If a business has to rely on a network of computers to run its day-to-day operations, it follows that it also needs to run a dedicated server: a single computer customized to manage all of the network’s subroutines. This server can be located either within the business premises or in a secure facility elsewhere. Regardless of where they’re installed, though, dedicated servers can be very expensive to manage.
Much of the cost is attributed to the hardware. Dedicated servers operate differently than domestic servers in that they facilitate communication between computers over a secure connection at all times. Achieving this feat is no simple manner because managing the communication of multiple computers even over a span of a few hours can prove very stressful, which is why the server’s hardware has to be built according to tougher standards. Special ports and other features may also be installed for certain purposes—such as to facilitate data storage, for example—which in turn drives up costs.
Fortunately, dedicated servers are less costly to run if they’re properly assembled. If, for example, the server experiences a sudden power interruption, its operating system would have to be easy enough to reboot and reconfigure so that any damage incurred due to data loss won’t be very costly in the end.