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Explanation of Dedicated Servers

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are three basic kinds - shared hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web hosting servers accommodate many clients and hence the resources per account are restricted, VPS accounts give you more server configuration liberty, but also influence other virtual servers on the hardware node if utilized heedlessly, and dedicated servers give you the autonomy to perform everything you wish without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are normally much more high-priced than shared web servers or virtual servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The explanation is quite simple. If your company has a high-traffic site, or simply has very explicit server architecture requirements, the best choice is a dedicated server. For somebody who is inclined to invest in security and stability, the greater price is of no concern. You receive root access and can utilize 100 percent of the physical machine's system resources without anyone else using these resources and messing with your web portals.

Hardware specifications

Most hosting companies, incl. us at FDS Web Hosting Services, offer several hardware architectures you can pick from in consonance with your requirements. The hardware architectures offer different types of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and server hard drive sizes and different web traffic allowances. You can pick a hosting Control Panel, which is a handy tool if you want to use the hosting server for hosting purposes only and choose not to resort to an SSH client for all the changes you will be making. We offer three types of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting Control Panel of your choice

If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated server via a Secure Shell connection exclusively. That, however, could be awkward, particularly if you wish to give full server root privileges to someone else who has less technical abilities than yourself. This is why having web hosting CP software activated is an intelligent idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP user interface that we provide does not offer full root privileges and is mainly suitable for someone who maintains many sites that absorb a lot of system resources, but prefers to manage the web portals, databases and mailbox accounts using a user-friendly Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you full root-level access and offer 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting plans rather than utilizing the web hosting server just 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 server and of backing it up. In case of a predicament with your hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or an outage, it is good to have some sort of monitoring system activated. Here at FDS Web Hosting Services 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 a bonus option - the web hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would permit you to store the same data on 2 server disk drives as a protective measure in case of a hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted complete server root access deletes something by accident.