A dedicated online server is a remotely managed server dedicated to the networking needs of a single company, organization or individual. Also called a dedicated hosting service or managed hosting service, dedicated online servers provide those who rent them full access to all information sent and received by the server, while the company hosting the server provides all IT work needed to keep the installed equipment and software running smoothly.
Dedicated online servers typically provide companies, organizations and individuals a set amount of bandwidth, system memory and hard drive space. This allows users to choose options that best match the needs of their networks while removing many of the technical requirements for use that call for an IT professional to set up. Most dedicated online server companies keep staff on-hand 24/7 to ensure their clients have maximum uptime and use of their equipment.
Users often have choices between open-source operating systems, such as Unix and Linux, and Windows Server options. Users connect to dedicated online servers remotely using an Internet connection. Once logged in, they can perform various functions, including adding Domain Name System entries for proper public viewing of websites, uploading and downloading files for both websites and extra storage, and setting up and using email accounts attached to Web domains they own and operate.