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What Exactly is Dedicated Hosting?

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are 3 major sorts - hosting servers, VPS (virtual servers) and dedicated packages. Shared web servers host many customers and hence the system resources per user account are restricted, VPS offer more configuration liberty, but also affect other virtual private web hosting servers on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers offer you the autonomy to do everything you please without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated servers?

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Dedicated servers are commonly much more expensive than shared hosting servers or VPS hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is quite simple. If your firm has a high resource-demanding site, or just has very exact web server configuration requirements, the most relevant choice would be a dedicated servers. For someone who is prepared to invest in safety and dependability, the greater price is of no importance. You are bestowed with complete root access and can use 100 percent of the web hosting server's system resources without anyone else availing of these resources and meddling with your websites.

Hardware configurations

Most web hosting corporations, including us at WiseHost.ca, provide different hardware architectures you can choose from based on your needs. The hardware configurations include different varieties of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and server hard disk sizes and different monthly traffic usage quotas. You can choose a web hosting CP, which is a useful GUI if you wish to use the dedicated servers for website hosting purposes solely and prefer not to use SSH for all the changes you will be making. We provide three kinds of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting CP of your preference

If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our web servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated servers through SSH exclusively. That, however, could be awkward, especially if you decide to grant complete server root access to somebody else who has less technical expertise than yourself. That is why having Control Panel software activated is a clever idea. The Hepsia web hosting Control Panel interface that we offer does not include complete root access and is mostly suitable for somebody who runs a lot of web portals that absorb lots of resources, but wants to administer the web portals, databases and e-mailbox accounts using an intuitive web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you full root privileges and include three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting packages rather than using the dedicated servers just for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated servers and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your dedicated server, such as an unresponsive Apache or a network downtime, it is desirable to have some kind of monitoring system activated. Here at WiseHost.ca 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 servers as well. Backups are also an additional feature - the web hosting company offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could pick a type of RAID that would allow you to keep the same data on two server disk drives as a protective measure in case of a hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have given access erases something accidentally.