Much of the discussion about web hosting and servers centers around operating systems, software, and web applications. But one should not overlook hardware, which can make or break website performance. Here are a few hardware tips to make sure you get the most for your money.
1. When possible, opt for the quality, server-grade CPUs (i.e. 64-bit Intel Xeon dual or quad core)
2. The more RAM you have, the better. You can never go wrong by adding memory to your system.
3. Get large, fast hard drives, especially if you plan to run virtual private servers (VPS).
4. For large-scale sites, server redundancy is a good thing, if you can afford it.
5. Multi-core processors improve performance, but correlate the amount of processing power you get with your actual needs. In other words, there is no point in having a 64-core processor for a couple of blogs.
6. Find ways to save power, especially if you have to pay for it. Green servers will save you money and save the environment.
7. Remember that technology is constantly evolving. Plan on needing to upgrade in the future.
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