Also, if your site uses more bandwidth than you’ve subscribed for, they’ll charge you for overuse. But so do most other providers. Therefore, it’s always good to keep accurate estimates of the traffic on your site. Bandwidth is not directly correlated to traffic, it depends on the simplicity and usage of your site. A simple website with 2-3 pages and with approximately 1000 visitors/mo would need around 1GB of bandwidth.
You can run the dedicated server form your home or an office, it is very loud, and to get to the level of security, cooling, network uptime and power redundancy you need a professional data center. Only a few hosting providers operate their own data centers, more often a hosting provider lease out the data center space on the collocation terms and call it their home. Some never even had access to the datacenters. For example, Hostgator never even had a data center, (until recently acquired by Endurance International) and were always leasing servers from the large dedicated server provider Softlayer.
One of the first steps that you should do when getting started with a dedicated server is to write down an overview of the specifics that you would like the server to provide for you. If you already have a website on a different package, look over your current package's specifications and what it's currently using. This will help narrow down what you need in terms of hardware specifications and software packages.
You can save a nice chunk of money if you sign up for a year or more of dedicated hosting at a time. For example, you can rent a GoDaddy dedicated server for $129 per month, but if you commit to a 12-month contract, the price drops to $79.99 per month. Chances are, if you're serious enough about your site that you think it needs a dedicated host, you're probably planning for it to be up for a year. Of course, that's where the money-back guarantees come in, and some sites definitely offer more than others in that regard, so do your research. All our web-hosting reviews cover these guarantees.