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How Do Dedicated Servers Work?

When we talk about hosting servers, there are 3 major kinds - shared hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web servers host lots of customers and therefore the resources per hosting account are limited, VPS accounts give you more configuration freedom, but also influence other VPS servers on the hardware node if utilized rashly, and dedicated servers give you the liberty to carry out everything you please without messing with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are generally much more expensive than shared web servers or VPS servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is quite simple. If your corporation has a large web portal, or just has very exact web server configuration requirements, the right option would be a dedicated server. For someone who is inclined to invest in safety and reliability, the bigger price is not a problem. You are given full root privileges and can use 100 percent of the dedicated web hosting server's resources without anyone else utilizing these resources and meddling with your web pages.

Hardware specifications

The majority of hosting distributors, incl. us at Nickam Web Hosting, offer different hardware configurations you can select from in keeping with your needs. The hardware configurations include different types of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM and server disk drive sizes and different monthly traffic usage quotas. You can select a web hosting CP, which is a useful graphical user interface if you want to utilize the web hosting server for website hosting purposes only and choose not to use a Secure Shell console for all the changes you will be making. We provide three kinds of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting Control Panel of your preference

If you are a self-assured Linux user (our dedicated servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server via an SSH tunnel only. That, though, could be awkward, even more so if you want to give complete server root access to somebody else who has less technical expertise than yourself. This is why having web hosting Control Panel software activated is a nice idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP graphical user interface that we provide does not give you root privileges and is mainly suitable for somebody who owns lots of web portals that absorb a lot of system resources, but would like to manage the web portals, databases and emails using an easy-to-use web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant root access and offer 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting packages rather than using the web server just for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In case of a predicament with your dedicated web hosting server, like a non-responsive Apache or an outage, it is good to have some kind of monitoring platform enabled. Here at Nickam Web 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 as well. Backups are also an extra feature - the hosting solutions provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would allow you to keep the very same data on two server hard disk drives as a precaution in the event of a disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted complete root-level access erases something unintentionally.