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What In Fact are Dedicated Servers?

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are three main varieties - shared hosting servers, VPS (Virtual Private Servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting servers host plenty of clients and therefore the resources per user account are restricted, virtual private servers give you more configuration independence, but also influence other virtual private hosting servers on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers give you the possibility to do everything you desire without messing with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated servers?

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Dedicated servers are generally much more high-priced than shared web servers or VPS web servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is rather simple. If your corporation has a large-scale site, or simply has very precise web server architecture requirements, the most relevant choice is a dedicated servers. For somebody who is inclined to invest in safety and dependability, the higher price is of no concern. You are bestowed with complete server root access and can utilize 100 percent of the physical machine's resources without anyone else utilizing these system resources and messing with your sites.

Hardware specifications

The majority of website hosting vendors, including us at Steele Design Studio limited, offer several different hardware configurations you can choose from in accordance with your requirements. The hardware architectures offer different types of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and server disk drive sizes and different monthly bandwidth usage quotas. You can choose a Control Panel, which is a handy GUI if you would like to utilize the dedicated servers for website hosting purposes solely and choose not to use a Secure Shell console for all the modifications you will be making. We provide three sorts of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your choosing

If you are a self-reliant Linux OS user (our dedicated web hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated servers through an SSH terminal exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, particularly if you choose to give complete root access to somebody else who has less technical skills than yourself. This is why having hosting CP software pre-installed is a good idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP GUI that we provide does not include root privileges and is mostly suitable for someone who owns plenty of web sites that absorb plenty of resources, but would rather administer the websites, databases and email addresses via a user-friendly web hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant complete server root access and include three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting plans instead of utilizing the dedicated servers only for yourself, you should choose one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated servers and of backing it up. In the event of a problem with your server, like a non-responsive Apache or a downtime, it is good to have some sort of monitoring system activated. Here at Steele Design Studio limited the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you have a Managed Services package, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated servers as well. Backups are also an extra feature - the hosting distributor offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could pick a type of RAID that would allow you to have the same data on 2 hard drives as a precaution in case of a server disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given access deletes something accidentally.