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What are Dedicated Servers?

When we talk about web hosting servers, there are three basic varieties - shared hosting servers, VPS (private virtual web servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting servers host a lot of clients and hence the resources per user account are limited, VPS plans give you more configuration autonomy, but also influence other VPS servers on the hardware node if utilized unwisely, and dedicated servers offer you the liberty to perform everything you think fit without messing with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are traditionally much more expensive than shared servers or VPS servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is rather simple. If your firm has a regularly visited online portal, or just has very exact web server configuration requirements, the proper option would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is prepared to invest in security and stability, the greater price is of no concern. You are granted full root access and can utilize 100 percent of the hosting web server's resources without anyone else availing of these system resources and messing with your web pages.

Hardware configurations

Most hosting firms, including us at Innovative Hosting Solutions, provide several hardware architectures you can pick from according to your necessities. The configurations offer different sorts of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and server hard disk drive sizes and different bandwidth usage quotas. You can select a hosting CP, which is a useful user interface if you would like to utilize the dedicated hosting web server for website hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell console for all the modifications you will be making. We offer three kinds of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your choosing

If you are a self-confident Linux user (our web servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated server via an SSH console only. That, though, could be awkward, especially if you choose to give full server root privileges to somebody else who has less technical experience than yourself. That is why having web hosting CP software activated is a good idea. The Hepsia Control Panel graphical user interface that we provide does not give you full root privileges and is mainly suitable for somebody who owns lots of online portals that consume a lot of system resources, but desires to manage the websites, databases and mailbox accounts via a user-friendly hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you complete root-level access and include three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting plans rather than using the server just for yourself, you should pick 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 predicament with your dedicated hosting server, like a non-responsive Apache or a network outage, it is desirable to have some kind of monitoring system enabled. Here at Innovative Hosting Solutions the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you order a Managed Services upgrade, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated server too. Backups are also an additional option - the hosting vendor offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could select a type of RAID that would allow you to store the very same data on 2 hard drives as a protective measure in case of a server hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted access deletes something by accident.