An often overlooked aspect in getting dedicated server service is whether or not access to shared resources like email, databases and DNS is available. Most dedicated server companies expect you to use your own server for these most basic requirements to being online. At EPhost, these services are an available add-on called hosted services. This means your server isn't subjected to unneeded resource utilization or open to the typical security issues that come along with hosting these features. e.g. email.
What are Hosted Services?
When shopping for a dedicated server many people forget about things like where they will get email service, or databases.
Our Hosted Services offering gives you access to our shared hosting systems like email, DNS management, and databases so you don’t have to host them on your own server if you don’t want to.
Most dedicated server companies don't offer any of these options for their customers. It is usually expected that you will run these services on your own server which means less system resources where/when they are needed the most.
Lower Overall Expenses
Access to our Hosted Services saves you money and typically provides a more robust service. For instance, if you don't need to host your own email then you won't have to buy email server software, an email anti-virus/anti-spam gateway, nor will you need to hire someone to fix it when it breaks or your server becomes infected.
Increase Server Resources
RAM and CPU are finite resources and can get depleted by memory intensive applications like database servers- even when not in use. If it is not 100% necessary to run these applications on your server then save the resources by taking advantage of EPhost’s Hosted Service options. Freeing-up your server’s resources will mean better overall performance and reliability for your website.
Reduce Your Server's Attack Surface
Using our Hosted Services also reduces your server's attack surface. If you don't need MS SQL (Port 1433) or MySQL (Port 3306), which are both popular hacker targets, then you won't have to worry about those ports. The same is true with email which is much more dangerous to self-host. Obviously, there are situations which warrant hosting your own database or email server -- but when it isn't mission critical why bother.
Our Hosted Services Options
Our hosted service options are available separately and include the following services. You can always elect to host these services on your dedicated server and are entirely optional.
Integrated Control Panel
When you order Hosted Services through EPhost these services will be integrated into your control panel with us. You will be able to add, edit and delete these services as needed through a friendly web based administration tool.
Keep Your Website Safe
The majority of security problems happen because of other people on the same server create a problem. In a Dedicated Server environment, you are the only person on your server,
All of the Resources all of the Time
As the name implies, Dedicated Servers are dedicated to you. Your website gets 100% of the resources 100% of the time. You are not sharing with 100's of others on the same server.
There are reasons why a company elects to pay much more for hosting on a dedicated server versus a shared server. It isn't about how much traffic or how large the website is- it's ultimately about uptime and reliability.