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Dedicated Servers Revealed

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are three principal categories - shared web hosting web servers, VPS (virtual private web hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting web servers host numerous customers and therefore the system resources per web hosting account are limited, virtual private server plans offer more configuration independence, but also affect other private virtual web servers on the hardware node if used heedlessly, and dedicated servers offer you the chance to do everything you think fit without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are commonly much more expensive than shared hosting web servers or private virtual web servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The reply is quite simple. If your company has a frequently visited web page, or simply has very explicit server architecture requirements, the proper option is a dedicated server. For someone who is ready to invest in safety and stability, the higher price is not a concern. You obtain full root access and can use 100 percent of the dedicated hosting server's resources without anyone else using these system resources and intervening with your sites.

Hardware specs

Most shared hosting service providers, including us at PC Helper, provide several hardware configurations you can select from according to your demands. The hardware configurations offer different sorts of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and server hard disk sizes and different monthly traffic usage quotas. You can choose a web hosting Control Panel, which is a handy graphical user interface if you would like to utilize the web server for web hosting purposes solely and prefer not to use a Secure Shell terminal for all the changes you will be making. We provide three kinds of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your choice

If you are a self-confident Linux user (our dedicated servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server through a Secure Shell tunnel exclusively. That, though, could be awkward, particularly if you choose to give complete root-level access to someone else who has less technical proficiency than yourself. This is why having Control Panel software pre-activated is an excellent idea. The Hepsia hosting CP tool that we offer does not offer complete root-level access and is mainly suitable for someone who runs plenty of web pages that consume plenty of system resources, but wants to manage the web portals, databases and electronic mail addresses via an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, give you complete root-level access and include three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting accounts rather than utilizing the hosting server solely for yourself, you should choose one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the issue 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 an outage, it is good to have some sort of monitoring system activated. Here at PC Helper 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 an additional option - the web hosting solutions provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could choose a type of RAID that would allow you to save the same data on 2 server hard disk drives as a protective measure in case of a server disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full root privileges deletes something unintentionally.