I’ll just start it with a practical question. Just think you want to make an app like Facebook. There are many people who have this ambition. Here the question number one which occurs is which server you need.
I always suggest to consider below points before selecting any dedicated server/VM/Cloud:
What is the Impact of Server Downtime on Your Business?
One of the first things to consider when selecting a dedicated server is how to deal with potential downtime. If you are also looking for VM and Cloud this fact plays vital role. So choose the service provider wisely with least downtime.
Scalability of Your Application
Scalability is also an important factor while selecting a dedicated server. How well does your application scale? Is it easy to add more servers and will that increase the amount of end users you can service? If it is easy for you to scale, it doesn’t matter whether you use a dedicated server or a virtual solution. However, some applications are difficult to scale to multiple devices.
Making sure a database is running on multiple servers is a challenge since it needs to be synchronized over all database servers. It might even be easier to move the database to a server that has more processing capacity, RAM and storage. Moving to a cloud environment where you can clone a server, have a copy running in production and can add a load balancer to redirect traffic to multiple servers could also be a good option for you.
Traffic VS Server Performance
It makes you think about users/viewers of your server? How many visitors do you expect for your website and how many and which type of servers do you need to meet such requirement. Here we discuss server configurations which define the capacity of server. Hostnetindia has wide range of dedicated servers which suit the requirement of client depending upon the usage.
Generally, you can choose the amount of processors and cores in a server. It depends on the application you are running whether you will benefit from more cores (but any multi-threaded application will benefit from more cores, for instance web servers or database servers). Consider also the performance of the core defined in clock speed (MHz): some processors have a better turn-around time with less cores and more GHz per core.
The advice on which processors and how many cores to choose will ideally come from someone who is managing the application or the vendor of the software. Of course, they need to also take into account the expected amount of users.
The faster the CPU and the more cores it has, the more RAM options are available to you. If you are unsure about your RAM needs, choose a server that allows you to add RAM if needed since this is relatively easy. The ranges of RAM choices, especially with double processors, are enormous.
The larger the server, the more hard drive options you have. SATA drives stand for high volume but relatively low performance. SAS performs twice as well as SATA, but has a higher price and lower capacity. SAS has been succeeded by SSD, which is 50 to 100 times faster than SATA. We’re providing Raid servers with SATA Hard Drive and as well as with SSD Hard Drives. Hostnetindia is also giving on Windows Cloud which are more secure, reliable and with less pricing.
Load Balancing Across Multiple Dedicated Servers
If your application can scale across multiple dedicated server, a form of load balancing -where end users are split across all available servers- is necessary. If you are running a website and traffic is rising, at some point you will need to use multiple web servers that serve a multitude of users for the same website.
With a load balancing solution, every incoming request will be directed to a different server. Before doing this, the load balancer checks whether a server is up and running. If it is down, it redirects traffic to another server.
You should go with hosting provider who provides enough bandwidth without any charges which suits your application/website requirement. You should also inquire about charges which they will charge post quota consummation of bandwidth. Hostnetindia provides more than enough bandwidth with our every Virtual Private server, dedicated server and Windows SSD Cloud.
As a customer, you can choose where a dedicated server is placed physically. It is important to consider the location of your end user. For instance, if your customers are in the APAC region, hosting in Europe might not be a sensible choice since data delivery will be slow.
Data delivery also depends on the quality of the network of the hosting provider. To find out more about network quality, check a providers NOC (Network Operation Center) pages and test the network. Most hosting providers will allow you to do this.
To which degree are you allowed to manage your server yourself? If you are running an application on a dedicated server, you probably have the technical skills and the knowledge to maintain the server. But do you have access to a remote management module?
Most A-brand servers are equipped with remote management modules. Providers can allow you secure access to that module. We at Hostnetindia provide Managed services without any additional charges. We also provide ticket support, chat support and phone support.