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What Does Dedicated Hosting Represent?

When we speak of web hosting servers, there are three main sorts - shared website hosting servers, VPS (private virtual hosting servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared hosting web servers accommodate many customers and therefore the system resources per user account are limited, virtual private server packages offer more server configuration independence, but also influence other virtual servers on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers offer you the opportunity to carry out everything you choose without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated hosting server?

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Dedicated servers are typically much more high-priced than shared hosting web servers or virtual servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is rather simple. If your company has a popular website, or just has very precise server architecture requirements, the right option is a dedicated server. For somebody who is inclined to invest in security and stability, the higher price is not a concern. You gain root-level access and can utilize 100% of the physical machine's resources without anyone else utilizing these system resources and meddling with your sites.

Hardware configurations

The majority of web hosting companies, incl. us at Linux Hosts Inc., offer different hardware configurations you can pick from in consonance with your needs. The hardware configurations include different types of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and server hard drive sizes and different monthly bandwidth allowances. You can select a web hosting Control Panel, which is a handy user interface if you want to use the hosting server for web hosting purposes solely and prefer not to use a Secure Shell console for all the changes you will be making. We offer three kinds of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your choice

If you are a self-reliant Linux user (our dedicated hosting web servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server via a Secure Shell connection exclusively. That, though, could be awkward, especially if you decide to give full root-level access to someone else who has less technical experience than yourself. This is why having hosting Control Panel software pre-installed is a bright idea. The Hepsia hosting CP graphical user interface that we provide does not include full root privileges and is mainly suitable for someone who runs numerous web portals that swallow plenty of resources, but prefers to manage the sites, databases and e-mails through a user-friendly web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you complete root access and have three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting plans instead of using the dedicated web hosting server only for yourself, you should select one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated hosting server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your dedicated server, like an unresponsive Apache or an outage, it is advisable to have some sort of monitoring system activated. Here at Linux Hosts Inc. 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 hosting server as well. Backups are also a bonus option - the hosting distributor offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could pick a type of RAID that would allow you to store the very same data on 2 disk drives as a protective measure in case of a hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted complete root access deletes something by mistake.