Often in the web hosting industry, you will here the terms Dedicated Servers which are considered as the best option when it comes to Web Hosting services. There are various reasons for it, however, we will be concentrating on the various types of Dedicated Web Hosting services as for now.
In the web hosting industry, you will find that you as a customer will have two options when it comes to Dedicated servers. The first is Dedicated server and the other is Colocation hosting services. Let me explain the difference between the two.
Dedicated is generally chosen by customers who have good amount of data and have high traffic on the websites. If the server is leased from a professional hosting provider, it is generally known as Dedicated Server Hosting. In Dedicated Server Hosting, the hosting provider provides the server to the customer and the customers pays for it according to the billing cycle preferred and the charges of the Server which depends on the hosting provider you choose.
The cost of the Dedicated hosting also depends on the server configuration you choose and the hosting platform you select for the Dedicated Web Hosting service. Hosting platform basically refers to the operating system you select for the Server. Mostly, Linux and Windows are two different operating systems which are preferred for a server. If you choose a Dedicated web hosting with a provider, you do not have to worry about the Security, maintenance, configuration and other aspects of the Dedicated Server hosting.
Alongwith these services, you will also get root administrator access to your server which allows you to install the applications you need and the changes you need to make to your dedicated servers. You will also be able to choose a control panel with the server which actually enables you to complete many administrative tasks. Basically, it allows you to manage your server very well and hence it is recommended that you consider a control panel with the server.
Now, it is time for Colocation hosting services. Basically, Colocation services include the hardware of the customer and the hardware is placed in a data center which is provided by the Colocation service provider. Hence, the customer should have his own hardware to choose these services. In this service, the customer actually needs to make sure that the server is maintained and secured in the data center space provided by the Colocation hosting service provider. Some of the data centers do have measures for security, however, these measures are only for the hardware security and the software of the server and hence the software components have to be purchased and secured by the customer himself.
In short, if you consider a Colocation hosting services, you will only be provided with space and redundancy from the hosting provider and you cannot expect the Colocation hosting service provider to upgrade the hardware or any of the components of the server. Due to these reasons, Colocation service is actually very expensive in comparison to dedicated hosting and hence only some of the webmasters in the hosting industry prefer Colocation server in comparison to dedicated server hosting which is widely preferred in the web hosting industry.