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Web and Ecommerce 7.5. Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated Hosting

In the typical hosting service, you share space on a server with other customers. You get a certain chunk of the hard disk real estate and everyone else gets the rest. This can cause you problems―if people out there in Internet land are demanding resources from your site and from other sites on the same server, your site will not perform as well. In addition, you are always at the mercy of people who can misuse their server space and get the server―and you―blacklisted.

A dedicated hosting service (or managed hosting service) allows you to lease an entire server or buy it outright and have the hosting service connect it to the Internet. Dedicated hosting gives you complete control over the server, its system, its configuration, and its software; in addition, the only work the server does is for you―nobody else’s Web site cuts the line if customers are using your site.

With dedicated hosting, you typically pay a whole lot more to get a whole lot less. For instance, you might be able to get 300 GB of space and unlimited data transfer for $6.95 per month if you’re willing to share server space. A dedicated hosting package might give you 80 GB of storage space and 1,000 GB of data transfer (with high fees for exceeding this limit) for $120 per month.

You’re paying for performance and control. Your site will perform better―faster downloads, faster transactions, and so on―when it is hosted on a dedicated server. You also have more control over the server and its configuration: if you’re using a lot of technology on your site, you have far greater freedom to make the best out of that technology.

If you don’t have the bucks for dedicated hosting, you can always consider virtual private hosting (VPS), which some folks call virtual dedicated or semi-dedicated hosting, which is becoming hot with hosting services. On a VPS server, you share server space with other Web sites and Internet accounts, just like with a shared hosting plan. However, the server is partitioned into many servers―it’s essentially one server that pretends that it’s many servers. This provides many of the same control benefits and some of the performance benefits as dedicated hosting for half or less of the cost (as low as $20 per month depending on the hosting service). It provides the software independence of a dedicated server without the hardware independence.

With both dedicated hosting and VPS you must watch the fees closely. These companies will ding your just for blinking. The monthly fees are only for minimal services (pretty much just supplying power to the server and turning it on a couple times a month). Everything else they do always involves a fee―and an often steep one, at that―attached to it. Because servers require a fair amount of attention, it’s not uncommon for a dedicated hosting or VPS monthly bill to be four or five times the “monthly fee.”

When considering dedicated or VPS hosting, you are primarily evaluating the level of professional service (the better this is, the more they’ll charge), the fee structure, and load-balancing, that is, how they handle too much traffic to your server to guarantee the best performance.

7.5.1. RackSpace

http://www.rackspace.com

Rackspace is a premium, very high-priced Web server farm that only offers dedicated hosting. Their value primarily lies in the professional resources they can bring to your company rather than the typical service of hooking your server to the network and making sure it’s running every day. They offer two managed hosting products: Managed, and Intensive.

Managed hosting is a more typical dedicated hosting service for business owners willing to invest the time in configuring and managing their own server―this is more of a “rented” server than a set of professional services.

Intensive hosting essentially adds top-level, IT consulting services to the package; RackSpace, in essence, becomes part or all of your Web site IT department. They assign you a dedicated account manager, a system engineer consultant, and a change management coordinator as well as a number of high-level services managing your Web servers.

RackSpace guarantees a 100% uptime and 24/7 support.

7.5.2. Completely Dedicated

http://www.completelydedicated.com

Despite its name, Completely Dedicated offers dedicated hosting and will soon offer VPS, as well. You purchase a server from them (or provide your own), and they manage the server for you. Completely Dedicated garners excellent reviews and provides some of the best values in the dedicated hosting market; they boast a 99+% customer retention rate month after month. In our experience, they offer the best values for dedicated hosting―more in line with what you would pay for a VPS service.

They offer six packages (but watch the fees, folks!):

  • Bronze

Intel Celeron 420
512MB DDR2
160GB HDD
1000GB Bandwidth

$59 per month

  • Silver

Intel Pentium4 3.2GHz w/HT
1GB DDR2
160GB HDD
1000GB Bandwidth

$69 per month

  • Gold

Intel Core2 Duo 6550
1GB DDR2
320GB SATA2 or 75GB 10K RPM
1000GB Bandwidth

$99 per month

  • Platinum

Intel Core2 Quad 6600
2GB DDR2
500GB SATA2 or 150GB 10K RPM
1000GB Bandwidth

$149 per month

$279/mo

Free setup

Pro

4 500 GB SATAII RAID 10 hard drives, 2,500 GB data transfer, Dual Core 360 Conroe processor, 4,096 RAM, cPanel unlimited domain control panel, 5 IP addresses

$374/mo

Free setup

Semi-dedicated

25 GB storage, 500 GB data transfer, unlimited domans & unlimited subdomains per account , unlimited email accounts (POP3), unlimited MySQL databases, e-commerce features (shared SSL certificate [7.11], OS Commerce [7.9.2], Agora Cart [7.9.4], ZenCart [7.9.5], Cube Cart), 6 FTP accounts, streaming video and audio

$75/mo

All servers come pre-installed with CGI, PHP, Perl, Python, SSI, JSP, Cron, Curl, and FrontPage extensions.

7.5.3. Host Gator

http://www.hostgator.com

Host Gator offers four dedicated server plans and one semi-dedicated (VPS) plan. All Host Gator dedicated servers are Linux servers, but you have your choice of Linux installs: Red Hat Linux 9.0, RHEL3, RHEL4, CentOS, or FreeBSD. Host Gator also offers a free, high-level control panel called cPanel / WHM (which typically costs around $35 per month on many other dedicated server plans) and free Fantastico (a set of scripts that allow you to easily install applications).

All servers are located in Dallas, Texas and come with a 99.9% uptime guarantee.

Basic

80 GB SATA hard drive, 1,500 GB data transfer, Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz processor, 1,024 RAM, cPanel unlimited domain control panel, 5 IP addresses

$174/mo

Free setup

Standard

2 80 GB SATA hard drives, 2,500 GB data transfer, Dual Xeon 2.4 Ghz processor, 2,048 RAM, cPanel unlimited domain control panel, 5 IP addresses

$219/mo

Free setup

Elite

2 73 GB SCSI hard drives, 2,500 GB data transfer, Dual Xeon 2.8 Ghz processor, 4,096 RAM, cPanel unlimited domain control panel, 5 IP addresses

$279/mo

Free setup

Pro

4 500 GB SATAII RAID 10 hard drives, 2,500 GB data transfer, Dual Core 360 Conroe processor, 4,096 RAM, cPanel unlimited domain control panel, 5 IP addresses

$374/mo

Free setup

Semi-dedicated

25 GB storage, 500 GB data transfer, unlimited domans & unlimited subdomains per account , unlimited email accounts (POP3), unlimited MySQL databases, e-commerce features (shared SSL certificate [7.11], OS Commerce [7.9.2], Agora Cart [7.9.4], ZenCart [7.9.5], Cube Cart), 6 FTP accounts, streaming video and audio

$75/mo

All servers come pre-installed with CGI, PHP, Perl, Python, SSI, JSP, Cron, Curl, and FrontPage extensions.

7.5.4. GoDaddy

http://www.godaddy.com

In addition to their many Web services, GoDaddy also offers relatively economical dedicated and VPS hosting services.

Dedicated services fall into the following packages:

  • Preconfigured Economy

120 GB IDE hard drive, 500 GB data transfer, Intel Celeron 2 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, CentOS 4 Linux, free dedicated SSL certificate [7.11]

$80 per month

  • Preconfigured Deluxe

2 120 GB IDE hard drives, 500 GB data transfer, Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, Plesk 30-domain control panel, free dedicated SSL certificate [7.11]

$130 per month

  • Preconfigured Premium

2 300 GB IDE hard drives, 2,000 GB data transfer, Pentium Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM, cPanel unlimited domain control panel, free dedicated SSL certificate [7.11]

$272 per month

  • Build Your Own Server

120 – 600 GB IDE hard drive storage, 500 – 2,000 GB data transfer, Celeron, Pentium 4, or Core 2 Duo processor, choice of operating system, RAM, and control panel, free dedicated SSL certificate [7.11]

Starting at $80 per month

VPS services fall into the same categories:

  • Preconfigured Economy

10 GB storage space, 500 GB data transfer, CentOS 4 Linux, simple control panel, free dedicated SSL certificate [7.11]

$30 per month

  • Preconfigured Deluxe

20 GB storage space, 1,000 GB data transfer, simple control panel, free dedicated SSL certificate

$130 per month

  • Preconfigured Premium

50 GB storage space, 2,000 GB data transfer, CentOS Linux, cPanel unlimited domain control panel, free dedicated SSL certificate [7.11]

$272 per month

  • Build Your Own Virtual Dedicated Server

10 – 50 GB storage space, 500 – 2,000 GB data transfer, choice of software, control panel, FTP, free SSL certificate [7.11]

Starting at $30 per month

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