3 Great Uses for Quick-Deploying Virtual Cloud Servers

The very nature of a dedicated server is that it is dedicated. The very name suggests a long term marriage. But what should you do if you just want a brief affair, maybe even a fling? Quick, easy to deploy virtual cloud servers may be the way to go.
Virtualization allows for rapid deployment of […]

Linux Server Security Guide: Part 3

Network Security
When it comes to network security, your firewall is one of your most important tools. It is generally a good idea to have multiple lines of defense, such as a router-level firewall and also a server-level firewall that is software-based. Usually, you can block most ports with your firewall, and only allow […]

3 Linux Server Performance Tips

If this is your first time using a Linux server, you may soon find out that Linux offers many performance advantages over other operating systems. Still, there are plenty of things you can do to make Linux perform even better.
1. Use the Security Tools – You must use the securities tools at your disposal. If […]

Open Source Cluster Management Tools

There comes a time in the life of a server when one is simply not enough. When that occurs, many organizations setup some type of server cluster. Each individual machine becomes a node that interfaces with the collective whole, rather than an individual server by itself.
There are several open source tools that you can use […]

Back to the Basics #8: Application Security

When covering application security, there are three basic application types you should consider:

Standard applications that you install directly on your server’s operating system and run only when you need them
Applications that are run as daemons or services, starting at boot time and continuing to run as long as the server is on
Web applications […]

Server End of Year Tasks 4: Perform Any Major Updates

It is generally preferable to run updates on your server as soon as possible after they are made available. This is particularly important if when they are security updates. In most cases, you can just schedule these updates to run during off hours.
In some situations, however, your web applications or other software may depend on […]

What to Do When Package XYZ is Not Available

Dedicated Servers do not need a lot of software to run. You have your operating system, basic system services, the web server, mail server, database server, and a firewall. Depending on your setup, you may have other applications, but you usually do not need to install any exotic software. Web applications cover most frontend functions. […]

Steps to Take When Your Server Is Unresponsive

The day has finally arrived. You feared it would come and tried to prepare for it, but now that it is here, you are frozen, not sure what to do. That moment when you go to your website and realize it is offline or, even worse, get a call from a client complaining about down […]

Home Server vs Hosted Server

So, you have to decided to get your own dedicated server. You certainly have a plethora of options to consider: hardware, operating system, development platform, applications, and more. One of the crucial early decisions you must make is to decide where you want your server to be housed.
If you are running a business, […]

4 Things You Can Do When Your Server Is Running Perfectly

Your mother probably once told you, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  For many things, that is true, but if you think your dedicated server will always be running as smoothly as it might be right now, you are fooling yourself.  When everything is going well, that is the time to take care of […]

Choosing the Right Server Operating System

There has been much debate on the server level about Windows vs Unix, Unix vs Linux, BSD vs Linux, Windows vs Solaris, and just about any other matchup you can imagine.  Choosing the right one is not as easy the supporters of each OS make it seem.  You have to consider many factors when choosing […]

Public Clouds vs. Private Clouds

“The Cloud” is the latest tech buzzword, and although the term has been around for quite a while, it is starting to gain attention among the general public, particularly due to some oft-aired commercials by Microsoft. The business world is not immune to the hype, and some terminology you might have come across when […]

Linux server package management

Running an unmanaged server gives you the freedom to install the applications you want and maintain relative autonomy regarding resource allocation and development. But having your own server also means you are the one responsible for security updates and installing anything you want to add to it.
This does not mean you should panic. […]