In order for a web site to be accessible on the Internet, it needs to
exist on something called a "host," along with server software that runs
on the host. A host is basically a computer that uses some type of
operating system software such as Windows 2003, Unix, or Linux, as well
as HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) server software such as Apache.
Website servers require chassis with space for hard-drives. These
hard-drive arrays often allow drive swapping, even while running.
Websites usually require the hosting servers to stay online even during
maintenance and they may run on many servers at the same time.
Web hosting plans are generally classified as "shared" or "dedicated."
Shared hosting uses a single computer to host multiple websites; this type
of web hosting is commonly used for small websites, startup sites, and
sites with limited traffic. Dedicated hosting uses one computer to
host a single website; dedicated servers are commonly used to host large
websites and sites with high traffic volumes. Dedicated servers
often feature redundant disk drives for more reliable performance.
The client with a dedicated hosting plan leases an entire server that he
doesn't share with anyone else. Hence the name "dedicated."
The client organization has somewhat more flexibility, because it has
full control over the server, including the type of hardware and the
operating system it chooses. If the client requires server
administration, the server hosting company can usually provide these
services for an additional charge. Which operating systems are
available? As mentioned before, the client can, in most cases, use
whichever operating system he wishes. Some of these are provided by
the hosting company free of charge, while others are provided at an
additional cost. Most dedicated hosting providers also offer one or
more control panel options, such as
In many cases, dedicated server hosting can offer the client less overhead
and a larger return on investment than hosting a website in-house.
Dedicated servers are often housed in large data centers that provide
redundant backup power sources and industrial grade HVAC systems.
A dedicated server, owned and managed by a web hosting service provider,
is often more cost-effective than co-location hosting as well.
This rack mount computer server is typical of the dedicated servers that
host high-performance websites. This server provides easy access to ports
on the front panel, enabling technicians to perform maintenance
efficiently and quickly swap out parts as needed.
Offers dedicated server solutions for most applications.
Customize one of the base servers with your choice of operating system
and choose from a range of hardware, network and software options. www.Superb.net
Introductory guide to dedicated hosting offered by this online hosting resource. Features a good review of dedicated server hosting,
as compared to virtual hosting and co-location hosting. www.TopHosts.com