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How Does Dedicated Servers Hosting Function?

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are 3 main sorts - shared hosting web servers, VPS (Virtual Private Servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting servers host multiple customers and so the system resources per web hosting account are limited, virtual private server packages give you more server configuration autonomy, but also affect other VPSs on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers offer you the liberty to perform everything you desire without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are usually much more expensive than shared servers or VPSs. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is rather simple. If your firm has a large-scale web site, or just has very precise server setup requirements, the proper choice would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is inclined to invest in safety and dependability, the bigger price is of no concern. You acquire full server root privileges and can utilize 100 percent of the hosting server's system resources without anyone else using these system resources and meddling with your web sites.

Hardware configurations

Most shared hosting service providers, incl. us at North Vancouver Web Hosting, provide different hardware configurations you can pick from as per your necessities. The configurations include different kinds of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM and hard disk sizes and different traffic allowances. You can choose a web hosting Control Panel, which is a handy user interface if you would like to utilize the web server for website hosting purposes solely and prefer not to resort to SSH for all the modifications you will be making. We offer three types of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a self-confident Linux OS user (our dedicated hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server through a Secure Shell console only. That, though, could be inconvenient, especially if you want to give complete root-level access to someone else who has less technical abilities than yourself. This is why having Control Panel software pre-installed is a good idea. The Hepsia hosting CP user interface that we offer does not offer full root-level access and is chiefly appropriate for somebody who maintains many websites that require a lot of system resources, but desires to manage the web pages, databases and e-mails using an easy-to-use hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you full server root access and have three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting packages rather than utilizing the web server solely for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Web 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 dedicated hosting server, like a non-responsive Apache or a network downtime, it is useful to have some kind of monitoring system enabled. Here at North Vancouver Web Hosting 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 a bonus option - the web hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could select a type of RAID that would allow you to save the very same data on two server disk drives as a precaution in case of a server hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted root access erases something by accident.