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What In Fact are Dedicated Servers?

When we talk about web hosting servers, there are three basic varieties - shared web hosting servers, VPS (virtual private web servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web hosting servers host lots of customers and therefore the system resources per hosting account are limited, virtual private server accounts give you more server configuration independence, but also affect other VPS hosting servers on the hardware node if used unwisely, and dedicated servers offer you the liberty to perform everything you choose without messing with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are usually much more high-priced than shared web servers or VPS hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The reply is quite simple. If your company has a regularly visited website, or simply has very exact server architecture requirements, the wisest option would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is willing to invest in safety and stability, the bigger price is not an issue. You are bestowed with complete server root access and can use 100% of the dedicated hosting server's resources without anyone else utilizing these resources and meddling with your online portals.

Hardware specifications

Most shared hosting service providers, including us at , offer different hardware configurations you can choose from in accordance with your demands. The configurations include different sorts of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM and hard drive sizes and different traffic quotas. You can pick a hosting Control Panel, which is a convenient graphical user interface if you want to utilize the dedicated web hosting server for website hosting purposes solely and choose not to use an SSH client for all the modifications you will be making. We offer 3 types of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a confident Linux user (our dedicated hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server through a Secure Shell console exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, particularly if you choose to give complete server root access to somebody else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. This is why having web hosting CP software pre-installed is a fine idea. The Hepsia Control Panel user interface that we provide does not give you full root privileges and is mainly appropriate for someone who owns many web portals that absorb a lot of system resources, but prefers to manage the web pages, databases and mail aliases through a user-friendly hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you root-level access and offer three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting plans instead of utilizing the dedicated web hosting server solely for yourself, you should choose one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In the event of a problem with your dedicated hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or an outage, it is advisable to have some kind of monitoring system activated. Here at the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you order a Managed Services upgrade, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated server as well. Backups are also a bonus option - the hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would allow you to have the same data on two server hard disks as a protective measure in the event of a disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given complete root access deletes something by mistake.