Choosing the right server solution is one of the critical decisions in starting one’s web presence. If you’re going to start a business in the USA, a dedicated server may be a great option in many cases. But before choosing dedicated servers in the USA, it's crucial to figure out what aspects you should take into consideration to find the best solution for your project, which we’ll analyze in today’s article. Let’s dive in!
What to keep in mind when choosing a Dedicated Server in the USA?
As you probably already know, a dedicated server is an optimal option for more advanced websites, which need a lot of computing power to cope with high loads, powerful applications, and hundreds of visitors a day. Nevertheless, it remains an open question and a solid topic for discussion, how to choose the best dedicated server out of possible options. Here are a few factors to consider and now we’ll have a look at them.
The provider. The provider is the one who bears the most responsibility for the quality of your solution. Therefore, don’t pick up the first random provider you find in a search result, but study carefully, what different plans from different providers look like, what are their policies in terms of price and guarantees, and what additional services they offer. You can both read reviews on the web or perform independent research comparing the websites of different providers on your own. Keep in mind that there is no best provider and it’s more about how their offers correlate with your business’ web project’s specific needs.
The quality of the hardware. Your server is first and foremost its hardware. Therefore, you should look carefully at which hardware components are offered by the provider. Study what pieces of hardware are the best for your needs, and check, whether the offer of the provider is up-to-date enough. If the needs of your project are more specific and are a bit beyond more trivial offers, you may need some more specific hardware specifications. You may need specific storage types, besides SSD drives that have become almost a default option by now, that is, HDD for storing big volumes of information for a cheap price, or NVMe for the best storage performance for advanced applications. You may also need a specific type of processor, GPU instead of CPU for processing big amounts of data simultaneously. When it comes to CPU, you may need a specific model by a specific manufacturer, since they do have differences when it comes to performing certain tasks.
Data center. It is not only essential, what your server consists of, but it’s also important, in which conditions it’s housed. The data center is the facility in which your server is to be housed and there are a lot of factors that make up a good data center. A good data center must be certified, which means that it is recognized as complying with the standards and regulations that all data centers must follow. It has to have access to a good network infrastructure, to provide your website with the best load speed, bandwidth, and connectivity. The data center also has to have certain security and emergency measures, like backup power supply, disaster mitigation, and limited access to the facility with CCTV surveillance to exclude unauthorized persons from accessing the hardware. Check, what data center the provider offers. In case it’s not explicitly findable on the website, you can contact the support team to figure everything out.
Location. The location is another important factor when choosing any hosting solution. The location determines the latency and hence the loading speed of your website’s pages. The less latency the better – both from the perspective of your customers and from the perspective of SEO optimization. Also, search engines are programmed to offer more locally relevant results, which is another point to consider. Looking for a dedicated server for your business website in the USA, make sure that the provider in question has locations in the US. Depending on in which state your target audience is, you can also look for a provider that offers locations in the closest proximity to it.
Cost. Dedicated servers are one of the most expensive hosting solutions with the most bottom-line solutions starting at around $30 per month. However, different providers may have different pricing models, and some may be more profitable for your particular type of business. Study this aspect too, to find the most cost-efficient offer.
Support. We cannot exclude the possibility that something someday will go wrong, so it’s essential to have a kind of safety net in cases of emergency. In hosting, this is presented by technical support. Make sure, that the support is always, that is, 24/7, ready to help you in solving any kind of technical issues while responding as quickly as possible. To figure it out, whether a provider offers quality support service, it’s reasonable to study the service level agreement of the provider or to read reviews on them on the web.
A dedicated server in the USA is a perfect way to start an online presence for a large web project. There are a lot of points to consider when looking for one and in the article above, we’ve outlined some of the most essential of them. We hope that this information was useful and wish you good luck in your business!