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What Exactly is Dedicated Hosting?

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are three basic types - hosting servers, VPS (virtual servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web hosting servers host lots of clients and so the resources per account are limited, VPS give you more server configuration liberty, but also influence other private virtual servers on the hardware node if used unwisely, and dedicated servers give you the freedom to perform everything you see fit without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated servers?

Dedicated servers are normally much more high-priced than shared web servers or Virtual Private Servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The explanation is rather simple. If your firm has a resource-requiring site, or just has very explicit server architecture requirements, the wisest option would be a dedicated servers. For somebody who is ready to invest in safety and reliability, the bigger price is not a problem. You are bestowed with full root-level access and can use 100 percent of the server's system resources without anyone else sharing these system resources and messing with your online portals.

Hardware architectures

Most website hosting vendors, incl. us at Hostinger, offer different hardware configurations you can pick from in accordance with your necessities. The hardware architectures include different kinds of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and hard disk sizes and different bandwidth allowances. You can pick a web hosting CP, which is convenient software if you want to utilize the dedicated servers for website hosting purposes solely and choose not to resort to a Secure Shell console for all the changes you will be making. We provide 3 types of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your preference

If you are a self-reliant Linux OS user (our dedicated servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated servers via an SSH tunnel only. That, however, could be inconvenient, particularly if you decide to grant full root access to somebody else who has less technical skills than yourself. That is why having Control Panel software activated is a smart idea. The Hepsia hosting Control Panel GUI that we offer does not offer root privileges and is mainly appropriate for somebody who owns many web pages that demand a lot of resources, but prefers to administer the online portals, databases and emails through an intuitive web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, give you full root privileges and include three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting accounts instead of using the dedicated servers only for yourself, you should select one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated servers and of backing it up. In the event of a problem with your web hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or a network outage, it is good to have some kind of monitoring platform activated. Here at Hostinger 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 a bonus feature - the hosting vendor 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 two server hard drives as a protective measure in the event of a hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted root-level access deletes something accidentally.