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What Does Dedicated Servers Hosting Signify?

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are 3 major types - shared hosting web servers, VPS (virtual private web servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting web servers host a lot of clients and so the resources per hosting account are limited, virtual private server accounts offer more server configuration freedom, but also affect other virtual servers on the hardware node if used imprudently, and dedicated servers offer you the freedom to do everything you prefer without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are traditionally much more expensive than shared servers or virtual servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is rather simple. If your company has a high resource-devouring site, or just has very explicit server setup requirements, the smartest option is a dedicated server. For somebody who is ready to invest in security and dependability, the greater price is of no importance. You get complete server root access and can utilize 100% of the dedicated hosting web server's system resources without anyone else sharing these resources and intervening with your web pages.

Hardware specs

Most shared hosting distributors, including us at Smooth Web Hosting, offer several hardware architectures you can pick from according to your requirements. The configurations offer different types of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and disk drive sizes and different web traffic quotas. You can choose a web hosting CP, which is a convenient graphical user interface if you wish to use the server for website hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to SSH for all the modifications you will be making. We provide three sorts of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The Control Panel of your choice

If you are a confident Linux user (our servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server via a Secure Shell tunnel only. That, though, could be awkward, particularly if you want to give access to somebody else who has less technical expertise than yourself. This is why having Control Panel software activated is a nice idea. The Hepsia web hosting Control Panel software tool that we provide does not include full root access and is mainly suitable for someone who runs plenty of web pages that devour lots of system resources, but prefers to manage the web portals, databases and email boxes via a user-friendly web hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you full root-level access and include three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting accounts instead of utilizing the web hosting server solely for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

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 web server, like an unresponsive Apache or an outage, it is desirable to have some sort of monitoring system enabled. Here at Smooth Web Hosting 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 as well. Backups are also an additional feature - the web hosting company offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could pick a type of RAID that would allow you to keep the very same data on two disk drives as a precaution in the event of a server hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted access erases something by mistake.