What Actually is Dedicated Hosting?
When we talk about hosting servers, there are 3 basic categories - shared hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual servers) and dedicated servers. Shared hosting servers host a lot of clients and hence the system resources per hosting account are limited, virtual private server plans give you more configuration independence, but also influence other virtual web hosting servers on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers offer you the independence to carry out everything you think fit without interfering with anyone else.
Why would you require a dedicated server?
4 GB DDR3 RAM
2x250 GB HDD Hard Drives
8 GB DDR3 RAM
2x500 GB HDD Hard Drives
Dedicated servers are traditionally much more expensive than shared web servers or virtual web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The reply is very simple. If your corporation has a data-heavy web page, or just has very explicit server setup requirements, the right choice is a dedicated server. For somebody who is prepared to invest in safety and dependability, the higher price is not a problem. You obtain root access and can use 100% of the server's system resources without anyone else sharing these resources and meddling with your websites.
The majority of shared hosting service providers, including us at SSDD Hosting, provide several hardware architectures you can select from according to your demands. The hardware architectures offer different varieties of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and server hard disk drive sizes and different monthly traffic allowances. You can choose a Control Panel, which is handy software if you wish to use the web hosting server for website hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to SSH for all the modifications you will be making. We provide 3 types of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.
The hosting CP of your choice
If you are a self-confident Linux user (our web servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server via a Secure Shell tunnel only. That, though, could be awkward, even more so if you want to grant full root-level access to somebody else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. That is why having hosting CP software installed is an intelligent idea. The Hepsia web hosting Control Panel interface that we provide does not give you complete root-level access and is chiefly appropriate for somebody who maintains plenty of sites that require plenty of system resources, but prefers to administer the sites, databases and mail addresses using a user-friendly hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, give you full server root access and include 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting packages instead of utilizing the dedicated server just for yourself, you should select one of these two.
Server monitoring and backup services
Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your hosting server, like an unresponsive Apache or a downtime, it is desirable to have some sort of monitoring system enabled. Here at SSDD Hosting 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 an additional feature - the web hosting vendor offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could choose a kind of RAID that would permit you to store the very same data on 2 server disk drives as a protective measure in the event of a disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted access deletes something unintentionally.