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Definition of Dedicated Servers

When we talk about hosting servers, there are 3 principal categories - shared web hosting web servers, VPS (virtual private web hosting servers) and dedicated servers. Shared web servers host plenty of customers and thus the system resources per user account are restricted, VPS packages offer more configuration autonomy, but also influence other Virtual Private Servers on the hardware node if utilized heedlessly, and dedicated servers offer you the option to do everything you prefer without messing with anyone else.

Why would you require a dedicated server?

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Dedicated servers are traditionally much more expensive than shared web servers or Virtual Private Servers. Why would anyone, then, want to use them? The reply is rather simple. If your firm has a heavy resource-requiring web site, or just has very explicit server setup requirements, the most intelligent option would be a dedicated server. For somebody who is willing to invest in safety and stability, the bigger price is not an issue. You are given full root-level access and can utilize 100% of the dedicated web hosting server's resources without anyone else sharing these resources and meddling with your online portals.

Hardware architectures

Most hosting providers, including us at Maxima Host, offer several hardware architectures you can pick from on the basis of your necessities. The hardware configurations include different types of microprocessors, a different amount of cores, different RAM and server hard disk sizes and different bandwidth allowances. You can select a Control Panel, which is a convenient user interface if you would like to utilize the dedicated hosting web server for web hosting purposes solely and prefer not to resort to a Secure Shell console for all the changes you will be making. We offer 3 sorts of web hosting Control Panel software - Hepsia, DirectAdmin and cPanel.

The hosting CP of your choice

If you are a self-assured Linux OS user (our dedicated hosting web servers are powered by Linux or other Unix-based Operating Systems), you could manage your dedicated server through an SSH terminal exclusively. That, however, could be inconvenient, especially if you decide to grant access to someone else who has less technical proficiency than yourself. This is why having hosting CP software pre-activated is a great idea. The Hepsia web hosting CP interface that we provide does not offer complete root-level access and is mainly appropriate for somebody who runs plenty of web sites that swallow a lot of resources, but desires to manage the web pages, databases and e-mails through a user-friendly hosting Control Panel. The DirectAdmin and cPanel web hosting CPs, on the other hand, give you full server root access and include 3 levels of access - root, reseller and user. If you intend to resell web hosting packages rather than using the dedicated web hosting server only for yourself, you should pick one of these two.

Server monitoring and backup procedures

Last but not least, there is the matter of monitoring the dedicated server and of backing it up. In the event of a problem with your dedicated web hosting server, like a non-responsive Apache or a network downtime, it is desirable to have some sort of monitoring platform activated. Here at Maxima Host 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 server as well. Backups are also a bonus feature - the web hosting provider offers you data backups on our own backup web servers. You could choose a type of RAID that would permit you to keep the same data on two hard disk drives as a protective measure in case of a hard disk failure, or in case someone whom you have given root privileges erases something by accident.