When businesses talk about virtualization, they are often concerned with the financial savings that it can bring. When IT people talk about it, they usually laud its ability to do more with less space, fewer servers, and often less effort. In addition to those technical and financial savings, virtualization can also help conserve energy in […]
A virtual private server (VPS) is a low-cost alternative to a full dedicated server. Using a VPS has a number of strategic advantages for small and medium sized businesses. Among those advantages are the following:
Savings – Above all else, a business that is small or just getting started will need to find ways to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The business world is abuzz with talk of “big data”, but many people probably still do not have a firm grasp on what it means and how it will impact the IT world. If you manage servers for a living, there is a good chance that you will soon encounter an employer or client who […]
There was a time when pride dictated that a system administrator manage a Linux server with nothing more than a text-only terminal window and a cup of coffee. Times have changed, especially since even major enterprises need to manage their Linux servers quickly and effectively. The following are four useful server management options with varying […]
If you go back further enough in time, you might find some servers running on SPARC architecture, but other than that, only three processor brand types have truly been dominant in the server market. Those are Intel, AMD, and IBM’s PowerPC. Lately, Intel and AMD in particular have dominated the server market with x86_64 architecture. […]
In these tough economic times, businesses are looking for ways to save money anywhere they can find them. The rising costs of power, infrastructure, and employment makes it difficult for some companies to sustain their own data centers. Because of this, many of them have turned to colocation as a money-saving solution.
Colocation simply means […]
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 […]
In the third part of our “Back to the Basics” series, we will look at the operating systems that power today’s servers. Just as there is a diverse amount of hardware available on the server market, so too are there a great number of operating systems. They are not all equal in all aspects of […]
Depending on the business you are involved in, opting for a dedicated server may make the most sense. On the other hand, there are plenty of situations where you can make a strong case for a virtual private server (VPS) to save money and make things a little easier for you.
The following are benefits of […]
Whether you are in the web hosting business or are simply managing a single dedicated server for a client, you have probably passed along a guarantee or at least hinted at the expectation that your service will provide a substantial amount of uptime. In order to deliver on a such a promise, you need to […]
I cannot count how many times in the past I have purchased a product because of the shiny packaging, only to find the product inside to be less than desirable. This started with childhood when the sparkle of a new toy in the store would fade quickly once I got it home. At some point […]
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, […]
When many hear the term “dedicated server”, they tend to picture data centers housing massive machines used by large companies for their huge infrastructures. While that is certainly a valid use of the term, it does not fully reflect the wide range of uses for dedicated servers. Small and medium business […]
Adopting a dedicated server is a big step. I have chosen the word “adopt” because it is a lot like adopting a child. You want your child to succeed and get the most out of life, and you want the same for your server. That success will not come without some guidance […]
Managing a server may not be your thing. You may cringe whenever you see a tech specialist drop to the command line and start punching away at the keyboard. That does not mean you cannot have a dedicated server and even be successful with a online business that requires one. The key […]
Sometimes it is difficult to know when it is time to make the move from one technology to another, or when to upgrade from one version to a later one. As your website or websites grow, it is important to track their progress, understand their weaknesses, and be prepared to take them to the next […]
Most hosting providers offer reseller plans that range from simple referral programs to complete unmanaged dedicated servers. But just because such plans exist does not mean you can get rich just reselling hosting. Is it possible at all? How much work should you expect to endure to make a serious business out of it? These […]
There are plenty of reasons why you might want to make the move to a dedicated server. While most people think in terms of space or power, not all reasons revolve around these factors. Here are 10 of the top reasons you might want to get a full dedicated server.
1. You run a business and […]
Whether you have decided to start your own web hosting company, web design service, cloud-based application service, or any other web offerings, there are certain things you should definitely do to make sure your customers get the most for their money. There are also several pitfalls you should avoid at all costs.
DO tell your […]
An application server is a dedicated server that runs a central application or numerous applications, allowing clients to connect through an intranet or over the Internet. In traditional application server models, the software of the server and client was usually the same or similar, and the client machine required a smaller client application to […]
While large organizations understand the need to maintain a data center as their server and hardware requirements increase, the management of the data center remains a concern. And it is imperative that with an increase in the hardware, a business needs to invest in a data center.
While large businesses can still manage to invest […]
Remember the times when you had to keep your computer in a cool, dust-free room? Your personal computer may not need such a cozy environment anymore, but your precious servers do. The datacenter is what houses your organization’s servers.
The benefits of a datacenter are many. But a datacenter may not be necessary for every organization. […]
Cluster servers came into the network world with a bang. All the problems that businesses encountered with a single server were resolved by the introduction of cluster servers. Businesses that have since adopted cluster servers have benefited in more ways than one. Let’s look at the business benefits of cluster servers.
Cluster Servers improve network […]
Technical terms have never been simpler. The term ‘server farm’, for example, refers to a place where servers are kept. The server farm is also referred to as the datacenter. So, what happens in this server farm or datacenter?
A datacenter is a physical location where multiple servers are maintained to provide back up facilities […]
Cloud Computing is still new enough to be called an infant. It’s first real practical usage was when Salesforce.com opened its doors in 1999. Then Amazon started its Amazon Web Services in 2002. Today, Amazon is considered the leader in cloud computing services.
Other cloud services have arrived on the scene since then, notably Google Docs, […]