusivity with your hosting provider, as they typically will move you into a bit of a more “important client” type of category.
When it comes to Dedicated hosted server options, you need to determine a few things. The first thing you want to make certain of is that you are actually getting a dedicated server, and not a virtual server platform. Unfortunately, there are those in the industry that will tell you that you are getting an exclusive piece of hardware, only to have you find out later down the road that this is not so much the case. This is obviously due to much of the price wars that we see in the industry, but you need to make sure you are getting what you pay for.
Secondly, when it comes to dedicated server options, there are LOTS of variations. There are some companies that will only specialize in windows server applications, there are other companies that are almost exclusively Linux shops, and really don’t like to mess around with the windows side of things. Many times, there are companies that will charge you an arm and a leg for licensing software that they don’t particularly like to work with, when there are other companies that will charge you much less simply because they are efficient at this software.
With dedicated hosting options, you have full customization of as many dedicated boxes as you can buy. Typically, companies will have SAS or other backups that you can purchase, for them, and they will allow you to customize the box nearly any way you can afford to pay for. This includes hard drive space, RAM, RAID and redundant disc drives, as well as operating systems, security licenses, and any other things feel you need. This is one of the best things about these platforms, as that they are many times fully build-as-you-go. The best part of this is that you don’t have to worry about any of the hardware. If you lose a hard drive, then the provider will just swap out the drive in the RAID. If you have any other problems with the hardware, it is all covered. To some, this may actually be a disadvantage, as there are many tech support people that would prefer to work on their own boxes themselves, and access them physically.
This leads us to colocation options, which we will cover in our next section.
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