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Dedicated Servers Uncovered

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are 3 major varieties - shared web hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual servers) and dedicated servers. Shared servers accommodate multiple customers and hence the system resources per user account are limited, virtual private server plans offer more configuration independence, but also affect other VPS web servers on the hardware node if utilized heedlessly, and dedicated servers offer you the possibility to carry out everything you prefer without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are usually much more expensive than shared servers or VPS web servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is very simple. If your company has a heavy-content online portal, or simply has very specific web server architecture requirements, the right option would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is prepared to invest in security and dependability, the higher price is of no importance. You receive root privileges and can use 100% of the hosting web server's resources without anyone else availing of these resources and meddling with your sites.

Hardware configurations

The majority of shared hosting companies, incl. us at Hostomedia, offer different hardware architectures you can pick from as per your demands. The hardware configurations offer different varieties of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and server disk drive sizes and different web traffic quotas. You can select a Control Panel, which is a convenient graphical user interface if you would like to use the dedicated web hosting server for hosting purposes only and choose not to use an SSH client for all the modifications you will be making. We offer three sorts of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting CP of your choice

If you are a self-confident Linux user (our web servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server through SSH exclusively. That, however, could be awkward, especially if you choose to grant root access to somebody else who has less technical abilities than yourself. That is why having Control Panel software installed is a good idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP tool that we provide does not offer root privileges and is chiefly suitable for somebody who has multiple web sites that swallow a lot of system resources, but wants to administer the online portals, databases and mail addresses through an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you full root privileges and offer 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting accounts instead of utilizing the dedicated hosting web server only for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup services

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 dedicated hosting web server, such as a non-responsive Apache or a downtime, it is desirable to have some kind of monitoring platform activated. Here at Hostomedia 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 a bonus option - the hosting company offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would allow you to keep the same data on two server hard disks as a protective measure in case of a server hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full root-level access deletes something by accident.