Archive for the 'Dedicated Servers' Category

Shared or Dedicated Hosting – The Final Answer

Entrepreneurs often face the decision between shared and dedicated hosting. Of course, VPS hosting also plays a factor, but that’s for a different post. Both shared and dedicated hosting serve purposes, but which one is right for you?
There are some specific guidelines you should follow when choosing the right type of hosting for your needs. […]

Is it Time for a Dedicated Server?

You started with a shared hosting account years ago and have since graduated to VPS hosting. Maybe you’ve even gone through a few levels of VPS hosting and you think it’s time for a dedicated server.
Making the jump from shared, cloud or VPS hosting to a dedicated server isn’t always easy. It requires the […]

Virtual vs. Physical Server – Which One is Right for You?

Virtualization is a very popular way to build your IT structure. Many companies are choosing cloud and virtual servers over a physical server for their business applications. However, this may not be the right choice for your company.
In some cases, the need for a physical server and the benefits it provides completely outweigh the advantages […]

How to Boost Your Server Efficiency

Efficient servers keep customers happy. When your servers lack efficiency customers may complain, ask for a refund, bash you on social media and give you bad reviews. All of these negative things may lead to issues landing new customers and keep current customers.
Instead of losing customers, you just need to understand how to make your […]

Biggest Advantages of a Dedicated Server

Compared to any other type of hosting, a dedicated server comes with plenty of advantages. While many are moving to the cloud or trusting their cheap shared hosting, dedicated servers still provide the best hosting option for most companies and websites.
A dedicated server certainly provides more power than shared hosting, VPS hosting or cloud […]

Cloud Computing vs. Dedicated Servers – What You Should Know

Everything in the hosting industry seems to be about cloud computing these days. It provides scalability, redundancy and on-demand services, but it is really as good as many advertisers say it is?
While it may not fit with every business or website, it’s important to know the differences between cloud computing and dedicated servers. You […]

5 Signs You Need a Managed Server

Unmanaged servers are available all over the web for lease. They are cheap, rapidly deployed and usually connected to very fast networks inside of secure data centers. Nevertheless, an unmanaged server is not for everyone. Here are five signs you need a managed server rather than an unmanaged one.

Your frustration level has reached an all-time […]

Parallels Summit – If you were thinking of going: GO.

This year’s New Orleans event resonated all the best qualities of hosting industry conventions: Deep sessions, Great keynotes, Interesting venue, and, of course, Excellent networking opportunities.
We typically post answers to server-related questions or how-tos for common server-related tasks, but today it seems like giving Parallels a little love is well deserved as many of […]

Find Out When a Unix/Linux User Last Logged In

Keeping track of your users’ activities may seem a little bit intrusive, but it is very necessary for security-conscious system administrators. When users are logged onto the system, you should know, and if a user account is up to anything suspicious, knowing when the user’s logged in might very well save your system. It may […]

How to Add Repositories to Ubuntu Server

Ubuntu is well known for being one of the most popular Linux-based desktop operating systems, but it is also become popular for server usage as well. The highly-acclaimed cloud platform OpenStack is built around Ubuntu, and many web hosts now offer it as an option for their VPS and dedicated server clients. This brief tutorial […]

How to Tunnel a MySQL Connection Through SSH

In a previous post, we highlighted some of the benefits of tunneling with SSH. Now, you will learn how to use an SSH tunnel to connect to MySQL remotely. With this method, you will connect to SSH, forwarding all information on port 3306 (the MySQL port) through this encrypted connection.
To get started, connect via SSH: […]

Understanding Server Regulatory Compliance

If you are new to the server arena, you might not have considered the legal implications of running one or more websites or even having an entire hosting company. There are local, federal, and international laws that you might need to address, depending on the content and audience of your websites.
Environmental – Many locations […]

4 Things You Should Know About Today’s Server Management

Server management is a ever-changing arena, filled with new technology and security techniques that you need to learn and relearn. Suffice it is to say that the game has changed significantly in the past five years. The following are trends you should be aware of and prepare for in the near future.
1. Virtualization is […]

What is High Performance Computing?

For some applications, a single computer or even a single dedicated server is not enough. These applications require extremely complex computations that could take standard servers a very long time to complete. They require the use of supercomputers made up of multiple nodes in a cluster, each containing multiple processors and/or cores along with their […]

Government Compliance Abroad: Is Your Server Ready?

Once you have a web presence, just about anyone in any country can access your website. That means your dedicated server will be subjected to the laws and regulations of just about every country where you do business. You can, of course, limit the number of countries that have access, but if your goal is […]

Is the End of the Year a Good Time for Major Changes?

As we approach the new year, it might be tempting to make sweeping changes to your organization and to your dedicated server. This is a normal feeling. After all, even in our daily lives, we often start the new year with resolutions (ones that are often too high-reaching and hard to keep). The question posed […]

How to Remove Old Downloaded Packages from APT

One of the routine end-of-year tasks you might want to perform is the removal of old packages that your system downloaded but may no longer need. You may have installed applications and later uninstalled them, but your package manager sometimes keeps those downloaded packages in case you need them later. Fortunately, with APT, it is […]

Should Your Server Run Automatic Updates?

Possibly all operating systems offer an automatic update feature. Linux distributions commonly used for servers definitely do, and this feature may even be enabled by default on some. Should you run automatic server updates? The following are some possible benefits and a few possible disadvantages.

Your server will be updated as soon as updates are available
It […]

3 Reasons to Upgrade to Dedicated Hosting

Your shared hosting account has probably served you well for quite some time, but there comes a time when it might be a good idea to upgrade your website(s) to a dedicated hosting plan. There are definitely financial factors that determine when you can and will get a dedicated server, but today we will look […]

Server Terminology You Should Know

SSH – Secure Shell allows you to connect to your server as though you were sitting in front of it typing on the console. If you have administrative access, you can completely control your server from SSH. Connections made via SSH are also encrypted and secure.
Apache HTTP Server – The most popular web server software […]

Will Cloud Computing Replace Dedicated Servers?

Dedicated Servers have been around for quite a while. They predate the Internet, and if you are old enough to remember, you would know that many businesses once had dedicated servers on-site in a data closet or a full data center. Now many companies host their servers remotely, and some have adopted cloud […]

Back to the Basics #5:Other Server Software

Choosing your operating system and web server software is only the beginning. If you need a custom dedicated server built to your specifications, you will need to specify several other types of software, including database system, DNS, mail transfer agent (MTA), scripting languages (PHP, Ruby, Perl, etc.), firewall, virtualization, and more.
DNS – The management of […]

Lessons Learned from Dedicated Server Management

In my years of managing Dedicated Servers, I have picked up a few tidbits of wisdom along the way. Not all of this wisdom will apply to every server in every situation, but hopefully you will take something useful away from this.

Rebooting will not solve everything. In my early server days, I used […]

How to Install Webmin on a Debian Server

Webmin is a free and open source graphical system administration interface for Unix-like operating systems. In previous posts, we have explored some of the ways that you can use Webmin to make your system administration easier. We also learned how to install Webmin on CentOS. Today, we will look at another popular Linux-based operating system: […]

7 Reasons to Get a Dedicated Server in 2012

2011 came and went, and you still do not have a dedicated server. There are plenty of reasons why you might not be ready for one, and we have covered some of those reasons in previous posts. But inevitably, there are some of you out there who are ready to get a dedicated server, but […]

Preparing Your Server for the New Year

2011 has come and gone, and your dedicated server has survived the year. While 2012 is still fresh, it is a good idea to make some plans for the new year. Think of them as your server’s own new year resolutions.

Backup schedule – If your server was not already doing regular automated backups, now is […]

Server End of Year Tasks 1: Check Your Backups

As we come to the close of another year, it is a good time to perform some routine tasks on your server, especially if you have been putting them off until “the right time”. The beginning of a new year is usually busy, so you should take the time now to get those tasks done […]

How to Find Out Disk Usage on a Linux Server

Your VPS, dedicated server, and backup device all have something in common: a finite amount of space. Fortunately, you can always free up space, add a new drive, or compress files as needed. But you never want to get into a situation where the lack of space surprises you. On a Unix or Linux server, […]

How to Build a Chroot Environment in CentOS

The purpose of a chroot jail is to allow you to run a virtual file system within a larger one. You can use it for any number of reasons, including virtual shared hosting accounts. The user whose login account is associated with a chroot jail can use an entire virtual Linux distribution within the jail, […]

Do You Need a Dedicated Server for One Website?

If you are new to web hosting or are just getting started with your website, the whole idea of a dedicated server may be foreign to you. At some point, however, you might find yourself in need of one or even several. In many situations, people use dedicated servers for multiple websites, but there are […]