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What Exactly are Dedicated Servers?


When we talk about hosting web servers, there are three basic sorts - shared web hosting web servers, VPS (Virtual Private Servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting servers accommodate multiple clients and so the resources per user account are limited, VPS plans give you more server configuration independence, but also affect other virtual private web servers on the hardware node if utilized imprudently, and dedicated servers offer you the liberty to perform everything you think fit without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

AMD 2
2x Opteron 4170 HE 2.1 GHz (12 cores)
16 GB DDR3 RAM
4x500 GB HDD Hard Drives
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Opteron 4170 HE 2.1 GHz (6 cores)
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2x500 GB HDD Hard Drives
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Dedicated servers are usually much more expensive than shared servers or virtual private web servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The reply is rather simple. If your firm has a content-heavy website, or simply has very precise web server architecture requirements, the most logical choice would be a dedicated server. For someone who is ready to invest in security and reliability, the greater price is not a concern. You are bestowed with full server root privileges and can utilize 100 percent of the dedicated web hosting server's resources without anyone else using these system resources and messing with your websites.

Hardware specifications

Most hosting distributors, incl. us at Harneyz Ltd., offer several different hardware architectures you can pick from on the basis of your demands. The hardware configurations offer different sorts of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and server disk drive sizes and different web traffic quotas. You can pick a Control Panel, which is a convenient GUI if you wish to use the dedicated web server for hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to an SSH terminal for all the modifications you will be making. We provide three types of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The Control Panel of your preference

If you are a self-confident Linux OS user (our hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server via an SSH terminal only. That, though, could be awkward, 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 Control Panel software pre-installed is an excellent idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP user interface that we offer does not give you full server root privileges and is mostly suitable for someone who has plenty of sites that require lots of system resources, but wants to manage the web sites, databases and e-mail aliases via a user-friendly web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you root access and include three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting packages instead of utilizing the dedicated hosting web server only for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In case of a predicament with your dedicated server, like an unresponsive Apache or a network outage, it is good to have some kind of monitoring platform activated. Here at Harneyz Ltd. 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 option - the web hosting supplier offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could select a type of RAID that would permit you to save the same data on two server hard drives as a protective measure in the event of a hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have given full server root access deletes something by accident.