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How Dedicated Hosting Works

When we talk about web hosting servers, there are three main categories - web hosting servers, VPS (virtual web servers) and dedicated hosting. Shared hosting servers host plenty of customers and therefore the system resources per hosting account are restricted, VPS hosting offer more server configuration autonomy, but also influence other private virtual hosting servers on the hardware node if utilized imprudently, and dedicated hosting servers give you the chance to carry out everything you decide without interfering with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated hosting servers?

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Dedicated hosting servers are generally much more high-priced than shared hosting web servers or virtual web servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The reply is quite simple. If your corporation has a heavy-content web portal, or just has very explicit web server architecture requirements, the most appropriate choice is a dedicated hosting servers. For someone who is ready to invest in security and stability, the higher price is not an issue. You are granted root-level access and can utilize 100 percent of the web hosting server's resources without anyone else utilizing these system resources and meddling with your web sites.

Hardware architectures

The majority of website hosting providers, incl. us at Zona Informatica, offer several hardware architectures you can choose from depending on your needs. The configurations include different sorts of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and server hard disk drive sizes and different monthly traffic quotas. You can select a Control Panel, which is a handy GUI if you would like to utilize the dedicated hosting servers for website hosting purposes only and prefer not to use a Secure Shell client for all the modifications you will be making. We provide 3 kinds of hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The web hosting Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a self-confident Linux user (our dedicated hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated hosting servers via a Secure Shell terminal only. That, though, could be inconvenient, especially if you choose to give access to somebody else who has less technical experience than yourself. That is why having hosting CP software activated is an excellent idea. The Hepsia Control Panel user interface that we offer does not include root access and is mainly appropriate for somebody who owns plenty of online portals that consume a lot of resources, but would rather administer the online portals, databases and mailbox accounts through an intuitive web hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, give you complete root-level access and include three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting accounts instead of using the dedicated hosting servers only for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Web server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated hosting servers and of backing it up. In case of a predicament with your server, like a non-responsive Apache or a network outage, it is advisable to have some kind of monitoring platform enabled. Here at Zona Informatica the system administrators monitor all dedicated hosting servers for ping timeouts, and, if you have a Managed Services package, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated hosting servers as well. Backups are also a bonus feature - the hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could pick a type of RAID that would permit you to store the same data on two disk drives as a protective measure in the event of a server disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted root access deletes something unintentionally.