For the longest time, dedicated server solutions have been used to complete load heavy powerful computing tasks. The traditional dedicated server has always come stocked with high quantities of computing resources (RAM, Disk Space, CPU, Bandwidth) matched with a tightly secured compute environment. While traditional dedicated servers and colocation solutions have been the go-to hosting server solution for companies hosting enterprise level websites or databases, the traditional dedicated server has fallen behind more flexible hosting technologies.
With the ubiquity of cloud environments, major hosting providers have spent the past few years pouring money into their cloud hosting and VPS solutions. With the basic tenants of maximum scalability, instant global server access, secure server encryption via VPN tunneling protocols and deployment speed at a highly affordable price point, the cloud market has grown from roughly $50 billion in 2011 to an estimated near $250 billion by 2017.
The major reason why the cloud market has become such a hot commodity is due to the flexibility and ease of cloud solutions. The cloud market allows consumers and businesses to change, edit and customize their server solutions on a dime. The flexibility that has driven the popularity of the cloud market is the exact opposite trait of all dedicated server solutions.
This stagnation of constant compute resources is where smart dedicated servers come into play. A smart dedicated server utilizes the best aspects of cloud hosting to more effectively manage and migrate between compute hardware. By introducing an additional layer of server management – between the hardware and the hypervisor – the smart dedicated server enables technical compute resource management through a consumer friendly web based control panel.
Here are the top five reasons to utilize smart dedicated server solutions:
1. Instant Snapshot of Dedicated Configurations
A major selling point of cloud based hosting is the instant snapshot. The instant snapshot allows consumers to instantly save/take a full accounting of their cloud hosting environment to ensure all data held within remains workable, accessible and most importantly, recoverable in case of extended downtime. Instant snapshots function as redundant backups for all data points.
With smart dedicated server hosting, instant snapshot capabilities is now a working option.
2. Access to the Hypervisor Level
The reason cloud hosting solutions are so flexible is due to control over the hypervisor. By having access and control over the hypervisor, a cloud platform gives the user the ability to more granularly control their environment. This granular control equates to rebooting and reinstalling images remotely, running through up/downgrades without having to use manual data migrations, direct access to the server’s console with VNC and statistical logging for resource usage.
With smart dedicated server hosting, the hypervisor control which was once solely associated with cloud platforms is now available for dedicated solutions.
3. Deployment Times
The very widely known SSD cloud hosting firm, Digital Ocean, markets their solutions to deploy in under 55 seconds. Much of the same, Linode, VPS.net and a few other cloud hosting providers all lay claim to server deployment times in under a minute. The ability to deploy a cloud server in under a minute means during peak hours of traffic, companies can breathe easy knowing their website won’t fail due to slow server deployment.
Traditionally, dedicated server solutions have had high deployment times. While a the server could take on a significant load limiting the need for quickly deployed servers, spikes in peak traffic could easily overwhelm a server and take it offline. For a company experience peak purchasing traffic, an hour of downtime to wait for another server provisioning is sixty minutes too long.
With smart dedicated server hosting, dedicated solutions can now be deployed in under fifteen minutes.
4. Smart Bandwidth and LAN
We have all seen the term “unmetered” thrown around the industry a bit too loosely. The term is typically used by dedicated server companies looking to over-market to green consumers who view unlimited as actual monthly-unlimited bandwidth as opposed to capped bandwidth with financial consequences. For that reason, we won’t use the term unlimited as applies to smart dedicated servers.
Instead of “unlimited bandwidth” smart dedicated server solutions now offer consumers high levels of inbound/outbound bandwidth. Instead of marketing “unlimited” most smart server companies provide 100Mbps connections or greater for all inbound/outbound bandwidth needs. Not only does this remove the misleading “unlimited”, it also provides consumers with exact knowledge of how their network operates.
In addition, most smart server companies provide high threshold LAN networks to enable the sharing of data between connected network servers without having to access the public Internet. While the range of high threshold LAN varies from company to company, smart dedicated server connections typically offer 1Gpbs or greater.
5. Lower Cost Than Traditional Dedicated Server Hosting
If we have said it once, we have said it a thousand times. At the end of the day, web hosting choices are always determined by immediate and long term cost. As most companies look at technology as the price of doing business, most IT purchases are made by the company accountant as opposed to the VP of IT Engineering. For this reason, traditional dedicated server solutions and colocation solutions have been out of play for the majority of SMB’s.
With a high cost of leasing and a high cost associated with monthly resource/bandwidth needs, traditional dedicated server hosting proved both costly in terms of CAPEX and OPEX. Fortunately, smart dedicated servers moves the high CAPEX/OPEX spend away from the SMB. Why?
Automation. Standard dedicated servers require the time and effort of onsite IT engineers to maintain, update, fix and generally look after dedicated hardware. This time and energy costs money. Moreover, as a solution grows larger and larger, the more dedicated servers added to a network equated to more manpower and time spent.
Luckily, the smart dedicated server deployment makes use of cloud hosting automation solutions. For the sole reason automation can be introduced into the dedicated setup, less time has to be spent in deploying hardware, maintaining hardware and upgrading hardware. Less time spent equals less manpower needed to finish a job. In turn, this means less CAPEX/OPEX cost to the business.
The other major benefit of smart dedicated servers is hardware management. By essentially joining cloud servers with a bare metal dedicated solution, compatible servers can live on a single rack. For companies the smaller footprint equates to less leased space in a data center which in turn equates to lower costs.
For IT management companies like OnApp, smart dedicated servers allow engineers to deploy servers using automation tools, to utilize pre-built templates to perform basic server tasks (installing OS’s and apps) and to customize environments easily according to their client wishes. Not only does this reduce CAPEX/OPEX for the hosting provider, it also allows them to spend more time perfecting their technologies and securing your compute environment.
Summary of Benefits for Smart Dedicated Servers:
- Instant Snapshot of dedicated compute environment
- Granular control to compute environment via the hypervisor level
- Dramatically reduced deployment time of servers
- Smart high-threshold bandwidth and LAN
- Lower CAPEX/OPEX for both clients and providers