The Benefits of Multi-Core Processors in Servers

Boosting a server’s processing power by adding cores is nothing new. In the old days, you had to add multiple physical processors. Today, some processors come with multiple cores. Therefore, adding two quad-core processors would give you 8 cores, which is 8 times the processing power. But are there really noticeable benefits to having multiple […]

The Total Cost of Owning a Linux Server

When purchasing a car, a home, or other major investment, many financial experts may inform you about the total cost of ownership (TCO). Beyond the sticker price, you need to know how much it will cost to maintain it, insure it, and power it for the duration of its life. Similarly, a server and its […]

How Important is the Green Data Center?

You have likely heard a lot of discussion and even commercial promotion about green data centers. These are data centers that have taken steps to make their facilities more environmentally friendly, reduce carbon emissions, and find better ways to run and cool their servers. How important is the concept of the green data center? Should […]

Moving from One OS to Another

In most situations, an individual or company will keep the same operating system for the entire time they use a server.  While there may be occasional upgrades, these usually do not involve switching to another OS completely.  At the end of the server’s life, however, you may decide to go with a different OS.  If […]

The Pros and Cons of Cloud Email

Cloud computing has become a very popular option for many businesses hoping to offload some of the expense of maintaining their own mail servers. Cloud email services are easy to setup and use, but there are both advantages and disadvantages to using them.
The Pros

No maintenance – Forget about catching spam and viruses.  Your service provider […]

What is the Best Server Operating System?

Proponents of each operating system will always give you different answers to this question, but it is important for you to decide which one is best for your circumstances.  Choices include the many variations of GNU/Linux, the numerous descendants of BSD, several versions of Windows Server, Solaris, Mac OS X Server, and several proprietary iterations […]

Server Energy Efficiency

As technology has developed, server hardware has naturally become more efficient at using power, and tasks that once took entire server rooms may now be accomplished by one box. Nevertheless, the increasing demand for scarce resources should make saving energy a priority for anyone with one or more server.
One way to reduce energy usage […]