What In Fact is Dedicated Servers Hosting?
When we talk about web hosting servers, there are three major categories - shared web hosting web servers, VPS (virtual web hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared servers accommodate plenty of customers and therefore the system resources per account are restricted, virtual private server plans offer more server configuration liberty, but also affect other virtual private web hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized unwisely, and dedicated servers offer you the freedom to do everything you wish without messing with anyone else.
Why would you need a dedicated server?
Dedicated servers are commonly much more expensive than shared hosting web servers or virtual private web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is rather simple. If your company has a heavy resource-demanding online portal, or just has very specific server setup requirements, the wisest option would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is inclined to invest in safety and reliability, the higher price is not a concern. You receive full server root access and can use 100% of the physical server's resources without anyone else using these system resources and messing with your online portals.
Most shared hosting firms, incl. us at Step2Rays Hosting, offer different hardware architectures you can pick from in accordance with your necessities. The hardware architectures include different types of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and server hard disk sizes and different monthly traffic usage quotas. You can pick a hosting Control Panel, which is a useful software tool if you want to use the dedicated web server for hosting purposes only and prefer not to use a Secure Shell terminal for all the changes you will be making. We provide three types of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.
The web hosting Control Panel of your preference
If you are a self-reliant Linux OS user (our dedicated web hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server through a Secure Shell tunnel only. That, though, could be inconvenient, even more so if you wish to grant complete root-level access to somebody else who has less technical expertise than yourself. This is why having Control Panel software pre-activated is a great idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP user interface that we offer does not give you full root privileges and is mostly appropriate for somebody who runs plenty of web portals that swallow a lot of system resources, but prefers to administer the sites, databases and mails via an easy-to-use Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you full root access and have three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting accounts instead of utilizing the hosting server just for yourself, you should choose one of these two.
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 problem with your web server, such as an unresponsive Apache or a network downtime, it is useful to have some kind of monitoring platform activated. Here at Step2Rays Hosting the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you have a Managed Services package, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated server as well. Backups are also an extra feature - the web hosting services provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a type of RAID that would allow you to keep the very same data on 2 server hard drives as a protective measure in the event of a server hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted root privileges erases something by accident.