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Dedicated server hosting or managed hosting service

A dedicated hosting service, dedicated server, or managed hosting service is a type of Internet hosting in which the client leases an entire server not shared with anyone else. This is more flexible than shared hosting, as organizations have full control over the server(s), including choice of operating system, hardware, etc. There is also another level of dedicated or managed hosting commonly referred to as complex managed hosting. Complex Managed Hosting applies to both physical dedicated servers, Hybrid server and virtual servers, with many companies choosing a hybrid (combination of physical and virtual) hosting solution. There are many similarities between standard and complex managed hosting but the key difference is the level of administrative and engineering support that the customer pays for – owing to both the increased size and complexity of the infrastructure deployment. The provider steps in to take over most of the management, including security, memory, storage and IT support. The service is primarily proactive in nature.

 Server administration can usually be provided by the hosting company as an add-on service. In some cases a dedicated server can offer less overhead and a larger return on investment. Dedicated servers are most often housed in data centers, similar to colocation facilities, providing redundant power sources and HVAC systems. In contrast to colocation, the server hardware is owned by the provider and in some cases they will provide support for your operating system or applications.

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A hybrid cloud solution provides the ultimate in control and flexibility. Combine the best characteristics of public cloud computing, virtualization and private dedicated infrastructure to build the most cost effective infrastructure for your business critical services, with the flexibility to scale your services in response to changing demand and workloads.

Using a dedicated hosting service  ( dedicated managed hosting ) offers the benefits of high performance, security, email stability, and control. Due to the relatively high price of dedicated hosting, it is mostly used by websites that receive a large volume of traffic.


Dedicated hosting services primarily differ from managed hosting services in that managed hosting services usually offer more support and other services. As such, managed hosting is targeted towards clients with less technical knowledge, whereas dedicated hosting services, or unmanaged hosting services, are suitable for web development and system administrator professionals.
To date, no industry standards have been set to clearly define the management role of dedicated server providers. What this means is that each provider will use industry standard terms, but each provider will define them differently. For some dedicated server providers, fully managed is defined as having a web based control panel while other providers define it as having dedicated system engineers readily available to handle all server and network related functions of the dedicated server provider.
Server management can include some or all of the following:

  • Operating system updates
  • Server monitoring
  • SNMP hardware monitoring
  • Application updates
  • Application management
  • Technical support
  • DDoS protection and mitigation
  • Anti-spam software
  • Antivirus updates
  • Firewall services
  • Security audits
  • Application monitoring
  • Intrusion detection
  • Backups and restoration
  • Disaster recovery
  • DNS hosting service
  •  User management
  • Load balancing
  • Database administration
  • Performance tuning
  • Software installation and configuration
  • Programming consultation
Dedicated managed hosting server providers define their level of management based on the services they provide. In comparison, fully managed could equal self managed from provider to provider.
Administrative maintenance of the operating system, often including upgrades, security patches, and sometimes even daemon updates are included. Differing levels of management may include adding users, domains, daemon configuration, or even custom programming.
Dedicated server hosting providers may provide the following types of server managed support:
  • Fully managed – Includes monitoring, software updates, reboots, security patches and operating system upgrades. Customers are completely hands-off.
  • Self-managed – Includes regular monitoring and some maintenance. Customers provide most operations and tasks on dedicated server.
  • Managed – Includes medium level of management, monitoring, updates, and a limited amount of support. Customers may perform specific tasks.
  • Unmanaged – Little to no involvement from service provider. Customers provide all maintenance, upgrades, patches, and security.
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