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Dedicated Hosting Definition

When we speak of hosting servers, there are 3 basic varieties - shared web hosting servers, VPS (virtual web servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared web hosting servers host lots of clients and hence the system resources per user account are limited, virtual private server packages give you more configuration autonomy, but also affect other private virtual hosting servers on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers offer you the possibility to do everything you want without messing with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated hosting server?

Dedicated servers are generally much more high-priced than shared hosting servers or private virtual hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is rather simple. If your company has a resource-requiring website, or simply has very precise web server architecture requirements, the best choice would be a dedicated server. For someone who is prepared to invest in security and dependability, the greater price is not a concern. You gain root access and can use 100 percent of the server's system resources without anyone else availing of these resources and intervening with your websites.

Hardware specifications

Most shared hosting companies, incl. us at CS IT PARK, provide different hardware architectures you can choose from in accordance with your needs. The configurations offer different sorts of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and disk drive sizes and different traffic usage quotas. You can select a web hosting CP, which is a convenient GUI if you want to use the server for website hosting purposes only and choose not to use an SSH client for all the changes you will be making. We offer three kinds of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a confident Linux user (our dedicated hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated server through a Secure Shell connection only. That, however, could be awkward, even more so if you choose to give access to somebody else who has less technical skills than yourself. That is why having web hosting CP software activated is a good idea. The Hepsia hosting Control Panel software that we provide does not offer full server root access and is chiefly suitable for somebody who maintains plenty of web sites that consume a lot of system resources, but desires to administer the web sites, databases and e-mail addresses through an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant complete root-level access and have 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting packages instead of utilizing the dedicated hosting web server just 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 predicament with your dedicated server, like an unresponsive Apache or an outage, it is good to have some sort of monitoring system enabled. Here at CS IT PARK 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 hosting server too. Backups are also a bonus option - the hosting vendor offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would permit you to store the same data on two server hard drives as a precaution in case of a server hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given full root privileges deletes something by accident.