Whenever we approach a Data Center Service provider we are given a lot of options to choose from. In servers we are offered Dedicated Servers, Virtual Servers, Cloud Servers and Shared Servers. Well among these, the most robust are Dedicated Servers. As the name suggests, these servers are dedicated for a single customer. All the hardware is according to the customer’s requirement. The Data Center Service provider purchases all the Hardware and sets it up in a rack. Due to the high cost incurred in procuring the hardware, the monthly rental of these servers is higher as compared to Virtual servers and Cloud Servers.
The customer is given the preference of choosing the brand of hardware they want to be installed. Intel prevails as the choice of brand for the processor. The Xeon series is the most sought after as it delivers high performance within an affordable price. Starting form Quad core the processor can go up to 32 cores. Among the brands for storage HP, Dell and IBM are the frontrunners. Though Dell is the best and the most robust it is a bit high priced as well. So, for those who want high performance at an affordable price, HP is the option. Starting from minimum 500 Gigabytes of storage the Hard disk of a Dedicated Server goes up to Terabytes. For safety reason the storage is made into Redundant Array of Independent Disks or RAID. The more the disk space is the more amount of RAID can be made. It is always advisable to make RAID’s for a Dedicated Server so that in case any of the disks crashes the data is saved in the other parts. Since the compute of a Dedicated Server is very high, it requires more RAM to provide an optimum performance.
It is advisable to have a minimum of 8GB of RAM for a basic dedicated server of quad core processor and 500GB of Storage. Then it goes up gradually with the configuration of the processor and storage. Bundled with the latest OS and one dedicated IP these are high performance servers. Whenever any upgrade is required, the client needs to intimate the Data Center support team beforehand so that they can procure the Hardware and set it up in time. The main trick with dedicated server is to upgrade the server without any downtime or with minimum downtime so that the service continues uninterrupted.Tags: