Dedicated hosting services, dedicated servers, or managed hosting services are services where clients usually lease entire servers to run their websites. These services are usually only availed by websites that see a lot of traffic, as they do cost a pretty penny.Compared toshared hosting, it offers much more flexibility, offering complete control over the server, including the choice of operating system and even the hardware. Servers, although in essence are just computers, need constant care and maintenance to be kept running 24/7. They require adequate cooling, regular software updates, and a host of other things like security etc. to keep them working in their best condition to give you uninterrupted service. These servers are usually housed and maintained in facilities known as datacentersthat are built for this sole purpose and nothing else. Datacenters provide redundant power sources, HVAC systems, and even skilled labour to maintain the servers and facility. Unlike colocation, the hardware is normally owned by the service provider, and in some cases, even OS and application support come bundled to ease the minds of those people who have no idea about these things or simply don’t have the time, energy, or resources to get into it.
Although dedicated services come with the added advantage of better performance, security, email stability, and more control, like all things, they do come with their share of cons, the biggest being the cost. With dedicated hosting, even though you have a server to yourself, the service provider still has ownership of the hardware, and all you technically own is the data on it. Almost all of the money you pay goes towards server and facility maintenance, which in all fairness is no small task. So, the bottom line is that the performance of your website and security of your data will be entirely dependent on the capability of your service provider.