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What are Dedicated Servers?

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are three basic categories - shared hosting web servers, VPS (virtual private web hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web hosting servers accommodate plenty of clients and thus the system resources per user account are restricted, virtual private server plans offer more server configuration autonomy, but also influence other VPS web servers on the hardware node if used heedlessly, and dedicated servers give you the chance to carry out everything you want without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are generally much more expensive than shared hosting web servers or VPS web servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is very simple. If your corporation has a high resource-absorbing web page, or just has very specific web server architecture requirements, the proper option is a dedicated server. For someone who is willing to invest in security and reliability, the greater price is not an issue. You receive full root-level access and can use 100 percent of the hosting server's system resources without anyone else sharing these resources and messing with your web pages.

Hardware configurations

Most shared hosting distributors, incl. us at hostinertia, provide several hardware configurations you can choose from in keeping with your demands. The configurations offer different kinds of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and disk drive sizes and different web traffic quotas. You can select a Control Panel, which is a convenient interface if you wish to utilize the dedicated web server for hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to SSH for all the modifications you will be making. We offer three types of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your preference

If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our dedicated hosting web servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server via SSH exclusively. That, though, could be inconvenient, especially if you choose to give full root privileges to someone else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. That is why having Control Panel software installed is a good idea. The Hepsia hosting CP user interface that we offer does not offer complete root access and is chiefly appropriate for someone who owns many web pages that require lots of system resources, but wishes to administer the web sites, databases and mailboxes using an intuitive web hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you root-level access and have three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting packages rather than utilizing the server solely for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In the event of a predicament with your hosting server, like a non-responsive Apache or a downtime, it is desirable to have some sort of monitoring platform activated. Here at hostinertia 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 too. Backups are also an extra option - the web hosting distributor offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could choose a kind of RAID that would permit you to save the same data on 2 server hard drives as a precaution in case of a hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted complete server root access deletes something by accident.