I am preparing a business plan and want to include some information on upgrading to dedicated servers. What should I be thinking about when looking at the various options and what is the true cost of runnig a dedicated server (They're available for <$100 if you look around but there's all the extras).
Hello acec I am not a pro in Linux or dedicated stuff, but I just moved from a shared hosting to a dedicated server so here a my thoughts
If you are hosting commerical sites (cant afford downtime) and you dont have much knowledge about kernel etc,I mean Linux you should think about going with a managed solution or a semi-manged dedicated server.
If possible get a CPANEL or any other control panel it would be a lot easier for you to manage stuff with these control panel (I am damm stupid I did not order any control panel and currently my server is messed up).
Regarding extra ask the provider what do they charge if something gets messed, some companies do it for FREE others charge by the hour.
If you are planning to run them as a production server, this is what I suggest you:
1. A reliable datacenter. Or else you won't be able to sleep well at night.
2. At least a 1GB RAM to start with to ensure you have enough expansion space.
3. As what ranjitbhar suggested, get a control panel. I would recommend cPanel for Linux & Helm for Windows.
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If you’ve never ran a server before, and don’t know how to fluently work with linux, you’re going to need to either go with a FULLY managed dedicated server, or an unmanaged server, and higher a server administrator.
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