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Dedicated Hosting Services Revealed

When we speak of web hosting servers, there are 3 main varieties - shared website hosting servers, VPS (virtual web hosting servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared servers host numerous customers and so the resources per account are limited, virtual private server plans offer more server configuration independence, but also influence other VPSs on the hardware node if utilized rashly, and dedicated servers offer you the opportunity to do everything you think fit without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated hosting server?

Dedicated servers are typically much more expensive than shared web hosting servers or VPSs. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is very simple. If your corporation has a content-heavy web page, or simply has very specific server setup requirements, the most sensible choice is a dedicated server. For someone who is ready to invest in security and reliability, the greater price is of no concern. You obtain full root-level access and can utilize 100% of the dedicated server's system resources without anyone else using these resources and meddling with your websites.

Hardware specifications

The majority of web hosting service providers, including us at Cirrus IT Services UK Ltd., offer several hardware configurations you can pick from in accordance with your requirements. The configurations offer different types of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and hard disk drive sizes and different traffic allowances. You can select a Control Panel, which is a useful software tool if you wish to utilize the dedicated web server for web hosting purposes only and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell terminal for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 types of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The Control Panel of your preference

If you are a self-reliant Linux user (our web servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server through an SSH client only. That, though, could be inconvenient, especially if you want to grant root privileges to someone else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. This is why having Control Panel software pre-activated is a fine idea. The Hepsia hosting CP graphical user interface that we offer does not offer full root privileges and is mainly suitable for somebody who runs multiple web pages that absorb lots of system resources, but wishes to administer the sites, databases and mail aliases via an intuitive web hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you complete root access and offer three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting packages instead of using the dedicated server just for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup services

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated hosting server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your server, like a non-responsive Apache or a downtime, it is useful to have some kind of monitoring system enabled. Here at Cirrus IT Services UK Ltd. 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 hosting server too. Backups are also an extra feature - the web hosting distributor offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could choose a type of RAID that would permit you to have the same data on 2 hard disk drives as a protective measure in case of a server disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given complete root access deletes something accidentally.