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Do you need a Dedicated server?

This is a very common question, your customer will ask if they need a dedicated server. As a web hosting provider, I will choose to stay neutral. But when do I need a dedicated server?

A dedicated server has more hidden cost compares to a VPS. What are the hidden costs/? A dedicated server price tag has not included the followings; Backup, the larger the storage, get more expensive. More expensive Windows server license if you have more core CPU on a server. More expensive control panel license on a dedicated server. Traffic charges may or may not depends on the service provider.

But you have no choice if you need a dedicated server. The above will give you an idea the cost is not only on the server. When do you need a dedicated server? These are my thoughts and told to my customers.

  • Do you need more IP addresses? Most web hosting provider can offer more IP addresses for the dedicated server.
  • Do you expect a lot of traffic? If you have a busy network. A dedicated network port works better.
  • A lot of processes and high CPU utilization.
  • Want secure and privacy. VM is still not 100% secure-proof.
  • Need big storage. Per gigabyte storage is cheaper.
  • Got the budget.
  • Possible to plug in an external device. Example Portable USB Hard Drive.

 

Why buy a VPS?

There are a few reasons why you should buy a VPS but not a shared Web Hosting.

  • if you want a full root shell access.
  • update a kernel fixes at your own timing (only possible with Kernel independent VPS like KVM)
  • hosts a few websites and full control with better management.
  • install the components or applications.
  • allocate unused resources.
  • restart services at your own preferences.
  • with a better budget.
  • better isolation.
  • dedicated IP address, it is optional in Shared Hosting.

 

Add permitted IP access to your Web Server – required by Sucuri.

Add permitted IP access to your Web Server – required by Sucuri.

To avoid attacker to bypass your website firewall from Sucuri. You need to make sure the virtual host ( the protected domain name) accessed by the permitted server IP addresses.
To do this, you restrict the access of this protected domain. Today, we will give examples on the common web servers and web hosting control panel.
For Apache server has 2 versions;
 
Apache 2.4 Server
 
<FilesMatch “.*”>
Require ip 192.88.134.0/23
Require ip 185.93.228.0/22
Require ip 2a02:fe80::/29
Require ip 66.248.200.0/22
</FilesMatch>
 
Apache 2.2 Server
 
<FilesMatch “.*”>
Order deny,allow
Deny from all
Allow from 192.88.134.0/23
Allow from 185.93.228.0/22
Allow from 2a02:fe80::/29
Allow from 66.248.200.0/22
</FilesMatch>
 
Nginx Server
 
location / {
allow 192.88.134.0/23;
allow 185.93.228.0/22;
allow 2a02:fe80::/29;
allow 66.248.200.0/22;
deny all;
# Existing NGINX rules
}
It is easy with Plesk, just insert the apache code as shown.plesk apache include
plesk vhost include
This is for cPanel
cpanel
 For IIs web server, you need to add IP and Domain restriction in Roles and features. After which you add the permitted IP addresses to the protected domain. As such, attackers cannot bypass your website firewall.