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What are Dedicated Servers?

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are 3 basic varieties - shared web hosting servers, VPS (Virtual Private Servers) and dedicated servers. Shared servers accommodate multiple clients and thus the system resources per hosting account are limited, virtual private server packages offer more configuration liberty, but also affect other VPS web servers on the hardware node if used unwisely, and dedicated servers offer you the independence to do everything you like without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are usually much more expensive than shared hosting servers or VPS web servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The reply is rather simple. If your firm has a resource-consuming website, or just has very specific server setup requirements, the right choice is a dedicated server. For somebody who is willing to invest in security and stability, the bigger price is not an issue. You get full server root privileges and can use 100% of the dedicated web server's system resources without anyone else utilizing these resources and interfering with your web pages.

Hardware specifications

The majority of shared hosting service providers, including us at ComNetwork, provide several hardware architectures you can choose from in keeping with your necessities. The configurations include different kinds of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and disk drive sizes and different monthly bandwidth allowances. You can choose a web hosting Control Panel, which is a useful tool if you would like to utilize the dedicated server for web hosting purposes only and choose not to resort to an SSH console for all the changes you will be making. We provide 3 kinds of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting Control Panel of your preference

If you are a self-reliant Linux OS user (our servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated server through a Secure Shell client exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, particularly if you want to give full root privileges to somebody else who has less technical experience than yourself. That is why having Control Panel software pre-installed is a clever idea. The Hepsia hosting Control Panel GUI that we provide does not offer root-level access and is mainly suitable for somebody who has many sites that devour lots of system resources, but desires to manage the websites, databases and e-mail accounts through an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you complete root access and include three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting accounts rather than using the dedicated hosting server only for yourself, you should select one of these two.

Web 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 predicament with your web server, like an unresponsive Apache or a network downtime, it is advisable to have some sort of monitoring platform activated. Here at ComNetwork the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you order a Managed Services upgrade, they monitor the individual services on the dedicated server too. Backups are also an extra feature - the web hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could choose a type of RAID that would permit you to keep the same data on two server hard disks as a protective measure in case of a disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full server root privileges deletes something accidentally.