How Dedicated Hosting Works
When we talk about hosting web servers, there are three main varieties - shared website hosting servers, VPS (virtual private web servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web servers host many customers and thus the system resources per web hosting account are limited, VPS packages offer more configuration autonomy, but also affect other virtual private web servers on the hardware node if used heedlessly, and dedicated servers offer you the opportunity to do everything you choose without interfering with anyone else.
Why would you require a dedicated server?
Dedicated servers are typically much more high-priced than shared hosting web servers or virtual private web servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is pretty simple. If your firm has a resource-absorbing website, or just has very exact server setup requirements, the most appropriate choice would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is willing to invest in safety and dependability, the higher price is not a problem. You are given full root-level access and can utilize 100 percent of the dedicated server's system resources without anyone else availing of these resources and meddling with your web portals.
The majority of hosting firms, including us at My SmartHost, offer several hardware architectures you can choose from as per your necessities. The hardware configurations offer different sorts of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and disk drive sizes and different monthly bandwidth allowances. You can pick a Control Panel, which is a convenient tool if you would like to utilize the dedicated web server for web hosting purposes only and prefer not to use a Secure Shell client for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 types of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.
The Control Panel of your choice
If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our dedicated servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated server through a Secure Shell connection only. That, however, could be inconvenient, even more so if you choose to give full server root access to someone else who has less technical expertise than yourself. That is why having hosting Control Panel software pre-installed is a splendid idea. The Hepsia hosting Control Panel user interface that we offer does not give you full server root access and is mostly suitable for somebody who runs many websites that consume a lot of resources, but wants to manage the web pages, databases and email mailbox accounts using an easy-to-use web hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, give you complete root-level access and have 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting packages rather than utilizing the web hosting server only for yourself, you should pick 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 the event of a problem with your server, like a non-responsive Apache or an outage, it is desirable to have some sort of monitoring platform activated. Here at My SmartHost 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 a bonus option - the web hosting distributor offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could pick a type of RAID that would allow you to keep the same data on two disk drives as a precaution in the event of a server hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted complete root access erases something by mistake.