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What Precisely are Dedicated Servers?

When we speak of web hosting servers, there are 3 major types - shared website hosting web servers, VPS (virtual servers) and dedicated servers. Shared servers accommodate many clients and hence the system resources per account are restricted, VPS plans offer more configuration liberty, but also influence other private virtual hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized rashly, and dedicated servers give you the freedom to carry out everything you think fit without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are generally much more expensive than shared servers or private virtual hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is rather simple. If your firm has a intense-traffic web site, or just has very exact server configuration requirements, the smartest option is a dedicated server. For somebody who is inclined to invest in safety and dependability, the higher price is not an issue. You are bestowed with root access and can utilize 100 percent of the web hosting server's system resources without anyone else sharing these resources and interfering with your websites.

Hardware configurations

The majority of hosting service providers, incl. us at MyGreatHost, offer different hardware architectures you can select from based on your requirements. The hardware architectures include different varieties of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and hard drive sizes and different web traffic allowances. You can choose a hosting CP, which is a convenient software tool if you wish to use the dedicated hosting web server for hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell client for all the changes you will be making. We provide three types of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a self-assured Linux user (our dedicated web hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated server via a Secure Shell connection exclusively. That, though, could be awkward, especially if you want to grant full root privileges to somebody else who has less technical skills than yourself. That is why having hosting CP software installed is a splendid idea. The Hepsia hosting CP interface that we offer does not offer root privileges and is mostly suitable for somebody who runs a lot of online portals that require a lot of resources, but would rather administer the web sites, databases and mailbox aliases through an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant full root-level access and have 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting packages instead of using the hosting server just for yourself, you should select one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your dedicated hosting web server, such as an unresponsive Apache or a downtime, it is desirable to have some sort of monitoring platform activated. Here at MyGreatHost 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 server as well. Backups are also an extra option - the hosting supplier offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could choose a type of RAID that would permit you to keep the very same data on 2 hard disk drives as a protective measure in case of a hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted complete server root access deletes something by accident.