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How Does Dedicated Hosting Work?

When we speak of hosting servers, there are 3 principal types - hosting servers, VPS (Virtual Private Servers) and dedicated packages. Shared web hosting servers accommodate plenty of clients and therefore the resources per user account are restricted, VPS offer more configuration independence, but also affect other virtual web servers on the hardware node if utilized unwisely, and dedicated servers offer you the freedom to carry out everything you see fit without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated servers?

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Dedicated servers are normally much more high-priced than shared servers or virtual private hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is pretty simple. If your corporation has a heavy resource-demanding website, or just has very explicit web server setup requirements, the right choice is a dedicated servers. For somebody who is inclined to invest in security and stability, the higher price is not a concern. You gain root privileges and can utilize 100% of the server's resources without anyone else utilizing these system resources and meddling with your web pages.

Hardware configurations

The majority of website hosting service providers, incl. us at Sharplogics, offer several different hardware configurations you can choose from based on your requirements. The configurations offer different varieties of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and server hard disk sizes and different web traffic usage quotas. You can select a web hosting Control Panel, which is a convenient tool if you would like to use the dedicated servers for website hosting purposes solely and choose not to resort to a Secure Shell client for all the modifications you will be making. We provide three kinds of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your choice

If you are a self-confident Linux OS user (our servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated servers through an SSH client exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, especially if you want to grant full root access to somebody else who has less technical skills than yourself. This is why having hosting Control Panel software pre-activated is an excellent idea. The Hepsia Control Panel user interface that we provide does not offer root access and is mainly appropriate for somebody who maintains a lot of web sites that require plenty of system resources, but desires to manage the web pages, databases and email mailbox accounts through an easy-to-use Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, grant root-level access and have three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting packages instead of utilizing the dedicated servers solely 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 servers and of backing it up. In the event of a predicament with your hosting server, such as an unresponsive Apache or an outage, it is useful to have some sort of monitoring system activated. Here at Sharplogics 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 too. Backups are also an additional feature - the hosting vendor offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could choose a type of RAID that would permit you to have the very same data on two server hard drives as a protective measure in the event of a hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given full root privileges erases something unintentionally.