Having a dedicated server means you have your own physical server that sits in the data center. Non-dedicated hosting means you share resources with other customers of that web host. In this case, since we’re talking about dedicated servers, you get your own server which no one else uses for their websites or web traffic.
Dedicated servers are useful when you want to run many websites. Many webmasters run IIS, which is the real time engine used for making the websites live. If you are needing a dedicated server, you may also require shared firewall hosting as well.
Dedicated servers can be upgraded with more memory or more hard drive capacity as you require it.
What is a dedicated server? Well let’s talk about what it means to have an un-dedicated server and a dedicated server. We’ll break down the meaning behind both of these terms, so that you have a better understanding of what they mean.
When you’re starting out in the webmaster world, you need a place to host your website. There is a few different ways of hosting your site. If you want to be able to run a database behind your website you may need dedicated hosting. Here’s an example I want to run a WordPress website. In order for me to run a WordPress website I need a domain, a design for my website, content for my website, and hosting for my website. Since I’m just running a simple word press website, I don’t really need to have anything more than simple hosting with a web host like Go Daddy. Go Daddy or a Go Daddy reseller will provide me with a simple control panel where I can login, purchase a domain, purchase hosting, and with a few simple clicks I can create a word press website from a pre-generated set up method.
The instances in which I may require my own dedicated server, is if I want to run a PHP or ASP website. For example I have an ASP website which has a SQL database running. The SQL database is my product catalogue and I have more than 1000 different products running in that database. I want all of my own capability to edit my database modify my SQL tables and administer my SQL database remotely all on my own. I don’t need to submit support tickets to the hosting company or the dedicated server company in order to do this. The only time that I have to open a support ticket, as if I’m not able to fix something on the server myself, or my server has crashed unexpectedly and I am not able to log into it. The benefit to this for intermediate to advanced developers is I have all the capability to customize change modify or adapt anything within the environment that I see fit.
The opposite to dedicated server is an undedicated server. The way in which you differentiate these two is understanding is your server a shared environment? This is the one question that will answer for you-is my server a dedicated server. If you do not have a dedicated server, then you may have a shared server where many other websites are also running. One helpful piece of advice that I can recommend as an experienced webmaster, is to run a search against the IP address being provided to you when you are purchasing a dedicated server. The hosting company will ask you how many IP addresses do you need? Typically, you will need