The downsides include high prices (dedicated hosting plans are some of the most expensive on the market), as well as the need for technical know-how. Some hosting companies offer managed dedicated hosting, but it would still be wise to have the technical knowledge necessary to make informed decisions regarding your server’s setup, configuration, and maintenance.
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.
Because you are the sole tenant of a dedicated server, you have the opportunity to find a hosting provider and infrastructure perfectly tailored to your needs—especially your budget. Naturally, the pinnacle of web hosting is also the most expensive. Here are some of the things to look for to avoid the sticker shock and make your transition from VPS hosting as smooth as possible.
The ideal web host is the one who demonstrates excellent network quality. Try to find out the host’s ‘Tier’ rating, as it happens to be the best indicator of how good or even bad is the network infrastructure of the host. Those under ‘Tier 1’ are considered to have non-redundant power together with comments and an expected uptime of 99.671%. The hosts that are classified as ‘Tier 1’ have a redundant site infrastructure and their expected uptime is 99.741, whereas the ones under ‘Tier 3’ have dual powered equipment, concurrently maintainable site infrastructure and an expected uptime of 99.982%. Lastly, those within ‘Tier 4’ have dual powered HVAC (cooling equipment), fault-tolerant site infrastructure and an expected uptime of 99.995%. One should always opt for the minimum Tier 4 provider. Any other option will have an extra associated risk in the event one or multiple core components fail.
While a dedicated server is a physical bare metal machine, VPS is a software-defined solution that exists within a bigger server. Unlike dedicated hosting where the client has exclusive use of a physical server and its resources, VPS plans share the physical machine and processing power with other instances. However, VPS operates as a separate server, and is usually faster than the shared option, but slower than dedicated servers.
By far the best feature of AccuWebHosting, though, is the impressive spec you get on your chosen server. 16GB of RAM is well above standard for the price of their web hosting, as are CPUs running at 3.4 GHz. You’ll also get a colossal 4TB of storage space. According to their support, you’ll also get unlimited bandwidth. It almost seems too good to be true – and it is.