7 Essential Features of Dedicated Server Hosting

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When upgrading to a hosted dedicated server, it is important to remember that not all dedicated servers are the same and neither are the hosting solutions offered by service providers. As it can be difficult to know the key features to look for when finding a provider, we‘ve put together this list of those we think are the most essential. Hopefully, they will give you a clearer insight into what to look for.

1. Operating system choices

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One of the factors in choosing a dedicated hosting solution is the freedom to have your own choice of operating system. The applications you need for your business may require a specific type of operating system, such as a Windows Server OS or one of the different Linux distributions. In some circumstances, the software you run may only be compatible with a legacy OS version. Make sure that the provider you go with enables you to run the OS you need.

2. Server configuration

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It’s not just the choice of operating system that is important. Another key requirement is the ability to have total control over your server so that you can configure it to meet your needs. You may, for example, need full root SSH / RDP root access.

3. Hardware choices

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As dedicated servers can be expensive, always look for a hosting provider that offers plenty of hardware options. This way, you get a hardware setup that has the capacity and performance capabilities you require, without having to pay for something that is far more powerful than you need.

Ideally, you should have a range of options over the CPU model, number of cores and speed, the size of RAM, the type of RAM (e.g., DDR3 or DDR4), hard disk capacity, hard disk type (HDD or SSD), bandwidth and RAID.

4. Control panel options

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Great control panels make it much easier to manage your server and the applications which you run on it. While vanilla control panels may be sufficient for some companies’ needs, many benefit from using cPanel & WHM (for Linux servers only) or Plesk (now for both Windows and Linux servers).

Easy to navigate and with a wide range of incredibly powerful, built-in management tools, cPanel and Plesk are industry leading control panels used by millions of businesses across the globe.

5. Security

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If your server is hacked, your IT operations could be taken offline and your company put at a standstill. If there is a data breach, there’s also the risk of huge fines, reputational damage and customer legal action. This is why 60% of hacked companies go out of business within 6 months.

With this in mind, security should be a decisive factor when choosing a dedicated hosting provider. You should consider everything from the location and physical security of the datacentre to the range of security features your host provides as part of your package and as additional services.

You should look for next-generation firewalls, intrusion prevention, web app security, DDoS protection, and malware and virus prevention. In addition, they should also provide SSL certificates, dedicated IP addresses and spam filtering.

6. Server management

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Outsourcing server management to your service provider not only makes things easier; it could also save you significantly in the long run. This service will include such things as OS updates, patching, application installation and server monitoring. Server monitoring constantly checks the health of your server and its performance to ensure it remains in top condition.

7. High availability

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If your server runs critical applications, you cannot afford for it to go offline. The consequences could be disastrous. This is why it is essential that you choose a host that can guarantee high availability – i.e., that your server will stay online for 99.95% of the time or higher. If this is not good enough for you, here at Anteelo we can offer 100% uptime, guaranteed by SLA. This is because our N+1 datacentre model means we have a redundant backup of everything waiting to take over if a failure happens.

8. First class technical support

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There may be times when your IT team needs your service provider’s technical support to carry out a task or to troubleshoot an issue. This support should be an inclusive part of your contract with the provider and, very importantly, be available 24/7 by phone, email, live chat or ticket. After all, if your dedicated server goes offline on Friday night, you don’t want to wait until Monday before it gets fixed.

Technical support differs entirely from customer support. By technical, we mean having a specialist IT team available that can provide solutions at the point of contact. They will have the necessary expertise and be actively able to deal with any problem.

Aside from person to person assistance, a good hosting provider will also publish a range of helpful online resources for their customers, such as knowledge bases, tutorials, technical forums and ‘how-to’ blog posts.


Dedicated servers offer companies a high-performance, large storage solution for hosting their applications. However, to get the best from your dedicated server, you need to consider a number of options, such as your choice of operating system, hardware and control panel, your freedom to configure the server as required, the security, server management and technical support put in place by a provider and the guaranteed uptime offered.

Vital Services A Managed Server Provider Should Deliver

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The significant cost-savings offered by managed server hosting has led to a huge increase in the number of enterprises opting to use it. However, many of those still considering the move are unsure exactly what services are included. Indeed, while many vendors offer a similar raft of services, there are differences between them. In this post, we’ll look at the key services you should expect to see your host provide.

1. Initial server setup

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Initial server setup can be a technically challenging process, especially if you have specific configuration requirements. If you don’t have the in-house expertise, this can also be an expensive procedure. With managed server hosting, however, the initial server setup should be carried out for you by the provider. Not only does this remove the technical burden; it also ensures your server will be configured as required and to the highest security standards.

2. Migration services

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Migrating your applications from one host to another or from in-house to vendor hosting is another technically challenging procedure that puts many organisations off the idea of upgrading at all. You should expect a good managed server provider to undertake the migration for you on your behalf.

3. 24/7 server monitoring

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If your server goes down, the cost of downtime could be significant, especially if it happens at peak times. Your website will go offline and any other critical applications you need to stay operational will cease to work until the problem is resolved.

A competent managed hosting provider won’t let this happen. They will have 24/7 server monitoring in place which can detect potential issues, allowing them to be fixed before they become major problems and lead to an outage. Importantly, they will have failover servers in place, so that if a physical server needs to go offline for maintenance, a backup server will ensure continuity of your services. As a result, you should get 100% uptime, guaranteed.

4. Highly secure network

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Enterprises are obliged to comply with an increasing range of ever more stringent security regulations in order to protect the data they hold on customers and employees, such as PCI DSS and GDPR. Being the victim of a cyberattack that results in that information being stolen risks considerable reputational damage, substantial fines and potential lawsuits. Hacking, DDoS attacks, ransomware and other forms of malware infection can also lead to service disruption, financial loss, data corruption and application failure, all of which can have significant consequences. Indeed, 60% of businesses that fall victim to a cyberattack go out of business within six months.

While the responsibility for security ultimately lies with the enterprise itself, any responsible business will ensure that their managed hosting provider also takes security just as seriously – and key to this is that they deliver network security of the highest standards. Security measures should include the installation of mod_evasive to prevent DDoS attacks, firewall configuration, operating system updating and patching and security monitoring.

5. Scheduled remote backups

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While the technology used in today’s servers, such as SSD (solid-state drives) makes them more reliable, this does not mean they are infallible. Your applications, files and data are still at risk from cyberattacks, accidental deletion and from major incidents like fires, floods and earthquakes.  Although your host will have remote backup datacentres in place to cover the latter, server backups are essential for ensuring that if a disaster does happen, you are able to recover swiftly in order to minimise the impact it can have on your operations.

Not only will a good host provide a backup solution for you; such a solution will give you the flexibility to backup as often as your business requires – which in some instances can mean continuously. In addition, those backups will be stored remotely to ensure that if the datacentre your server is based at goes offline, the backup is still accessible from another location. At the same time, the backup service should be able to encrypt your data for security purposes and check that none of the files have been corrupted so that if you need them, they will work.

6. 24/7 technical support

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Technical issues can happen at any time, so it is critical that in the event of a problem or even a technical question, there is an expert on hand to help. The quality of technical support is crucial when choosing a managed hosting provider as you need to be assured that whatever the level of challenge you face with your hosting, the issues can be dealt with quickly by someone who has the skills and experience to deal with them effectively.


Managed server hosting is designed to give an enterprise all the features and benefits that come from using a powerful dedicated server but without the expense and burden of having to manage it for themselves. To really take advantage, however, you need to know that your vendor can provide all the services you need and at the standards you expect. Hopefully, this post will have given you an idea of the services you should look out for.

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