Our 100%-company-owned dedicated servers are configured with the demanding user in mind. Even our lowest-end server is capable of hosting several large game servers, websites, or other services that would cost significantly more if purchased conventionally, and all dedicated servers are based on the industry-leading performance of INAP bandwidth, ensuring the lowest possible latencies.
Typically, a dedicated server is rented that provides a stated amount of memory, hard disk space, and bandwidth ( here meaning the number of gigabytes of data that can be delivered each month). Some hosting companies allow the renter of a dedicated server to do virtual hosting, in turn renting services on the server to third parties for their Web sites. Domain name system, e-mail, and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) capabilities are typically included and some companies provide an easy-to-use control interface.
So to anyone reading this: NO, you don't need a 500$ box to run a server, You can rent a server from a hosting company you don't even have to go with the one I am with. Yes 80 Full slotted servers take a ton of resources but not 12-16 gigs of ram. But you will be paying around 100$ for your server with 80 slots. For people looking for small 30 slot servers its cheap affordable and I have no problems.
Building your website on a shared server means that your pages may be affected by a neighboring site that devours too many server resources. For example, if that site receives a huge spike in traffic, your pages might load slowly—or not at all. Investing in a dedicated server greatly reduces this potential problem, plus it gives system administrators greater control over the apps and scripts that they can install on the server, too. Shared hosting is far more limited when it comes to what you're allowed to do, because everything you do could potentially affect the other sites with which you share the server. When you've got the server all to yourself, your scripts and apps won't impinge on anyone else's bandwidth or RAM.
Recognized for the excellent uptime and ability to handle large loads of traffic, you'll also no longer have to contend with noisy neighbors. Noisy neighbors can bog down the server, but with a Dedicated Server, your web application can perform at optimal speeds. Thus, favored by mission-critical businesses, E-Commerce sites and web pages with significant traffic.
You can upgrade your processor*, increase RAM*, get additional disk space on your primary hard drive and even add a secondary hard drive or backup drive. Our Managed Hosting team will also help you setup custom configurations like database clusters, software or hardware RAID, firewalls, enhanced security (CSF/LFD or OSSsec), implement NGINX, optimize your server and platform for up-time, set up Varnish, tune your LAMP environment and more. The team can setup server-side crons to save you time on repeated tasks, and provide you best-fit solutions for your particular needs.
Availability, price and employee familiarity often determines which operating systems are offered on dedicated servers. Variations of Linux and Unix (open source operating systems) are often included at no charge to the customer. Commercial operating systems include Microsoft Windows Server, provided through a special program called Microsoft SPLA. Red Hat Enterprise is a commercial version of Linux offered to hosting providers on a monthly fee basis. The monthly fee provides OS updates through the Red Hat Network using an application called Yum. Other operating systems are available from the open source community at no charge. These include CentOS, Fedora Core, Debian, and many other Linux distributions or BSD systems FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD.