Why are dedicated servers ideal for streaming content?
Do you want to create a web project to share your video tutorials, webinars, training courses, your podcasts or songs? In these cases, hosting may not be enough given the high complexity and demand for resources required for streaming content.
The dedicated server could therefore be the ideal solution to autonomously control the contents, having the maximum freedom on how to share and distribute them with your audience.
Content: stream vs download
From a technical point of view, streaming allows the continuous transmission of audio or video files from a server to an end user: think, for example, of when you watch Netflix or listen to your favorite podcast.
The real benefit of streaming is that it allows you to watch the audio or video file without having to download it: with the download, in fact, the copy of the entire file is saved on the hard disk of the PC.
Ideally, Server reliability and speed are critical for successful content streaming to avoid any lag (latency) or poor playback quality. You’ll need to optimally manage the high bandwidth (i.e. visitor traffic) and processing demands that come with the weight of streaming content.
A hosting service does not have the necessary resources to allow streaming transmission. For this, you need to direct your choice towards dedicated solutions that provide everything you need to get the most out of your streaming experience.
What is a Dedicated Server?
A dedicated server is a real physical machine with a high amount of resources (bandwidth, RAM, CPU, etc.), guaranteeing you maximum autonomy of use. It is ideal for tech-savvy machine handlers and businesses that need a intensive use of resources and high daily trafficjust like streaming sites.
The resources are reserved for you, without any interference from other users, as happens in shared hosting and the machine is totally under your control, while in VPS hosting you have your own private virtual space but technically you share the server.
The advantages of dedicated servers are high customization, very fast page loading times and uptime and total management autonomy. If the disadvantage is represented by the decidedly higher cost compared to a shared solution, the benefit in terms of performance is evident.
What features are essential for streaming content?
Here are some of the features offered by a dedicated server, capable of satisfying the streaming of content:
- Bandwidth: Dedicated servers have a significant amount of bandwidth, perfect for handling streaming.
- Data storage: Many dedicated servers use solid state drives (SSDs) for data storage, with SATA hard disk drives for backup. Additionally, some servers now support Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe), a modern storage protocol that works with solid-state drives (SSDs) to provide faster input/output (I/O) and higher bandwidth. This new protocol offers nearly double the speed for your website.
- Server check: you have full control and autonomy of your server: run and configure everything in an environment reserved for you, with the ability to adjust the hardware specifications and install your operating system.
- Safety: you are the only one who has access to your dedicated server so you can optimize your website with all the necessary features. There are no software vulnerabilities or malicious configurations but remember that you are responsible for your own server.
Choose our servers to stream your content
Dedicated servers are the ideal tool if you are looking for excellent performance and superior quality. Trust us and choose from the latest generation dedicated servers with Intel Xeon processor and SATA3, SSD or NVMe disks!
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