How Do Dedicated Servers Work?
When we talk about hosting servers, there are three major kinds - hosting servers, VPS (private virtual hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting web servers accommodate lots of customers and hence the system resources per web hosting account are restricted, VPS offer more server configuration independence, but also affect other virtual web servers on the hardware node if used unwisely, and dedicated servers offer you the opportunity to carry out everything you prefer without intervening with anyone else.
Why would you need a dedicated servers?
4 GB DDR3 RAM
2x250 GB HDD Hard Drives
8 GB DDR3 RAM
2x500 GB HDD Hard Drives
Dedicated servers are generally much more expensive than shared web servers or Virtual Private Servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is very simple. If your firm has a large online portal, or simply has very explicit server architecture requirements, the most suitable option is a dedicated servers. For someone who is inclined to invest in safety and reliability, the greater price is not a concern. You have full server root access and can utilize 100% of the hosting web server's resources without anyone else utilizing these system resources and meddling with your web pages.
Most website hosting vendors, incl. us at Hosting in the USA, provide several different hardware architectures you can select from in consonance with your demands. The hardware configurations include different types of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and disk drive sizes and different traffic usage quotas. You can choose a web hosting Control Panel, which is a handy software tool if you wish to utilize the dedicated servers for hosting purposes only and choose not to use an SSH terminal for all the changes you will be making. We provide three types of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.
The web hosting Control Panel of your preference
If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our dedicated web hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated servers via a Secure Shell client exclusively. That, however, could be awkward, even more so if you wish to give complete root access to somebody else who has less technical skills than yourself. This is why having web hosting CP software activated is a fine idea. The Hepsia hosting CP tool that we provide does not give you full root access and is mostly suitable for someone who has multiple web portals that devour a lot of resources, but prefers to administer the web portals, databases and mail aliases using an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant full server root access and include 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting accounts rather than utilizing the dedicated servers solely for yourself, you should choose one of these two.
Server monitoring and backup services
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 hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or a network outage, it is advisable to have some kind of monitoring platform enabled. Here at Hosting in the USA 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 servers as well. Backups are also a bonus feature - the web hosting services provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could pick a type of RAID that would permit you to have the same data on 2 hard disks as a precaution in case of a hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given root-level access deletes something by mistake.