Out of the three commonly known types of shared hosting services- shared, virtual and dedicated, it is the latter which offers the maximum control over the server. In fact, the dedicated servers are client’s own property if these are not managed by the service provider. However, if these are managed by the provider for all updates and modifications, then a service charge is to be paid by client. Most often the dedicated servers are managed by the providers since the organizations would not want to invest and incur the operating costs of maintenance for these servers on their own. However, there could be instances where the organizations do not want their services and would like to manage servers on their own. Unmanaged dedicated server propels the organization to either have these on their own premises or use the services of colocation service providers.
On Own Premises
Companies would like to invest in their own servers when there are certain special needs.
• Requirements of high storage and bandwidth are the prime considerations. This situation can arise when there is high level of traffic on the site.
• There is good IT support in-house which is capable of managing the tasks of servers.
• Research and Development needs.
• Concerns about safety and security of the private data.
• Requirements to manage critical server operations in-house.
• Statutory requirements. There could be situations when unmanaged dedicated server is required to be in-house by the laws of land.
• Building the technological capital for gaining valuations could be another reason for having the servers on your own premises.
However, when deciding to have the servers in own premises, it is important to ensure that there is adequate level of preparedness. Some of the pointers in this respect are:
1. Separate server room with restricted access and instructions for preventing damage to servers.
2. Proper air conditioning, pest control, broadband infrastructure and all measures to ensure security and safety of the servers.
3. IT staff experts in managing servers.
4. Adequate power supply and provision of power back-up to ensure that there is no outage.
5. Dedicated server pricing factors with respect to capital outlays and recurring expenses.
Some of these expenses pertaining to the unmanaged dedicated server can be avoided when services of the colocation hosting providers are taken. While total control over actual functioning of the server still lies with the client, the aspects related to physical safety and security of the servers can be taken care of by the colocation providers.
The requirement of unmanaged dedicated server is less as compared to the managed ones but is indispensable for certain organizations that have a large set up and are required to use these very often during the course of day. Many companies offer the hardware and even the complete installation and set-up for these servers. These products and services are graded into different types of plans depending on the configuration of the servers.