Dedicated Servers Definition
When we talk about hosting web servers, there are three major varieties - shared website hosting servers, VPS (virtual servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting web servers accommodate lots of clients and therefore the system resources per user account are restricted, virtual private server packages offer more configuration liberty, but also affect other virtual private hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized rashly, and dedicated servers give you the opportunity to perform everything you choose without intervening with anyone else.
Why would you need a dedicated server?
Dedicated servers are traditionally much more expensive than shared hosting servers or virtual private hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The reply is pretty simple. If your company has a resource-devouring web site, or simply has very precise server setup requirements, the most suitable choice would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is inclined to invest in safety and stability, the bigger price is not a concern. You obtain full root-level access and can utilize 100% of the web hosting server's system resources without anyone else availing of these resources and interfering with your web pages.
Most shared hosting distributors, incl. us at Blinding Edge Hosting, offer several different hardware configurations you can pick from as per your needs. The configurations offer different kinds of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM and server hard drive sizes and different bandwidth quotas. You can choose a Control Panel, which is a handy user interface if you wish to use the dedicated hosting web server for hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell console for all the changes you will be making. We provide three types of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.
The Control Panel 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 administer your dedicated server through a Secure Shell client exclusively. That, though, could be awkward, even more so if you want to give full server root access to somebody else who has less technical experience than yourself. This is why having hosting CP software activated is a brilliant idea. The Hepsia web hosting Control Panel software that we provide does not give you full root privileges and is mainly suitable for somebody who maintains numerous web sites that devour lots of resources, but would rather manage the online portals, databases and mail accounts using an easy-to-use hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you complete root-level access and have 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting packages rather than utilizing the web hosting server just for yourself, you should select one of these two.
Web server monitoring and backup procedures
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 hosting server, such as a non-responsive Apache or a downtime, it is desirable to have some sort of monitoring platform activated. Here at Blinding Edge Hosting 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 server too. Backups are also an additional option - the hosting supplier offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a type of RAID that would allow you to save the same data on 2 server hard disk drives as a protective measure in case of a hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full root-level access deletes something by mistake.