A dedicated server is a single server in a network responsible for supporting the needs of that network. For example, a server set to handle only the communications between all computers at your office is considered a dedicated server. Many internet hosting service providers offer both dedicated and shared options, with the latter being a significantly cheaper option. Although a dedicated server can be costly, it comes with many distinct advantages.
However, not all servers are dedicated. In some networks a computer can act as a server and perform other functions as well.
Types of Dedicated Servers
- Proxy servers
- Mail servers
- Web servers
- Applications servers
- FTP servers
- Virtual servers
- Open source servers
Advantages of a Dedicated Server
- Increased speed and performance
- Greater reliability and lower risk of downtime
- More control and customization to meet specific needs
- Improved security capabilities