Description of Dedicated Hosting
When we speak of hosting web servers, there are three major categories - shared hosting web servers, VPS (virtual servers) and dedicated hosting servers. Shared hosting servers host lots of clients and therefore the system resources per account are limited, virtual private server plans offer more configuration independence, but also influence other private virtual servers on the hardware node if utilized heedlessly, and dedicated servers give you the autonomy to perform everything you decide without meddling with anyone else.
Why would you need a dedicated hosting server?
4 GB DDR3 RAM
2x240 GB SSD Hard Drives
16 GB DDR4 RAM
2x240 GB SSD Hard Drives
Dedicated servers are usually much more expensive than shared hosting web servers or private virtual servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The answer is rather simple. If your corporation has a resource-demanding website, or simply has very special web server architecture requirements, the smartest option is a dedicated server. For somebody who is ready to invest in security and stability, the higher price is of no importance. You get complete root access and can use 100 percent of the hosting web server's resources without anyone else using these resources and messing with your websites.
Most web hosting vendors, incl. us at Ace Hosts, provide several different hardware architectures you can pick from in consonance with your requirements. The hardware configurations include different varieties of microprocessors, a different number of cores, different RAM and server hard disk drive sizes and different traffic usage quotas. You can choose a hosting CP, which is a useful interface if you wish to use the dedicated hosting web server for website hosting purposes solely and prefer not to resort to an SSH terminal for all the changes you will be making. We provide 3 kinds of web hosting CP software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.
The Control Panel of your choosing
If you are a self-assured Linux user (our hosting servers are running on Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could administer your dedicated server via an SSH tunnel exclusively. That, however, could be awkward, even more so if you decide to give full server root privileges to somebody else who has less technical abilities than yourself. That is why having hosting Control Panel software pre-activated is a good idea. The Hepsia hosting Control Panel user interface that we offer does not include full root privileges and is mainly appropriate for someone who runs plenty of web portals that require lots of resources, but desires to administer the sites, databases and mails using an intuitive hosting CP. The DirectAdmin and cPanel Control Panels, on the other hand, give you complete server root access and have 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting plans rather than using the server just for yourself, you should pick one of these two.
Server monitoring and backup services
Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated hosting server and of backing it up. In case of a predicament with your hosting server, like a non-responsive Apache or a downtime, it is useful to have some kind of monitoring system activated. Here at Ace Hosts 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 too. Backups are also an additional option - the web hosting vendor offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could select a type of RAID that would permit you to have the same data on two disk drives as a protective measure in the event of a hard drive failure, or in case someone whom you have ranted full server root privileges deletes something accidentally.