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What Indeed are Dedicated Servers?

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are 3 major types - shared hosting servers, VPS (virtual servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web servers host plenty of customers and therefore the system resources per account are restricted, VPS plans offer more server configuration autonomy, but also influence other private virtual web hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized heedlessly, and dedicated servers offer you the option to perform everything you desire without intervening with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

Dedicated servers are usually much more expensive than shared hosting web servers or private virtual web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The explanation is rather simple. If your corporation has a data-heavy website, or just has very exact web server architecture requirements, the most sensible choice is a dedicated server. For someone who is prepared to invest in safety and stability, the bigger price is of no concern. You get complete server root access and can use 100% of the server's resources without anyone else using these system resources and messing with your online portals.

Hardware architectures

Most hosting vendors, incl. us at MilkyWayHosting.Com, offer several hardware configurations you can choose from in keeping with your necessities. The configurations include different types of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and hard drive sizes and different web traffic allowances. You can pick a hosting Control Panel, which is a useful interface if you would like to use the web hosting server for website hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell console for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 sorts of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting CP of your choice

If you are a self-confident Linux OS user (our hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated server via a Secure Shell connection only. That, though, could be inconvenient, even more so if you choose to give complete root access to somebody else who has less technical proficiency than yourself. This is why having hosting Control Panel software pre-installed is a brilliant idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP tool that we offer does not include root privileges and is mostly appropriate for someone who maintains many web portals that swallow lots of system resources, but wants to manage the web pages, databases and e-mailbox accounts using an easy-to-use hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, give you full root-level access and include 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting packages instead of using the hosting server only for yourself, you should pick 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 case of a predicament with your server, such as an unresponsive Apache or a downtime, it is desirable to have some sort of monitoring system enabled. Here at MilkyWayHosting.Com 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 additional feature - the hosting solutions provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could select a type of RAID that would permit you to keep the very same data on 2 hard drives as a protective measure in case of a hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full root access deletes something by accident.