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Getting the Most Out of Your Dedicated Server Hosting in 2019 What are Dedicated Servers? Benefits of Dedicated Servers vs. Other Hosting Plans Misconceptions about Dedicated Servers How to Maximize a Dedicated Server Hosting Managed vs. Unmanaged Dedicated Hosting Server Configuration CPU Capacity RAM Capacity Storage Capacity Boost Security (DDoS Protection) Final Remarks – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Getting the Most Out of Your Dedicated Server Hosting in 2019


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Getting the Most Out of YourDedicated Server
Hosting in 2019
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Getting the Most Out of Your Dedicated Server
Hosting in 2019
  • As we get closer to 2019, it is time to take
    stock of how dedicated server hosting has
    benefited your current website. On the other
    hand, if you have been considering the great leap
    to a dedicated server for 2019, there is a bit of
    house-keeping you will need to do. In both cases,
    you also have to familiarize yourself with the
    current trends in dedicated server hosting that
    will hit web hosting markets.

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Table of contents
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Dedicated Server
    Hosting in 2019
  • What are Dedicated Servers?
  • Benefits of Dedicated Servers vs. Other Hosting
    Plans
  • Misconceptions about Dedicated Servers
  • How to Maximize a Dedicated Server Hosting
  • Managed vs. Unmanaged Dedicated Hosting
  • Server Configuration
  • CPU Capacity
  • RAM Capacity
  • Storage Capacity
  • Boost Security (DDoS Protection)
  • Final Remarks

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What are Dedicated Servers?
  • Dedicated servers are servers that are exclusive
    to one website. This means that you get your own
    server which you can alter and add whatever
    features you need to suit your website needs. A
    simple way to understand dedicated servers is by
    using the analogy of building a home versus
    renting a house.
  • Dedicated server hosting is like building your
    home from scratch. You have the freedom to
    determine how many rooms the house will have, the
    colors that will be painted, type of floor
    boarding you will use, and the type of decor it
    will have. You have full control of how the house
    will look in the end as well as freedom to do
    additional customizing futures.
  • Whether to go for a dedicated server depends on a
    number of things. First, you have to consider the
    size of your website. Ideally, dedicated server
    hosting is beneficial to large websites that
    handle high traffic each day like e-commerce
    websites. Such websites need to be consistently
    fast and reliable with minimal downtime
    experienced. Only a dedicated server guarantees
    reliable uptime.

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One other thing to consider is the level of
security you want for your site. If you run a
personal blog where you share lifestyle tips with
your audience, then you can do with the level of
security provided by other forms of web hosting
services. On the other hand, if you are running
an ecommerce store with a large database of
sensitive client information, you need your
website fortified with the unbreachable security.
Such high level of security is accorded by
dedicated server hosting. The third factor and
one that we often shy away from is the cost of
running your website on a dedicated server. With
all the advanced features dedicated hosting comes
with, you can expect the price to be relatively
higher. Does your website stand to benefit from
the additional features you get from dedicated
hosting? Is your budget big enough to cover the
cost of running a dedicated server? The bottom
line is if you will constantly need reliable
uptime and fast speeds to handle the increasing
traffic coming to your website, then you need
dedicated hosting. For businesses that handle
sensitive data like client financial information
(like online casinos), by all means you should
get a dedicated server!
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Benefits of Dedicated Servers vs. Other Hosting
Plans
  • You can fully understand the benefit of dedicated
    server hosting when you compare it to other forms
    of hosting. Currently, we have three server
    hosting options available
  • Dedicated hosting
  • VPS hosting
  • Shared hosting.
  • In VPS hosting and Shared hosting, one server is
    shared between 250 to 500 websites. All features
    of shared hosting are stored within a network,
    which all the websites can access. So there will
    be competition for resources among the websites
    involved. This is quite different from the
    benefits dedicated server hosting provides.

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Dedicated servers provide complete freedom and
control for businesses. You are able to configure
the server to match the specific needs and vision
of your business. You have full access to all the
features that come with the server and the
freedom to add more features if need be. Whats
more, a dedicated has improved security compared
to VPS or shared hosting. As you are the only one
with access to your server, there are less
chances of being vulnerable to a cyber attack. In
shared hosting, if one website is hit with a
cyber attack, all other websites on that server
are vulnerable too. Finally, you get more
storage space with dedicated hosting. If a server
provides 2TB worth of storage, your website has
access to all of it. In shared hosting, 2TB is
shared among many websites so there is a high
chance that one site will get the biggest share
at the expense of the rest.
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Misconceptions about Dedicated Servers
  • A lot of businesses looking to scale up have the
    perception that dedicated hosting is very costly.
    However, when you think of how much you stand to
    gain as a business, the cost of setting up and
    managing a dedicated server is relatively
    abysmal. Shared hosting is prone to network
    downtimes, cyber attacks, and limited storage to
    mention a few.
  • You find yourself spending extra on storage and
    security resources which increase the cost of
    running a website. In short, cheap is definitely
    expensive when you compare dedicated servers vs.
    shared servers.
  • Another misconception about dedicated servers is
    that you get to do all the heavy-lifting to
    ensure the server is up and running. Well, if you
    have a strong background in IT, then this should
    be a no-brainer. There is also the option of
    having your server managed on your behalf leaving
    you to focus on running your business website.

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How to Maximize a Dedicated Server Hosting
  • If you have reached this section, it means you
    already have your website on a dedicated server
    or are considering the upgrade for 2019. It is
    possible to configure your dedicated server to
    ensure you get the most of it. First, you have to
    understand the options and trends that are
    available for scaling your website come next year.

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Managed vs. Unmanaged Dedicated Hosting
  • Dedicated servers can either be managed or
    unmanaged. Managed dedicated hosting is where the
    web provider agrees to take care of all backend
    process on your behalf. Your web host will ensure
    the server is always up and running and will
    carry out technical tasks, such as monitoring
    security risks or creating backups on your
    behalf.
  • With all the heavy-lifting taken care of by your
    hosting provider, you are left to handle the more
    important tasks of your business. Therefore,
    managed dedicated hosting is a viable option for
    any business that wants exclusive hosting
    services but doesnt have the technical know-how
    of running a server.
  • Unmanaged dedicated hosting is the complete
    opposite of managed dedicated hosting. Here, all
    the responsibility of managing your server rests
    entirely on you. You have to monitor your own
    data, create your own backups, and determine the
    best hosting settings for your website. This
    option is the best if you have a background in IT
    and understand how all the backend processes
    work. Most IT businesses, such as the ones
    providing web hosting services, would benefit
    from unmanaged dedicated hosting.

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Server Configuration
  • One way to get more from your dedicated server is
    to upgrade your current resources. The resources
    you are looking at include RAM, Storage Space,
    and CPU capacity. We look at all three
    extensively.

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1. CPU Capacity
  • The CPU or the central processing unit is the
    engine that fuels and manages all operations
    happening on your website. This unit is in charge
    of running programs, computations, and the tasks
    necessary to ensure your website is fully
    functional. How fast the CPU can run will depend
    on the number of processors, or cores it has.
  • Most dedicated servers start you off on about 4
    cores. Each core can handle one action at any
    given time. As your website scales up, there will
    be more activity happening on your WebPages,
    meaning more cores will be required. Consider
    moving from 4 cores to 6 or 12 cores so that your
    website can handle more tasks quicker.

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2. RAM Capacity
  • RAM or random access memory acts as the brain of
    the server. RAM determines how well your website
    functions by managing the tasks and operations
    coming from the CPU. If your server has less
    memory, it may not be able to handle multiple
    tasks at once like managing different software or
    customer activity on your website. Generally, 1
    GB of RAM should be enough to serve over 3,000
    coming to your website. If your website is
    receiving more visitors than this, then it is
    time to increase your RAM.
  • Every application on your website will require
    RAM to run efficiently. Think of your WordPress
    supported blog or the various number of plugins,
    like WooCommerce, installed on your website to
    facilitate sales. The rule of the thumb is to
    always have an extra RAM to help you expand your
    reach in 2019. If your website runs perfectly on
    4GB of RAM, consider switching to 5GB RAM just to
    give you room to advance come next year.

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3. Storage Capacity
  • All the information processed on your website is
    stored in a remote location known as the storage
    space. There are two types of storage space
    available in dedicated hosting hard disk drives
    (HDD) and Solid State Drives (SSD). HDD storage
    carries the largest amount of space but have
    relatively low speeds. If you only need that
    extra space to backup online data, then you are
    better off increasing your HDD capacity.
  • SSD storage has the advantage of being faster.
    However, it often comes with limited space
    compared to HDD. SSD storage is also quite
    expensive because of the added benefit of speed.
    If you will need additional space to install more
    applications or running extra processes, then you
    will benefit more with SSD storage.

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4. Boost Security (DDoS Protection)
  • Network security is one of the biggest reasons
    why ecommerce businesses are moving to dedicated
    server hosting. 2018 has seen its fair share of
    cases concerning network security attacks. Many
    businesses have suffered immense losses through
    loss of revenue and online presence. Even the
    security measures deployed in shared hosting
    servers are not a guarantee that your website is
    protected.
  • 2019 should be a year of expanding your horizons
    as an ecommerce business and not fighting the
    same old story of cyber attacks. Dedicated
    hosting could protect you from some of these
    potential threats witnessed in 2018.
  • Viruses and worms continue to affect many
    websites hosted in the same network. While a
    virus is a malicious program that can be
    eradicated with an antivirus, a worm is a lot
    more complicated to weed out. Worms are malicious
    programs that replicate themselves to infect a
    large number of host files. A single malicious
    worm can potentially infect an entire network of
    computers making mitigation a lot harder.

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or fake traffic until the server succumbs to the
pressure and crashes. It will take a lot of time
and resources to clear this threat and restore
your websites functionality. Another attack
similar to DDoS is the use of BotNets. BotNet is
a collection of malicious servers teamed up to
destroy a specific website or an entire network.
It is possible for a hacker to round up a few
websites in a network and use them as BotNets to
attack other websites. It becomes harder to quell
such an attack because you first have to identify
whether the threat is coming from amidst hundreds
of websites or cloud servers. Some threats use
your website URL as bait to attack your online
visitors. One such threat is Drive-by Download
attacks which is in the form of a fake URL that
harbors a malicious program. It is a lot easier
for hackers to replicate your website URL if you
are on a shared server. A Drive-by download
attack can hurt the integrity of your website
because online visitors no longer trust your URL.
It is, therefore, paramount to protect your
website against all these potential threats. And
its a lot easier if you are protecting yourself
from a dedicated server.
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Final Remarks
  • Dedicated server hosting could be the
    deal-breaker of whether your website makes it to
    2019. Yes, you may have to break your piggy bank
    to bankroll this new upgrade but your website
    will be more secure.
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