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Dedicated Servers Explained

When we talk about hosting servers, there are three main sorts - shared website hosting web servers, VPS (Virtual Private Servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web hosting servers accommodate many clients and therefore the resources per user account are restricted, virtual private server accounts give you more configuration freedom, but also influence other private virtual hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized heedlessly, and dedicated servers offer you the possibility to carry out everything you wish without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are traditionally much more expensive than shared web hosting servers or private virtual hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The reply is quite simple. If your corporation has a high resource-swallowing web page, or simply has very special web server configuration requirements, the most reasonable option is a dedicated server. For someone who is willing to invest in safety and reliability, the higher price is not a problem. You are bestowed with full server root access and can utilize 100 percent of the dedicated hosting server's system resources without anyone else sharing these resources and messing with your online portals.

Hardware architectures

The majority of shared hosting vendors, incl. us at iMatrix ICT Group, offer several different hardware architectures you can choose from in consonance with your demands. The configurations include different sorts of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and hard disk sizes and different monthly bandwidth usage quotas. You can select a hosting CP, which is a convenient GUI if you wish to use the web hosting server for hosting purposes only and choose not to use a Secure Shell console for all the modifications you will be making. We provide three types of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The Control Panel of your choice

If you are a self-assured Linux user (our web hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server via a Secure Shell console only. That, though, could be awkward, even more so if you want to grant complete server root access to somebody else who has less technical abilities than yourself. This is why having hosting Control Panel software activated is a bright idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP GUI that we offer does not give you full server root privileges and is mainly suitable for someone who maintains a lot of sites that demand a lot of resources, but prefers to administer the sites, databases and mailbox aliases using a user-friendly Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, give you full root privileges and have three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting packages rather than using the hosting server solely for yourself, you should select 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 web hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or a network downtime, it is desirable to have some kind of monitoring platform enabled. Here at iMatrix ICT Group the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you order a Managed Services upgrade, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated server as well. Backups are also an extra option - the company offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could pick a type of RAID that would allow you to have the very same data on 2 hard drives as a protective measure in case of a disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full root privileges deletes something by mistake.