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Dedicated Servers Explained

When we speak of hosting servers, there are three major types - shared website hosting servers, VPS (virtual web servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting servers accommodate numerous customers and thus the resources per account are limited, virtual private server accounts offer more server configuration freedom, but also influence other virtual private hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized rashly, and dedicated servers offer you the option to do everything you wish without messing with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are traditionally much more high-priced than shared hosting servers or virtual private hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is rather simple. If your corporation has a resource-absorbing online portal, or just has very special server setup requirements, the most relevant choice is a dedicated server. For someone who is inclined to invest in safety and reliability, the bigger price is not an issue. You acquire complete root access and can use 100 percent of the server's system resources without anyone else using these resources and messing with your web sites.

Hardware architectures

Most shared hosting corporations, incl. us at Giza Hosting, offer different hardware architectures you can choose from depending on your necessities. The hardware architectures include different sorts of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM and hard disk sizes and different bandwidth usage quotas. You can pick a web hosting Control Panel, which is a useful user interface if you want to use the dedicated web hosting server for website hosting purposes only and prefer not to use SSH for all the changes you will be making. We offer three types of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting CP of your choosing

If you are a self-assured Linux user (our hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server through an SSH terminal only. That, though, could be awkward, particularly if you want to grant complete root-level access to somebody else who has less technical proficiency than yourself. This is why having hosting Control Panel software pre-installed is a smart idea. The Hepsia hosting CP interface that we provide does not include complete root-level access and is chiefly suitable for somebody who maintains lots of sites that require lots of system resources, but would like to administer the websites, databases and mail accounts through an easy-to-use web hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, grant full root access and have 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting packages instead of using the dedicated server just 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 the event of a problem with your dedicated hosting web server, like a non-responsive Apache or a network downtime, it is useful to have some kind of monitoring platform activated. Here at Giza 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 feature - the hosting services provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could pick a kind of RAID that would permit you to have the same data on two server hard disk drives as a precaution in the event of a hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted access erases something unintentionally.