Semi-Dedicated Server vs. Managed Cloud Server.

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Great for large files or large volumes of files.
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Semi-Dedicated Servers from GlowHost can be considered a good transition before having your own dedicated server. These servers are designed for website owners who prefer to have fewer sites per server competing for the same hardware resources. We guarantee a maximum of 30 accounts or fewer on every Semi-Dedicated Server, and each slice comes with user-level SSH Access. We add CloudLinux into the mix, so each account benefits from higher isolated compute, block storage, and memory allocations than a regular shared server.

Semi-dedicated servers are great for websites looking to minimize their risk of standard shared hosting or other server performance issues that can be caused by “bad neighbors.” This can be a problem found in lower-cost shared hosting, where often a host will pile on several hundred or even several thousand sites on the same physical hardware node.

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 accounts on the server. Assuming each domain has only a single account slice assigned to it, there would be 30 accounts on the server. It is possible to have fewer 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 accounts hosted on that machine.

When you pay a premium for a Semi-Dedicated server from GlowHost, you can be assured that your Semi-Dedicated Server is truly “Semi-Dedicated” and that it is being properly limited so that your site has access to the increased resources it needs. View Semi-Dedicated Plans.

A Managed Cloud Server from GlowHost is an array of many interconnected hardware nodes that, with special software, offer higher performance than a regular VPS and, in some cases, even a dedicated server. In fact, with our virtualization technology, you could combine all resources in the cloud to make one monster machine. Imagine a server with several hundred gigs of memory, thousands of terabytes of block storage, and hundreds of compute nodes. This is what virtualization can do, and this is the GlowHost Cloud. Instead, we take this cluster of physical hardware nodes and split it into smaller pieces called Virtual Machines. The virtual machine is where your Cloud Server lives. It works and acts just like a dedicated server, with its own operating system and control panels, and private SSH including root access, but with additional redundancy. At the entry-level, a cloud server (sometimes called a Virtual Machine) can cost less than a single dedicated server and offer similar or better performance depending on the resource allocation you choose.

What makes a GlowHost Managed Cloud so special in comparison to a regular VPS or singular dedicated server? It is fully redundant at every level. Our cloud can sustain multiple hard drive failures, multiple physical node 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, batteries, 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 shared root access where we maintain and monitor the virtual machine, even if you want 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 Cloud Server Hosting Packages.

Need something bigger?

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

Both solutions offer more disk space, faster transfer speeds and offer more compute resources than traditional shared hosting options.

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