Archive for the ‘Dedicated Servers’ Category

An Affordable Dedicated Server – Is It Possible?

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Dedicated server hosting is known to be the best solution for a business with high traffic volumes. Shared web hosting can only serve a business until the demands on available resources exceed supply and then you have to upgrade to a dedicated server. Many business owners consider this option to be expensive, but when you consider the benefits you will soon realise that it is a cost-effective move.

Many dedicated hosting packages include managed hosting which means that you will have a technician to assist you with the maintenance of your server as well as receive back ups and security options. The benefits you will receive are quite expensive, but it is possible to get cheap dedicated servers which are reliable.

Selecting a company that is reliable is crucial when purchasing cheap dedicated servers to ensure that you receive the quality service and security that you require to build a successful business. Here at Host Store we offer different levels of packages so that you only pay for what you require at that particular time. We also offer a free set up service and many discounts to make your server package even cheaper.

When purchasing a server it is advisable to check the other services available such as technical support. Check when the support is available and assess the methods of contact you prefer. Many companies offer a low cost service and then you receive an unexpected bill for extras which you didn’t expect because the relevant information wasn’t highlighted. A reliable company will be totally honest with you in all aspects of web hosting.

Windows Dedicated Servers

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

If you’re just getting into choosing a dedicated server, meaning you’re a newbie in the game, then probably the best thing to do is to choose Windows dedicated servers to handle your business. This system is more user friendly to the inexperienced than say, a Linux system. Many experts recommend Linux in the long run, however in the short term, a Windows dedicated server is where you should begin.

Windows dedicated servers are good for individuals and small businesses with expanding needs on the web. For instance, it can handle many simultaneous remote logins to your server. The Windows dedicated server comes with a control panel that is competitively priced to enable you to manager your server. The latest versions of the Windows dedicated server also come with an active directory to make life easier.

It is always best to decide what you really need in your system first, before buying or spending money in a lease type situation. Next, decide how much money you need to spend to get up and running. Bear in mind that Windows dedicated servers are expensive. They are probably the Rolls Royce within the industry, at least in price, anyway. The third thing you want to do is to decide what are your long term goals. In other words, how do you plan to expand your system down the line.  Windows dedicated servers are good for creating application pools, hosting ASP applications, utilizing MS SQL Server, hosting Microsoft Exchange, as well as hosting Sharepoint, to name a few possibilities.

The Windows dedicated server hosting system is flexible in that it can be added on to  any managed or unmanaged dedicated server. Bear in mind that Windows is not cheap. If you find that you really cannot afford to jump into Windows dedicated servers in the beginning, you might consider looking at a Linux based system. Linux is free and makes for a cheaper system. However, Linux is not as user friendly as Windows, so it may be best to go ahead and put out the money for the more expensive, but infinitely more user friendly Windows dedicated servers.

Managed Hosting

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Managed hosting and dedicated hosting may seem like the same thing on the surface. But further examination reveals that  other than each having a server solely dedicated to your website is about the only thing these two terms have in common.

Managed hosting began as an additional option created for companies with a big online presence that required a dedicated server. The company, however, did not have time to handle day to day administration of their server. So the web host stepped in and took over system and server administration.  The web hosting company can now bill for another feature. In other words they do the client’s daily “grunt work” with the server, while the client focuses on other aspects of the business.

Web hosts provide an endless list of services that they are willing to manage for their clients. These services start with reporting and monitoring and load balancing to name another. Managed hosting also includes server security, storage, database maintenance, application and software maintenance, among other things. Security is especially important in this day and age. It is very necessary to keep the system patched and upgraded to stop hacking attacks and system breaches that may result in identity and records thefts. Managed hosting involves keeping up with system back ups and data storage.

Managed hosting cannot handle everything for the company, but it does let the company choose the level of service and support that it needs to do business on a daily basis, as well as to pursue and accomplish future business goals. Many companies are more than willing to work out an ala carte arrangement with the managed hosting company in order to get the service level they need to function. After all, some needs crop up along the way and have to dealt with as they occur. Something along these lines would include new government regulations going on the books. Managed hosting services can help the client maneuver in a situation such as this.

Other things that you need to consider when choosing a managed hosting service, is speed and reliability of customer support, as well as flexibility built into the web hosting system. If these elements are missing then you should consider moving or trying another managed hosting company.

Managed Dedicated Servers

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The difference between a managed dedicated server and an unmanaged server boils down a number of things including price. A managed dedicated server is more expensive. The level of support from the web hosting company is also better and includes more than just basic service. Both are leasing situations. Most service providers offer managed dedicated servers to their clients. The basic definition is that a managed dedicated server is a hands on situation by the web hosting company. The other is not.

Leasing managed dedicated servers means spending more money. The cost is included in the monthly fee for renting the server. Bear in mind that these management fees are non-negotiable. Typical services provided by the web host include, server set up, system installation and configuration, installation of firewalls, system oversight, software update installation, security, hardware replacement, troubleshooting of the network and maintenance, and server monitoring. Do some research before settling on a web host for your managed dedicated server in order to find out if the company offers the services you need for your business. Include cost comparisons in your research as there is no standard in pricing on anything offered. Check out what a company means when it says it offers support, since there are varying levels and definitions of support.

Web hosting firms offer businesses in house management to go with the server, thus constituting a managed dedicated server system. So how do you manage a server? Well, the web hosting company provides a manager who continuously monitors the server’s performance. They update the operating system when necessary, including updating applications, performing maintenance, making sure the anti virus and firewalls are up to date, troubleshooting when necessary, installing software as needed, performing regular audits and taking steps to prevent intrusions or hacking.

Managed dedicated server management may also include more tasks as specified by the business operation. Within this system, there are levels of management. For instance, there are fully managed servers, medium managed servers, and self managed servers. A fully managed dedicated server is the most headache free, so choose carefully in making your decision.