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What are Dedicated Servers?

When we speak of web hosting servers, there are three principal types - shared website hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web servers host a lot of clients and so the system resources per hosting account are limited, VPS packages offer more configuration independence, but also affect other virtual private web servers on the hardware node if utilized unwisely, and dedicated servers give you the chance to perform everything you think fit without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are traditionally much more expensive than shared web hosting servers or virtual private web servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is very simple. If your corporation has a heavy resource-devouring web portal, or simply has very specific web server setup requirements, the right option is a dedicated server. For someone who is willing to invest in safety and dependability, the greater price is of no concern. You acquire complete root-level access and can utilize 100% of the physical server's system resources without anyone else availing of these resources and interfering with your web pages.

Hardware configurations

Most hosting service providers, incl. us at , provide different hardware architectures you can select from on the basis of your demands. The configurations include different varieties of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and hard disk drive sizes and different monthly bandwidth usage quotas. You can select a web hosting Control Panel, which is a handy GUI if you wish to utilize the server for web hosting purposes only and prefer not to use a Secure Shell client for all the changes you will be making. We offer three types of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a self-confident Linux user (our dedicated hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server via SSH exclusively. That, though, could be inconvenient, particularly if you want to grant full root-level access to someone else who has less technical experience than yourself. That is why having hosting Control Panel software pre-activated is an intelligent idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP GUI that we provide does not offer complete root access and is mainly suitable for someone who maintains plenty of online portals that consume lots of system resources, but wishes to administer the online portals, databases and mail accounts through an intuitive hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, grant full server root privileges and have three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting accounts rather than utilizing the dedicated server solely for yourself, you should choose one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your web server, such as a non-responsive Apache or a network downtime, it is advisable to have some sort of monitoring system enabled. 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 an additional option - the web hosting distributor offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could pick a type of RAID that would allow you to keep the same data on 2 hard drives as a protective measure in the event of a hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted complete root access deletes something by mistake.