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Dedicated or managed? Choosing the right server
Every Internet project requires a functional technical infrastructure operating reliably in the background. The list of criteria is long and the model promising the most freedom at first glance is not always the most suitable.
It all starts with a good idea: a website, a blog or a shop – the possibilities for creating an online presence or existence on the Internet are as boundless as the net itself. However, the basis for every Internet project is a functional technical infrastructure. Just as with the search for an apartment or the perfect location for a shop, there are many criteria that play a decisive role in the search for the right server.
Security should always take priority: the server should be hosted in an internationally certified data center that provides e.g. uninterrupted power supply, fire protection and access control for the security of the data and hardware. The location of the data center is often very important with regard to data protection issues: German data protection law counts amongst the most stringent worldwide. Hosters that are subject to German law and operate their data centers in Germany are bound to these regulations.
When it comes to selecting the server, it's important to first consider the system requirements demanded by the Internet project: How much storage and RAM are needed? How much traffic will be generated by the project? It's a good idea to take a look at the traffic volume included for both server versions: An unrestricted connection with unlimited traffic volume guarantees flexibility and reliable cost planning.
A dedicated server means absolute freedom – it's like having a stand-alone homestead on the net. The hoster provides the hardware and the Internet connection - the user is responsible for everything else. With this widened range of possibilities, responsibility also increases: The user has to install updates and take care of server security, which requires solid knowledge about server administration and can be very time-consuming. When opting for a dedicated server, it's a good idea to hire an administrator to look after the system.
Managed servers are a more convenient solution. The hoster takes over the maintenance and administration: system updates, backup services, firewall and spam protection. Although some flexibility is lost, all professional Internet projects can be implemented on managed servers. Depending on the CPU and storage capacity needed for the project, a wide range of models are available for all requirement levels, from low-cost entry solutions to powerful enterprise solutions.
Whether you're a professional shop or start-up company – a managed server gives users the freedom to look after the things they acquired the server for in the first place: their websites.