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Dedicated Server

When we talk about hosting web servers, there are three principal types - shared hosting web servers, VPS (private virtual web servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared web hosting servers host plenty of clients and hence the system resources per web hosting account are limited, VPS web hosting servers give you more configuration autonomy, but also influence other virtual servers on the hardware node if utilized heedlessly, and dedicated web hosting servers offer you the autonomy to do everything you prefer without meddling with anyone else.

Why would you need a dedicated hosting server?

Dedicated hosting servers are normally much more high-priced than shared web hosting servers or virtual private web servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The explanation is pretty simple. If your corporation has a resource-consuming online portal, or simply has very explicit server architecture requirements, the most appropriate option would be a dedicated server. For someone who is willing to invest in security and stability, the bigger price is not an issue. You acquire complete server root access and can utilize 100 percent of the hosting web server's system resources without anyone else using these system resources and interfering with your sites.

Hardware specs

The majority of web hosting suppliers, incl. NTC Hosting, offer several different hardware configurations you can choose from in accordance with your requirements. The configurations include different varieties of processors, a different amount of cores, different RAM memory and hard disk drive sizes and different web traffic usage quotas. You can choose a Control Panel, which is a convenient GUI if you want to use the dedicated hosting web server for hosting purposes solely and prefer not to use an SSH console for all the changes you will be making. NTC Hosting, for example, offers 3 sorts of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting Control Panel of your choosing

If you are a self-reliant Linux user (most dedicated web hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based OSs), you could manage your dedicated server via a Secure Shell connection exclusively. That, though, could be awkward, even more so if you choose to grant root-level access to someone else who has less technical proficiency than yourself. That is why having web hosting Control Panel software installed is a smart idea. The Hepsia hosting CP software tool that NTC Hosting provides does not give you complete root-level access and is chiefly suitable for somebody who maintains plenty of websites that absorb a lot of resources, but prefers to manage the web sites, databases and e-mailbox accounts using an easy-to-use hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you root privileges and have three access levels - root, reseller and user. If you plan to resell web hosting packages instead of using the hosting 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, like a non-responsive Apache or a network downtime, it is useful to have some sort of monitoring platform enabled. NTC Hosting monitors all dedicated hosting servers for ping timeouts, and, if you have a Managed Services package, they monitor the separate services on the dedicated web hosting server too. Backups are also a bonus feature - the hosting distributor offers you data backups on their own backup web servers. You could select a kind of RAID that would allow you to have the very same data on 2 hard drives as a protective measure in the event of a server hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have given full root privileges deletes something accidentally.