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How Does Dedicated Servers Hosting Work?

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are 3 basic varieties - shared web hosting web servers, VPS (virtual private web hosting servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared web hosting servers host numerous customers and hence the system resources per hosting account are limited, virtual private server plans give you more configuration liberty, but also affect other Virtual Private Servers on the hardware node if used heedlessly, and dedicated servers offer you the independence to carry out everything you like without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated hosting server?

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Dedicated servers are usually much more expensive than shared hosting servers or Virtual Private Servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The explanation is rather simple. If your corporation has a high resource-absorbing online portal, or just has very exact server setup requirements, the most logical choice would be a dedicated server. For someone who is willing to invest in safety and reliability, the greater price is of no importance. You have root access and can use 100 percent of the web hosting server's system resources without anyone else availing of these resources and interfering with your web pages.

Hardware configurations

Most shared hosting vendors, incl. us at Applied Technologies, offer several hardware architectures you can pick from in keeping with your needs. The hardware configurations offer different kinds of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and hard disk sizes and different traffic usage quotas. You can choose a web hosting CP, which is a handy interface if you want to utilize the dedicated server for web hosting purposes solely and choose not to use an SSH client for all the changes you will be making. We provide 3 sorts of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your choice

If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our web hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server via a Secure Shell tunnel exclusively. That, though, could be inconvenient, even more so if you decide to give root access to someone else who has less technical expertise than yourself. That is why having Control Panel software activated is a great idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP GUI that we provide does not give you root access and is chiefly appropriate for someone who has numerous web portals that demand a lot of resources, but wishes to administer the web portals, databases and emails via an intuitive hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you full server root access and have three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting packages instead of utilizing the dedicated hosting server just for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

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 case of a problem with your web hosting server, such as an unresponsive Apache or a network downtime, it is good to have some kind of monitoring platform activated. Here at Applied Technologies the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you have a Managed Services package, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated hosting server as well. Backups are also a bonus option - the web hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could pick a type of RAID that would permit you to store the very same data on two server hard disks as a precaution in the event of a disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full root access deletes something accidentally.