When a baby is born, you don’t get them a bed straight away because that is not appropriate. You start by getting them a bassinet, then a crib, and then finally a bed of their own. This same notion also applies to websites. Your website will start with almost no traffic at all before the number of people that access it in a unit time grows over time. You will need to start with a basic server before you graduate slowly to a dedicated server.
Dedicated servers provide the most powerful hosting option of all options available to you. All the computing resources of the server, ranging from bandwidth, processors, and memory are concentrated on serving your web pages. Since you will be the sole tenant on the server, you need to put some time into finding a server that is tailored to your needs.
Below are some of the factors you should consider when you are choosing a dedicated server to transition from VPS hosting to dedicated hosting
Find cost-effective technology configurations that meet your needs
Just like you won’t start by looking at Lamborghinis and Ferraris when you are shopping for car, you should not start by considering the top of the range dedicated servers when you want to host a website. You should look at your current hosting configurations and anticipate how much growth you can expect in the coming one or two years. These projections and specifications are the ones you should base on when selecting a server. Some of the factors you are better off considering include the OS, bandwidth, disk space CPU cores and processors, and type of storage. You should know the various options you have for each one of the specifications listed above. When it comes to type of storage, you have SSD and HDD disk types. Whereas SDD drives are much faster than HDD drives, they are much more expensive in comparison.
Take more responsibility over your server to save money
If you have ever shopped around for VPH hosting, you must have seen some that claim to offer hands-free hosting experience to their customers. That means that they handle most of server management tasks for their clients. Examples of server management tasks they handle include system monitoring, load balancing, disaster recovery, automated backups, antivirus and malware scans, performance optimizations, automatic scaling configuration, security patching, software and operating system updates, dedicated sysadmin time, and compliance with regulations among many others. Whereas all these features are important and can save you a lot of time, especially if you run a high-traffic site, they also cost a lot of money. Thus, you can opt to perform some of these tasks yourself so that you can save some money.
Avoid costly downtime
Downtime of any span can lead to prohibitive losses in business. Companies lose a lot of money when their IT systems go down unplanned. Many dedicated hosting providers guarantee 100% uptime, but unless you have tested it or met someone who has, you shouldn’t be comfortable.