When we talk about hosting servers, there are 3 basic types - shared hosting web servers, VPS (virtual web hosting servers) and dedicated hosting web servers. Shared web hosting servers accommodate lots of clients and so the system resources per user account are limited, private virtual web hosting servers offer more server configuration autonomy, but also influence other VPS web servers on the hardware node if utilized heedlessly, and dedicated web hosting servers offer you the liberty to do everything you wish without interfering with anyone else.
Why would you need a dedicated web server?
Dedicated web hosting servers are usually much more expensive than shared web hosting servers or private virtual web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The reply is quite simple. If your corporation has a resource-absorbing web portal, or just has very explicit web server setup requirements, the most logical option would be a dedicated hosting server. For somebody who is ready to invest in security and dependability, the higher price is not a problem. You gain full server root access and can utilize 100% of the web server's resources without anyone else using these resources and meddling with your online portals.
Most hosting service providers, incl. Resellers Panel, offer several different hardware configurations you can select from according to your needs. The configurations offer different sorts of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM and server disk drive sizes and different monthly bandwidth allowances. You can pick a hosting CP, which is a convenient tool if you want to utilize the dedicated web server for web site hosting purposes solely and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell terminal for all the modifications you will be making. Resellers Panel, for example, offers 3 types of Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.
Inexpensive Dedicated Server Hosting Packages by Resellers Panel - a Comparison Chart
$125.00 per month
$195.00 per month
$340.00 per month
|Server Disk Space||2x250 GB SATA2 Hard Drives||2x500 GB SATA2 Hard Drives||4x500 GB SATA2 Hard Drives|
|Bandwidth||10000 GB||11000 GB||12000 GB|
|Server Processor (CPU)||Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz (2 cores)||Opteron 4170 HE 2.1 GHz (6 cores)||2x Opteron 4170 HE 2.1 GHz (12 cores)|
|Memory (RAM)||4 GB DDR3||8 GB DDR3||16 GB DDR3|
The hosting CP of your choosing
If you are a self-confident Linux OS user (the majority of dedicated servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server through an SSH tunnel exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, even more so if you choose to give full server root access to someone else who has less technical skills than yourself. That is why having hosting Control Panel software pre-installed is a brilliant idea. The Hepsia hosting Control Panel graphical user interface that Resellers Panel offers does not offer complete server root access and is mainly appropriate for somebody who runs multiple websites that swallow plenty of resources, but would rather administer the web portals, databases and mails through an intuitive Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you complete root-level access and offer three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell hosting accounts rather than utilizing the web 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 hosting web server and of backing it up. In the event of a problem with your web hosting server, such as a non-responsive Apache or a downtime, it is advisable to have some sort of monitoring system enabled. Resellers Panel monitors all web servers for ping timeouts, and, if you have a Managed Services package, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated hosting server too. Backups are also an extra feature - the web hosting distributor offers you data backups on their own backup servers. You could choose a kind of RAID that would allow you to save the very same data on 2 hard disks as a protective measure in case of a disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given full server root access deletes something accidentally.