A cursory glance at the many web hosting services we've listed here reveals many similar-looking offerings, but the discerning eye will identify some subtle differences. You'll want a dedicated server with significant amounts of disk space—preferably 1TB or more—for storing files. You can typically choose either a traditional hard drive or a solid-state drive as your website's storage medium. There's a trade-off, however. Solid-state drives are often faster and more reliable than HDDs, but they cost more money and have smaller storage capacities. Traditional hard drives, on the other hand, have large capacities and lower prices but aren't quite as resilient as their SSD counterparts. Unless you truly need blazingly fast storage, a traditional hard drive will get the job done.
Servers with the Windows operating system installed typically support only Windows or Microsoft-based technologies, including ASP.NET, MSSQL, MS Access, and Visual Basic. Windows is particularly useful for the gaming industry, in addition to other software and hardware compatibility. Windows can run on nearly any processor, while Linux is recommended to run with Intel processors. One thing to keep in mind as you shop for Windows hosting: The operating system chews through a lot of computing resources, so look for plans that don’t cut corners on RAM.
Perfect for handling mission-critical websites, applications and databases. It's the best solution for companies that want the power and performance of their own servers without the high cost and administrative headaches of running their own data centers. GV Enterprise plans for Red Hat, which include GalaxyVisions' Core Managed Services, feature one or two quad-core Intel Xeon processors, ranging from 2GHz to 3GHz, for performance that can handle even the most demanding requirements. A variety of storage options are also available ranging from 73GB drives to 2x146GB SCSI drives. Every plan comes with a minimum 4 gigabytes of RAM, full root access, free cPanel or Plesk with Fantastico, three useable IP addresses, personalized MRTG graphs for monitoring traffic and a 100 megabit per second dedicated network port.
For optimum performance all of our enterprise level SAN storage servers utilize state of the art SSD drives and memory caching technology, backed up by redundant RAID 10 (best performance) topology. All of our servers are highly available, and equipped with 100% redundant components! Unlike some of our competitors we never use cheap, unreliable, or non-enterprise hard drives.
The two environments have plenty of overlapping qualities, but most importantly Dedicated Server render greater security, customization and excellent availability. With granular control, you are free to customize hardware components like disk space or RAM and installation of unique operating systems. More substantial computing power (CPUs) and disk space allow Dedicated servers enhanced performance for high amounts of traffic. When uptime and performance are critical to your business Dedicated Servers are second to none for hosting.
AlaGuard for Dedicated Servers- Unparalleled Managed Service, including complete monitoring and correction of essential services such as ports and resources using Alabanza Corporation's proprietary monitoring software, and when necessary, with full support of Professional Systems Administrators and support personnel. Also includes ongoing upgrades of included software such as PHP, Perl, MySQL, Apache, SendMail, etc. Add $129/mo.
Recently, we've added more formal uptime monitoring to our review process, and the results show that most Web hosts do an excellent job of keeping sites up and running. If they don't, they suffer for it in our scoring. Even if they get everything else right, sites with uptime problems aren't eligible for high scores. All services suffer ups and downs, sometimes for reasons beyond their control. Those sites that fail to address the problem are penalized accordingly.
While most hosts offer between 5TB and 15TB of bandwidth, which is plenty sufficient for most customers, HostGator scales its dedicated plan all the way to 25TB of data transferred between your site, visitors, and the internet. A2 Hosting offers unlimited storage and bandwidth on what the company calls a semi-dedicated server, which is basically a souped-up and more expensive shared plan for those who need more resources but aren’t quite ready to take the leap to dedicated servers.