A Dedicated server is a server that is completely dedicated to your data alone. This means no other DreamHost customers have any access or share any resources with your sites on that server.
DreamHost offers several types of hosting plans. You can see details of each along with a comparison on the Hosting article. With all other types of hosting, your data is on a machine with other users.
Dedicated servers are premium machines best for high performance websites that require dedicated resources to run them efficiently. For further information, please view the Dedicated Hosting page on the main website.
Dedicated server features
- Up to 2TB storage with HDD
- RAID storage - Multiple hard drives means that if one fails, the other takes over so no data is lost
- Root access
- Local MySQL database server with full root access
- Dedicated RAM and CPU resources
Each Dedicated server comes with its own IP address included. You can then add a Unique IP to each domain (IPv4 or IPv6) for an additional fee. Unique IPs are just $5.95/month, or you can save $11.45 by pre-ordering for an entire year at $59.95. You can read more about Unique IPs here:
Please note that DreamHost is unable to offer static IP addresses. This means that the IP of your site (including Unique IPs) are subject to change. While it doesn't happen that often, DreamHost makes no guarantees that an IP address will never change. However when an IP change does occur, you will be notified via email in a timely fashion.
Specs and pricing
There are six new types of Dedicated servers available for purchase. Three come with Hard disk drives (HDD) and three with solid state drives (SSD).
A comparison of Standard and Enhanced plans are shown in the following chart with their corresponding pricing options:
|Plan||Cores||RAM||HDD available?||SSD available?||Monthly Price||Annual Price||Annual plan/monthly price breakdown *|
|Enhanced SSD 16||12||16||N/A||240GB||$299||$3,348.00||$279/month|
|Enhanced SSD 32||12||32||N/A||240GB||$349||$3,948.00||$329/month|
|Enhanced SSD 64||12||64||N/A||240GB||$399||$4,548.00||$379/month|
* When you sign up for a year, you save $240 (or $20/month).
The Enhanced Dedicated servers use Intel E5-2670 v3 processors as of July 2015.
View the following article for information on how to check usage on your Dedicated server:
How to re-image your server
There is a $100 fee to have your Dedicated server re-imaged. If you'd like to proceed with this, contact technical support via email.
Dedicated servers offers the ability to add an admin user. This admin user is given full root access to the Dedicated Server via the "sudo" command. These are special users with full access to the server.
Be careful when you’re using an admin user as you will have the ability to disrupt system settings which could disable your sites or server. Make sure you know what you’re doing when using an admin user.