What Actually are Dedicated Hosting Servers?
When we speak of hosting servers, there are 3 major kinds - shared web hosting servers, VPS (virtual private web hosting servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared servers host numerous customers and so the system resources per hosting account are restricted, virtual private server accounts give you more server configuration independence, but also affect other VPS web hosting servers on the hardware node if used imprudently, and dedicated servers offer you the possibility to carry out everything you choose without intervening with anyone else.
Why would you need a dedicated hosting server?
4 GB DDR3 RAM
2x240 GB SSD Hard Drives
8 GB DDR3 RAM
240 GB SSD Hard Drive
Dedicated servers are usually much more high-priced than shared web servers or VPS web hosting servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is quite simple. If your corporation has a content-heavy site, or simply has very explicit server setup requirements, the most intelligent choice would be a dedicated server. For someone who is willing to invest in safety and stability, the higher price is not an issue. You are bestowed with full root-level access and can utilize 100% of the dedicated web server's system resources without anyone else utilizing these system resources and meddling with your sites.
Most shared hosting vendors, including us at Tierra Hosting, offer several hardware configurations you can pick from in line with your demands. The hardware architectures include different varieties of processors, a different number of cores, different RAM memory and hard drive sizes and different monthly traffic allowances. You can select a web hosting CP, which is a convenient graphical user interface if you would like to utilize the dedicated web hosting server for hosting purposes solely and choose not to use a Secure Shell console for all the modifications you will be making. We offer 3 kinds of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.
The hosting Control Panel of your preference
If you are a self-reliant Linux OS user (our hosting servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated server via a Secure Shell console exclusively. That, though, could be inconvenient, even more so if you want to give full root-level access to someone else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. This is why having web hosting Control Panel software pre-activated is a nice idea. The Hepsia Control Panel graphical user interface that we provide does not include full root access and is mainly appropriate for someone who owns many online portals that require lots of system resources, but wants to administer the websites, databases and e-mailboxes using a user-friendly hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you complete root access and have three levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting packages instead of utilizing the dedicated server only for yourself, you should choose one of these two.
Server monitoring and backup services
Last but not least, there is the issue of monitoring the dedicated hosting server and of backing it up. In case of a problem with your server, such as an unresponsive Apache or a network outage, it is good to have some sort of monitoring system activated. Here at Tierra 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 hosting server as well. Backups are also an additional feature - the web hosting services provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could pick a type of RAID that would permit you to keep the very same data on two hard drives as a protective measure in case of a hard disk drive failure, or in case someone whom you have given full root-level access erases something by mistake.