It can be called a number of names like dedicated hosting service and even managed hosting service, but when it comes to the common Internet lingo, the term simply goes as dedicated server. A dedicated server is one of three common types of Internet hosting services that features full hosting; the other two are collocation centre and virtual private server. We often hear the term dedicated service when it comes to the setting up of a massive virtual arena for online games or game server hosting. However, there are other uses for dedicated services like DNS hosting, e-mail hosting, file hosting, remote backup service, and web hosting.
Web hosting may include: clustered hosting, free hosting, reseller hosting, shared hosting, and application specific hosting. The last subtype of hosting may in turn include: blog hosting, guide hosting, image hosting, video hosting and the now ubiquitous Wiki farms.
If you are seriously looking into the possibility of hooking up with a dedicated server, or at least scouting around the web for one or two companies you could use, you have to keep in mind several things, like: budget and purpose.
Naturally, like all business ventures, there is considerable exchange of monetary funds here. Choosing the price range of your server plays a crucial role in what kind of service you will get. The pricier the tag, the more services are usually afforded. However, this does not mean that you get the most expensive server possible. If you are indeed on a budget, the best course of action is to look closely with what the server companies are offering: what are their services, what are their scope and limitations; what services can you add or remove from available packages, etc.? Even if you intend to spend a lot of money on your web hosting pursuits, you should still look into the services being offered. This is a great safeguard to ensure that you will not be paying for services you will not need.
Secondly, you have to determine what initial and subsequent purposes you might have in regards to the acquisition of a dedicated server. If you foresee yourself using the services of a limited server range like establishing your game hosting site only, it would be best to indeed work only in that scope. There are a lot of companies offering more specialized services when it comes to gaming servers, and if you limit your online search only to these companies, you can and will eventually find a company suitable to your needs and budget.
On the other hand, if you have a web hosting site, and you intend to later on branch to a more massive scope (which may include DNS hosting or file hosting or remote backup service,) you may also want to scope out certain companies that offer more specialized software encompassing what potential needs you may have. A very broadly scoped company may offer you good services, but a more specialized (but limited) company can definitely give you more. Sometimes, these specialized companies can even offer you software that is not available to the general public, which can put you out front if compared to your likely competitors.