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.
Starts with a brief interview to assess your software requirements and determine which server or upgrades would optimize your workload. In this case we recommend starting with 3 Elite Dedicated Servers – two front-end servers for better performance and failover between them with the third as a database server. We help you setup your CDN account (CloudFlare, Incapsula, etc.) to load balance the cluster and provide the best worldwide connection without costing you a fortune. As your business grows, we can add additional front-end servers for better performance and additional database servers for improved redundancy.
Ideally recommended for advanced users, we allow you to administer your Dedicated Server Plans via secure command line access. You can do this easily and completely through our control panels. If you prefer a lower level access option, we also offer an optional Remote KVM to get lights-out management (LOM) capabilities with your server. Chat Now with our Technical Sales team to get started!
Note: Using Windows in data centers requires a special licensed copy. These licenses can be leased from providers for $25 a month. Alternatively Linux is free, however it's not suggested unless you're familiar with Linux, or you're tech savvy enough to learn it. If you do go this route, use the Debian distro. Squad mods also do not currently support Linux, but support is planned for modding 2.0.
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.