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Dedicated Servers

When we talk about hosting servers, there are 3 principal sorts - shared web hosting servers, VPS (virtual private hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared servers host lots of customers and hence the resources per account are restricted, virtual web servers give you more configuration independence, but also influence other VPS servers on the hardware node if utilized imprudently, and dedicated servers give you the chance to do everything you see fit without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated web server?

Dedicated hosting servers are normally much more expensive than shared hosting servers or virtual web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is very simple. If your corporation has a popular site, or just has very exact server setup requirements, the most sensible choice would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is ready to invest in security and reliability, the higher price is of no importance. You are bestowed with root privileges and can use 100% of the server's resources without anyone else using these resources and messing with your sites.

Hardware architectures

Most web hosting distributors, incl., offer several hardware configurations you can pick from depending on your needs. The configurations include different sorts of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM and hard disk drive sizes and different monthly traffic allowances. You can choose a Control Panel, which is a handy interface if you would like to utilize the web hosting server for hosting purposes only and choose not to resort to a Secure Shell terminal for all the modifications you will be making., for instance, provides three kinds of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting Control Panel of your preference

If you are a self-assured Linux user (the majority of servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated web hosting server via an SSH tunnel only. That, though, could be awkward, particularly if you decide to grant full root access to someone else who has less technical proficiency than yourself. This is why having web hosting CP software pre-activated is a nice idea. The Hepsia Control Panel GUI that offers does not offer complete root-level access and is mainly suitable for somebody who owns multiple websites that absorb lots of resources, but desires to manage the sites, databases and e-mail boxes through a user-friendly web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant full root privileges and offer 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting packages rather than utilizing the server just 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 hosting server and of backing it up. In the event of a predicament with your hosting server, like a non-responsive Apache or an outage, it is good to have some sort of monitoring system enabled. monitors all dedicated web hosting servers for ping timeouts, and, if you have a Managed Services package, they monitor the individual services on the server as well. Backups are also an extra option - the hosting company offers you data backups on their own backup servers. You could select a type of RAID that would permit you to have the same data on 2 server hard disks as a precaution in the event of a server disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted root-level access erases something accidentally.