Linux Servers Understand the Difference

Linux vs. Windows Hosting

linux-vs-window-300x225As far as prevalence is concerned Linux system has been considered more secure and robust server than Microsoft to choose. In fact both have their own vulnerabilities, which depend over the administration level. The basic difference is the way you get access to backend. Radically, choosing the operating system type on hosting server lies over consideration of some key points:


Linux and Microsoft WindowsThere are some common features does not matter which platform we select for our hosting site. All web servers are configured to support HTML files and JavaScript. It can also include FrontPage which is an extension and provide a set of capabilities that is utilized by a wider range of software. It can be installed on either a Windows or a Linux server.

Both Microsoft and Linux use FTP to access server but Linux allows telnet and SSH access as well. Linux uses CPanel and WHMCS whereas Microsoft uses Plesk.

Key advantage Comparison:

Linux web hosting is referred as LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) which is widely used by webmasters who prefer a flexible environment. It is an open source which allows another open source such as MySQL. It is based on GNU (General Public License). It is most popular as it is inexpensive. It is known for its security and stability.

On the other hand, Windows hosting is used by webmasters who need to design specific dynamic websites and require scripting language such as ASP or ASP.NET. It is used in web application and XML services. Windows is compatible with ColdFusion which is a script language created by Adobe Systems. With the help of Windows developers can easily integrate COM objects with a combination of IIS and ASP.

Top benefits of Linux hosting:

Linux is beneficial in many ways. As it is an open source platform so that can be modified, improved and distributed to the public. It is more flexible so that it can host e-commerce application, blogging websites and multimedia applications. It is less expensive in nature. Linux is generally easier and simpler to use. It comes with preinstalled software that is ready for modification and extension. Linux was designed to support basic web hosting which means users can install PHP, MySQL and Perl script to maximize website productivity and performance.

Top benefits of Windows:

Windows operating system provides lot of benefits. Dedicated server based on Windows will be an excellent hosting platform for any website. This platform is a good option for the use of Visual Basic and DOT net programming. Microsoft access for database functionality is easy to use in windows hosting servers where in much more options for integration between these two. MySQL Server is used in window web hosting which is used to create websites. Microsoft is also compatible with new technology like php and mysql. Microsoft SQL Server is capable of coping with high loads and load spikes very well meaning that it is ideal for use in a situation where your website receives a large amount of traffic.

Comparison Platform:

Linux and windowsReliability: Linux is more reliable. There are good servers without any downtime. Microsoft Windows 2000 is much more stable and reliable than previous versions.

Functionality: Both have different functions in the technology point of view. The technique which one can use on Linux can’t be use on Windows. For example, under Linux for database driven website, one can choose either PHP/MySQL combination whereas on Windows we can use ASP/MS SQL combination.

Security: Linux is safer because it is open source. Open source programming would be more secure than closed source programming. To install Linux one has to create a unique password which is called “root” access password whereas in Windows there is no need of root password.

Price: Linux is an open source (free) so it is easier to maintain Linux server than Windows server for the same level of reliability.

Comparison Chart
Database Support
* My SQL
* SQL lite
* SQL Server
* MS-Access
* Sql Server
* Sql Compact
Script Support
* Zend Optimizer
* Silverlight
* Drupal
* Joomla
* Magento
* WordPress
* Neucleus
* Drupal
* Joomla
* Umbraco
* WordPress
Data Traffic
Depends on Plan
Depends on Plan

Data TrafficDepends on PlanDepends on Plan

Which one is more secure?

Linux and Windows both have their separate security issues. Both has users of hosting accounts which should periodically change all passwords used for access of server and files. Website account holders should change passwords in the event of any detected threat to their sites or after major modification such as updating a CMS or uploading new software.

Some Common Attacks over Linux:

Unauthorized access: People who shouldn’t use your computer services are able to connect and use them. People outside your company might try to connect to your company or to NFS server.

Denial of service: This cause the service or program to cease functioning or prevent others from making use of the service or program.

Eavesdropping: This is the simplest type of attack. To protect against this type of threat avoid use of broadcast network technologies and enforce the use of data encryption.

Some Common Attacks over windows:

Fake wireless access points: This hack is easier than any other. Anyone using a bit of software and a wireless network card can advertise their computer as an available WAP.

Cookie theft: Browser cookies are wonderful that preserves state when a user navigates a website. Cookie theft has been around since the invention of the web but these days tools make the process as easy as click.

Linux is the platform for the future of computing. More developers and companies are contributing to the advancement of the operating system.

Windows is a proprietary operating system; it has fixed number of web developers and programmers working on improving and extending the code base.


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A Purchasing Guide to Virtual Private Servers


A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a virtual machine which is sold as a service by an Internet Hosting Service. A VPS has its own copy of an operating system which it run so that they can install any software compatible with OS. They are equivalent to a dedicated physical server by functions. Their price is much lower than an equivalent physical server.

VPS Service Providers:

InMotion Hosting, Bluehost, A2Hosting, GoDaddy, Arvixe are few of the renowned vps service hosting providers. They are offering different VPS hosting plan. Some are offering best Vps-1000S. SSD drives are used in this plan which is foundation for data transmission and quick page loading. Some are offering Cloud VPS plan. This plan allows people to increase and decrease the amount of storage, bandwidth, RAM which is according to the business requirement. SSL certificates are provided by some companies to enhance the website security which is helpful in taking payments. Some common features are there which all companies are providing:

  1. Free Technical support 24/7 and 99% uptime.
  2. Free website transfer.
  3. Minimum 30-day money back guarantee.
  4. Full root access.

Get these answered from your hosting provider:-

VPS Hosting plans cover the gap between entry level web hosting plans that offer particular services such as PHP, MySQL with a limited amount of disk space on a shared server and dedicated servers. VPS plans are hosted on FreeBSD or Linux but exist on Windows operating system.

What are the specifications of the host server?

VPS Hosting Server has some specifications which are following:

Software: Vps can be configured with multiple Linux distribution, CentOs-based, Plesk web hosting environment.

Network Connectivity: For network four independent providers are necessary: Level (3), Abovenet networks, Cognet Communications and Tinet.

How many VPS instances are run on the host server that you’ll be on?

Dedicated servers ensure that nobody can share any type of resources with anyone. Anybody can get the full memory, storage, power and network access from its hardware. VPS resource sharing may lead site downtime if demand will be increased according to the capacity.

Resources provided under VPS hosting:

  1. VPS hosting provides independence to one user from other users on the same server. Users have all resources to themselves.
  2. VPS hosting is filling the gap between the dedicated hosting services and shared hosting services. Anyone can connect technically to shared hosting environment but at the same time one enjoy the privacy in a dedicated server.
  3. Vps hosting is providing power and functionality of the dedicated server at lower cost.
  4. User can install any kind of software.

Resource Contention in VPS:

There is a concept of noisy neighbour who is the customer on a server uses his or her share of server resources. Disk IOPS (I/p o/p operations per second) have shared resources in VPS and cloud environment. The customers of VPS can purchase server with IOPS without any investment in a dedicated server. Resource monitoring will be done according to time and will decide predetermined limits past which user will upgrade.

Advantage & Limitations of VPS:-

Many advantages and limitations are there:

  1. Reliability: A good VPS hosting provider has better uptime reliability.
  2. Server security: VPS provider gives assurance of security programs and policies.
  3. Standard top of the line hardware: For a good VPS provider hardware is housed for virtual private space. It includes a dedicated RAM, top-of-the line CPU and a sizeable storage.
  4. Customizability: A good VPS should be easily customized according to the users’ requirements.
  5. Affordability: VPS is hybrid between a dedicated server and a shared server. VPS plan is able to deliver the power of dedicated server as well as shared server on the same.
  6. Individual gateway: It should provide Individual Web, POP, FTP, SMTP gateway and IMAP servers.

What VPS is not/ what vps lacks? :-

The VPS is least concern about hardware. VPS looks like a device with a specific set of hardware. If the VPS hardware fails then this can be difficult to restore as well as require a high per hour “remote hands” fee. User don’t gain root access but the files and scripts are spread across a cluster of machines with automatic scaling.


Many companies are providing VPS hosting as an extension for web hosting services. A VPS hosting is dynamic means it can be changed at run-time. Additional resource of hardware can be added at run-time.During the server runtime VPS can be moved to other hardware.


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Virtual Private Server (VPS) Solutions

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VPS Solution is offering scalability, robustness, power and control. It is more suitable for those organizations which execute customized programs.

Top server solutions provider:-

1&1, Hostpapa, Godaddy are few of the best VPS solutions providers. VPS Solution provides facility to increase and decrease amount of storage which is as per as the business requirement. Companies who are using VPS solutions monitor each and every VPS account to resolve many issues before they affect any website. They also deliver a platform that makes virtual environment effective.

Virtual server schemes:-

Virtual server is a server which shares computer resources and execute power with other virtual servers. Virtual servers have ability to share resources among each other is known as Hypervisor. There are four types of schemas:

  1. Full virtualization: – Hypervisor ensures that each virtual server has its own entity and exact processing power is distributed to each virtual server.
  2. Para Virtualization: – There is less dependency upon the hypervisor to monitor and allocate the proper amount of processing power.
  3. Operating System (OS) Level Virtualization: – There is no need of Hypervisor with this. All virtual servers use same kind of OS. This is also called ‘homogenous virtualization environment’.
  4. LDAP Virtual Directories: – These directories are used to create both Internet and Intranet related applications. This is possible only by sharing useful information. This includes data about employees, services, systems.

Time-sharing model in VPS (use of hypervisor):-

The OS basically shares access to the resources but there is a single machine which is being shared. As the resources are shared under time-sharing model, virtualization is providing a higher level of security as individual virtual servers are isolated from each other. This is important because it allows businesses to run their legal application on older versions of an operating system and can be rebooted independently. Single server is partitioned into multiple computers. The physical server runs a hypervisor which has task of creating, releasing and managing the resources of “guest” operating systems or virtual machines.

Example of VPS servers:-

OpenVZ, Virtuozzo, Xen or KVM, VMware and Hyper-Vs

Virtual private server: a deep insight:

VPS service is designed to be exclusive. Multiple customers are allowed to share the resources of one server, with high degree of security. Customers of VPS have “root” level access. It is quite powerful hosting solution which needs high server resources at lower cost. Each and every virtual server can run its own OS, and each server can be rebooted independently. VPS services are scalable and customizable as per business needs. For Linux OS VPS server is used with APACHE, MySQL, PHP. For Windows VPS server is used with ASP or ASPX pages accessing databases or SQL server database MSAccess.

Types of virtual private server:-

There are three types of VPS hosting:

  1. Unmanaged VPS hosting
  2. Semi managed VPS hosting
  3. Managed VPS hosting

Unmanaged VPS hosting: In this, the whole server administration and the responsibilities of essential configuration and management of VPS are the responsibilities of end users. Users have to gain some knowledge in administration of Linux servers.

Semi managed VPS hosting: Virtual servers include re-installs of the OS and the control panel, adding additional IP addresses, configuring firewall rules, DNS management.

Fully managed VPS hosting: VPS support includes knowledge of everything related to the server such as assisting users with questions and try to overcome VPS related problems maintaining the virtual server’s security.

Advantages of virtual private server:-

  1. VPS provides a complete control of web hosting experience.
  2. It has facility of both Linux and Windows operating systems.
  3. It has maximum uptime for business-critical applications.
  4. It performs well with 99.95% of network availability.
  5. It is flexible to install compatible software and applications.

Why virtual private servers: –

There are 5 reasons why VPS may be the solution:-

  1. Growth Potential : It should be strong by ensuring that the provided site will remain available and ready for business whenever there is an opportunity.
  2. Cost Control : Large businesses have a big budget so there is a need of dedicated server. If cost control is there then VPS would fit in the budget while giving great web hosting services. VPS provides the advantages of dedicated server without making hardware and maintenance costs.
  3. Security : VPS provides an individual IP address and unique –to-user password protected entries. Multilayered protections built into the system makes VPS safer and secure for business hosting.
  4. Support : VPS hosting package comes with support. It provides 24/7/365 support for customers whenever they needed.
  5. Control : VPS provides control over content of site and applications which are running. By logging into admin, one can upload edit content, documents, run new applications and operate business anytime, anywhere.

A bridge from shared to dedicated:

VPS run on a shared piece of hardware. A multicore host is configured to provide dedicated pools of memory which are shred, single or multiple cores and hard disk storage. Some hosts provide a selection of GNU/Linux OS, some offer Windows server in one or more forms. The storage of VPS is constant. It means if virtual machine or hardware crashes or loses power, it would resume back after rebooting except hard drive failures.

VPS or cloud: similarity and differences :

Similarities: Though both are not similar but still Cloud hosting has some commonality to VPS hosting in several ways. There may be minimum or maximum server size configuration. They both are running as a virtual server in an environment. Price service is associated with the machine and the resources like CPU RAM which are guaranteed to be available.


  1. VPS is less expensive than cloud servers.
  2. VPS has less server power than cloud.
  3. If a physical server fails VPS can be rebooted without affecting other VPSs on shared server, while cloud servers are migrated to another physical server.


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Using Unmanaged Host Services

It is less expensive than managed hosting so if it is compatible with the server than it can be easily used. To use this hosting client must have some responsibilities regarding the server. It requires technical knowledge and time to maintain and configure the server. If UNIX knowledge of anybody is limited then this hosting cannot be used.

Technical Specification:

Unmanaged Server may be the best if technical requirement of running server has applications that are not supported by current server; user has more control over configuration. Users are only responsible for management of hardware and software both. These all conditions make unmanaged hosting more flexible.

Things to keep in concern:

  1. Security : One should be concerned about that firewall locked down and there should be a strong root password.
  2. Backups : User has to backup their file on regular basis in case of hard drive crashes.
  3. Disaster Recovery : There should be an arrangement if host is unavailable due to an extended power outage at natural disaster.
  4. Monitoring : User has to monitor if server is down in his/her absence so, there should be proper arrangement for this.
  5. Patches and maintenance : One should know about new patch available for OS and apply some maintenance tasks for this.

VPS can be managed by VirtualMin web server control panel. VirtualMin has 2 types of license one is professional which user has to buy and another is GPL license which is free. Some features of virtualmin are:

  1. It is based on open source web-based systems management GUI which is Webmin and is an interface for system administration, for UNIX, LINUX.
  2. While using Virtualmin one can manage virtual domains, mailboxes, databases, application.

Providers of unmanaged hosting:

InMotion hosting, Acenet, HostGator, SingleHop, 1&1 are few of the best unmanaged hosting providers. They are providing Fast and Easy Setup, Full WHM/cPanel, Free Data Migration. The price ranges vary from $69 to $297 on hosting plans of different companies.

Unmanaged hosting:

Unmanaged hosting could be the right option for medium sized businesses. In this hosting, the host is responsible for the availability of the server. For unmanaged hosting one should be familiar with OS and server software which is in use. It is better alternative as anybody can self manage which includes full range control. In this hosting, with the exception of initial of OS installation, the user is responsible for upgrades, installation of software and maintenance. It provides maximum flexibility as per the users’ requirement. Users have no shared resources as it provides unlimited resources based on users’ needs.

Managed vs. unmanaged:

  1. Unmanaged hosting services could be the right option for medium sized businesses while managed hosting services is the right option for large sized businesses as they save time and energy in the long run.
  2. Unmanaged hosting is less expensive than managed hosting because technical support and assistance is involved in the package which makes managed services more costly.
  3. In Unmanaged hosting users are responsible for every aspect of maintaining the server while in managed hosting user would ensure all the techniques of keeping servers up to date and running smoothly.

Pros and cons:


  1. In Unmanaged server, users need not to pay huge monthly bill to host the website on a high performed web server.
  2. There is full control over unmanaged hosting, so one can decide OS according to the requirement.
  3. By using an unmanaged server, one has to make sure that no illegal sites will use resources from one’s host. This will secure the website.


  1. Unmanaged hosting needs some extra time per month to manage extra work on server.
  2. There is requirement to keep backups as most of settings and configurations are DIY in this hosting, so there is a chance for some failures.
  3. There is no technical support for applications provided in this hosting.

Co-Located Web Hosting

Colocation Hosting

Colocation refers to the professional data center facility in which a business can rent space for servers and other computing hardware. Generally it provides building, cooling, power, bandwidth, lower latency, specialist services and systems, constant security and a whole host of additional advantages. It maintains flexibility and control of owning server reduce risk and minimize capital & operating costs incurred when hosting in-house. As technology has become a part of human life as well as for industry.

Colocation: A Flexible Solution

Colocation service provides a cost-effective way to hosting securely your mission critical IT infrastructure with providing reliable and flexible Internet access for Internet or Intranet services. With colocation customer can own the server and rent required physical space to house it within a data center. Space is divided as in racks and cabinets. A rack is a horizontally standardized frame for mounting equipment and hardware. Rack is measured in rack units (U) where one rack unit is 1.75 inches. A 47U is often called cabinet.

Housing hardware gives access to higher levels of bandwidth than normal office server room and at a much lower cost. Colocation allows customers to benefit from economies of scale which would not be available with an in-house option. Flexibility is a major element in colocation which allows clients to personalize their plans that which aspect will fulfill their particular requirement.

Some Key Points to Assess Before Collocating

At some point, probably you think how much energy you want to rent a data center. Maybe hiring an off-premise facility to house your data center just makes more sense. That’s all what colocation required. So how do start the colocation options? We have following essential tools to help you

1) Know why you’re Colocating

There is a lot of reason, but you probably have a limited number of items that design your enterprise.

  • Cost save from eliminating onsite facility
  • Availability, reliability and enhancements
  • Improved disaster recovery
  • Efficient process to reach regulatory compliance
  • Add flexibility for future growth
  • Improved security.

Once you get to know about collection of pertinent data, specification on the current workload, costs, employee level, problems and strength. Create a checklist about present and feasible future components.

2) Location, Location, Colocation

Colocation is an extension of your work place. You are responsible for what you are setting up, maintaining hardware and software. It means you have own IT team which will visit and schedule plan to deal with unanticipated emergencies. If you are maintaining single office it could be across street or across the country.

Whatever the reasons, it is all about the colocation of your server. The best colocation providers offer locations to serve you present and as your business develop in future. You can expand your data center globally to mitigate risks of your current location. Risks will be like geological instability, power disaster or unequal network access.

3) Let’s Get Colocation Center

Now you get to know that what facilities you want for your colocation center. your check list might include some highlights:

  • Colocation look: it should be new, clean, solid and smooth- running and more attractive infrastructure.
  • Your server execute by themselves most of time. Ideally, the colocation company’s internal staff is granted access only when and where necessary.
  • Verify the infrastructure, with long and short-term backup power, cooling and the quality of power density for the facility’s potential capacity.
  • How accessible is the facility for delivering and removing equipment? When you will do installation and upgrades. It will become hectic or painful processes at the time. A efficient shipping series, protected storage and large elevators will increase team’s productivity when the time comes.

There is some more key point to be considered before locating your data center like:

  • Colocation center must provide stability.
  • They must fulfill the requirement of compliance and security because nothing more important than company’s private data.
  • Disaster prevention and recovery are great reason to colocate. Keep in mind that colocation center has planned for the worst and consider full remote mirroring to streamline disaster recovery.
  • Customized Services should be serve individually that can make your colocation implementation perfect and worthy.
  • It should connect to multiple carrier networks at facility with optimized connection points and excellent network management.
  • You can be great on-ramp if you plan correctly. you want to move some of your data operations to the cloud, you can move for an efficient migration.
  • Always take a key concern for expand data center to help in business grow.

Since you wish to run your colocated center “hands off” then there is no substitute.

Here are some best colocation providers: Equinix, Hurricane Electric, Liquidweb, Peer1, PhoenixNap, Rackspace, Savvis, Singlehop, Softlayer and Verizon Terremark

Advantages of Colocation

  1. Great benefit of colocation is the cost for bandwidth.
  2. It has outage protection. Customers pay for power generators and backup power to protect against the power disaster.
  3. If machine is too slow or doesn’t have enough memory, it can be simply upgrade the server. There is no need to wait for provider to get around upgrading it.
  4. No need to rely on hosting provider to install the software or tools. Users can simple install software by themselves.
  5. Colocation providers include additional security for server. Your machine is stored and maintained in a secured infrastructure.
  6. Most colocation offers a service where they will manage and maintain your server for an extra cost. This is useful if you don’t have IT team or your office is located far from the provider.

Disadvantages of Colocation

As every factor has some merits and demerit list. So colocation has also some disadvantages:

  1. Colocation providers can be hard to find. It is very easy when one near to your home or office. But it become more difficult when you live in big city with large network hub then you won’t find more colocation option.
  2. Colocation can be more expensive than basic Web hosting. You have to maintain and manage servers yourself, so when server requires for updating, firstly you have to buy that hardware and install it.
  3. Physical access to your server would be difficult because you have to travel at your colocation provider’s location if you move out from the area where you located your server. Either you move your servers to new provider or leave them there as you contracted before.

Colocation Way to Go

Colocation is good option for a small business who wants to get web presence but don’t want to invest in the infrastructure, and at the same time want a dedicated web server. If you are maintaining a large company with high bandwidth requirement or looking for secure hosting solutions such as corporate mailing plans, application hosting, secured FTP access and other mission web server based solutions, collocating server is the best option.

Unrestricted Dedicated Server

Choosing the right web server will be one of the most important decisions you will ever make with your online business. Why? Because the web server you choose will literally make or break your online business.

Two types of servers are Virtual Web Hosting and Virtual Private Servers.

Virtual Hosting
Virtual Hosting is also known as Shared Web Hosting, where you are sharing the physical server and a single set of software applications with other users. Advantage to Virtual Hosting is that you have a powerful, reliable, and professionally managed server without having to have advanced technical skills, making it ideal for an individual, small business, or even a beginner webmaster.

The disadvantage of Virtual Hosting is that you are sharing the server with other users, which are configured and controlled by an administrator, not you. So basically you have your hands tied behind your back, because you have to contact the administrator every time you have to adjust or change your configuration settings Virtual Private Servers

A Virtual Private Server is a single server that is partitioned at the root into multiple dedicated servers. This allows you to share the cost of the network connectivity, hardware, and system maintenance with other hosting customers, while maintaining your flexibility and freedom.

The real advantage of Virtual Private Servers is that they allow you to have complete control and they have the security advantages of a dedicated server at the fraction of the cost. You have access to the virtual root, Telnet, web configuration files, and full CGI-BIN access. I can\’t forget to mention that you also have access to your password, aliases file, and send mail configuration file.
There is one disadvantage with Virtual Private Servers, you need to have some program knowledge to control and configure the settings. Which one is right for you? Well, that all depends on you and the size of your network.

If you have or plan on having just one web site and have absolutely no programming knowledge, then Virtual Hosting is the recommended and economical way for you to go.

If you have a larger network that requires multiple web sites and you have some programming knowledge, then a Virtual Private Server is ideal for you. You can host up to 50 web sites on a Virtual Private Server account, instead of having multiple Virtual Hosting accounts, which is not as economical.

When it comes time to get a web server, make sure that the server fits your needs and that it supports the essential software for a prosperous online business.

Dedicated Hosting And Its Features

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Dedicated hosting:

A dedicated hosting service is a kind of internet hosting in which the client hires an entire server which is not shared with anyone. Dedicated hosting has more flexibility than shared hosting, as organization have full control over the server and has choice of OS, hardware. A dedicated server is usually required for a website that might develop a considerable amount of traffic. In renting a dedicated server, the client company may be required to use a specified computer system. A dedicated server provides a specified amount of memory, bandwidth and hard disk space.
Top notch providers:

There are top notch dedicated hosting providers in the world of web. They are iPage, 1&1, Godaddy, Bluehost, Hostgator. They provide server configuration like 2 GB RAM, Dual core processor, hard drive of 500 GB under dedicated plan. Price of dedicated server of different companies start from $19/mo to $105/mo.

Choosing dedicated hosting:

There are few questions before using dedicated hosting:-

  1. What happens if any trouble is there with customer? Is there any technical support team to access via phone or live chat?
  2. Does the hosting provider offer 24/7 technical support?
  3. What are the response times they are providing on each support channel?
  4. Can their support team actually solve the issue given by the customer or behave like robot by linking with useless article rather to help?

Dedicated hosting: a leap forward:

When anybody use dedicated server it means the ownership of server is completely of him/her and no other site will be hosted on that server. A user has an entire control over the server. For accessing resources and control, dedicated server is far better because user can consume maximum resources of web server, as no other sites are hosted in it. Dedicated servers are mostly housed in Data centers providing redundant power sources and HVAC systems. A dedicated server is an ideal solution for medium or large businesses.

Key features:

Dedicated hosting gives root access of the server to its subscribers. The advantage of root access is that user can configure as per the requirement and get the flexibility of controlling it. This gives the facility of hosting any sort of website through the server and user can install any application on the server. Dedicated hosting is better in many ways like user get full bandwidth, scalable disk space; data is secure as only one website is used on the server, so it can save the server from any kind of threat. Dedicated hosting can be easily customized due to its high reliability and security.


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Moving up to Virtual Dedicated Hosting

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Virtual dedicated hosting:

Virtualization technology is the technology to convert one physical server into multiple virtual machines by using virtualization software. Each virtual server can run on its own operating system and each server can be rebooted independently. There is no physical partition, but virtual or software partition. Each user is given more privacy and security and gets advantages of dedicated hosting but at low prices. InMotion Hosting, Bluehost, A2Hosting, GoDaddy, Arvixe are few of the best VPS hosting provider.

Top 5 Vps Hosting Companies Comparison



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Some related facts:

There are some facts given below:

VPS executes like an isolated stand-alone server:

Each VPS can have its own processes, IP addresses, port numbers, tables, own versions of system configuration files, system libraries. For ex: – Multiple versions of Linux can reside on the same physical server.

Quality of Service:

Each VPS has some standard and uniqueness which includes CPU disk space, Guarantees on disk I/O, network I/O, Memory-user and Kernel.

VPS is not a Virtual Machine:

VPS runs only on the same OS as root OS. For ex- Linux on Linux. It gives 100 times better efficiency and some dynamic changes for traffic control.

Mass Management:

User can create his own application and OS templates. All applications can be grouped together for the updates to specific systems. It improves system uptime and security.

Features and benefits:

There are numerous benefits of VPS which are as follows:

  1. Zero Worries: With VPS, user need not to worry about speed, updates, performance, infrastructure as well as backup as the maintenance of server is done by VPS itself.
  2. Safety: User get own IP address and mail server in VPS hosting that prevents from bounce mails due to spamming activities.
  3. Isolation: With the use of own resources and OS, one user is completely isolated from other user.
  4. Cost effectiveness: It provides freedom to user associated with owning his machine like dedicated server at considerably low prices.
  5. Scalability and Customization: Data is hosted on scalable servers so that user can customize with website traffic.


The only limitation is that user gets lesser resources than dedicated server. User may be getting his own portion in the server hardware but resources are less as compared with dedicated hosting.

Who should move to VPS?

Moving to VPS is based on following criteria:

  1. There is high website traffic and therefore speed is needed.
  2. Full or semi managed hosting support is there.
  3. There are advanced security features, monitoring and backups.
  4. If user needs to create individual accounts for its customer than VPS has ability to manage client hosting needs.
  5. It fulfills the online SEO aspects of a website by fast loading pages, dedicated IPs and private name servers.

Virtual Dedicated Server runs in groups in a virtual environment. User has full control over the hosted website. In this hosting CPU and RAM are virtualized. To use this hosting one should have technical knowledge to manage the server on which website is hosting.


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All About Dedicated Hosting

For those who have a website of their own that is getting more and more traffic each day, one of the biggest dilemmas is whether to go for dedicated servers or stick to their shared servers.

Dedicated servers are for organizations that need specialized technology, added security or have outgrown the shared resource hosting environment. Many of our dedicated server customers host web sites for their customers just like we do. The number one reason they chose Red Hat Hosting for their dedicated server is our expertise and attentive support and service.

  1. You have applications that cannot be installed in a shared or virtual web hosting environment.
  2. You have a large opt-in mailing list
  3. Your company has sensitive financial information that needs a higher level of protection and security.

For those who are starting a website and need to choose a host, consider the given questions:

  1. Do you really require large bandwidths?
  2. Can you pay the $100 per month to the host?
  3. Do you have a database or a CPU intensive site?
  4. Do you require a specific kind of server configuration?

In case you answered most questions in the affirmative, you need a dedicated server for your site.

This kind of server will cost you around $100 each month but here is a list of its benefits:

  • You have the entire machine at your disposal.
  • There are no other sites eating up your resources and hence you get great performance.
  • All database queries will get responses much faster.
  • You are the one to have the root level control.
  • You can install any software according to your needs.

The dedicated servers ensure that you have super fast connectivity between the web applications that you have and the database. The database queries are met with greater speed and efficiency if you are using this server. In fact, you can even install applications that are not allowed by shared servers. At the same time, you will not have the worries of numerous other websites eating up your resources and resulting in overcrowding.

Dedicated / Virtual Dedicated Servers and Its Benefits

What is a Dedicated Web Hosting and why is it different than normal web hosting. Web hosting offers you limited control of how the server your web site is hosted on behaves. Normal hosting plans put many customer’s accounts on a single server and you upload your files to that Server. Dedicated / Virtual Dedicated servers allow you to actually control your own server where you receive Admin access to install and run virtually anything you want on the server. You can host multiple web sites on the one server account, and even sell hosting and host other sites on your server.

I have referred to Dedicated and Virtual Dedicated Servers. You may ask, what is the difference? Virtual dedicated servers are similar to Dedicated servers as they offer many of the same features, but at a much lower price.

With a virtual dedicated server, the customer shares the server space with a limited number of other customers using the same server box. Each virtual dedicated server is isolated from the other accounts giving the user full control of their own server. Virtual dedicated servers are useful for companies and individuals that run complex applications that need the bandwidth, consistent performance, and flexibility of a virtual dedicated server.

With a dedicated server, you actually lease a server box that is dedicated to only you and is set up to your preferences. The dedicated server customer has exclusive rights to the server’s bandwidth, memory and storage space. Also, a dedicated server account provides full control of any software installation on the server. Dedicated servers are useful for companies and individuals that run very-high-traffic Web sites or applications that need the bandwidth, versatility, and consistent performance of a dedicated box.

Dedicated / Virtual dedicated servers are an excellent choice to use for gaming sites, database management, shared hosting, and hosting of Web sites that receive high amounts of traffic.

Companies now offer your own customization of your Dedicated Web Hosting . This allows you the flexibility to choose one of their popular pre-packaged plans, or go wild and customize and configure your own virtual dedicated server by selecting your own options.

One bonus that can help you decide on where to get your server from is the support they offer, the value they give you when signing up and what system you will actually be running the server on. With support, the standard now is to be offered 24×7 email, telephone and Web-based tech support, as well as you having access to modify your server 24×7. Sometimes a free offering when purchasing the server is given. You should look for companies that offer Free and quick setup of the server, so you may be running in no time.

So you have decided you need a Virtual Dedicated Server or Dedicated Server. Now what? You need to choose a company to purchase your Dedicated Web Hosting from. Here is a company I recommend for purchasing your Dedicated / Virtual Dedicated Server from