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 […]

Summer Cleaning for that Dusty Data Center

Summer is in full swing, and if you missed your opportunity for Spring cleaning, you should seize the day and clean out your data center. What does data center cleaning mean? Many times the dirtiest areas are the places you cannot see at first glance, but all of that dust and particles can have an […]

What is a Software-Defined Data Center?

Once upon a time, data centers were huge, fully staffed with IT personnel, and required quite a bit of attention to keep them running. People had to manually deploy physical servers, maintain good temperature and humidity levels, and monitor the servers. Those days may soon be over and make way for the era of the […]

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 […]

The Energy Saving Benefits of Virtualization

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 […]

An Introduction to Cloud Infrastructure: Part 1

Traditional data center infrastructure has always been expensive and costly to maintain. It required you to own or lease the facilities, purchase hardware, license software, and hire an IT staff to manage all of it. Some companies relied on IT outsourcing to handle some of the responsibilities, but ultimately, the capital cost and maintenance costs […]

What is Infrastructure as a Service?

If you have spent any time reading or even overhearing conversations about cloud computing, you have undoubtedly heard of the term Software as a Service (SaaS). Other common cloud terms include Platform as a Service (PaaS) and even Storage as a Service (STaaS). Another cloud model that is quickly gaining steam is Infrastructure as a […]

Tips for Choosing a Colocation Facility

Whether you are just getting started with server management or are just looking to outsource your servers, choosing a colocation provider may seem like a confusing and time-consuming activity. The following tips may help you choose a good colocation provider.
1. Security first – Features aside, you need your servers to be physically secure and secure […]

Linux Server Management Software

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 […]

The Importance of Data Center Monitoring

Whether you have your own data center or intend to use the facilities owned by another company, monitoring is something that should be on your mind. Just as a server needs routine monitoring to make sure it is running smoothly and free from threats, data centers should also have sophisticated monitoring systems in place.
When shopping […]

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 #1: Server Hardware

Over the next couple of weeks, Dedicated Server School will post several articles in a series called “Back to the Basics”. Much of this will be a rehash of content we have already published, but it will be provided in a more uniform set of informative posts for those new to dedicated servers.
Part 1: […]

Low Cost, Low-Powered, Green Servers

As energy costs continue to rise and new environmental regulations come into effect, many businesses are looking for ways to reduce data center costs. A server uses a lot of power for processing and cooling. By using low-powered servers for certain tasks, you can reduce energy costs and help save the environment.
When Is a Low-Powered […]

5 Tips for Better Server Backups

Of all the topics we have repeatedly stressed, none is more significant that backing up your server. It is the only way to ensure that your data will be safe even if the most inconceivable disaster occurs. Once you have working backups for your server, it is important to evaluate your backups and also make […]

How Well Do You Know Your Data Center?

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 […]

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, […]

Features to Look for in Dedicated Servers

When you are in the market for a dedicated server, it is important to make sure you get the most for your money.  Whether you are buying the server or leasing it, you do not want to end up with a machine and service that is less than what you expected.  Since needs vary, I […]

Local vs. Remotely Hosted Servers

At one time, it was almost expected that a business would have a “server room” that held both their application server and web server. They also had on-site or regional technicians who managed those servers locally, visiting or even residing in the server room during work hours. As businesses have increasingly become globalized […]

When Your Server Goes Down

Although this may be difficult, the first thing to do is to remember not to panic. Staying calm will go a long way in making sure you can resolve the issue quickly and calmly. When operating a server remotely, your only assurance that a server is running is through its websites and through […]

Data Center FAQs

What is a data center?
The MSDN library defines a data center in the following words:
(Source) A facility used for housing a large amount of computer and communications equipment maintained by an organization for the purpose of handling the data necessary for its operations
The data center is essentially a physical location where multiple servers […]

What Does A Data Center Offer?

What is a data center? Why do you need one? Well, let me explain it this way. You know there was a time when computers were stored in a secure, cold, dust-free place. Now, while there is no such need any longer, if you have many servers, you need a similar (not same) location for […]

Do You Have a Data Center?

You have got your dedicated server. Now, life is going to be simple. Not quite. In order to reap all the promised benefits of the server, you need to take care of it. And taking care of the server is not that easy. ‘Taking care’ essentially means maintaining it, monitoring it, providing troubleshooting in time, […]

Why You Should Outsource Data Center Management

Dedicated, privately-owned servers bring in several benefits. However, the complexity of server management is something that often deters organizations from investing in them. If you own a bunch of servers, you want them to be organized in a way that they give you maximum benefits. This is where the data center comes in. Some organizations […]

Why Businesses Need the Data Center?

The data center or the server farm is important for any organization that owns a number of servers. What makes it so important? The mere fact that it brings everything at one place? Yes, this and more.
You keep all your servers and hardware at one physical location because it reaps more benefits and provides easy […]

Do You Need a Data Center?

When you have too many servers to take care of, what comes first to your mind? Bringing them together and keeping them at a centralized location so that their maintenance and monitoring becomes easier. That is exactly the purpose of the data center, your centralized location for all your hardware. Organizations often wonder if they […]

The Data Center is Important for Growing Organizations

Many organizations wonder if they need to set up a data center in light of the many servers they own. A data center becomes important when yours is a large organization where the number of servers keep increasing. Smaller organizations don’t necessarily need the data center.
What exactly is a data center? It is essentially […]

How Do You Take Care of Your Data Center?

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 […]

The New Data Center is Green and Shrinking

Green and shrinking is the description for what the data centers will be like in the near future. Let me explain what these two words imply in the context of the data center.
Green implies an environment-friendly initiative to conserve energy. Here’s how WhatIs.com defines a green data center:
(Source) A green data center is a […]

How Important is the Data Center?

Often, the condition of your valuables depends on the container they have been kept in. The data center is the container for all your servers, all so precious. Now, if you have many servers, you would like to keep them in a location where you can monitor and take care of them properly.
Having a data […]