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Dedicated Hosting Definition

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are 3 major types - shared hosting web servers, VPS (virtual servers) and dedicated servers. Shared servers accommodate multiple clients and hence the resources per user account are limited, VPS plans offer more configuration independence, but also affect other VPS web hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized heedlessly, and dedicated servers give you the option to do everything you want without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are generally much more expensive than shared web hosting servers or VPS web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is rather simple. If your corporation has a large-scale site, or just has very special web server setup requirements, the right option would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is ready to invest in security and reliability, the greater price is not a problem. You acquire complete root-level access and can utilize 100% of the physical server's system resources without anyone else utilizing these system resources and meddling with your websites.

Hardware configurations

The majority of hosting firms, including us at PIXELSPECK, offer several different hardware architectures you can pick from in consonance with your necessities. The hardware architectures offer different types of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and hard disk drive sizes and different web traffic quotas. You can choose a web hosting Control Panel, which is a handy GUI if you wish to utilize the dedicated hosting web server for website hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to an SSH console for all the modifications you will be making. We offer three kinds of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting CP of your choice

If you are a self-confident Linux user (our web servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server via an SSH terminal exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, even more so if you choose to give complete root access to somebody else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. This is why having web hosting Control Panel software pre-installed is an excellent idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP GUI that we offer does not give you complete server root access and is mainly suitable for someone who maintains plenty of sites that swallow plenty of resources, but would like to manage the sites, databases and e-mail box accounts using an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant complete root access and include three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting packages instead of using the web server solely for yourself, you should select 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 the event of a predicament with your web hosting server, such as an unresponsive Apache or a downtime, it is advisable to have some sort of monitoring system enabled. Here at PIXELSPECK 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 additional option - the hosting supplier offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could pick a kind of RAID that would allow you to have the very same data on 2 server disk drives as a precaution in case of a server hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full root access erases something unintentionally.