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Dedicated Servers Unmasked

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are 3 principal types - hosting servers, VPS (private virtual hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting servers accommodate lots of clients and therefore the resources per account are limited, VPS offer more server configuration autonomy, but also affect other virtual private web servers on the hardware node if used unwisely, and dedicated servers give you the autonomy to perform everything you prefer without messing with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated servers?

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Dedicated servers are generally much more high-priced than shared servers or private virtual hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is very simple. If your corporation has a high resource-absorbing web portal, or simply has very exact server configuration requirements, the best choice is a dedicated servers. For somebody who is ready to invest in safety and stability, the greater price is of no importance. You acquire complete root-level access and can use 100 percent of the dedicated web hosting server's resources without anyone else availing of these resources and interfering with your online portals.

Hardware specs

Most website hosting vendors, incl. us at SmartHostingServices.com, provide several different hardware configurations you can choose from according to your needs. The hardware configurations include different varieties of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and server hard disk sizes and different monthly bandwidth quotas. You can pick a Control Panel, which is useful software if you want to utilize the dedicated servers for hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell terminal for all the changes you will be making. We offer three kinds of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The Control Panel of your preference

If you are a confident Linux OS user (our dedicated web hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated servers through an SSH tunnel exclusively. That, however, could be awkward, even more so if you wish to grant full root access to somebody else who has less technical abilities than yourself. That is why having Control Panel software pre-installed is an excellent idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP user interface that we provide does not offer complete server root access and is chiefly appropriate for somebody who maintains multiple websites that consume lots of resources, but would like to manage the sites, databases and electronic mails through an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you complete root-level access and have 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting packages instead of utilizing the dedicated servers solely for yourself, you should choose one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated servers and of backing it up. In case of a predicament with your dedicated server, like an unresponsive Apache or a network downtime, it is advisable to have some sort of monitoring system activated. Here at SmartHostingServices.com the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you have a Managed Services package, they monitor the individual services on the dedicated servers as well. Backups are also an additional feature - the web hosting vendor offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would allow you to store the very same data on 2 hard disks as a precaution in the event of a hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted complete root access deletes something by accident.