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Simple Explanation - Dedicated Web Server
What is a Dedicated Web Server?
Dedicated server hosting simply means the kind of web hosting service where an entire server is leased to serve the needs of one single account. Dedicated servers are usually leased by hosting centers to a website owner on monthly or yearly basis. The website owner will be in charge of maintaining the server and the hosting of one or more websites on the server. For those with less technical experience, website owners can choose to pay for server management so that they can focus on developing and running their online business.
If you get a management plan the hosting company is usually responsible for the hardware, the operating system, web server software, and maybe more depending on the software loaded on the server. If a hard drive should fail, it is the web hosting company’s responsibility to replace it and this is true with any other hardware on the server. Defective parts are cover by the hosting providers guarantees and they should be able to replace and upgrade the server in a fast and efficient manner. The web hosting centers responsibility with regard to the software and the server in general is to make sure it functions when it is turned over to the customer. You do not need to have system admin rights or resources as the hosting provider takes care of the dedicated server and all technical issues that might arise. Many web hosts include a control panel which allows many, even all, administrative functions to be performed via web browser if you want to make administrative changes thorough the control panel. You can also take the option of taking various degree of server management upon yourself. Although you may have control of the dedicated server it is still owned and is the property of the web hosting provider. The only thing that you own is the data files you put on it. Make sure all the information you put on this server is clearly backed up to a separate system.
Server management can and may include some or all of the following:
- Operating system updates
- Application updates
- Network Management Protocol hardware monitoring
- Server monitoring
- Application monitoring
- Firewall services
- Intrusion detection
- Antivirus updates
- Technical support
- Security audits
- Disaster recovery
- Backups and restoration
- Database administration
- DNS hosting service
- Load balancing
- Performance tuning
- Software installation
- Software and system configuration
- User management
The Dedicated hosting company will define their level of management based on the services they provide or that is contracted. Fully managed web hosting servers could change from provider to provider with what services are included.
A Managed Dedicated Web Server is a good choice for medium and large business owners as it offers fast and reliable hosting that is professionally maintained. Your decision to use a dedicated server may depend on a number of factors including storage requirements, your bandwidth usage, IP address needs, root access, performance and security requirements for your server.
Getting a dedicated server is the top web hosting solution because it combines the advantages of dedicated connectivity, sole use and precise control over your web sites server and the Web host's technical support. Monthly and yearly plans costs comparatively low in comparison to owning an in-house server. The superior connectivity of your host is maximized because you and your site visitors are the only users of the server. For enterprises with extensive sites it is a good way to enhance efficiency while reducing monthly and yearly costs.
Dedicated servers for hosting websites usually run on windows or Linux operating systems and run hosting software to make adding websites an easy process.
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