Dedicated Server Options Which Are Worth Taking Into Account



Regardless of what new technologies get integrated into the hosting industry, there is more than likely always going to be usefulness for dedicated server hosting. Hosting companies to do not the most profit from offering dedicated servers it is much more profitable to put several hundred accounts on a shared server but dedicated servers provide a market that will likely never go away.

If you are in the market for dedicated servers then you are going to want to choose a hosting company that specializes in them. QuadraNet has been specializing in dedicated and colocation hosting for over a decade. There are a lot of hosting companies out there that offer many different incentives to lure would be customers to purchase their hosting but when you are in the market for a dedicated server what features should you be looking for and which ones should not give much credence. Here is a list of some common dedicated server options that you should be aware of.


Before we get to this most important of considerations let’s attempt a more basic one: What is bandwidth? Simply put, bandwidth refers to the rate at which data flows across a network over a certain period of time. Imagine it this way: bandwidth is like a pipe, and the water that flows through the pipe is the data. The larger the pipe (bandwidth) is, the more rapidly the water (data) can flow.

If you have internet at home you local ISP is providing you with a certain internet plan or offering you certain speeds at which you can access you online content. You may have been on the receiving end of your ISP throttling your bandwidth usage or even trying to charge you an overage.  The reason your ISP is trying to control how much and how fast you can access data online is because they are paying for bandwidth usage just as you are and as they say it all rolls downhill and you happen to be farther down that hill than they are. Bandwidth costs are typically the most inflexible services your hosting provider can working with and for the most part the entire industry is overselling their bandwidth in the hopes that your account only utilizes a fraction of what they offer.

So if one host is giving you a much better deal on it than another, and you think there’s a good chance that you might actually need that much, you can strongly consider going with them on this one factor alone. Most hosting companies do not own the datacenter they keep their machines in and they are purchasing bandwidth from the datacenter. QuadraNet is a datacenter and we work directly with all the major network providers which means we are able to provide a premium mix of bandwidth ensuring the network you are using does not go down and  we are able to provide the bandwidth at lower costs.

Uptime Guarantees

Web hosting companies offer various types of guarantees to attract customers, one of them being uptime guarantee which is probably the one most often used.

No host would survive long if your site went down several times a week.  QuadraNet provides a stellar uptime guarantee and ranks among the highest in the industry.

Facility Includes:

  •  100% Power Uptime SLA
  •  99.999% Network Uptime SLA
  •  UPS Battery Backup Power
  •  Automatic Transfer Switching
  •  Caterpillar Diesel Backup Power Generation

Backup recovery

Backup and recovery is extremely important and is one feature you will want to place high on your value scale. If your site goes down or you data gets corrupted you are going to be in a world of hurt unless you have a backup copy of your hosting environment.

QuadraNet has partnered with R1Soft to provide automated and scalable data backups. Data backups are configured, managed, and accessed from within the R1Soft CDP utility available via the QuadraNet customer management portal. All data backups are performed over the Private Network for secure and efficient data transfers, whilst negating Public Bandwidth usage and offering 24/7/365 support.


Operating Systems

There has been a lot of debate on the internet regarding, which is the best operating system for web hosting. There are people who do not like windows, there are people who love CentOS and many others. The truth is that the best operating system is the one that suits what you are doing. The servers and the software run on top of the operating system. Just like on your home computer where you probably have Windows XP, Vista, or Windows. Similar to your home computer a hosting server also requires an operating system. There are 3 different versions.

The first one powered by Microsoft is Windows. The Microsoft servers also allow the integration of SQL databases, support and other Microsoft specific technologies. The only problem of the Microsof web hosting servers is that they are very expensive.

The second version for web hosting servers is Linux. Linux is what is known as open source which means everyone has access to the code and has the ability to alter it. Open source also indicates that the software is free. There are many companies that market Linux, like Red Hat, Debian and Ubuntu. The main advantage of Linux is that is compatible with PHP. Also it’s very stable and has a great security.

The third version of operating system for web hosting servers is Unix. Unix is almost the same thing as Linux.There are two main Unix-based operating systems: FreeBSD and OpenBSD.

Unlike most hosting companies which only offer Linux based servers or a very limited selection of operating systems QuadraNet offers all the major server side operating systems and will even install them for you.

The majority of the available Operating Systems are compatible with the automated OS install feature. The vendor supplied update servers are available over the Private Network for secure and efficient OS updates whilst negating any Public Bandwidth usage.

QuadraNet offers 32-bit and 64-bit options for the available choices:

  • CentOS                                                          FreeBSD
  • Ubuntu                                                         Windows 2003 Standard
  • Debian                                                          Windows 2003 Enterprise
  • Fedora                                                          Windows 2008 Standard
  • Windows 2008 Enterprise                        Windows 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows 2008 Datacenter w/ HyperV



Root access

Root Access is an administrator level log-on for Dedicated Servers, Cloud Hosting and Virtual Private Servers. Having root access to the server gives you the capability to take full control of your server. You can then use it for just about anything you wish including hosting multiple websites, third party software/applications, creating VPN’s etc…. You can also maintain it as per your preferences.

How to use Root Access:

Linux-based Servers: You have to establish an SSH connection to your server using “root” as a username, the root password, and the IP address assigned to your VPS/Cloud/Dedicated Server. These login details will typically be forwarded to you after your server is setup. You can use any SSH Client Software (Putty, Secure CRT, etc.) to establish the connection.

Windows-based Servers: You have to establish a remote desktop connection using “Administrator” as a username, the administrative password, and the IP address assigned to your VPS/Cloud/Dedicated Server. These login details will typically be forwarded to you after your server is setup. You can use the Remote Desktop Connection manager provided by Microsoft.


QuadraNet provides you with full administrative access to your dedicated server. You also get the following benefits which most hosting providers do not offer.


  • Remote Power Reboot
  • Adjustable 10, 100, 1000 Mbps NICs
  • Private VLAN’s
  • Private Backend Network between Servers
  • Automated O/S Installs
  • Reverse DNS Control
  • Free Domain DNS
  • Real-Time Bandwidth Graphs
  • KVM over IP (integrated or on-demand)
  • Locally Hosted O/S Repositories


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