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How Do Dedicated Web Hosting Servers Work?

When we speak of hosting servers, there are 3 basic types - shared web hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual servers) and dedicated web hosting servers. Shared web servers accommodate plenty of customers and hence the resources per web hosting account are limited, virtual private server accounts give you more configuration freedom, but also influence other virtual servers on the hardware node if utilized unwisely, and dedicated servers give you the liberty to perform everything you want without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated web hosting server?

Dedicated servers are typically much more high-priced than shared servers or virtual servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is quite simple. If your firm has a busy website, or just has very specific web server configuration requirements, the most reasonable choice would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is inclined to invest in safety and dependability, the higher price is of no concern. You are given full server root access and can utilize 100 percent of the physical machine's resources without anyone else utilizing these system resources and meddling with your websites.

Hardware specifications

Most shared web hosting firms, including us at iDataRack.com, provide several hardware configurations you can pick from on the basis of your necessities. The configurations include different sorts of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM and server disk drive sizes and different monthly bandwidth allowances. You can choose a hosting CP, which is a convenient interface if you would like to use the hosting server for hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to 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 Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a self-reliant Linux user (our servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server through an SSH console only. That, however, could be inconvenient, especially if you decide to grant full server root privileges to someone else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. That is why having hosting CP software activated is an excellent idea. The Hepsia web hosting Control Panel software tool that we provide does not offer full server root access and is mainly suitable for somebody who runs numerous online portals that swallow a lot of resources, but wishes to administer the web portals, databases and e-mail boxes through a user-friendly Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant complete server root access and have 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting plans rather than using the web server solely for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated web hosting server and of backing it up. In the event of a problem with your dedicated hosting server, such as a non-responsive Apache or a network outage, it is advisable to have some kind of monitoring system activated. Here at iDataRack.com 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 web hosting server as well. Backups are also an extra option - the hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a type of RAID that would allow you to save the same data on two server hard disk drives as a precaution in case of a hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given full root-level access deletes something accidentally.