A dedicated server is a physical server located in one of our data centres. Unlike Web Hosting plans also referred to as "shared hosting" , which are technically managed by OVHcloud, you are fully responsible for the administration of your dedicated server. This guide will help you with the first steps of managing your dedicated server. When your dedicated server is first set up during the order process, you can select which operating system will be installed. From the General information tab, click on On the next screen, select either Install from an OVHcloud template or Install one of your templates in order to use a template for the installation.
Setting up a Dedicated Server
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In this article, we want to focus on the history of dedicated servers and also look at the future of this technology. Dedicated servers have been a regular part of the hosting industry since the early s. Before dedicated servers, all of the hosted websites and internet-connected networks in the world ran on shared servers, and eventually virtualized servers, also known as VPS Hosting. A lot has changed since then, but dedicated servers are still used by many organizations to provide them with guaranteed resources, and an environment in which hardware is not shared with any other organization. There are several reasons your organization might choose dedicated servers over shared ones. Having guaranteed resources can dramatically improve performance and website speed. Dedicated servers also provide more control and better security by providing a dedicated environment that can be tailored to your business needs. Some companies choose a dedicated server to comply with regulations, such as HIPAA compliant hosting for healthcare organizations and PCI compliance for eCommerce sites that take payments directly through the site, rather than using a service like PayPal or Square. Web hosts started offering shared servers way back in the s as the internet began to gain traction and business established their first web pages.
Why would you need a dedicated server (4 key reasons)?
Congratulations on your first dedicated server. Once you receive the information for you server, you will probably want to start migrating or creating your website immediately. However, if you have little to no experience with systems administration you should first thoroughly understand the tools you have at your disposal before you get started. Often overlooked, the journey toward dedicated server enlightenment begins with your webhost. Though the reading may be a bit dry, you would do well to understand specifically what you bought, what you are responsible for, and what things your webhost will take care. Here is a general list of what you will want to do:.
Much like many other new site owners, you probably opted for shared hosting when you first launched your website. There are plenty of options, and you may have pondered, What is a dedicated server — and why do I need one? The answer lies in the reasons for wanting to upgrade in the first place. For example, you may be dealing with a rise in immediate traffic, or anticipating growth in the near future. Dedicated servers are ideal for this, along with their strong enhanced security features and potential positive impact on page loading times. Dedicated hosting essentially means that your website has its own server all to itself.