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.
How about several years' worth of stress tests across various sets of hardware performed by the devs of the game, the QA team, as well as the plethora of server owners / hosts, that have all provided empirical data that reflects expected results of software that is not yet fully optimised, running a large-scale game that's replicating as much as Squad is.
What I would do is setup the tower so it plays with the best possible performance. As nobody will be playing on it you can pull all the graphics down to their minimums. I'd set it up with a password initially until you can create a small central base with a bed where the main character will respawn and then make it player proof (dbl steel walls and off the ground).
Bandwidth consumption over the last several years has shifted from a per megabit usage model to a per gigabyte usage model. Bandwidth was traditionally measured in line speed access that included the ability to purchase needed megabits at a given monthly cost. As the shared hosting model developed, the trend towards gigabyte or total bytes transferred, replaced the megabit line speed model so dedicated server providers started offering per gigabyte.
[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.
Lastly, what kind of support does the hosting provider give to the customer? Customer support should be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, especially if you are running an online business or a game that supports multiple users. You will want a hosting provider that makes it easy to get in touch should something go wrong or you want to upgrade before something does go wrong.
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One of the reasons for choosing to outsource dedicated servers is the availability of high powered networks from multiple providers. As dedicated server providers utilize massive amounts of bandwidth, they are able to secure lower volume based pricing to include a multi-provider blend of bandwidth. To achieve the same type of network without a multi-provider blend of bandwidth, a large investment in core routers, long term contracts, and expensive monthly bills would need to be in place. The expenses needed to develop a network without a multi-provider blend of bandwidth does not make sense economically for hosting providers.