Although the alternatives to the dedicated server continue to increase, there is still no web hosting alternative which offers the safety and the resources that it does. In the lifetime of a business, a company may find it necessary to upgrade to a dedicated server. Here are 10 signals that this course of action is the right one.

    – Hiccups in uptime

    As you solidify your reputation in the online market, pure uptime will become one of your most important considerations. People expect that the website of any business that they patronize be up and fully running all the time, no matter what. And truly, after you hit a certain critical mass in Web traffic, you can afford to pay “to the top of the spike,” as Internet marketers say. What this means is that you can actually afford to overpay for resources that go unused except in the case of traffic spikes which only happen so often. This actually leads us to our second point.

    – Traffic spikes

    If your business has moved beyond a critical mass of visitors that is necessary for you to maintain profitability, then it is much more important for your business to maintain a steady online presence then it is for your business to try to maximize all resources used at all times. It is better for a business at this level to save some room in the resources of their servers for unexpected traffic spikes. This is best done on a dedicated server.

    – Product popularity

    If you have a product that takes off, then it is time for you to prepare your infrastructure for sustained traffic and e-commerce. You never know when people will want to buy your product, so you need your resources fully dedicated so that the 24 hour, seven day a week nature of electronic commerce may be properly served. Remember that your customers, and all customers who do business online, are much less loyal, and a popular product which cannot be reached is sometimes more detrimental to business than not having a popular product at all.

    – Enterprise safety

    Although the virtual private server segregates all resources of its component clients, there is still the opportunity for a knowledgeable person to create a data leak and steal data that is proprietary. Is also much easier for an outside third party to go in through a leak in one of the other clients to access your data. For the absolute best in enterprise safety, a dedicated server is the only way to go.

    – Resource problems

    If you are on a virtual private server with a lot of clients, you may experience slow down of your website based on the resources that the other clients on that physical server use. If your business is beyond the point of critical mass, and experiences a sustained amount of traffic with occasional spikes, it is more important that your business always have the resources necessary to handle any information exchange that may be necessary. This is definitely best done on a dedicated server.

    – Operating system overlap

    Though the operating systems of a virtual private server are segregated to the best of their ability, there cannot help but be some leakage from one operating system to another on a physical server. Complete segregation is simply not possible. Therefore, if another client on a virtual private server users and at that clashes with one of yours, you may experience slow down or even stoppage of some of the functionality of your website. A dedicated server is the only way to make sure that your operating system is not affected by the uploads and operating systems of others.

    – You are in need of an SSL certificate

    If your business is ready for its own SSL certificate, a dedicated server is absolutely necessary. Different SSL certificate simply cannot be held together on a virtual private server in a way that will allow them to fully protect you. A dedicated server is absolutely necessary in this scenario.

    – You are a big reseller

    If you want to function as a large reseller, then a dedicated server is absolutely necessary. You do not know what the traffic of those who buy from you will be. There are simply too many variables to leave that to chance, and switching over afterwards can cause many problems as well.

    – You have proprietary software

    The one big advantage of a dedicated hosting program rather than cloud hosting is that cloud hosting does not provide safety for proprietary software. If you have any software components that cannot be shared on a large scale, you definitely want to control these resources by using a dedicated server rather than a solution which allows for data leaks and back door malicious attack.

    – Your brand is becoming extremely well known

    Aside from the technical requirements that may necessitate the use of a dedicated server, sometimes a business simply needs to close ranks in order to protect its brand. It is completely necessary in the cluttered advertising world that we live in to protect all proprietary information about a company and its brand. This can most definitely be done best on a dedicated server.

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