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How Dedicated Hosting Operates

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are 3 major sorts - shared hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting web servers host a lot of customers and thus the system resources per account are limited, VPS plans offer more configuration independence, but also influence other private virtual web servers on the hardware node if used unwisely, and dedicated servers give you the possibility to carry out everything you choose without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are generally much more expensive than shared servers or private virtual web servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is pretty simple. If your company has a resource-swallowing web site, or just has very specific server architecture requirements, the most relevant choice is a dedicated server. For somebody who is inclined to invest in security and reliability, the greater price is not an issue. You gain root privileges and can utilize 100% of the dedicated web server's system resources without anyone else utilizing these resources and meddling with your web pages.

Hardware architectures

The majority of hosting providers, including us at opnux, offer different hardware architectures you can select from as per your requirements. The hardware configurations include different sorts of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and hard drive sizes and different monthly bandwidth usage quotas. You can select a hosting CP, which is convenient software if you wish to use the dedicated server for website hosting purposes solely and prefer not to use a Secure Shell client for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 sorts of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting CP of your preference

If you are a confident Linux user (our web hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server via a Secure Shell console exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, even more so if you wish to grant full root-level access to someone else who has less technical experience than yourself. This is why having web hosting Control Panel software installed is an intelligent idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP tool that we offer does not offer root privileges and is mostly appropriate for someone who has plenty of web pages that absorb a lot of resources, but desires to manage the web portals, databases and e-mailboxes using an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you full server root privileges and offer three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting packages rather than using the dedicated hosting server only for yourself, you should choose one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In the event of a problem with your dedicated server, such as a non-responsive Apache or a network downtime, it is advisable to have some kind of monitoring system activated. Here at opnux 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 an additional option - the hosting solutions provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would allow you to keep the same data on 2 hard disks as a precaution in the event of a hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given root privileges deletes something by mistake.