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Differences between a virtual dedicated server (VDS) and a virtual private server (VPS)

May 29th, 2009

Although virtual dedicated servers (VDS) and virtual private servers (VPS) are similar, the main difference between the two is virtual dedicated servers (VDS) are specifically built, tested, and configured to handle larger websites and web based applications.

Main virtual dedicated server features

  • your own operating system install (Linux or Windows)
  • guaranteed CPU, RAM
  • easy transition from virtual private server (VPS) to dedicated server

Main virtual private server features

  • share the same operating system with other virtual private servers
  • use less reliable local disks for data storage
  • share hardware resources among multiple customers

Which one is right for you?

Both types of virtual servers provide more memory, disk space, power, and reliability than a shared web hosting account and both cost much less than a dedicated server. Fewer hosting companies provide virtual dedicated servers (VDS) as virtual private servers (VPS) are more common. In most cases, your shared web hosting provider offers virtual private server (VPS) services and will upgrade your shared web hosting account to a VPS plan. Contact your hosting provider to determine the best approach for your specific needs.

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What is a virtual dedicated server (VDS)?

May 29th, 2009

A virtual dedicated server (VDS) is similar to a virtual private server (VPS), but typically offers more resources and control over your server.

Main features of a virtual dedicated server (VDS)

  • you can run your own Linux or Windows operating system (OS)
  • guaranteed amounts of CPU, RAM
  • designed and configured for websites and applications that require more power
  • easy transition to a dedicated server

Flow of hosting upgrades

  1. shared web hosting
  2. virtual private server
  3. virtual dedicated server
  4. dedicated server

As you can see above, a virtual dedicated server is the step between a virtual private server and a dedicated server. Whether you start with a shared web hosting account, virtual private server, or virtual dedicate server, you can easily upgrade to a dedicated server. Hosting companies make it easy to move your website and web based applications to a higher performance machine. Most hosting providers will transition your website and web based applications at no additional charge.

See the differences between a virtual dedicated server (VDS) and a virtual private server (VPS) article to learn more.

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SingleHop Launches New Data Center

May 21st, 2009

Managed dedicated web hosting provider SingleHop, launches a new data center in Elk Grove, IL.

According to Zak Boca, SingleHop’s President and CEO, “the data center space at the new facility allows us to locate our client’s servers in one of the most technologically advanced facilities, not only in the Chicago area, but world-wide. We have superb redundancy, connectivity, fire and cooling systems that we can depend on. This facility wasn’t refit, or re-engineered. It was built entirely from the ground up to anticipate high server density. It allows for our company to use all of our space, and power. With 48U cabinets and the ability to more than adequately handle 12KW per cab, we’ll waste less money and resources, which in turn will keep our clients from paying for inefficiencies.”

Some specifications of SingleHop’s new data center include:

• 10,000 square feet of available, raised-floor data center space
• 210 watts of power capacity per square foot
• Up to 12 kilowatts of power per cabinet
• Laser-based early fire detection system (VESDA)
• 24-hour security: bullet-resistant security area, level III walls and doors, keycard & biometric ID
• On-site NOC staffed 24/7/365 by SingleHop technicians

For the new data center, SingleHop entered into a $2.5 Million agreement with collocation provider ServerCentral, which operates this facility within DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc’s (NYSE:DFT) facility in Elk Grove Village, IL.

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To learn why daveonwebhosting.com chose SingleHop as a top pick for managed dedicated servers, read the SingleHop directory post.

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What is a web hosting control panel?

May 17th, 2009

A web hosting control panel is software developed specifically for creating, managing, selling, and administering a variety of web hosting services. Web hosting control panels are available for Linux and Windows hosting platforms. Hosting control panels are designed to create, manage, and sell shared web hosting services, dedicated servers, virtual private servers, and SaaS enabled solutions such as Exchange, SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, and BlackBerry.

View the daveonwebhosting.com list of the most popular Windows and Linux web hosting control panels with descriptions and links to each control panel. The list also includes reseller hosting control panels.

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Types of hosting control panels

May 17th, 2009

There are multiple types of hosting control panels available on the market. Each one is specifically designed for a particular operating system and type of web hosting. For example, some control panels are specific to Linux and others are specific to Windows. Some hosting control panels are designed for hosting resellers, while others are designed for shared web hosting or dedicated server hosting.

The most popular hosting control panels

DotNetPanel - Windows hosting control panel for creating, managing, and selling shared web hosting accounts, dedicated servers, virtual private servers, Exchange hosting, SharePoint hosting, Dynamics CRM hosting, and BlackBerry hosting.

cPanel - Linux hosting control panel by cPanel Inc. The company develops two control panels: 1) cPanel for end users and 2) Web Host Manager (WHM) for managing a dedicated server including creating and managing shared web hosting accounts and reseller hosting accounts. cPanel Inc. is working on a Windows hosting control panel platform.

Plesk - Windows and Linux hosting control panel. Integrated with a billing system and provides functionality to create, manage, and sell shared web hosting and reseller web hosting accounts.

DirectAdmin - Linux hosting control panel for creating, managing, and selling shared web hosting and reseller web hosting accounts.

Ensim - Linux and Windows hosting control panel for infrastructure management software enabling; access control, identity management, change audit & reporting, and automated provisioning for enterprises and service providers.
Ensim Unify offers an integrated suite of tools for Active Directory, Exchange, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Google Apps, SharePoint, SQL, Office Communications Server (OCS), and Web Hosting – providing an automated, secure, compliant management environment that overlays existing infrastructure.

Interworx - The Interworx dedicated server hosting control panels include: 1) NodeWorx for system administrators and 2) SiteWorx for website administrators. Interworx runs on Linux dedicated servers and Linux virtual private servers.

Hosting Controller - Hosting Controller is a web hosting automation control panel designed for web hosting companies that offer services in a cluster environment. Web hosting companies can manage Windows and Linux servers through a centralized interface. Web hosting companies can diversify their hosting offerings by adding multiple mail servers within a cluster and offering MS-Exchange & SharePoint hosting.

Helm - Parallels Helm is a Microsoft windows control panel solution, empowering hosting providers to control, automate and sell products and services.

H-Sphere - Parallels H-Sphere delivers a multi-server hosting automation solution for Linux, BSD, and Windows platforms. H-Sphere includes its own controls panels, automated billing, and provisioning solution in a single integrated system. H-Sphere is scalable to any number of boxes. Web, mail, database, and Windows hosting servers can be added without downtime.

Need to know more about a hosting control panel? Contact Dave On Web Hosting today.

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What is an unmanaged server?

May 17th, 2009

An unmanaged server means the hosting provider only monitors the status of the network, but does not perform maintenance or routine support on the server unless otherwise specified. Unmanaged servers are ideal for system administrators and engineers who want full control over their servers. Even if you are an experienced system administrator or server engineer, you can still select from a variety of options available on both managed dedicated servers and semi-managed dedicated servers.

Unmanaged by default

Most hosting companies offer servers as “unmanaged” by default. Hosting providers give you the option to configure your server the way you want using the hardware, services, and support specific to your needs. You can start with an umanaged server, add a few services to become a semi-managed server, and eventually add an entire list of services for a fully managed dedicated server. The options and configurations are usually flexible depending your requirements.

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What is a semi-managed server?

May 17th, 2009

A semi-managed server is a combination of server management services provided by a team of experienced server technicians and the organization leasing the server. Both parties will share the responsibility of installing software, applying security updates, monitoring, and hardware configuration to keep servers running at peak performance.

Available services on semi-managed servers

The same services on managed servers can be provided on semi-managed servers. With semi-managed servers, you can choose which options you want your dedicated server hosting company to provide. Generally, a semi-managed server hosting company will allow you to select two or more items from a list of services for a fixed monthly cost.

Semi-managed servers are ideal for experienced system administrators. The most poopular services requested on semi-managed servers are remote monitoring and backups. Dedicated hosting companies have the infrastructure, software, and hardware to perform monitoring and backups, which could save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars a month.

You pick and choose

Some semi-managed dedicated server providers offer pre-configured packages with the ability to purchase additional services a la carte. View the What is a managed dedicated server? article for a full list of services available on semi-managed dedicated servers.

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What is a managed server?

May 17th, 2009

A managed server is maintained by a team of experienced server technicians who install software, security updates, monitoring, and hardware configuration to keep servers running at peak performance. Most hosting companies that offer dedicated servers also include managed dedicated server hosting as part of their hosting services.

Available services on managed servers

Managed dedicated server hosting providers offer a variety of features you can customize or purchase as a prepackaged service. Features include the following.

  • Managed firewall for added security.
  • Operating System reinstall.
  • Third party software installation and support.
  • Server monitoring.
  • Transaction reporting.
  • Hardware replacement.
  • Consulting advice on how to scale your server farm or server cluster.
  • 24/7/365 dedicated support by phone, chat, email and sometimes a dedicated account representative.
  • Premium bandwidth.
  • Service License Agreement (SLA).

Benefits of using managed servers

There are many benefits to using managed servers. Hosting companies and hosting providers that specialize in managed services, managed servers, and managed dedicated servers, have the resources, infrastructure, and cost-effective means to keep your servers running. Additional benefits of using managed servers include the following.

  1. Guaranteed uptime.
  2. Scalability.
  3. Cost effective.
  4. High availability or maximum uptime.
  5. Daily management and maintenance.
  6. Support.
  7. Security.
  8. Custom built servers.
  9. Virtual IT department.
  10. Lower upfront costs.
  11. Faster deployment.
  12. Access to certified experts.

Ideal uses for managed servers

Small, medium, and large enterprises take advantage of the benefits of using managed servers. Ideal uses for managed servers include:

  • Disaster recovery solutions.
  • Mission critical applications.
  • Custom applications and websites.
  • Hosting sensitive data.

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