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Game server packages are great but the latest trend has been to move away from this model and go straight to a dedicated server. Renting your own machine in a data-centre used to be a daunting task but over the last 10 years technology and support has improved greatly.
A dedicated server guarantees resources are allocated just for your machine, unlike a VPS which gives you a virtual slice of a machine. With a VPS you can also find other server owners cause you problems when they sap away vital resources causing rubber banding.
Running a dedicated server can be a hard task. Ensuring that the machine is secure from hackers and running at its peak performance is essential to getting the best value for money.
Most companies provide some sort of hardware firewall in the data-centre that you can use. A firewall is essential to ensuring that the traffic that is reaching your machine doesn’t contain anybody who may cause problems, like hackers.
Keeping track of usage and up-time has become hugely important in recent years. Being able to record up-time and performance helps diagnose potential problems with your server that need fixing.
A lot of companies offer a small backup service with your package but then ask you to pay more to upgrade. Backups are massively important for ensuring that your game world and files can easily be restored in the event of an emergency.
Much like a firewall, a DDOS is an important security feature to look for. A common issue with game servers are DDOS attacks from people who want to ruin your servers performance by overloading it.
Dedicated servers aren’t typically the kind of thing that is set up in seconds like a VPS would be. A technician usually physically sets up the machine in a data centre manually. So some hosting companies charge an additional fee to set them up when a customer only pays for a months service up front.
Most companies nowadays will promise you that your machine and the network around it will remain available online for a certain percentage of the year.
An SSD hard drive in your server will wipe off crucial lag times in game. Making sure that the dedicated server you are renting has one will pay itself off massively when hosting a game server on it.