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2016

5 Factors to consider when choosing a dedicated server

UPTIME

Uptime is the time your website stays online, and your clients can access it without any problems. Most web hosts will claim to provide 100% uptime, and in most cases that isn’t true. However, the brief shortages are not always bad, especially if you have a start-up without many website visitors off the bat.

RAID

RAID is very special system for protecting data. It will keep your files safe even if the server crashes. If you see that a web host has servers with RAID pre-installed, that is a good sign. However, this feature is rather expensive, so most shared plans won’t have it included. Some web hosts offer RAID for an extra fee. I d suggest to go for RAID 10 for redundancy and better performance

DATACENTER

A secure datacenter is also very important. Anything and everything within the realm of mother nature is possible — think hurricanes, power shortages, and earthquakes. Wouldn’t it be great if your web host was ready in those instances? Secure facilities, diesel power generators, and other protection measures are definitely a plus. Also, pay attention to the location of your web host’s data-centers —Give preference to the areas that are not exposed to natural disasters.

BACKUP

Many companies include the possibility to make a backup of your data for emergency cases. The most common options are daily, weekly and monthly backups. Of course, daily backups are the best. That will let you restore the latest version of your website in case your server goes down.

Also, some web hosts offer manual backup, which is even better — you can make it every time you have something updated on the websites. Finally, many service providers have backup and rotation limits , so it’s important to read all backup conditions well before purchasing a hosting plan.

MANUAL REBOOT

Manual reboot is a service included into VPS and dedicated packages. It lets you use control panel for restarting your dedicated or virtual server. That is great for when making important updates. Also, manual reboot is very good if you notice some problems on your server. You can first try rebooting your rack; if the problem remain, you can always contact your customer support.

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