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Explanation of Dedicated Servers

When we talk about hosting servers, there are three major varieties - shared hosting servers, VPS (virtual servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web servers accommodate numerous customers and thus the system resources per account are limited, virtual private servers give you more server configuration independence, but also influence other Virtual Private Servers on the hardware node if utilized imprudently, and dedicated servers offer you the possibility to carry out everything you prefer without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated servers?

Dedicated servers are normally much more high-priced than shared web hosting servers or virtual private hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The reply is very simple. If your corporation has a resource-devouring web portal, or simply has very precise server setup requirements, the right option would be a dedicated servers. For someone who is willing to invest in security and reliability, the bigger price is not an issue. You gain complete root access and can utilize 100 percent of the dedicated hosting web server's resources without anyone else using these resources and intervening with your web sites.

Hardware specifications

Most hosting corporations, incl. us at , offer several different hardware configurations you can select from based on your needs. The hardware configurations offer different types of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM and disk drive sizes and different monthly traffic quotas. You can choose a web hosting CP, which is a convenient GUI if you wish to use the dedicated servers for website hosting purposes solely and choose not to use an SSH terminal for all the changes you will be making. We provide three kinds of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your choosing

If you are a confident Linux OS user (our servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated servers through a Secure Shell tunnel only. That, though, could be awkward, even more so if you want to give root privileges to somebody else who has less technical skills than yourself. This is why having Control Panel software pre-installed is a bright idea. The Hepsia web hosting Control Panel GUI that we provide does not offer root-level access and is mainly appropriate for somebody who runs multiple online portals that consume a lot of system resources, but wants to administer the sites, databases and email accounts using a user-friendly hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you root privileges and offer three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting plans rather than using the dedicated servers only for yourself, you should choose one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated servers and of backing it up. In the event of a problem with your web server, such as a non-responsive Apache or an outage, it is desirable 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 servers too. Backups are also an extra feature - the web hosting solutions provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a type of RAID that would permit you to keep the same data on 2 hard disks as a protective measure in case of a server hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted access erases something by mistake.