Dedicated hosting is where a server has only
one customer on it and he controls all aspects of the server.
This provides much greater flexibility than a virtual server,
but the burden of administration must be handled by the customer
or outsourced to a dedicated hosting provider.
Dedicated Hosting -- Control
You get much greater control with dedicated
hosting as you do not share the server with anyone else. No
longer will the volume of another site on the server impact you.
Dedicated hosting also allows you to add any application onto
the server that you require, so you are no longer limited to
just the standard email and other basic applications found on a
Dedicated Hosting -- Reliability
Dedicated hosting provides much greater
reliability than virtual hosting. You no longer are exposed to
the business practices of other companies sharing a virtual
server. Plus you can ensure that security and upgrades are
implemented since you control server administration with
Dedicated Hosting -- Support
Engineering support is also vastly improved
with dedicated hosting. You will still need to select a
qualified provider that has good technical skills, but with
dedicated hosting the support engineer to customer ratio is much
At some point your business requirements may
out grow dedicated hosting on a single server and cause you to
upgrade to clustered hosting, but dedicated hosting is a logical
first step for most businesses. Dedicated hosting allows you to
control how your server is used which improves speed,
reliability and scalability.