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How Dedicated Servers Work

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are 3 main types - shared website hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web servers accommodate a lot of customers and so the resources per web hosting account are restricted, virtual private server accounts give you more configuration liberty, but also influence other private virtual web hosting servers on the hardware node if used unwisely, and dedicated servers offer you the chance to carry out everything you prefer without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are traditionally much more high-priced than shared servers or private virtual web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is pretty simple. If your firm has a resource-intensive web site, or just has very exact server architecture requirements, the most suitable option is a dedicated server. For somebody who is ready to invest in safety and stability, the bigger price is of no importance. You gain full root privileges and can use 100 percent of the web hosting server's resources without anyone else utilizing these system resources and intervening with your websites.

Hardware architectures

The majority of shared hosting corporations, incl. us at IEM SMART SOLUTION HOSTING, provide different hardware configurations you can pick from in keeping with your requirements. The configurations offer different kinds of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and server disk drive sizes and different monthly traffic quotas. You can select a web hosting CP, which is a handy GUI if you would like to utilize the dedicated web hosting server for web hosting purposes only and prefer not to use an SSH terminal for all the modifications you will be making. We provide three kinds of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting CP of your choosing

If you are a confident Linux OS user (our dedicated servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server through an SSH console only. That, though, could be inconvenient, even more so if you choose to give full root privileges to somebody else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. That is why having Control Panel software installed is a splendid idea. The Hepsia hosting Control Panel GUI that we offer does not give you root privileges and is mainly appropriate for someone who maintains multiple web pages that consume a lot of resources, but wants to manage the websites, databases and e-mail aliases using a user-friendly hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, grant full root access and have three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting plans instead of using the web hosting server only for yourself, you should choose one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your hosting server, like a non-responsive Apache or an outage, it is desirable to have some sort of monitoring system activated. Here at IEM SMART SOLUTION HOSTING 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 too. Backups are also a bonus feature - the hosting distributor offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could pick a kind of RAID that would allow you to save the very same data on two hard disk drives as a precaution in case of a server hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted complete server root access erases something by accident.