An Introduction to Web Servers: Part 1

Once you have chosen an operating system, setup some basic security, and decided on a web-based control panel, you will need to decide what software you will run on your server. Some control panels will install your software for you, but it may be worth it to choose one that is right for your […]

3 More Ways to Save with Virtualization

In a previous post, we looked at some of the ways that virtualization can help you save money. It can help you maximize space usage, reduce power consumption, and reduce the amount of time you spend on provisioning and deployment. The following are three more ways virtualization help:

Application consolidation – In the […]

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 […]

Why Scalable Hosting is So Important for Business

Businesses invest a great deal of money into dedicated servers. What may start with one server and a few gigabytes of data can eventually grow into an entire server cluster with several petabytes of data. Ideally, a hosting or colocation provider will give businesses the tools to smoothly transition from one stage of development to […]

Do You Need a Dedicated Server for One Website?

If you are new to web hosting or are just getting started with your website, the whole idea of a dedicated server may be foreign to you. At some point, however, you might find yourself in need of one or even several. In many situations, people use dedicated servers for multiple websites, but there are […]

5 Dedicated Server Hardware Tips

Whether you are leasing a server from a remote service or buying your own on-premise dedicated server, it is important to know what is under the hood and what you are getting for your money.  The following are five tips that should help you evaluate servers and make an informed decision.
1. Look for server-grade CPUs. […]

5 Uses for Dedicated Servers Other Than Web Hosting

It is a common misconception that the only reason you might need a dedicated server is to start your own web hosting company or reseller.  Dedicated servers are useful for a variety purposes, both on the Internet and in on-premise intranets.  From cloud platforms to dedicated application servers, the uses for dedicated servers are numerous. […]

Things to Consider Before Hosting Other Websites

When I first decided to get a dedicated server, it was for the purpose of hosting my own websites. It gave me the power, freedom, and flexibility to expand my sites and run them the way I wanted. Over time, however, I began hosting sites for a select few other people who paid […]

Cluster Server Storage with GlusterFS

When operating a dedicated server with multiple nodes, there are various filesystem options, but one that is particularly designed for server clusters is GlusterFS. Scalability is very important for large server installations, and GlusterFS provides the necessary tools.
The software’s project website describes GlusterFS as an “open source cluster storage solution” that is “a […]