A dedicated server is a single computer on a web hosting network that is
leased or rented, and dedicated to just one customer. A service provider
monitors the computerís hardware, network connectivity, and routing
equipment, while the customer generally controls and maintains the server
software. Dedicated servers are usually used for websites who have
outgrown their standard hosting account and require something more
powerful, they are also used by larger companies that require seperate
servers for mail, web, and database servers. Web hosting companies may
have their sites spread of one or several servers. Dedicated servers are
housed in data centers, where service providers can monitor them close-up
and have hands-on access to them.

The primary advantage of using a dedicated server over a typical shared
hosting account is the sheer amount of resources and control available to
you, the customer. In many cases, the client is at liberty to install whatever
software they desire, giving them greater flexibility and administrative
options. Custom software can be installed whenever required, and also leaves
less chance for a hacking attempt because only one site is being hosted and
not several hundred, hence providing less targets. Dedicated server clients
do not share resources, as those with shared hosting plans do; but rather,
are at liberty to use all the resources available to them.

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