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Dedicated Server Terms And Definitions

Linux

Dedicated servers running the Linux operating system are available.

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Cobalt RaQ

Dedicated RaQ servers by Sun Microsystems-owned Cobalt are available.

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Sun Solaris

Sun servers running the Sun's Solaris operating system are available.

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24-hour Support

If a web host does not have support personnel on-call at all hours, you will find yourself waiting until 9 AM the next business day before you can have a problem resolved.

Toll-free Phone Support

Having to pay long distance fees when requiring telephone technical assistance is always irksome. Many hosts provide technical support at toll-free numbers.

Colocation Services

If you anticipate upgrading from dedicated hosting to purchasing, operating, and maintaining your own servers, make sure that your web host offers colocation options.

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Ensim Control Panel

Many dedicated servers come preinstalled with control panel software that allows graphical administration of the server, a must for users who are inexperienced with the server's operating system. Ensim produces a line of such control panels.

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CPanel/WHM Control Panel

Many dedicated servers come preinstalled with control panel software that allows graphical administration of the server, a must for users who are inexperienced with the server's operating system. CPanel is one such control panel.

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Windows 2000

Dedicated servers running Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system are available.

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BSD

Dedicated servers running a BSD variant of the Unix operating system are available.

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Virtual Private Servers

Private server technology is a fairly recent development in web hosting that aims to provide a level of offering between shared and dedicated hosting.Virtual private servers (or simply "private servers") provide the flexibility of a dedicated server within a shared environment. Like a dedicated server, the typical private server account includes root access and the ability to install custom applications.But since hosting companies oftentimes pack fewer virtual private servers onto the same machine, private server accounts usually provide more resources than an average shared account. With the increased flexibility and resources comes a higher price tag, but a private server is always cheaper than going dedicated.


Telephone Support

Phone-based technical support is often preferable to email-only support. While you will undoubtedly have to wait in a phone queue, you can often achieve faster resolution of your problems by doing so than by waiting for an email response. Phone support certainly shouldn't be considered a must, however. There are plenty of hosting companies that operate efficient and effective email-only support systems. It really comes down to how much the comfort of being able to speak with a human is worth to you.


Managed Services

Unless you or someone in your organization has the expertise to administer a dedicated server, you may consider paying a premium to your web hosting provider to have them do it. If you don't pay the extra money for managed services, your web hosting provider will not support your dedicated server beyond hardware issues.


Application Hosting

There are more applications that can be hosted than just web sites. Examples include email, messaging, databases, human resource applications. Check this option if your organization is looking to outsource more than just its web site hosting.


Plesk Control Panel

Many dedicated servers come preinstalled with control panel software that allows graphical administration of the server, a must for users who are inexperienced with the server's operating system. Plesk's Server Administrator is one such control panel.

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