You may already know what dedicated hosting is but may be trying to decide if you need it or if shared hosting is enough. While there is a 3rd alternative; virtual private servers (VPS), they are simply an upscale, more flexible version of shared hosting.
For those who are not clear about the difference. Shared hosting or virtual hosting is when you share resources with many others, much like living in an apartment building, whereas dedicated is like owing your own house. Sometimes depending on the hosting company, your web site may be one of hundreds, even thousands of other web sites on a single dedicated server. On the other hand, if you get your own dedicated server, you have the entire server dedicated to your needs alone.
Your web site will have complete usage of the server’s resources therefore your web pages and other online applications will be served faster. Unlike with shared hosting, having your own dedicated server mean you rent or lease to own (this is unique to Superb) from the web hosting company. Generally this includes the hardware, operating system, connectivity and the monitoring of the server which are then amortized over a period of time. Unique to Superb, this can be for as little as 1 year, after which you pay for collocation only (an incredible savings when compared to other hosting companies, often tens of thousands of dollars over 3 years).
For more on deciding on whether or not you need dedicated hosting, here are a few guidelines which may be helpful plus other things to considering when making the decision to get your own dedicated server. (click here for the full article)