We recommend in most cases, your
needs will be better satisfied by choosing one of our
Some newcomers to hosting make the mistake of thinking
that if they use Microsoft Windows on their own computer,
Windows hosting will be better. This is not correct. Only
for those extensively utilizing Microsoft Windows 2000/NT®
specific applications such as MS Access, MS MSSQL, ASP,
and VBScripts, do we suggest W2K hosting.
The reasons are simple.
Unix is definitely more reliable, more stable and more
universally compatible with any operating system. This is
due to the functionality and speed of the Unix operating
platform. Without a doubt, Unix is far more stable than
Windows in a shared-server, or multi-user environment. So
if you are unsure and you do not think you will be using
one of the above, we recommend a Unix account.
On the other hand, if you know you will be using Microsoft
applications mentioned above extensively, or you plan on
developing extensively using FrontPage, especially
FrontPage 2002®, are looking for E-commerce add-ons or
will be using high-end databases/development, our
Windows/NT Hosting Plans
are the right choice for you.
NOTE: FrontPage® 2002 web hosting is supported by both
UNIX and Windows 2000/NT Web Hosting plans.
To conclude, if you are looking for universal
compatibility regardless of the operating system the end
user has, the ability to run a much wider variety of
custom scripts and programs than Windows 2000/NT, and
offers easier, lower-cost set-up for advanced applications
such as CGI scripts, databases, etc then the obvious
choice must be one of our
Unix web hosting accounts.
Picture it. You build a web site,
you host it at a web hosting company (preferably ITS Group Information Technology) and before you know it, you have a successful
web presence. Suddenly you need more memory, more web
space, more bandwidth and more features. You know you need
a more comprehensive web hosting solution but do you
upgrade your virtual account or do you go to a dedicated
server - a server dedicated to your needs alone.
First of all, read through the discussion on the
While Virtual or shared hosting may have been or may be
enough for your web site, you should keep in mind that you
are sharing resources with others, much like living in an
On the other hand, dedicated hosting is like owning the
house. Your web site will have complete usage of the
server's resources therefore likely to be served faster
versus sharing with a 100 plus sites on the shared server.
This option could very well cost hundreds of dollars more
per month over the virtual hosting but if your web site
and traffic, not to mention your business requires it,
then skimping on money should be your last concern.
Unlike shared hosting, a Dedicated Server is where you
lease the entire server from your web hosting company, in
this case, ITS Group Information Technology, including the hardware and
the operating system. The hardware, operating system,
connectivity, redundancy, and monitoring costs are usually
spread out over the duration of the service agreement.
Typically, this includes connectivity to the Internet,
redundancy measures, and monitoring.
Dedicated servers are for larger, professional web sites
which may require a great deal of traffic, use secure
E-commerce applications, have sensitive content,
application hosting, resellers offering shared hosting
services to their customers and so forth. The Dedicated
Server is provided by the web hosting company and "leased"
to the customer (at ITS Group Information Technology we offer a "lease
to own" program which is unique to ITS Group Information Technology
If your Internet business or application falls into one of
the categories above, leasing a dedicated server from a
web host can save you time and money in the long term, as
well as reduce the risk involved with owning and
maintaining the hardware yourself. You don't have to bear
the upfront costs of purchasing the hardware yourself,
plus the installation and Internet connectivity costs,
plus the costs of continuous monitoring and hardware
Resellers and developers can benefit from a dedicated
solution since the cost of adding new accounts/customers
on a dedicated server is zero.
Another important reason to choose a dedicated hosting
solution is the need for large amounts of bandwidth or
data transfer capacity. If you have a heavy traffic site,
you will certainly require a large amount of bandwidth
Finally, and best of all, only your data is on the server.
You are not sharing the memory, processor, or bandwidth
with anyone else. Your server has it's own port to the
Internet. It is there to serve you.
Once you have
decided that a Dedicated Server is the right choice, here
are a few other considerations: