Im not sure im getting this. My website has alot of traffic, and right not im using virtual hosting at ******.com. I was told I need to increase to a dedicated server because my bandwidth that I paid for cant keep up. The only problem is, I dont understand how dedicated servers work. I figured they worked the same as any 10 per month hosting site except you pay more to get more space and bandwidth. Now I read up and I see dedicated servers saying "You maintain it", and "PHP APACHE PERL installations optional". What? How much do I have to pay to just get more bandwidth and more space and keep everything normal like it should be? (meaning company takes care of server and issues, everything default is installed like Apache, PHP, mySQL, etc.)
How much bandwidth do you use per day, week, month?
Yes, with most dedicated servers, you are renting an entire server for just your use; and you are completely and utterly responsible for securing, keeping secured, and managing the server which would also entail setting up your own sites.
There are several providers offering fully managed dedicated servers ( have a look at rackspace for example) who will provide you with a fully configured server with either windows or Linux pre installed together with the webserver daemon etc etc ready to go and as much support as you require and a bandwidth starting at 100 GB / month for instance.
What I suspect you will find however is that they are all a LOT more than your $10 a month virtual hosting so you would need to shop around and see what deal suits you best.
Originally posted by hostingeater Well the problem is I have no experience in maintenance or anything like that so im asking for a dedicated type server hosting solution that to my end, runs like im using any regular type of hosting.
Yes, people don't realize it is a huge step moving from shared hosting/reseller hosting to actually being responsible for the maintenance and health of a full web server.
My friend, there is a steep learning curve. You should seek to find a company that will provide you a machine with managed services.
I like to recommend http://sigmaservers.com. They are in our DC and do a great job working with clients with really good BARGIN prices for managed servics.
Sigma is also a great contributor to these boards. Give them a shot.
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I'm not sure why people get confused believing rackspace.com provides FULL server management. They do not!
Only if you purchase every single option under the management is it full.
Your standad purchase gets you some management; almost all of it reactive.
Please also be careful with any other provider in terms of what is full management. Some try to redefine the word, "full."
I have to assume you are taking a pop at my post from the content of yours - I am well aware of what rackspace does and doesn't offer, I have all my servers with them in London, and would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone that values service and incredible uptime which, however, comes at a high price but is worth every penny of it in my opinion.
well the other alternative to getting a dedicated is work with a larger hosting company (there are many here) who can accomidate your amount of traffic for a reasonable fee without getting into all the dedicated server business.
and ebaums and larger places like that have multiple machines either fully managed or they manage them on their own, it really depends on their level of skill or involvement with their operations.
You will find that a FULLY MANAGED dedicated server is what you are looking for - basically the setup you have now but with more bandwidth and storage. All you need to know to keep your website running smoothly is what you already know with your shared hosting. i.e. how to edit the html pages, upload images etc.
The server management team will make sure everything is installed and setup like apache etc so you don't need to know any more about apache than you do now. They will take care of security upgrades etc just like the server manager does now on your shared server.
The problem is that like other poster's have said, the definition of fully managed varies. Make sure you read the fine print and shop around. I would say you are looking at around $150/mth and upwards for the type of support that you need. Look for a provider that does active server management, i.e. they check the health of your server regularly and perform maintenance before it breaks down rather than just fixing problems as they arise.
Originally posted by psihost I have to assume you are taking a pop at my post from the content of yours - I am well aware of what rackspace does and doesn't offer, I have all my servers with them in London, and would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone that values service and incredible uptime which, however, comes at a high price but is worth every penny of it in my opinion.
While we ALSO recommend rackspace.com; what I cannot understand is this person or that person stating they provide full managed services without first stating to see the fine print.
If you can afford it, Rackspace is the choice.
My frist dedicated server was with Rackspace. They called me and wanted to walk me through webmin. That server was never down and network was never down either.
They are like many providers that could not be flexible due to the staff they need to maintain.
You need to understand their support boundary anything outside the support boundary is billable.
Some good smaller providers although will not call you and offer to walk you through anything but will be more flexible and are more willing to help out without billing you.
not unless they have specific ddos protection mentioned but I would take that up with them and see what they say to be sure. I know there are a few companies that offer some manner of protection, like ev1servers has their fireslayer system which I have no personal experience with but I hear is pretty good