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What Does Dedicated Hosting Represent?

When we talk about hosting servers, there are three principal categories - shared hosting servers, VPS (Virtual Private Servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared web hosting servers accommodate plenty of customers and therefore the resources per account are restricted, virtual private server accounts offer more server configuration independence, but also influence other private virtual hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized rashly, and dedicated servers give you the chance to carry out everything you desire without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated hosting server?

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Dedicated servers are normally much more high-priced than shared web servers or private virtual hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is pretty simple. If your corporation has a regularly visited web portal, or just has very special server setup requirements, the most suitable option would be a dedicated server. For someone who is ready to invest in safety and stability, the bigger price is of no importance. You have root-level access and can use 100 percent of the hosting server's resources without anyone else availing of these system resources and interfering with your online portals.

Hardware configurations

The majority of web hosting corporations, incl. us at HostCheetah.net, offer several different hardware architectures you can select from in keeping with your needs. The hardware architectures offer different varieties of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and server hard disk drive sizes and different monthly traffic usage quotas. You can choose a web hosting Control Panel, which is a convenient software tool if you wish to use the dedicated hosting server for website hosting purposes only and prefer not to use an SSH console for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 sorts of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your preference

If you are a self-reliant Linux OS user (our dedicated web hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server through an SSH tunnel exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, especially if you decide to give root access to somebody else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. This is why having hosting CP software activated is a bright idea. The Hepsia hosting Control Panel tool that we provide does not offer full server root access and is mainly appropriate for someone who owns lots of web sites that devour plenty of resources, but would rather manage the sites, databases and email accounts through an easy-to-use hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you full root-level access and offer 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting plans instead of using the server only for yourself, you should choose one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated hosting server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your dedicated hosting server, like a non-responsive Apache or an outage, it is good to have some sort of monitoring platform activated. Here at HostCheetah.net 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 hosting server too. Backups are also a bonus option - the hosting services provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could choose a kind of RAID that would allow you to store the same data on two server hard disks as a protective measure in the event of a hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given complete root-level access deletes something unintentionally.