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How Dedicated Servers Function

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are three major categories - shared web hosting servers, VPS (virtual web servers) and dedicated servers. Shared servers accommodate plenty of customers and hence the resources per hosting account are limited, virtual private server packages give you more configuration freedom, but also influence other private virtual hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized rashly, and dedicated servers give you the liberty to carry out everything you please without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are commonly much more expensive than shared hosting servers or private virtual hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is quite simple. If your company has a high resource-requiring online portal, or simply has very explicit web server setup requirements, the most relevant option would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is inclined to invest in security and stability, the bigger price is not a problem. You obtain full root privileges and can use 100 percent of the dedicated hosting server's system resources without anyone else sharing these system resources and meddling with your websites.

Hardware specifications

The majority of shared hosting suppliers, incl. us at Techtrum Technologies, provide several hardware configurations you can choose from on the basis of your demands. The hardware configurations offer different types of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM and hard drive sizes and different traffic quotas. You can choose a web hosting Control Panel, which is a useful user interface if you wish to use the dedicated server for hosting purposes solely and prefer not to use a Secure Shell terminal for all the changes you will be making. We provide three sorts of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a self-reliant Linux OS user (our web hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server through an SSH connection only. That, though, could be inconvenient, particularly if you want to grant complete root access to someone else who has less technical skills than yourself. That is why having Control Panel software installed is a splendid idea. The Hepsia Control Panel interface that we offer does not offer full root access and is mostly suitable for someone who runs many web pages that require lots of system resources, but would rather manage the online portals, databases and email mailbox accounts using a user-friendly hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, give you root access and include 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting accounts instead of utilizing the dedicated server only for yourself, you should choose 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 problem with your dedicated hosting web server, such as a non-responsive Apache or a network outage, it is desirable to have some sort of monitoring system activated. Here at Techtrum Technologies 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 a bonus option - the hosting company offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could pick a kind of RAID that would permit you to have the same data on 2 server hard disk drives as a precaution in case of a hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted root access deletes something unintentionally.