As the year draws to a close, it’s a great time to review your server hosting solution for 2017. Small businesses in particular may be accustomed to utilizing a shared hosting option due to budgetary restrictions. While a shared option may work well for some, a dedicated hosting solution may be more in line with the needs a of an expanding business.
Shared vs. Dedicated Hosting Solutions
According to InMotion, a shared hosting solution is much like living in an apartment building. All residents (customers) are in the same location and must share the available utilities with everyone else. These resources may include such things like a pool, parking lot, etc. In shared hosting, all accounts must share the available resources with all the other accounts on the server. These shared functionalities often include CPU time, memory and disk space.
On the other hand, a dedicated hosting solution can be comparable to owning a house. You have full control and access. No one else’s account resides on the machine (your house), and therefore, they cannot tap into your resources.
This housing analogy is especially appropriate considering that it mirrors real human behavior. Many people rent apartments earlier in their lives only to go on to eventually owning their own home. Server hosting is much the same way, while a shared solution may work well for startups or micro-businesses, growth oftens creates the need for more control, customization and functionality that a dedicated hosting solution can provide.
If you feel that you may need more control over your server and your applications, a dedicated server hosting is a great solution. According to WebHostingMedia, there are many advantages of dedicated server hosting such as the following –
Exclusivity of Server Resources
By not sharing server resources with others means that you have complete control over how resources are distributed. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about the activity of others limiting your bandwidth usage and slowing down your server.
Dedicated server hosting offers a far greater level of security given that there’s no risk of you sharing space with spammers or malicious websites. You don’t have to worry about being trapped in a “bad neighborhood”.
Reliability & Performance
The reliability offered by dedicated hosting is also a benefit that stems from the fact that server resources don’t need to be shared by more websites.
As your business grows and your website expands, you will probably need more space and resources. Dedicated hosting allows you to gain additional space easily, without having to migrate to a new server or even to a new hosting provider.
Technical Assistance and Server Management
The way you use your dedicated server is really up to you. You can run the applications you want and even implement special server security measures required by the types of programs or applications you run. The advanced control panel makes it more convenient for you to manage your website and access features. The best part? If you’re ever stuck, you can rely on around-the-clock technical assistance to overcome any technical issues.
The bottom line?
Only dedicated hosting can provide you with the type of full control over important aspects of managing your online presence. Whether it’s control over your server’s resources or configuration, a dedicated hosting solution will offer you more leeway in customizing your server environment to the specific needs of your business.