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Dedicated Hosting Defined

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are 3 principal kinds - shared hosting servers, VPS (private virtual servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting web servers host multiple clients and hence the resources per web hosting account are limited, virtual private servers offer more server configuration liberty, but also affect other virtual web servers on the hardware node if used imprudently, and dedicated servers give you the independence to perform everything you please without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated servers?

Dedicated servers are normally much more expensive than shared hosting web servers or VPSs. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is rather simple. If your company has a frequently visited online portal, or simply has very specific server architecture requirements, the proper option would be a dedicated servers. For somebody who is inclined to invest in safety and reliability, the higher price is of no importance. You receive complete root access and can use 100% of the web hosting server's resources without anyone else sharing these resources and interfering with your web portals.

Hardware configurations

Most website hosting suppliers, incl. us at Italy Raidlayer, provide several different hardware configurations you can pick from in line with your necessities. The hardware configurations include different sorts of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and server hard disk drive sizes and different monthly traffic usage quotas. You can pick a hosting Control Panel, which is a convenient interface if you would like to utilize the dedicated servers for hosting purposes only and prefer not to use an SSH console for all the modifications you will be making. We offer three sorts of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting CP of your preference

If you are a self-confident Linux OS user (our web hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated servers via a Secure Shell tunnel only. That, however, could be inconvenient, particularly if you wish to give complete server root access to somebody else who has less technical expertise than yourself. That is why having Control Panel software pre-activated is an intelligent idea. The Hepsia hosting CP user interface that we provide does not include full server root privileges and is mostly appropriate for someone who runs numerous sites that absorb a lot of resources, but prefers to administer the online portals, databases and email box accounts via an easy-to-use web hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, grant complete server root access and offer three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting plans rather than utilizing the dedicated servers only for yourself, you should pick 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 case of a problem with your dedicated hosting web server, such as a non-responsive Apache or a network downtime, it is good to have some sort of monitoring system enabled. Here at Italy Raidlayer the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you order a Managed Services upgrade, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated servers too. Backups are also a bonus option - the web hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could choose a type of RAID that would allow you to have the very same data on two hard disk drives as a precaution in the event of a server hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given full root privileges deletes something unintentionally.