dedicated server – Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 dedicated server – 32 32 Benefits of Having a Dedicated Server UK Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:21:16 +0000 As the name suggests, a dedicated erver is put in place for use only by a single client. This is usually preferred by business and organizations since the set up is customized to meet the needs of the organization. Access to data is convenient and the organization also gets to benefit from great support services provided by the hosting company.

Security: Security is one of the things people are looking for in a dedicated server. Since the server is locked to outsiders, the organization gets to have a better degree of security.  The company also gets to have features such as customized firewall protection which is configured to serve the needs of the organization. The server can also be enhanced which is great for any business.

Stability: Dedicated servers give extra stability to the business. This is because the business can control what is carried out by the server. The business can decide on the activities that are carried out online and also only allow certain scripts to run. This is great since shared servers tend to affect the up-time your business gets since the activities that other people engage in are beyond the control of the business owner.

Customization: The business server is customized to meet the specific needs of the business. Administrative functions can be synchronized to have more productive systems especially when dealing with different departments. The POS software is customized to become uniform across the different units in the business. When it comes to customization of the dedicated server, the business owner has a wide array of options and great leeway which is important in making the business as efficient as possible.

Storage facilities: The storage facilities are great and the organization can upgrade the storage available according to their growing needs. If more processors are needed, they can be added, more space in disks as well as other requirements the business may have.

Businesses that opt to have a dedicated server have made a great choice. This is especially so if the enterprise has a great web presence in terms of the amount of traffic received. Dedicated servers mean that you do not have to worry about down time or business performance going down due to interruptions.  In case you experience a problem, this is solved immediately. The support services a business gets is provided 24/7 by the host.

When looking for a web host for your server, the following are things you need to consider:

Costs: The costs that come with having a dedicated server are more expensive than shared servers. This is because there are a variety of expenses such as set up, bandwidth, security just to mention a few.

Processor: Your processor must be powerful. A large organization may need to have a couple of processors so as handle all their needs.

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Why you should Build your Own Server Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:42:47 +0000 There is nothing worse than having an unreliable server, not only can it bring about a lot of stress but it can also cost you valuable clients since your productivity is also not reliable. If you are constantly shifting servers, then maybe it’s time you build your own server.

Before you can go about this, there are certain things you need to put in place so as to have a server that is dependable and useful to your needs.

Consider the following:


Servers are meant to be efficient in data storage. This means that your business continuity is not threatened by loss of data. It should also not duplicate your data as this may be very difficult to sort should you need to recover; de-duplication is therefore a feature that is a must. In order to have a server that serves your storage needs, you need to identify what data is being stored. Will you require to store documents as well as your media collection? How large is the data and do you need internal expansion of hard drives or external expansions?

When building your own home server, you must think about the future expansion possibilities.

Type of Server

After you have analyzed your needs, you need to figure out what kind of server will best suit them. You will have to select a RAM and processor that will accommodate your computing activities and tasks. Below are key points to factor in:

  • Will you need to have add-ins that will enhance the features in the server?
  • Is basic set-up going to be enough to share files and allow you to network or do you need more?
  • What sort of power do you need?

The amount of power that you need will determine the processor and RAM that you acquire for the server. The processors we have nowadays are compatible with most servers, however, should you decide to go for older versions then you have to ensure that that you check out the site of the manufacturer for more details. The RAM should also be compatible with the motherboard you have selected. Look out for slots available as these will direct you on the ideal RAM.


Networking is obviously a big part of your needs and you must to have a fast, reliable connection for this. Most of the new motherboards that are available now come with a standard Gigabit Ethernet. Be sure to look for such since Gigabit Ethernet provides great connectivity and speed. However, the routers and devices in your network must have the ability to support Gigabit Ethernet.

Building your own server has many advantages. For starters, you can develop your own local network and develop it have great speed.

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Managed Servers Vs. In-House Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:50:17 +0000 When making the decision between taking on the services of a managed server provider and hosting your own servers privately, most of the key benefits of the former center around security, dependability and ongoing professional support. However, all of the above will over time add up to quite significant cost savings, which can in turn be reinvested in the future growth and success of the business as a whole.


Any leading provider of manage servers will have the time, the capital and indeed the drive to carry out regular full-scale inspections and audits on its provision, to ensure that network security, physical security and that national standards are being met across the board. In addition, these dedicated specialists are also right on the cutting-edge of the industry in terms of software developments and the fight against malware and viruses, which in turn offers data and network protection the likes of which the in-house approach simply cannot rival. Add to the package an extensive and ongoing data backup program and the overall package of security is unrivalled.


Another key benefit of opting for managed servers is that of expert support, as rather than the equipment being tended to in-house by one or two cross-trained staff members, an extensive team of dedicated, fully-certified and hugely experiences individuals is on hand to offer 24/7 monitoring and support. As such, any potential issues can be headed off at the pass, saving the company a small fortune in both staffing costs and potential losses. These support teams are also on hand practically around the clock for advice and consultation on future needs, expansion or modification of current network systems.


Next comes the important matter of reliability, as unless the business is focused primarily or exclusively on its IT and networking systems on a 24/7 basis, it is impossible to ensure their complete and total dependability. Downtime and system slowdowns can be disastrous for any business, while tending to any arising issues can be time-consuming and distracting from more important tasks. Hosted servers on the other hand are the exclusive responsibility of those offering such services, therefore the kind of management that guarantees flawless reliability can be offered as standard.


No business will ever be content to remain in its same size and form forever, therefore in order to cope with growth, expansion and evolution over time, servers must be flexible enough to cope with shifting demand. In-house servers will only ever be able to function to the capacity as which they were purchased, while dedicated managed servers on the other  are literally limitless in terms of growth, expansion and general scalability.

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Server colocation Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:07:18 +0000 Server colocation is an incredible good choice for people as well as small businesses who want to gain from establishing a popular website several hits. Server colocation also offers an opportunity to benefit from several hits without paying for the bandwidth charges, which is normally associated with several hits and popularity of a given site. In this arrangement, one connection pays a fee, but enjoys free bandwidth. In this regard, company stores safely all of its sensitive data such as web pages and downloadable documents. For instance, downloading onto a server, and then physically pull the server to a different location. This location attained after hauling is therefore the centre of operation of the server colocation provider. Upon reaching this location, the server colocation provider takes over and installs your server in his rack. Consequently, you will be sharing the bandwidth with the server colocation provider; this is one of the smartest way of cutting cost of bandwidth charges. However, one can also rent a server from the server colocation providers to enjoy the benefit of bandwidth. In that case, you own no part of the process but the data.

Upon installation of server, one gets an IP address, which enables him or her to connect to your server from a remote place and, automatically, enable your customers to get access to your website. In situation where you have several loads of traffic and several of high-density files which are being downloaded, at the same time from your site, then your bandwidth will therefore be high. By connecting the bandwidth access to the server colocation provider, you automatically refrain from paying an extra charge for it. In this case, the provider will only charge for the space taken by server. In some cases, the charge for the space taken is actually higher than hosting the server yourself. However, the expenses incurred with server colocation are generally low.

In this economic hard times, innovative ways to cut cost are quite important .Therefore, you should not t feel sorry for the server colocation provider for enjoying the benefits of his or her bandwidth server. It is prudent to note that server colocation provider takes your money and that of others. They give a large amount of discount for their service and gain much by hosting several servers.

One of the main benefits of server colocation is that the provider of such a service is normally well equipped to handle challenges that arise in the normal operation of servers. Power outages are normally a server’s top threat and therefore mitigation strategies should be in place to efficiently handle it. A server colocation provider should have power backup. In this regard, generators are very much important.

Another main benefit of server colocation is that the provider has a more secure location for your and other people’s servers than you might have yourself. This gives the assurance of security which is quite important. Server providers make profit from providing server service, and therefore, it is in their best interest to protect their business. You may have the opportunity to provide the security of your own server at your home or office, but the security of your business address in the hands of server colocation provider is generally better. On the contrary, one main limitation to server colocation is the process of accessing a different physical place while upgrading your server or its software. However, the fact remains that advantages of server colocation outweigh the disadvantages.

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Reconsider your hosting needs and save money Mon, 26 Jul 2010 20:04:01 +0000 network cable
Do you really need 500 GB of space and a terabyte of bandwidth? What about that quad-core server you’ve been renting for the last twelve months? While web hosting needs often increase over time, they can decrease as well, often without you realizing it.

If you have a high-end web hosting plan or a large server, it might be worthwhile to double check and see if you are really using what you’re paying for. You might discover that while you needed a dual-core server a few months ago due to a high traffic event, things are back to normal and single core machine will suffice. Or maybe you overestimated your needs when you bought that $29.99 web hosting plan.

Either way, it’s a smart idea to double-check your hosting usage. You could save hundreds of dollars.

Server Networking Tips Mon, 26 Jul 2010 16:47:58 +0000 Cisco network switch
Over the past year, we have covered many networking tips for servers. Here is a brief summary of the most important networking tips you should keep in mind for your dedicated server.

1. Use both a router firewall and a software firewall
2. Your name servers should be hosted on at least two different servers
3. If you use content delivery services, make sure they have servers close to your primary users
4. Block all ports except the most essential (i.e. web server, ssh, ftp)
5. Use traceroute and dns lookups to test network connectivity issues
6. Be sure to follow Internet standards with your DNS records
7. Use SSH, SCP, SFTP, and other secure protocols whenever you need to connect to your server

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Searching with GREP Fri, 23 Jul 2010 20:08:50 +0000 GREP, which stands for global regular expression print, is a sophisticated Linux/Unix tool that can serve many purposes, but one useful purpose on a dedicated server is its ability to search files and directories. With grep you can search within multiple files with relative ease. You can also parse printed screen data to simplify results.

To search a file, just enter “grep” followed by the search term and then the filename. For example, to search the file “httpd.conf” for the word “localhost”, you would type:

grep localhost httpd.conf

To use grep, to simplify printed screen lists, use the following format:

ls -al /usr/bin | grep make

This will list all of the files in the /usr/bin directory, but will only display those files that contain the word “make”. For more in-depth documentation, including use of regular expressions, type “man grep” from the command line.

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How to Change Your FTP Port Wed, 21 Jul 2010 16:54:55 +0000 FTP iconThe default port for most FTP servers is 21, and that is how most system administrators will leave it. The majority of FTP clients are configured to use it, and some will not even ask you to change it unless you dig through the configuration. There are, however, a few situations where you might want to change the FTP port for your dedicated server or VPS.

If you do not have other users accessing your server and want to add a little security by making your FTP port something no one would guess, you can easily change the port in ProFTPD or Vsftpd.

To change the port in ProFTPD, edit the configuration file, /etc/proftpd.conf and change the following line:

Port 21

Replace “21” with whatever port number you want.

To change the port in Vsftpd, edit /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf and change the line:


When you are finished, you should restart your FTP server to force the changes to take effect.

There are a few issues you should note. Before changing the port, make sure the port you want to use is available and not used by another service. Also, after you free up port 21, you should close it in your firewall settings and open whatever port you have opened to replace it.

How much of your server should you utilize? Fri, 28 May 2010 10:31:14 +0000 network cable
If you recall from a post here several months ago, the U.S. government only utilizes 7% of its server capacity. Although it’s important to leave room to grow, wasting so many resources is costly.

It is also a bad idea to over-utilize a server. For most applications, you do not want to be using more than 70% of your CPU or memory on a regular basis. When you constantly find that intensive applications are chewing up 80%, it’s time to migrate to a server with more headroom.

Using too many server resources also causes instability and will crash a site in the event of a traffic spike. Finding the balance between too much hosting and too little is key.

What is PHP Safe Mode? Thu, 13 May 2010 19:09:32 +0000 PHP running on a Mac
A “safe mode” in general is a term used to refer to software that has all but the most critical components disabled in order to increase stability. Often times when there is a stability or security issue, running in safe mode will allow the user to still access the system and fix any problems.

In PHP, safe mode is primarily a security option that prevents would-be attackers from using PHP scripts to execute operating system commands. Theoretically safe mode is supposed to be a method for increased web application security. It is intended to be run in shared hosting environments and is not needed on a VPS or dedicated server. In PHP 6, safe mode will be removed.

The downside of PHP Safe Mode is that certain scripts and web applications do not function properly with it enabled. Server administrators can disable it and take other security measures to harden their Web applications, and individual users can also work around it, although they should check with their web host first to make sure they do not compromise security.

Most web developers and website owners dislike safe mode because of the limitations it places on scripts. If you feel strongly about it, you should find out if a web host uses it before subscribing to their service.

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