Moving to a dedicated server is a big decision for your company, moving too soon can put unnecessary strain on your cash flow. Moving to a dedicated server can have a positive impact on your site we will examine the positive factors first.
Not Sharing Bandwidth - For many the decision to move to a dedicated server will be influenced by a lack of bandwidth observed when their shared hosting package starts to run too, it should be noted that the cause of this can be:
a. High traffic on your site b. High traffic on another site on the same shared server.
You may well be one of the luck shared web hosting customers that find themselves on a server with a lot of sites which attract little traffic.
Unlimited Data Transfer - Many shared web hosting packages market themselves as having 'unlimited' data-transfer, this is not strictly true they may not charge you for using excessive data transfer, they will just throttle back your bandwidth.
Your own IP address - Most people don't realise the benefits of having your own IP when in actual fact it can have an extremely positive impact on your search engine positions. If one of the other sites on your shared server 'which you have no control of' has fallen foul of Google, the Big G may view your IP as being a bad neighbourhood. Often the increase in traffic this can bring will pay for the server itself.
Control over your settings and software - A dedicated server allows your complete control over the software you run on your server so you don't have to make do with the standard operating systems and software commercially available on shared servers
Extra Security - Your customers will be greatly assured that no-one else has access to your server.
The Bad Points
Cost - Dedicated servers are more expensive.
The World Wide Web has brought with it some of the most amazing technological advances ever seen by a single generation. Just ten years ago, it was considered "cutting edge" for a company to simply have it's own website, never mind an interactive page with high-tech graphics and shopping carts. But now if a business doesn't have its own site, they are considered to be archaic by the majority of net surfers. But with all of these advances come some issues, especially for those companies and businesses that require larger or heavily visited sites. For this and other reasons, dedicated servers and managed hosting has become quite popular in the more recent years of the Internet.
Simply put, a dedicated server refers to the manner in which Web hosting is done. A shared Web hosting company may have several different companies' websites on one of their "on-premises" computers, all running at the same time. But larger companies (with the websites to match), maybe with a forum or need for a lot of storage, are much better off with their own computer from a Web hosting company. This is what a dedicated server is- one computer from a Web hosting company that is "dedicated" to the needs of one website. Not only does such a server save the client network administration fees and overall costs, client router, Internet connection and security system, but also can usually be fully operated by you, the client.
Once you've decided that the best interest of your business and website includes a dedicated server, you need to decide on a Web host. The computer that holds all of your website's information (the html, graphics, etc.) is your (managed) web host, which may be either dedicated to you or not, as described above). You pay the web hosting company a fee to keep all of your site's information.
Besides the extra storage space that accompanies a dedicated server, there are many other perks that come along with the package because, of course, a dedicated server is more costly than a shared one. For example, if another website on your shared server were to experience an extremely high level of traffic, your website would suffer drastically. If you want to run your own software on your site, a typical shared server offshore servers won't allow you to. And the security level on a shared server is much lower than that of a dedicated one.
When it comes to the future of your website, both a dedicated and shared server enable you to upgrade your space and service as needed, but a dedicated server doesn't have the restrictions that a shared server will have. After all, when you share a bedroom with your siblings, you're going to have significantly less closet space than when you have your own room.