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How Do Dedicated Servers Work?

When we speak of hosting web servers, there are 3 basic varieties - hosting servers, VPS (virtual private web hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web servers accommodate lots of clients and hence the resources per user account are restricted, VPS offer more server configuration autonomy, but also influence other VPS hosting servers on the hardware node if used rashly, and dedicated servers give you the opportunity to perform everything you decide without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated servers?

Dedicated servers are generally much more expensive than shared web hosting servers or virtual servers. Why would anyone, then, use them? The answer is rather simple. If your corporation has a heavy resource-consuming web site, or simply has very specific server architecture requirements, the best choice would be a dedicated servers. For somebody who is prepared to invest in security and stability, the greater price is of no concern. You get full server root access and can use 100 percent of the server's resources without anyone else using these system resources and interfering with your websites.

Hardware configurations

The majority of website hosting providers, including us at Agra Web Hosting, offer several hardware configurations you can pick from as per your demands. The hardware configurations offer different types of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and disk drive sizes and different bandwidth allowances. You can choose a Control Panel, which is a convenient tool if you want to use the dedicated servers for hosting purposes only and choose not to use a Secure Shell console for all the modifications you will be making. We offer 3 types of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The Control Panel of your choice

If you are a self-assured Linux user (our web servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated servers through SSH only. That, however, could be inconvenient, particularly if you wish to give complete root access to somebody else who has less technical knowledge than yourself. This is why having web hosting CP software pre-activated is a splendid idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP tool that we offer does not offer root privileges and is mainly suitable for somebody who maintains numerous websites that absorb lots of system resources, but prefers to manage the online portals, databases and email aliases through a user-friendly Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting Control Panels, on the other hand, grant complete root-level access and include three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell hosting plans instead of using the dedicated servers just for yourself, you should select one of these two.

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 hosting server, such as an unresponsive Apache or a network downtime, it is useful to have some kind of monitoring platform enabled. Here at Agra Web Hosting the system administrators monitor all dedicated servers for ping timeouts, and, if you have a Managed Services package, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated servers as well. Backups are also an extra option - the hosting solutions provider offers you data backups on our own backup servers. You could select a type of RAID that would allow you to have the same data on 2 server hard drives as a precaution in case of a server hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have given full root access deletes something accidentally.