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What is a Dedicated Server?

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What is a Dedicated Server?

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A dedicated server is a server machine at your complete disposal hosted within the same web farm used by the DADA Group. This means that the server resources are completely dedicated to your web applications. You will be able to administer the dedicated server in autonomy, configuring it exactly as you want and which programming languages to support. For example, with the Windows 2003 solution you can directly administer the IIS 6.0 configuration to best meet the needs of the domains your server will host.

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With a dedicated server, you use the entire server (as opposed to the situation with virtual/shared hosting). Dedicated servers are often more appropriate when you have a larger website that may generate a considerable amount of traffic. With this type of server, there is often less support from the hosting company, and you need to know a lot more to keep it going.

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For sites requiring more power than what normal hosting can provide, a dedicated server is usually the better route to take. Having a dedicated server is a completely different from normal virtual (shared) hosting. The server is now fully yours – the entire hard disk and all the bandwidth allocated can be used as you want. There is no longer any CPU Usage restriction. If you need, you can use up 100% CPU utilization. You can put all your sites on this one server without having to worry about paying hosting fees for each site added. But along with these new liberations come new responsibilities. Most important is to ensure that you server is always patched and up to date. There are new updates being constantly released, which if not applied to your server could let a hacker could gain inner access to your server. Because management can be so difficult, there are usually two types of dedicated hosting offered: Unmanaged – your host will not help you maintain the server. Far cheaper than

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Sometimes the services and features that a customer needs exceed what is available or possible with a shared server. At that point, the customer would want to look into having their own server and customized services. A dedicated server is where we (or you if you want) setup a server and the software to meet your requirements. This server is then only used by you and any of your friends or clients that need to use it.

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A dedicated server is a server machine at your complete disposal hosted within the same web farm used by the DADA Group. This means that the server re …

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