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What Precisely are Dedicated Servers?

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are three main types - shared website hosting web servers, VPS (virtual web servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting web servers host lots of clients and so the system resources per web hosting account are limited, VPS packages offer more server configuration autonomy, but also affect other VPSs on the hardware node if utilized heedlessly, and dedicated servers give you the autonomy to carry out everything you decide without messing with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are traditionally much more expensive than shared servers or VPSs. Why would anyone, then, use them? The explanation is quite simple. If your company has a heavy resource-consuming web page, or simply has very precise web server architecture requirements, the best option is a dedicated server. For somebody who is prepared to invest in security and dependability, the higher price is not a concern. You obtain full server root access and can use 100% of the physical machine's system resources without anyone else using these system resources and interfering with your web pages.

Hardware configurations

The majority of hosting service providers, including us at Wpsector, offer several different hardware configurations you can choose from according to your necessities. The hardware architectures offer different types of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and disk drive sizes and different monthly bandwidth quotas. You can choose a Control Panel, which is a convenient interface if you want to utilize the dedicated hosting server for hosting purposes only and prefer not to use a Secure Shell client for all the modifications you will be making. We offer three types of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your choice

If you are a self-confident Linux user (our servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server via SSH exclusively. That, though, could be awkward, even more so if you wish to give complete root access to somebody else who has less technical skills than yourself. This is why having web hosting Control Panel software activated is a splendid idea. The Hepsia hosting CP GUI that we provide does not offer full root-level access and is chiefly suitable for someone who maintains multiple sites that devour a lot of system resources, but wishes to administer the web pages, databases and mailboxes through an intuitive web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, grant full root privileges and have 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting plans instead of using the dedicated server only 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 dedicated server, such as a non-responsive Apache or a network outage, it is advisable to have some kind of monitoring system enabled. Here at Wpsector the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you order a Managed Services upgrade, they monitor the individual services on the dedicated server too. Backups are also an additional option - the hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would permit you to keep the very same data on 2 server hard disk drives as a protective measure in case of a hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted complete server root access deletes something accidentally.


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