Ajenti: Free and Open Source Alternative Control Panel

Most small and medium web businesses turn to cPanel or another commercial control panel when they want GUI management of their servers. But not everyone can afford the licensing fees, and some people just want a free and open source alternative. The first that probably comes to mind is Webmin, but it is no longer […]

Get Rsync Functionality in Windows with DeltaCopy

If you run Linux on your server, rsync is a great option for incremental backup management. The problem is, if you are running Windows on your backup machine or on the machine you use to manage backups, rsync is not available. There are, however, ways to make rsync work in Windows. […]

Why Use Linux for Dedicated Servers?

A recent report indicates that 97 percent of the world’s top 500 supercomputers run Linux. That statistic seems unfathomable, as if no other operating system even exists or is even worth mentioning. Most of the remaining 3 percent are some other Unix variant, and Windows barely registers at all. The question one […]

Improve PHP Performance with HipHop

HipHop can improve your server’s PHP performance. No, I do not mean the hip hop you might hear on your favorite rapper’s latest album. In this case, HipHop refers to some PHP improvements originally created by Facebook and then released as free and open source software. HipHop can significantly increase PHP web application speed and […]

Increase Server Performance with Squid

It does not take much for a web server to get overwhelmed when you have high traffic websites. Although you could always purchase more expensive hardware and networking equipment, there are more cost-effective ways to get better performance and get the most out of what you have. One such method is to use a web […]

4 Free OpenVZ Control Panels

OpenVZ is free and open source virtualization software that gives you the ability to create and manage virtual private server containers on your dedicated server. While you could manage it quite effectively from the command line, you may prefer to use some type of hosting automation system. The following are some free web-based management tools […]

Eradicate Malware with LMD

Worried about malware? No? You should be. Cyber criminals are always looking for new and creative ways to attack your server or user your dedicated server to attack others. There are plenty of prevention methods you can have in place, but you should also have a system for detecting malware that may have already made […]

Protect Your Server with Fail2ban

Monitoring your server is a great way to prevent cyber attacks and stop those that might be in progress. Unfortunately, you cannot always be present to monitor your server. Unless you are an android, you likely still require sleep. For those times when you cannot be be present, Fail2ban is an excellent friend to have.

Is Linux the Best for Web Servers?

Linux is a free and open source kernel that powers numerous operating systems (often called “distributions”). Many system administrators have long regarded Linux as the best option for powering web-facing dedicated servers and virtual private servers. There are, however, many other options. So, what makes Linux the best, or is it even truly the best […]

The Disadvantages of Old Proprietary UNIX

At one time, most of the world’s dedicated servers used a form of UNIX. Big mainframes were known to have big expensive UNIX installations with hefty, costly licenses. Many of those servers have gradually been phased out or have been switched to more modern operating systems like Linux or BSD. Still, some persist, and those […]

Build an Open Source Private or Hybrid Cloud with Eucalyptus

Building your own private or hybrid cloud sounds rather difficult, but with the right solution, you can create a stable AWS-compatible cloud and have user-friendly tools to manage it. Eucalyptus is one such solution. It is a free and open source cloud platform that follows industry standards to deliver an AWS-compatible cloud solution.
Eucalyptus works by […]

The Big Truth about Big Data: Part 2

In part one, we defined big data, but the name big data really only tells you what the problem is. It does not address the solution. You have this massive amount of unstructured data, and you have no way of organizing it. What should you do? This is where big data solutions come […]

How to Clone a Hard Disk on Your Server

Under normal operations, it would probably be unnecessary to clone your dedicated server’s hard drive. There are, however, instances when it makes sense. Your hard drive may show signs of failure, and a pre-emptive cloning to a new drive could save your data and avoid the prolonged downtime that would come with restoring backups. The […]

Advantages of Running a Free and Open Source Server

The majority of dedicated servers connected to the web use Apache HTTP Server, a free and open source web server program. Many servers also run Linux-based operating systems and rely on open source database servers, such as MySQL. Free and open source software has become quite prolific on the web, and there are many advantages […]

Is a Commercial Linux Distribution Worth the Price?

Deciding to go with Linux as your dedicated server’s OS of choice is only a first step. Linux, after all, is only the kernel of a wide variety of operating systems, called distributions. While all of them pretty much have the same security and stability benefits that likely caught your attention in the first place, […]

Do I Really Need a Hosting Control Panel?

Web hosting control panels provide graphical interfaces for both system administrators and virtual hosting users, allowing them to perform simple or even complex tasks with points and clicks rather than typing in commands. For some, the introduction of control panels, particularly for Unix and Linux servers, was a godsend. For others, however, it may just […]

4 Reasons to Go Open Source on Your Server

When you decide to get a new dedicated server, you will be faced with many software options. You could easily pay big money for a proprietary Unix variant or for Microsoft Windows Server, but there are also plenty of good reasons to go open source. Saving money is just one of them.
1. Stability
Linux and BSD […]

Anti-Virus and Anti-Spam Tools for Linux Servers

Desktop Linux distributions have a distinct advantage over Windows.  They are not plagued by the millions of viruses that circulate the Internet wreaking havoc on unsuspecting PC users.  These viruses are designed for Windows and normally only affect Windows systems.
Despite the apparent immunity Linux enjoys, a Linux server should still have some type of […]

How to Load and Unload Linux Kernel Modules

Linux kernel modules are handy little pieces of the kernel that you can add or remove on-demand, without having to compile them directly into the kernel.  This allows third-party developers to create programs that require kernel-level access but that are not part of the Linux kernel and may not even be open source.  For dedicated […]

Understanding Free Software Licenses

Free and open source software powers many of the world’s servers, and numerous high-traffic sites such as YouTube, Wikipedia, and Facebook use free software to keep their sites performing at extraordinary levels.  Some of the most common free software applications for servers are: variants of the GNU/Linux operating system, Apache […]

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 […]

Local Video Streaming vs Cloud Services

If you plan to offer streaming video on your website, you have a big decision to make. With your own dedicated server, you have the capability of streaming the video directly from your server using streaming software. There are many streaming options. Some of them are quite costly, while others are free […]

Using XMPP for Your Communication Needs

When you and your clients need to communicate, there are traditional channels, such as email or even the telephone, but live text, voice, and video conferencing has been restricted to proprietary protocols, software, and services. If you are running a variant of Linux or BSD on your dedicated server, you probably rely heavily on […]

Transferring Your Data to the Cloud

Cloud computing has not yet taken over the server industry, and there are plenty who are resisting all attempts. Nevertheless, the usage of cloud services and hybrid cloud deployments has increased gradually, and anyone who uses dedicated servers and has some type of web presence should at least take a look at it.
One of […]

A Look at MariaDB

For more than a decade, MySQL has been at the forefront of dedicated server technology, with millions of websites all over the world relying on the database to power their dynamic websites. It has become so prevailen that it is included in the popular web development stack called LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL and PHP).
As […]

Benefits of Open Source Software

In the IT world, is often common to think in terms of intellectual property, particularly when dealing with business. It is regular practice for IT companies to create custom software for businesses and then sell full or partial usage rights of the software for the business’ use. What many businesses unfortunately can […]

How to Install Virtualmin

For the busy dedicated server administrator, your web hosting control panel is one of the most important tools you will use on a daily basis. There are a few popular proprietary control panels you can choose, but there are also some free and open source ones that are worth trying, especially if you have […]

Test Your Server OS with VirtualBox

When you get your first dedicated server, the last thing you want to do is experiment on it, especially if your server is already live on the Internet. Instead, you can use a virtual machine to run the same operating system installed on your server. With it you can do whatever kind of […]

Securing Apache with ModSecurity

Out of all of the web servers available on the market, both free and open source, Apache HTTP Server is the most widely used. It has become the standard for most Linux-based servers and is commonly the default for many other Unix-like operating systems. It is generally regarded as secure, but even […]

Why Linux Gets ‘Best Of Breed’ Vote

There are different versions of Linux, but they are all essentially the same – at the core, if you will. It started as an open source, ergo ‘free’, software package and it still is. But you can purchase an out-of-the-box solution as well. Those solutions may have additional features that the free open source version […]