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How Do Dedicated Servers Work?

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are 3 basic kinds - hosting servers, VPS (virtual hosting servers) and dedicated packages. Shared hosting servers host a lot of customers and therefore the resources per user account are restricted, VPS give you more server configuration autonomy, but also affect other VPS hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized unwisely, and dedicated servers give you the chance to do everything you like without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated servers?

Dedicated servers are generally much more expensive than shared web hosting servers or private virtual hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is very simple. If your firm has a data-heavy online portal, or just has very specific web server configuration requirements, the most reasonable option is a dedicated servers. For someone who is inclined to invest in security and dependability, the bigger price is not a problem. You are bestowed with full root privileges and can use 100 percent of the web hosting server's resources without anyone else utilizing these resources and messing with your websites.

Hardware configurations

Most web hosting companies, including us at RatRod Hosting, offer several different hardware configurations you can select from according to your demands. The hardware configurations offer different kinds of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM and server hard disk sizes and different traffic quotas. You can choose a hosting Control Panel, which is a convenient interface if you want to use the dedicated servers for web hosting purposes only and prefer not to use a Secure Shell console for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 kinds of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your preference

If you are a confident Linux OS user (our dedicated servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated packages through a Secure Shell client exclusively. That, however, could be awkward, particularly if you choose to grant full root access to someone else who has less technical skills than yourself. This is why having web hosting CP software pre-installed is an excellent idea. The Hepsia Control Panel GUI that we provide does not offer root access and is mainly suitable for someone who maintains many websites that require lots of system resources, but wants to administer the websites, databases and e-mailboxes using an easy-to-use web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you full server root access and have 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting packages instead of using the dedicated servers 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 servers and of backing it up. In the event of a predicament with your dedicated hosting web server, such as a non-responsive Apache or a network downtime, it is useful to have some kind of monitoring system activated. Here at RatRod Hosting 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 servers too. Backups are also an extra option - the hosting solutions provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would permit you to store the same data on two disk drives as a protective measure in case of a server hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given access deletes something unintentionally.