When do you need a dedicated server ?
There are probably more than several million websites and hundreds of millions of visitors on the Internet today. This number just keeps growing at an exponential rate. If your website is successful and it receives thousands of visitors per day on a regular basis, you probably already have experienced your fair share of headaches with typical low-cost shared hosting.

If your website requires special features that are virtually impossible to achieve with shared hosting, a dedicated server solution must be considered since it can be very cost effective and lucrative to your business.

One of the main problems with affordable shared hosting is that in this hosting environment a lot of websites share the same resources from one physical server. Resources here include the total web space, the available memory, the processor speed, as well as the transfer data bandwidth. Since hardware is much more capable and its cost is much cheaper today compared to what was just a few years ago, for most individuals and small business websites, these resources are more than adequate if your website requirements do not exceed a limited set of preinstalled applications and scripts offered by your hosting provider.

Another major problem is your website shares the same IP address with many other websites hosted on the same server. When other sites on the server get blacklisted for illegal activities or other unethical activities such as spamming, those sites sharing the same IP address with them will also unfortunately share the same potential fate - being banned altogether by the search engines. When your website reaches certain size or revenue level, shared hosting is no longer attractive regardless of how affordable the plan is, since you can be exposed to one of the potential risks such as being removed from the major search engines due to the crimes that someone else may commit.

What is a dedicated server ?
Unlike shared hosting plans, which put many customers' websites on a single server, a dedicated server is reserved exclusively for the account and usage of a single customer. This means that the dedicated server customer has exclusive rights to the server's bandwidth, memory and storage space; performance will not be affected by traffic and the usage patterns of other customers. When you acquire a dedicated server hosting plan, you actually lease a server hardware platform, which will be configured and set up according to your preferences, but remains at the hosting provider's data center.

A dedicated server account provides one or several dedicated IP addresses and full control of server usage and software installation, as you have administrator (root) access to the server. Even though dedicated server hosting is a lot more expensive than shared hosting, in most cases the advantages offered by a dedicated server can easily outweigh its expensive (but still affordable) price.

Dedicated servers are particularly useful for companies and individuals that run high-traffic Web sites or applications and thus need the bandwidth, versatility, stability and consistent performance of a dedicated platform. This means that you can use the server for a wide variety of purposes, including gaming, database management, custom applications, computing-intensive web sites, or sites that require custom backend processing.

If the cost of hosting your website on a dedicated server is less than 5% of the total revenue the website generates, a dedicated server platform is not only essential, but can and will become a powerful tool to protect your online presence and grow your revenue quickly.

If you are a webmaster or developer thinking or planning to move your web sites to a dedicated server, you are facing with a tough choice of choosing between Windows hosting or Linux hosting. Each hosting environment has its own advantages and pitfalls. If you are not sure or are not familiar with either server's operating system environment, it probably makes no difference regarding the amount of tasks you will have to learn in order to manage your serverver efficiently. The final choice all boils down to personal preference.

What is Automate 2.1 ?
Automate 2.1 was developed to provide all necessary tools and resources in one place to help you configure, maintain, and self-manage and your dedicated server in the Linux environment even from your familiar Windows desktop. The most complex and time-consuming configuration step is completely automated and can be done with just a few clicks. You do not need prior Linux exposure or experience. This site also explains important features and benefits of the Linux operating system so that you will become familiar with many essential server concepts and techniques. The ultimate goal is to build a new server or migrate and secure your existing website to a new server seamlessly with minimum or no down time.

The knowledge acquired from this site will help you build a solid foundation to learn Linux further by yourself. It will save you a lot of time and money, and most importantly, you will have the satisfaction of managing a dedicated server yourself in the most efficient and secure manner.