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Dedicated Servers Definition

When we speak of hosting servers, there are three main kinds - shared web hosting web servers, VPS (virtual private web hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared servers host lots of customers and thus the resources per web hosting account are restricted, virtual private server accounts offer more configuration freedom, but also influence other virtual hosting servers on the hardware node if used imprudently, and dedicated servers give you the independence to carry out everything you see fit without messing with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are usually much more expensive than shared web servers or virtual hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is pretty simple. If your firm has a heavy resource-swallowing web page, or simply has very precise web server configuration requirements, the best option would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is prepared to invest in security and reliability, the greater price is of no concern. You obtain root-level access and can use 100 percent of the server's system resources without anyone else using these resources and meddling with your web sites.

Hardware configurations

Most shared hosting service providers, incl. us at Hosting, offer several different hardware architectures you can select from on the basis of your requirements. The configurations offer different types of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM and hard disk drive sizes and different bandwidth usage quotas. You can select a web hosting Control Panel, which is useful software if you would like to utilize the dedicated hosting server for website hosting purposes solely and choose not to resort to SSH for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 types of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a self-assured Linux user (our servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server through a Secure Shell connection exclusively. That, however, could be awkward, especially if you want to give access to somebody else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. That is why having web hosting Control Panel software pre-installed is a fine idea. The Hepsia web hosting Control Panel interface that we offer does not offer root access and is chiefly appropriate for someone who maintains a lot of web pages that absorb a lot of system resources, but would rather manage the sites, databases and e-mail boxes using a user-friendly hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you full root-level access and offer three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting packages rather than using the hosting server just for yourself, you should select one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In the event of a problem with your server, such as an unresponsive Apache or a downtime, it is desirable to have some sort of monitoring system activated. Here at Hosting the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you order a Managed Services upgrade, they monitor the individual services on the dedicated server as well. Backups are also an additional feature - the hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could select a type of RAID that would allow you to have the very same data on two disk drives as a protective measure in case of a server hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted complete root access deletes something unintentionally.