When you’re looking for 10 Gbps dedicated servers, don’t fall into the trap of choosing strictly on price. Making the wrong choice can lead to several problems that could have serious consequences for your business.
In this article, we’ll explore all the things you should consider when looking at your dedicated server options.
What is a 10 Gbps Dedicated Server?
A dedicated server is a web server that you have complete control over. You have access to all its resources and can configure it however you want, as opposed to shared hosting or virtual private servers that you share with other users.
“10 Gbps” refers to the bandwidth offered on the server, specifically the port size. The port is the connection between the server and the internet. A larger port means it can transfer larger amounts of data at once.
Think of it as a water pipe. A smaller diameter pipe can carry the same amount of water as a larger pipe but it takes longer for that water to get through. If a lot of people turn on their taps at the same time, their water pressure will be low if the pipe is too narrow.
The same principle applies to your web server. If you have a lot of visitors on your website at the same time, you need a larger “pipe” to ensure the server can keep up.
A 10 Gbps port can serve a lot of visitors and still maintain good performance.
Metered vs. Unmetered Bandwidth
If you’re looking at a 10 Gbps dedicated server, you’re likely expecting a lot of traffic to go through your website. If that’s the case, it’s also important to consider metered vs. unmetered servers.
With a metered server, your plan includes a certain amount of bandwidth every month. If you exceed that amount, you’ll be hit with overage charges that can add up quickly.
Unmetered servers, on the other hand, include an unlimited amount of bandwidth. Your server could run at its maximum transfer capacity non-stop for the month and you wouldn’t face any extra fees.
Streaming Marketplace Apps for 10 Gbps Dedicated Servers
A 10 Gbps dedicated server is a good choice for video streaming since it’s one of the most bandwidth-intensive types of data. If you’re not sure how much bandwidth you’ll need and want to learn how to work it out, you can learn more in this article on the topic.
Getting a server configured for streaming can be challenging if you’re not a server admin. Maple-Hosting offers marketplace apps that let you quickly deploy streaming applications on your server. One of the most popular apps for video streaming is Ant Media Streaming Engine.
Ant Media provides adaptive, ultra-low latency streaming and supports various streaming technologies including WebRTC, CMAF, HLS, RTMP, and more. You can stream from any IP camera connected through RTSP or ONVIF and Ant Media offers Live Restreaming to social media.
The Quality of Your Server’s Bandwidth Is Important
The amount of bandwidth you get with a dedicated server is important for applications like video streaming but it’s only part of the equation. High-quality bandwidth is also critical for providing reliable streams.
There are different tiers of connections on the internet. Tier 1 networks are typically operated by large telecom companies or local exchange carriers like Cogent and Liberty Global. These networks offer reliability, stability, and scalability for high-bandwidth applications like streaming.
Tier 2 networks resell bandwidth they buy from Tier 1 providers. This gives them a similar level of reliability but if there is a problem with the Tier 1 network, they have more flexibility because they can reroute the traffic through a different provider.
Maple-Hosting’s premium network uses both Tier 1 and Tier 2 carriers which lets us optimize how your data gets routed. This allows us to offer reliable connections to all destinations, even those that tend to be more problematic.
Providers that offer poor quality bandwidth can’t offer this automated routing optimization. That leads to buffering, lags, and general instability for your video streams.
In some cases, you could even face complete downtime if the bandwidth provider is having network issues.
Because of the quality of our network and our ability to optimize your streaming bandwidth, we offer a 100% network uptime guarantee. You can count on your dedicated server to be available when users want to watch your stream and you can count on that stream being lag-free.
Choosing the Right Dedicated Server for Your Needs
At the bare minimum, look for a dedicated server with enough bandwidth to keep up with the highest number of concurrent users you expect to have on your website. But keep in mind that choosing a server that just meets your needs today doesn’t give you much room to grow.
For example, a 5 Gbps server might be enough to handle 300 users watching a 4K video stream. But what happens if that doubles to 600 users over the next few weeks?
Now the 5 Gbps server doesn’t have enough bandwidth to keep up with the number of users. If you choose a 10 Gbps dedicated server in the first place, you would have enough headroom to support double the streams.
Where to Find the Most Reliable Dedicated Servers
As you can see, there are quite a few things to consider when choosing between 10 Gbps dedicated servers. Maple-Hosting offers a wide range of unmetered dedicated servers to meet all your needs at an affordable price.
Use our dedicated server wizard to help you choose the right server or get in touch with us today and we’ll help you make the right choice.