Archive for May, 2009

Windows vs. Linux Dedicated Servers

When it comes time to obtain a dedicated server, you essentially have two platforms to choose from: Windows and Linux.  Both systems have their advantages and disadvantages, ranging from costs to application requirements.
Programming Technologies and Database Servers
The major difference between Windows and Linux lies in the applications and development technologies.  If you intend to […]

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Does Your Server Need Colocation?

Organizations of all sizes are increasingly turning to colocation as an alternative to in-house and managed hosting.  Colocation is a service that allows you to store your servers and network equipment in a hosting provider’s data center.  This type of arrangement has numerous benefits.  First of all, your business gets a connection to the internet, […]

The Growing Prevalence of On-Demand Computing

Businesses that require access to server resources on an as-needed basis can benefit tremendously from on-demand computing.  An increasingly popular option, this model can help organizations save money on software licenses, hardware and many other costly aspects.

Weighing the Benefits

Leveraging an on-demand model can dramatically reduce licensing fees when the applications are deployed in a […]

Improving Efficiency with Dedicated Server Architecture

Dedicated server architecture is the process of limiting applications to improve the efficiency of client-server systems.  In this instance, applications don’t necessarily refer to software, yet elements such as FTP and mail communications that are dedicated solely to a single unit.  Although the process can prove to be expensive depending on the size of the […]

New Hub Page: Managed Dedicated Servers vs. Shared Hosting

While there are many ways to get your website online, hosting it on a managed, dedicated server has some distinct advantages that aren’t usually possible with cheaper shared hosting accounts.
Total Control Over the Server Environment
With a managed dedicated server, you have complete control over the server environment. This allows you to change any configuration settings […]

Server Control Panels: cPanel vs. Plesk

cPanel and Plesk are the most popular control panels on the web hosting market.  Naturally, the two programs are often the subject of comparison.  Let’s take a closer look to see what these control panels have to offer.


Generally used on the Linux platform, cPanel is the most preferred and widely used control panel available.  […]

Rack Servers 101: Mean, Lean Hosting Machines

A rack server is a computer designed to be incorporated into a central framework known as a rack.  The rack itself contains several bays, mounting slots that are designed to securely hold the hardware unit in place.
The Differences in Physicality

Though similar to a tower in terms of functionality, a rack server is quite […]

Load Balancing Basics

Even regular internet traffic demands a great deal of resources from a web server.  Mere routine traffic is enough to make the hardware perform sluggishly and eventually fail once it is overloaded.  One factor that has proven to effectively mitigate these issues is a technology known as load balancing.
What is Load Balancing?
Load balancing is a […]

5 Important Cloud Storage Questions

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, you’ve heard a lot of buzz about cloud-based products and services. But if you’re like most hosting customers, you’re not sure if “the cloud” is just hype or if it could actually benefit you … and when you decide to give it […]

Practicing Server Security: 5 Checklist Precautions

Having your own server gives you tremendous power and flexibility.  It also calls for you to handle all the grueling security tasks.  Today, security risks range from hackers and malicious software to unexpected instances such as hard drive failures and data corruption.  By using this checklist, you can make yourself familiar with key mechanisms that […]

The Truth About Shared Hosting

There are many types of website hosting options, and shared hosting is the most common of them all.  Shared hosting is a service where the provider hosts websites for multiple customers on a single machine.  Each customer has their own internet domain name, but is forced to share many vital components.  This includes a web […]

Media Temple: Quite Possibly the Worst Web Host You Can Get for Free

After my last post about Media Temple admitting to the failures of their grid system, I got a response from their sales department who promised things would get better, and they gave me 3 months of free hosting on the Grid. I’m still too tired of switching shared hosting accounts to move the few […]

Apache and IIS: The Kings of Web Servers

Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Services) and Apache have been the dominant force in the server industry.  Although Apache is the most widely installed, the IIS server application is more prevalent on the enterprise market, similar to many other Microsoft products.  Both programs are solid choices, but each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.


The […] Changes Name, Becomes Dedicated Server School

The Dedicated Server Blog ( has changed it’s name and website address, becoming “Dedicated Server School” located at

May 03, 2009 – The Dedicated Server Blog ( launched on March 10, 2009 and has had good success. With staff writers publishing regular content on server and webhosting technology, it has begun its mission of providing […]

What’s the Difference Between VPS and VDS?

The terms VPS (virtual private server) and VDS (virtual dedicated server) are often used interchangeably. While quite similar and equivalent in many ways, there are some notable differences. Hyper V, the virtualization software used to power most virtual dedicated servers, offers a level of power closer to that of a dedicated server, giving […]