‘Semi-dedication’ may appear treacherous in the real world but it makes a lot of sense in the world of servers. For the uninitiated, there is something called the semi-dedicated server. And its name has come from the fact that it is a server you don’t own. In fact, a semi-dedicated server is similar to the shared server but not quite the same. It overcomes the limitations of the shared server.
The semi-dedicated server is owned by the hosting company; you get the control of a part of the server. You share the server with other websites but not in the way you share the shared server. You share it with only 5, 10, or 20 websites.
A server is divided into what are called slices. You can go for a big ‘slice’ or small one depending on your needs. Your group of slices acts as your semi-dedicated server.
The semi-dedicated server can act as a stopover for organizations interested in switching over to dedicated hosting from shared hosting. As you share resources with very few websites, you experience better performance than what the shared server offered. The price of the semi-dedicated server is definitely attractive. You may not reap all the benefits of a dedicated server but you get to experience what it is like to break away from shared hosting. Since the management of your semi-dedicated server is taken care of by the hosting company, things become easier for you.
Some wonder if a semi-dedicated server is better than a virtual private server (VPS). Well, that depends on what you are looking for. I feel a VPS gives you a little more control than a semi-dedicated server. However, you should find out what your needs are before you go for either of these.