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What Exactly are Dedicated Servers?

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are three main varieties - shared hosting web servers, VPS (virtual servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web hosting servers host multiple customers and thus the system resources per account are limited, virtual private server packages give you more server configuration liberty, but also affect other private virtual web hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized heedlessly, and dedicated servers offer you the autonomy to do everything you wish without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are normally much more expensive than shared servers or private virtual web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The reply is pretty simple. If your company has a heavy resource-absorbing online portal, or simply has very special server setup requirements, the best choice would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is ready to invest in security and dependability, the higher price is of no importance. You have root access and can use 100% of the hosting web server's system resources without anyone else availing of these system resources and messing with your online portals.

Hardware specifications

The majority of shared hosting corporations, incl. us at CIS Hosting, offer several different hardware architectures you can select from depending on your needs. The hardware architectures include different sorts of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and disk drive sizes and different traffic usage quotas. You can select a web hosting CP, which is a useful tool if you would like to use the dedicated hosting web server for web hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to an SSH terminal for all the changes you will be making. We offer three types of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your choice

If you are a self-confident Linux OS user (our web servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server through a Secure Shell tunnel exclusively. That, though, could be awkward, even more so if you decide to give root privileges to someone else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. That is why having hosting Control Panel software pre-installed is an intelligent idea. The Hepsia web hosting Control Panel graphical user interface that we offer does not include full root-level access and is chiefly suitable for somebody who maintains multiple websites that demand lots of system resources, but prefers to administer the web sites, databases and e-mail box accounts through an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you root access and have three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting accounts instead of using the dedicated web hosting server solely for yourself, you should pick 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 the event of a problem with your hosting server, such as an unresponsive Apache or an outage, it is good to have some sort of monitoring platform enabled. Here at CIS Hosting 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 too. Backups are also an extra feature - the web hosting vendor offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could pick a kind of RAID that would allow you to have the very same data on two server hard drives as a precaution in case of a server hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted complete root access erases something accidentally.