Bodhost’s Linux dedicated servers are offered with the choice of cPanel/WHM and Plesk if you require a web-based control panel through which you can manage your dedicated server and any hosting related services, for example clients and web hosting plans. As the only other method of management available to you as a Linux dedicated server administrator is through SSH, a web hosting control panel is strongly recommended as an addition to your hosting package so that you are able to fully utilize the features and power that a dedicated server can offer.
The most popular control panel for Linux servers in any case is cPanel; not only is cPanel a low cost control panel suite, but it is also uses system resources efficiently to ensure that your server remains stable, even when under load. Some of the core features of cPanel include:
cPanel is often seen as being the most complete solution available to Linux system administrators and is the ideal platform for anyone with a Linux Dedicated Server who is looking to start their own web hosting business. Like any other web hosting control panel, cPanel offers the facilities necessary to create and maintain your own web hosting clients, based around your own web hosting plans.
We here at Bodhost can also offer you the Plesk control panel for your Linux dedicated server, but we don’t feel that this can offer you the same benefits and features as cPanel. Along with Plesk, we can provide installation services for any control panel that you wish to use on your Linux Server.
With our Windows dedicated hosting plans, you will find that you are more limited with the choice of control panel offered by Bodhost as we only support Plesk on our Windows servers. However, you shouldn’t let this change your mind about choosing Bodhost as your Windows dedicated hosting provider because Plesk is one of the most feature-rich web hosting control panels available for the Windows platform. Some of the features offered by Plesk that you will find useful include:
If there is another web hosting control panel that you would like to use with your Windows dedicated server then you should contact Bodhost’s 24×7 support team as they can offer assistance with the installation of a number of different applications; however, it should be noted that you will need to purchase and supply your own license in the case of commercial applications.
Cloud web hosting can be used for the hosting of powerful virtual machines that can mimic the performance of a dedicated server to some extent and the cloud is being seen as a more affordable option to dedicated server hosting by businesses of all sizes. The eNlight platform used by Bodhost for enterprise cloud hosting allows you to specify the precise units of resources that you would like to form the heart of your VM; this is designed as a method that can provide good value for money because you will only ever be paying for the resources that you want and are using, whilst if a virtual machine is going to be replacing a physical server then you can configure the resources of the VM to match those of the original dedicated server.
Bodhost offers ones of the most reliable cloud platforms available, with our eNlight hosting services being accompanied by a 99.95% uptime guarantee so you can be assured that your servers and website will always be accessible when you need them to be. Our cloud clusters are designed with the following architecture to maximize the availability of resources and uptime:
Bodhost offers eNlight hosting in two different forms: you can choose enterprise cloud hosting, which will enable you to make use of the shared cloud for affordable cloud hosting and is the ideal solution if you aren’t looking to use many virtual machines; we can also offer larger businesses an eNlight-based private cloud hosting solution that will offer you the same benefits as the shared cloud, albeit with full control over the entire cloud and greater room to create powerful virtual machines.
If you are concerned about your demands from cloud hosting being too much for a shared cloud environment, as may be the case if you are wanting to migrate multiple dedicated servers to the cloud, then you should contact the Bod sales team who can provide you with advice on how to go about moving from dedicated hosting to the cloud.
Once you have selected the most appropriate cloud service for your needs from Bodhost, you will need to begin the process of planning the migration of the data from your dedicated and on-site servers to identical cloud virtual machines. By choosing the cloud over physical servers, you will be able to introduce cost savings into your business, as the cloud will be cheaper to run. The following methods are seen as best practice when migrating servers of any kind:
If you are unsure of how to pursue the migration of your physical servers into the cloud then Bodhost’s 24×7 support team are here to assist you in any way they can.
Cloud hosting services are designed to provide reliability that isn’t available with other web hosting services, with uptime guarantees of 100% available with some cloud hosting plans. Even though there is the possibility of network or hardware failure occurring in the cloud, the design of Bodhost’s cloud infrastructure ensures that there is no single point of failure so that is there is network or server failure somewhere within the cloud, there is no noticeable impact on the performance of operation of the cloud as a whole.
When compared to a dedicated server, a cloud virtual machine represents a much more manageable solution because our eNlight Cloud Hosting Services are controlled through a web-based control panel; dedicated servers often lack this level of control, instead many tasks have to be done directly by data center staff that have physical access to the server. Other benefits of choosing the cloud over a dedicated server include:
Larger businesses are going to require the use of a private cloud hosting solution, as this will give them complete control over their hosting infrastructure along with the resources necessary when wanting to consolidate a large number of dedicated servers into the cloud. Although shared cloud hosting is available for businesses of any size, there is a point at which a business’s demands for resources will begin to outstrip what the shared cloud can offer, therefore leaving the only sensible option to be private cloud hosting. Bodhost can provide a private cloud based around your own distinct needs with the number of servers in the cloud depending on the specific resources demanded or the number of dedicated servers that you wish to migrate into the cloud.
As part of our private cloud solutions, Bodhost will provide you with your own eNlight-based cloud hosting cluster that you can then configure as you wish. The eNlight platform can offer you the following benefits:
A private cloud infrastructure requires significant investment because of the number of servers and other physical hardware that will form the cloud. One way in which you can save money is opting to use Bodhost’s 24×7 support team for the management of your cloud as opposed to your own in-house support team; as eNlight is a platform that has been developed by our staff, our support team have full knowledge of the workings of the application meaning that they can rectify issues in no time at all and can work with you to provide customization where required – it will be more beneficial for your business for you to focus your own IT staff on internal matters.
Choosing a private cloud solution from Bodhost will provide your business with a reliable platform on which expansion can be achieved easily and dynamically. There are cost savings to be had from choosing a private cloud over dedicated server hosting or on-site server hosting, releasing money that can be used elsewhere to improve your business’s IT infrastructure or your website.
Bodhost provides dedicated server hosting from our Tier 3 data center, which is located in Chicago, USA. As one of the leading data centers in the USA, our data center provides facilities that allow us to offer an uptime guarantee of 99.9% with all of our dedicated servers; furthermore, with staff monitoring the network infrastructure as well as server hardware 24×7, you can be assured that the chances of downtime because of server or network issues are minimal.
We offer a range of professional server configurations that you can take advantage of to improve your business’s IT infrastructure and introduce a range of new IT applications that can help to streamline certain functions and business acitivities so that you can improve the productivity of your employees. Other server configurations available from Bodhost in the USA include:
We recognize the importance of offering a secure data center environment for server hosting alongside secure servers and a secure network. Our data center has been designed to implement security features such as:
US dedicated server hosting from Bodhost provides an affordable dedicated hosting choice for US-based businesses and consumers that require their own isolated hosting environment.
cPanel is one of the most popular Linux web hosting control panels available and when coupled with a Bodhost dedicated server provides a powerful and reliable environment that businesses can use to develop their own web hosting service further. If you don’t wish to start your own web hosting business then cPanel can simply be used as a web-based management tool for your dedicated server; a simplified interface will improve the speed at which certain maintenance tasks can be achieved, i.e. software updates and certain system modifications.
Although cPanel is only available for Linux dedicated servers, this has allows the developers of the software to create an application that offers a much more targeted user experience that allows you to control many aspects of your Linux dedicated server from a single web interface. Features of cPanel include:
As a Windows dedicated server user you will have full access to your server via Remote Desktop, but for some this may not be enough and there are certainly benefits to choosing a web-based control panel such as Plesk. Choosing Plesk will provide you with a simplified way in which you can manage multiple domain names on your dedicated server as the management of all major services such as your email server and web server applications are taken care of by Plesk; in order to setup a domain with all of the relevant services, you will only need to fill in one form in Plesk and the rest is taken care of by the control panel.
Bod recommends that our Windows dedicated server customers configure Plesk as the control panel for their needs; Plesk can provide you with the following benefits:
Bodhost offers Windows Server 2008 servers that are fully managed so that you can call on our support team for assistance whenever you need it.
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A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a virtual machine that is hosted on a physical machine with other VPS servers and provides a dedicated hosting environment similar to that of a dedicated server, but VPS servers are available at a much more affordable cost. Bodhost offers a range of Linux VPS servers and Windows VPS servers so that there is variety available to suit the requirements of all users. With root access provided with all VPS hosting plans, you will have full control of your hosting environment so that you can adapt the functionality and performance to reflect what you would like to see. All Bodhost web hosting services are hosted out of our Tier 3 data center, located in Chicago, Illinois; our data center is one of the most secure facilities in the USA and uses the most up-to-date technologies so that we can offer a 99.9% uptime guarantee with our VPS hosting plans.
Bodhost’s VPS server hosting plans are aimed at offering small businesses a dedicated platform that allows them to take a step up by increasing their web presence to a point where they can sells their goods and services online. A VPS server can help meet these aims in the following ways:
As a VPS server provides you with your own dedicated hosting environment, root or administrator access to your virtual machine is a necessity so that you are able to seize upon the opportunity to install the applications and services of your choice and generally creating a custom web hosting environment. Bodhost provides SSH access for all Linux VPS server customers; SSH is direct access to your server’s command line so that you have an interface that you can use to direct commands at your hosting environment – it is from the console that you will install applications and perform server maintenance. As a Windows VPS server customer, Bodhost can offer you Remote Desktop access to your virtual server so that you are able to view the Windows Server 2008 GUI and perform maintenance from here.
Root access to your virtual private server can be gained in the following manners, depending on the platform that you are using:
If a VPS server can’t provide you with the resource allocations that you have calculated as being the minimum required to run your website, Bodhost offers a range of enterprise cloud hosting plans and dedicated servers that also offer root access and a similar feature set.