What and Why

A Virtual Private Server (VPS) was developed to provide features usually reserved for a dedicated server at a more affordable price. An increasing number of web hosting users needed more flexibility, custom configurations, and Root Access, and the concept of a true virtual server fit their needs perfectly.

With a Virtual Private Server (VPS), each web hosting account receives their own operating system. The most common operating system is a version of Linux. The user's operating system runs the typical web hosting software, including an FTP server, a web server such as Apache, and an email server. Users can configure these components without affecting other users on the same physical machine because they are working within their own virtual server. They are given "Root Access," meaning they are allowed to use the root account on their server. The root account is required if you want to compile your own programs, change ownership of files and directories, or start services on ports below 1024.

A Virtual Private Server (VPS) runs on one of our host servers. The host server runs a number of virtual private servers. Each VPS shares the host server's memory, CPU, Internet connection and other resources. No one VPS can monopolize on resources. Each VPS gets a guaranteed share of the host server's CPU, diskspace, RAM and network.

We use Virtuozzo to power our VPSs. Once a VPS starts up, there is very little functional difference between it and a full dedicated server. The boot process is the same. Services can be installed configured as they normally are on a Linux server. Software can also be recompiled and installed in the usual manor.

A virtual private server may allow a user to configure their system in almost endless ways, but it does not always include essential web hosting tools and multiple-user management. However, our virtual private servers are coupled with powerful user management and virtual hosting tools such as Plesk and Webmin easily enabaling businesses or other individuals to configure and support many user accounts on their VPS.

High Customizability

 

Virtual Private Servers are very feature rich. They are functionally equivalent to a dedicated server.

 

You have your own IP Address.

Root Access.

Freedom to reboot your VPS at any time.

Customize your startup scripts including the /etc/inittab.

Customize services such as web, mail, database, domains, and users

Install custom applications

Recompile system applications such as database/mail/web/dns server if you prefer

and much more...

What Can You Run On Your VPS?

 

Almost anything you are able to run on a dedicated server can be run on your VPS. You can easily install any application the distributor's vendor makes available. Or you can compile and configure your own applications. Customers commonly use the following applications on our VPS plans. On the Red Hat based distributions many of them are pre-installed.

 

OpenSSH for Root Login. Comonly used for Secure remote shell access

Apache Web Server.  The world's most popular web server

Tomcat/JBoss J2EE Server

Tomcat Servlet Engine

Jetty Servlet Engine

Sendmail/Exim/QMail Mail Servers

FTP Server

BIND, Domain Name Server

PostgeSQL Database Servers

MySQL Database Server, version 5.x by default

Webmin Control Panel

Plesk Control Panel

Web-based File Management

Webalizer Graphical Site Statistic

Benefits of Root Access Web Hosting?

With most shared web hosting plans, Root Access is simply not available. The reason is due to the level of access given to the root account. The root account has unlimited access to all files, folders, and system configuration settings. Root Access is required to start services on ports below 1024; you also need it if you want to compile and install programs or add modules to existing programs. In many ways, the root account on a Unix-like operating system is similar to the administrator account on Microsoft Windows.

Before the advent of the VPS technology, the only way to get root hosting was to purchase a web hosting plan on a dedicated server. Since you are the only user of that server, you can have unlimited access without affecting other users. The problem with this approach is the cost: dedicated servers can be very expensive whether you purchase one outright and pay for bandwidth usage or purchase monthly web hosting plan.

Our virtual private servers are an ideal solution for users seeking Root Access without the expense of a dedicated server. Our technology uses a specialized version of the Linux operating system that gives each user on a particular server their own operating system. Users enjoy the same level of unlimited Root Access but at much lower price than a dedicated server.

What is Root Access Hosting?

Root Access hosting provides you with a variety of capabilities and possibilities. You are no longer encumbered with access restrictions or "Root Access required" error messages. Virtually all configuration files are available for you to edit at will, enabling you to customize your server in a variety of ways. There are literally thousands of "open source" software initiates active on the web at any given time. Some are relatively small hobby projects serving a specific need while a few, such as the Apache web server, the scripting language PHP, and the MySQL database, are stable, full-featured packages used extensively across the Internet. Development of these projects often generates many new versions, patches, fixes, modules, etc. These updates occur with such frequency, and in such variation, that it becomes impractical for a web hosting company to upgrade or extend packages on a weekly basis. Occasionally, an upgrade will break existing configurations and need to be reversed or adapted to. Most web hosting providers will not update a package until they are sure no users are negatively affected by the upgrade.

With Root Access hosting, however, you are the only person affected by any upgrades or expansions. You can modify software source code, add modules or patches, and even upgrade to the latest version whenever you choose. You can install new software, experiment with new features, or help debug beta versions as long as you are prepared to reverse your changes or seek professional support should something go awry.

On a system level, Root Access hosting gives you authority to change file and directory ownership, a feature that can simplify user management. This makes it ideal for supporting shell users. You can also create root-level automated tasks, also known as "cron jobs", to customize the self-management functions of your web hosting server. And, if you want to host your own custom services, you need Root Access to create processes that listen on ports below 1024.

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Features

All our cloud servers give you the power of a dedicated server at a fraction of the cost!

 

With your VPS:

  • Full Root/SSH Access for Linux.
  • Full RDP Access for Windows.
  • Install custom applications.
  • Secured and isolated.
  • Dedicated IP address.
  • Unlimited Emails.
  • Unlimited Databases.
  • PHP, ASP, .NET, Perl, Python.
  • mySQL, MSSQL.
  • SFTP, SSH/RDP, SSL, FTP.
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