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What Does Dedicated Hosting Stand for?

When we talk about hosting servers, there are 3 basic varieties - hosting servers, VPS (private virtual servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting web servers accommodate lots of clients and therefore the system resources per web hosting account are restricted, VPS offer more configuration liberty, but also influence other private virtual web hosting servers on the hardware node if used imprudently, and dedicated servers give you the option to do everything you think fit without messing with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated servers?

Dedicated servers are usually much more expensive than shared web servers or virtual private web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The explanation is rather simple. If your corporation has a heavy resource-consuming online portal, or just has very exact server configuration requirements, the wisest option is a dedicated servers. For someone who is willing to invest in security and stability, the higher price is of no importance. You acquire root-level access and can utilize 100 percent of the hosting web server's resources without anyone else sharing these resources and meddling with your web sites.

Hardware architectures

The majority of web hosting companies, including us at opnux, offer several different hardware architectures you can select from according to your demands. The hardware configurations offer different varieties of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and hard disk drive sizes and different monthly traffic usage quotas. You can choose a Control Panel, which is a handy GUI if you want to use the dedicated servers for website hosting purposes solely and choose not to use an SSH console for all the changes you will be making. We provide 3 sorts of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a self-confident Linux OS user (our hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated servers via a Secure Shell connection exclusively. That, however, could be awkward, even more so if you choose to grant full root access to someone else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. That is why having web hosting CP software pre-activated is a splendid idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP graphical user interface that we provide does not offer full root access and is mainly suitable for someone who runs a lot of web sites that devour a lot of resources, but wants to administer the online portals, databases and electronic mail accounts using a user-friendly hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, grant complete root access and have three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting plans instead of using the dedicated servers only for yourself, you should select one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated servers and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your dedicated hosting web server, like a non-responsive Apache or a downtime, it is desirable to have some sort of monitoring platform enabled. Here at opnux 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 servers as well. Backups are also an extra option - the hosting supplier offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could choose a kind of RAID that would permit you to store the same data on two server hard disk drives as a precaution in case of a hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have given complete root-level access erases something by mistake.