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How Do Dedicated Servers Work?

When we speak of web hosting servers, there are 3 main varieties - shared web hosting servers, VPS (virtual hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web hosting servers host multiple clients and so the resources per user account are limited, virtual private server packages offer more server configuration independence, but also influence other VPS servers on the hardware node if utilized unwisely, and dedicated servers give you the autonomy to perform everything you choose without messing with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are commonly much more expensive than shared web servers or VPS servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The reply is rather simple. If your corporation has a high resource-demanding web portal, or simply has very explicit server architecture requirements, the smartest option is a dedicated server. For somebody who is prepared to invest in safety and reliability, the greater price is of no concern. You get full root access and can use 100 percent of the hosting web server's resources without anyone else availing of these system resources and intervening with your online portals.

Hardware specifications

Most shared hosting firms, including us at Hot Bravo .com, offer several hardware configurations you can select from in consonance with your requirements. The hardware configurations include different varieties of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and hard drive sizes and different monthly traffic usage quotas. You can choose a Control Panel, which is a convenient tool if you want to use the dedicated hosting server for website hosting purposes solely and choose not to resort to SSH for all the modifications you will be making. We offer 3 sorts of hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting CP of your preference

If you are a confident Linux OS user (our servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated server through an SSH client only. That, however, could be inconvenient, particularly if you wish to grant root access to someone else who has less technical expertise than yourself. This is why having Control Panel software pre-activated is a good idea. The Hepsia Control Panel software that we provide does not offer complete root access and is chiefly suitable for somebody who maintains many web sites that devour a lot of system resources, but wants to manage the web sites, databases and e-mail accounts via a user-friendly hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, grant root privileges and have 3 access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting plans instead of using the dedicated web hosting server just for yourself, you should select one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In the event of a problem with your dedicated hosting server, like a non-responsive Apache or a network downtime, it is useful to have some sort of monitoring platform activated. Here at Hot Bravo .com 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 as well. Backups are also a bonus feature - the web hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could pick a type of RAID that would permit you to store the same data on 2 server hard disk drives as a precaution in the event of a server hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given access deletes something unintentionally.