Semi-Dedicated Server vs. Cloud Virtual Dedicated Server.

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Semi-Dedicated Servers from can be considered as a good transition before having your own dedicated server. These servers are made for web site owners that prefer to have the fewest sites per server competing for the same resources. Semi-dedicated servers are also great for web site owners who want to minimize their risk of email black listings, or other server performance issues that can be caused by “bad neighbors” which is a much more common problem found in lower cost shared hosting where often times several-hundred sites share the same server.

Each Semi-Dedicated Server “Slice” is a 1/30th share of a fully managed dedicated server. This means that there will never be more than 30 web sites on a server. Assuming each domain has only a single slice assigned to it, there would be 30 accounts on the server. It is possible to have less depending on how many Slices have been purchased by a single customer. For example, if every account on the server has two Slices assigned to it, there would only be 15 sites hosted on that machine.

We guarantee a MAXIMUM of 30 sites or less on every Semi-Dedicated Server and each slice comes with shell access (SSH).

Without limiting these accounts to one domain per slice, there is no way to truly regulate the number of sites on a server. We believe that if you are paying a premium for a Semi-Dedicated server, that you should be ensured that your Semi-Dedicated Server is truly “Semi-Dedicated” and is being properly limited so that your site has access to the resources it needs. View Semi-Dedicated Plans.

A Virtual Dedicated Server or VDS from GlowHost is an array of many hardware devices that, with special software, offer higher performance than a regular VPS or even a dedicated server. In fact, with our virtualization technology you could combine all resources in the cloud to make one monster server. Imagine a machine with several hundred gigs of RAM, thousands of terabytes of storage, and hundreds of CPUs, all with multiple cores. This is what virtualization can do, and this is the GlowHost Cloud. We take this monster machine and split it into smaller pieces called Virtual Machines. The virtual machine is where your VDS lives. It works and acts just like a dedicated server, but with more redundancy, and at the entry level, can cost less than a dedicated server.

What makes a GlowHost VDS so special in comparison to a VPS or dedicated server? It is fully redundant at every level. Our VDS can sustain multiple hard drive failures, multiple server failures, network failures and more. Our cloud is powered by two different electric legs that service the facility, so if the A or B leg goes down, the other will take over. If both legs are down due to some catastrophic event, battery and fuel generators are on site to power the facility until electrical service is restored.

We also give you root SSH access if you want it. Otherwise, we can perform all root functions for you. We even allow a shared root where we maintain and monitor the virtual dedicated server, even if you are wanting to customize the OS or other applications in some special way outside of our normal managed configuration.  Managed services from GlowHost are some of the most flexible and reliable in the industry. Take a Look at VDS Hosting Packages Now.

Need something bigger?

Take a look at our Dedicated Servers and Cloud Servers for enterprise.

Both solutions offer more space, transfer and offer more powerful processors than our virtually dedicated options.

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