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Understanding Dedicated Server Terminology

June 21, 2012
by Jonathan Watkins

Technical jargon can sometimes overcomplicate fairly simple matters. When investigating web hosting servers, you’ll often find titles such as ‘The beginner’s guide’ or ‘Simple Steps’ which then continue to use words such as applet, hypertext and unexplained acronyms.

Dedicated servers are, in comparison to their competitors, rather complicated solutions which can take some adapting to. Understanding the benefits and why you should opt for this server is the first step, but following this you’ll have to know some of the words and phrases that are going to jump out at you once you’re up and running.

The point of this article is not to dumb down the explanations, but merely to educate users on terminology that they need to be aware of. The last thing you want to be doing is changing something you don’t want purely because you misunderstood the command.
  • Firstly, let’s define the most important term, Dedicated Server. This is your personal server where you are not required to share any resources as it’s solely dedicated to you. It’s a flexible option which lets you decide on operating systems, hardware and many other resources. They usually offer more security and higher performance than their competitors, although generally come at a higher price.
  • Now something you don’t want to see DNSBL (DNS blacklist) hopefully you’ll come across it, however if you do it could mean your sever has been blacklisted. This term is reserved for networks that distribute spam or any harmful services. Essentially it’s a list of blacklisted IP addresses that you don’t want to be dealing with for one reason or another.
  • While many web hosting offerings include unmanaged dedicated servers, a term you may see and not know its processes is a Managed Server. With dedicated servers being more personal and private, there is less interference from others, meaning you can configure it how you deem necessary. By employing a managed server though, you’ll be given support from the host by them maintaining and running it for you.
  • A name server will translate your IP address into a human-readable domain name; they make it so that users can view your website using a domain name. It essentially means that viewers don’t have to enter a series of numbers into the web in order get to your website.
  • Redundant Array of Independent Disks is a phrase you may not come across often, but RAID might be. This is the backing up of hard drives through a series of redundant hard disks which will store your data should your operating hard drive malfunction for any reason.
  • The method which allows you to condense data between network protocols is referred to as Tunneling. A common form of this is through the secure SSH which enables you to tunnel a variety of protocols in order to offer secure file transfers and connections.

About Author
Jonathan is a senior writer covering web hosting and tech news on Jonathan graduated from the University of Brighton with a BA (Hons) in Journalism and has been working for various websites, magazines and newspapers.

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