How Do Dedicated Servers Work?
When we speak of web hosting servers, there are 3 basic sorts - hosting servers, VPS (private virtual web servers) and dedicated packages. Shared web hosting servers host multiple clients and therefore the resources per user account are restricted, VPS give you more server configuration autonomy, but also influence other VPSs on the hardware node if utilized rashly, and dedicated servers give you the possibility to do everything you desire without messing with anyone else.
Why would you need a dedicated servers?
Dedicated servers are commonly much more expensive than shared web hosting servers or private virtual web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is rather simple. If your company has a big web page, or simply has very explicit server setup requirements, the smartest choice is a dedicated servers. For somebody who is inclined to invest in security and dependability, the greater price is of no importance. You have root access and can utilize 100% of the dedicated web server's system resources without anyone else availing of these system resources and interfering with your web sites.
The majority of hosting service providers, incl. us at Fast Tuna Web Hosting, provide different hardware architectures you can choose from on the basis of your needs. The configurations include different varieties of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and server disk drive sizes and different web traffic allowances. You can select a hosting CP, which is a handy user interface if you want to use the dedicated servers for website hosting purposes solely and choose not to resort to a Secure Shell terminal for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 kinds of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.
The web hosting CP of your choosing
If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our web servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could administer your dedicated packages through a Secure Shell terminal exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, especially if you want to grant full root-level access to someone else who has less technical expertise than yourself. This is why having hosting CP software installed is a nice idea. The Hepsia web hosting Control Panel tool that we offer does not include full root access and is mainly suitable for someone who owns lots of sites that require lots of system resources, but wishes to manage the web portals, databases and email addresses via an easy-to-use web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, grant root privileges and have 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting plans instead of utilizing the dedicated servers only for yourself, you should choose one of these two.
Web server monitoring and backup procedures
Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated servers and of backing it up. In the event of a problem with your dedicated web hosting server, such as an unresponsive Apache or a downtime, it is advisable to have some kind of monitoring system activated. Here at Fast Tuna Web Hosting the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you have a Managed Services package, they monitor the individual services on the dedicated servers as well. Backups are also an extra option - the hosting services provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would permit you to have the same data on 2 server hard drives as a precaution in the event of a hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given complete root access erases something by mistake.