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How Does Dedicated Hosting Work?

When we speak of web hosting servers, there are 3 major kinds - shared website hosting web servers, VPS (virtual private hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared servers accommodate numerous customers and hence the resources per user account are restricted, VPS accounts give you more server configuration independence, but also influence other virtual servers on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers give you the autonomy to do everything you prefer without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are commonly much more expensive than shared hosting servers or virtual servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The explanation is rather simple. If your company has a big web page, or just has very precise server architecture requirements, the wisest option is a dedicated server. For somebody who is willing to invest in safety and dependability, the bigger price is not a problem. You are granted full root privileges and can utilize 100 percent of the dedicated hosting web server's system resources without anyone else utilizing these resources and intervening with your web portals.

Hardware configurations

The majority of hosting providers, incl. us at Space Hostia, offer several hardware architectures you can pick from in accordance with your requirements. The hardware configurations offer different kinds of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and hard drive sizes and different monthly bandwidth usage quotas. You can choose a web hosting Control Panel, which is a convenient user interface if you would like to use the dedicated web server for website hosting purposes only and choose not to use a Secure Shell client for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 kinds of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a self-assured Linux user (our web servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server via an SSH terminal only. That, however, could be inconvenient, even more so if you want to grant root-level access to somebody else who has less technical experience than yourself. This is why having web hosting Control Panel software activated is a nice idea. The Hepsia hosting CP software that we offer does not give you full root-level access and is mostly suitable for somebody who has lots of websites that devour lots of resources, but wishes to manage the web pages, databases and email addresses using a user-friendly web hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you complete root access and have 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting accounts instead of utilizing the server only for yourself, you should choose one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup procedures

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 server, like an unresponsive Apache or a network downtime, it is useful to have some sort of monitoring system enabled. Here at Space Hostia 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 server as well. Backups are also an extra feature - the web hosting services provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could pick a kind of RAID that would allow you to save the very same data on 2 hard disk drives as a precaution in case of a server disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full root-level access deletes something accidentally.