A dedicated server is a machine similar to your home computer or your computer at work (read the What is a server? post). A dedicated server gives you full control including root access.
Types of dedicated servers.
Dedicated server providers offer three types of servers - managed, semi-managed, and unmanaged. People choose one type over the other for many different reasons. Reasons include budget, system administration skill, number of servers required, server’s objective, and more.
Terms you should know.
The following is a list of terms you will see used throughout the web hosting industry and with web hosting providers and companies that offer dedicated server hosting.
- Clusters - Multiple servers connected together to increase capacity.
- Server farm - Multiple servers, but may or may not be connected together.
- Server hardening - Implementing security measures to prevent hacking and data theft.
- RAID - Multiple disks that server multiple purposes (backup, mirroring, load balancing, etc.)
- Disaster recovery - Bringing servers online after natural disasters occur to keep an organization running.
- Backups - Frequent snapshots of server data used to restore servers in case of failure or disaster recovery.
- Mirroring - Real-time duplicate of one or multiple servers used to keep a website or application running in case one server crashes.
- Load balancing - Multiple servers connected together that share resources when traffic gets heavy or more resources are required to sustain uptime.
- Firewall - A combination of hardware and software designed to keep hackers and intruders out of your server.
- High-availability - Server configurations designed for websites and applications that require 100% uptime.
- Monitoring - Both software and data center technicians monitor your server for possible issues, vulnerabilities, uptime, and more.