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How Does Dedicated Hosting Function?

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are 3 main kinds - shared website hosting web servers, VPS (virtual web servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting servers host multiple customers and therefore the system resources per hosting account are restricted, virtual private server packages give you more configuration freedom, but also influence other Virtual Private Servers on the hardware node if used heedlessly, and dedicated servers offer you the opportunity to carry out everything you please without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are traditionally much more expensive than shared hosting servers or Virtual Private Servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is pretty simple. If your firm has a resource-devouring web site, or simply has very explicit web server architecture requirements, the most appropriate option is a dedicated server. For somebody who is ready to invest in safety and dependability, the higher price is of no importance. You receive complete root access and can use 100 percent of the dedicated web server's system resources without anyone else sharing these resources and messing with your web portals.

Hardware configurations

Most shared hosting vendors, incl. us at Italy Raidlayer, offer several hardware configurations you can pick from in consonance 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 traffic quotas. You can select a hosting Control Panel, which is a convenient interface if you would like to use the dedicated web hosting server for hosting purposes solely and prefer not to use an SSH terminal for all the modifications you will be making. We provide 3 sorts of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a confident Linux user (our servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server via an SSH console only. That, though, could be awkward, particularly if you decide to give root-level access to someone else who has less technical proficiency than yourself. That is why having hosting CP software pre-installed is a nice idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP tool that we provide does not include root privileges and is mostly appropriate for someone who runs numerous online portals that devour a lot of resources, but wishes to manage the websites, databases and mailbox aliases through an easy-to-use hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you root access and offer 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting packages rather than using the web server solely 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 server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your hosting server, such as an unresponsive Apache or a network downtime, it is desirable to have some sort of monitoring platform activated. Here at Italy Raidlayer 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 server as well. Backups are also an additional feature - the hosting distributor offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could choose a kind of RAID that would permit you to store the same data on two server hard drives as a protective measure in case of a disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted root-level access deletes something accidentally.