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Dedicated Servers Explained

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are three main types - shared web hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual web servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting servers host multiple customers and therefore the resources per hosting account are restricted, VPS plans offer more server configuration liberty, but also affect other VPS hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized imprudently, and dedicated servers give you the autonomy to carry out everything you want without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are usually much more expensive than shared hosting web servers or VPS hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is pretty simple. If your company has a high resource-swallowing web portal, or just has very specific web server architecture requirements, the most appropriate choice is a dedicated server. For somebody who is prepared to invest in security and dependability, the higher price is not an issue. You are bestowed with root-level access and can utilize 100 percent of the dedicated web server's system resources without anyone else availing of these resources and meddling with your web portals.

Hardware architectures

The majority of hosting vendors, including us at Creative Web Solutionz, provide several hardware configurations you can select from on the basis of your necessities. The hardware architectures offer different types of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM and server hard disk sizes and different traffic allowances. You can choose a Control Panel, which is a useful GUI if you wish to utilize the dedicated web server for hosting purposes solely and prefer not to use an SSH console for all the modifications you will be making. We provide three types of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your preference

If you are a self-reliant Linux OS user (our web servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server through an SSH console exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, particularly if you wish to give full root-level access to someone else who has less technical abilities than yourself. This is why having hosting CP software activated is a fine idea. The Hepsia hosting Control Panel software tool that we offer does not give you root access and is chiefly appropriate for somebody who maintains multiple web pages that consume plenty of resources, but wishes to administer the web portals, databases and mail aliases via an easy-to-use web hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, grant root access and have 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting packages instead of using the dedicated hosting web server just for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In the event of a predicament with your dedicated hosting web server, such as an unresponsive Apache or a downtime, it is advisable to have some sort of monitoring system activated. Here at Creative Web Solutionz 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 additional feature - the web hosting vendor offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would permit you to have the same data on 2 disk drives as a precaution in case of a disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given full root access erases something by accident.