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Dedicated Servers Explained

When we speak of hosting servers, there are three major sorts - shared web hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual web servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting servers accommodate numerous customers and hence the system resources per hosting account are limited, VPS plans give you more configuration freedom, but also influence other Virtual Private Servers on the hardware node if used imprudently, and dedicated servers offer you the freedom to perform everything you decide without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are typically much more high-priced than shared web servers or Virtual Private Servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is rather simple. If your corporation has a regularly visited website, or just has very specific server setup requirements, the wisest choice would be a dedicated server. For someone who is inclined to invest in safety and stability, the higher price is of no importance. You obtain full server root privileges and can use 100 percent of the dedicated web server's system resources without anyone else utilizing these system resources and meddling with your online portals.

Hardware configurations

Most hosting firms, incl. us at The Duck Host, offer different hardware architectures you can select from according to your requirements. The configurations offer different sorts of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM and disk drive sizes and different monthly bandwidth allowances. You can select a Control Panel, which is a useful interface if you want to utilize the hosting server for website hosting purposes only and choose not to resort to an SSH terminal for all the modifications you will be making. We provide 3 kinds of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting CP of your choice

If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our dedicated hosting web servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server through a Secure Shell connection only. That, though, could be inconvenient, especially if you choose to give full server root privileges to somebody else who has less technical skills than yourself. This is why having Control Panel software activated is a splendid idea. The Hepsia Control Panel GUI that we offer does not include root access and is mainly suitable for somebody who runs multiple online portals that swallow a lot of resources, but wishes to administer the sites, databases and e-mailbox accounts via an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you complete server root access and include three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting plans rather than utilizing the hosting server only for yourself, you should pick 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 case of a problem with your web hosting server, such as an unresponsive Apache or an outage, it is useful to have some sort of monitoring system enabled. Here at The Duck Host 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 too. Backups are also an additional feature - the hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could choose a type of RAID that would permit you to keep the very same data on 2 hard disk drives as a precaution in case of a hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full root privileges erases something accidentally.