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[QUOTE=brocko;20363312]You could buy an old server and colo. RapidSwitch has a nice deal for £36 per month. [url]http://www.rapidswitch.com/Colocation.aspx[/url][/QUOTE] For colocation, I wouldn't go with RapidSwitch unless you have serious money to burn. While they're a very good and very professional host, there's a few hidden costs which they don't exactly tell you about when you sign up. Have a look at killercreation.co.uk. The guy who runs that - Justin - is possibly the nicest person you could ever meet. They also do standard dedicated servers which are a little more expensive than RapidSwitch, but the attitude of the company outweighs that imo. Where RapidSwitch are extremely professional, KillerCreation are much more down to earth and friendly.
There are two main factors that make a dedicated server different from a cloud instance. First is the raw performance of your machine: there is no virtualisation layer consuming resources on a dedicated server, so you are guaranteed full use of the physical resources. Second is the level of freedom you get when managing your server. With a dedicated server, you manage everything from its configuration to the data hosted on it, and you're also responsible for ensuring its security. This way, you have full control, and can dedicate all of your server's resources to a single purpose, which is essential for certain business software applications, for example. The main benefit of a dedicated solution is the total freedom you get as a user. However, if you prefer to avoid technical constraints and focus solely on your project, an OVH Public Cloud instance might be a better choice for you.
Support for any of these operating systems typically depends on the level of management offered with a particular dedicated server plan. Operating system support may include updates to the core system in order to acquire the latest security fixes, patches, and system-wide vulnerability resolutions. Updates to core operating systems include kernel upgrades, service packs, application updates, and security patches that keep the server secure and safe. Operating system updates and support relieves the burden of server management from the dedicated server owner.