Dedicated Hosting

If you do some research online for figures regarding OS usage, you will see that the stats differ and estimates vary. However, one thing that most surveys and studies agree on is that Linux has an overwhelming share of the OS market, especially when compared to Windows, which is widely viewed as the main competitor. Did you know that Google uses over 15,000 Linux servers in order to dish up its content? With that being said, in this article, we are going to take a look at the different reasons why a Linux server is such a popular web hosting option, as well as drawing some comparisons to Windows so that you can understand why that solution often comes up short.

Industry preference and performance

Industry standards naturally develop as the hosting industry matures. Robust maintenance and management tools have been created for use with Linux servers, and this makes the administration process a lot easier. Certification systems have also been set up, as technicians need to know their way around Linux if they want any hope of working in the hosting industry. All of this has built Linux up to the level whereby it has become the industry standard OS. Typically, when something is an industry standard, it is easier to convince people to get on board.

Linux is held in such high esteem because it excels in the following areas:

  • Total Cost of Ownership and Maintenance
  • Hardware support
  • Flexibility
  • Security
  • Stability and reliability


One of the main reasons why so many servers are run on a Linux OS is because it tends to be much more affordable. Linux is an open source operating system, which means you can essentially install a Linux server for any purpose free of charge. The same is true for the three fundamental pieces of software that are required to serve a website:

  • PHP, which is the most popular scripting language
  • MySQL, which is the most prominent database management system
  • Apache, which is Linux’s leading web server application

As there are no licensing costs to cover, you can benefit from lower expenses all across the board. The only thing that you would need to pay for, if you choose to do so,  is the optional control panel tool and the optional support that your host provides. You can also apply this cost angle to the hardware of Linux too. When it comes to slower machines, Linux is arguably the best operating system. This means that you are able to get more use out of aging equipment if you go down this route.

business case for fully managed dedicated servers

Although you may salivate at the thought of a fine-dining experience and indulging in a perfectly seared, dry-aged steak, chances are you’re not about to purchase a tract of land and some cattle.

The same can be said for dedicated servers — even though your business requires high-end hosting, you might not want to take on the expenses and headaches of maintaining your own architecture.

That’s where managed services (and five-star restaurants) come in: marrying tantalizing, decadent ingredients with the careful touch of experts well-versed in delivering superb experiences to patrons. When catered by top-notch hosting experts, fully managed dedicated servers present top-notch computing power, performance, and server administration backed by the industry’s best practices.

The high-touch service may seem overly indulgent, but investing in fully managed dedicated servers can greatly streamline your company’s operations and reduce operating expenses. As hosting becomes more complex — and pivotal to an organization’s success — managed services empower companies to focus on mission-critical objectives without spending financial or human resources on tedious daily tasks.

1. Enjoy More Predictable, Lower Costs

The benefits to managed services loosely resemble all the perks and add-ons that new website owners encounter when signing up for a shared hosting plan: standard system management and updates, security protection, 24/7 support, and guaranteed uptime rates. The differences between shared and dedicated servers are certainly numerous, but the inexpensive hosting tier introduces a lot of the same concepts found with managed servers — including a standard monthly rate.

Sure, there may be a little sticker shock when comparing fully managed dedicated server packages, but be sure to take a holistic view of what you’re getting: modern hardware tailored to your specific needs, datacenter space, a professionally built and maintained network, and a team of experts invested in your company’s security and success. In most cases, you can customize your managed services plan to cover the aspects and systems that will have the greatest impact on your bottom line, while staying within your budget. Even if unforeseen issues arise, you’re locked in to a standard monthly payment your company can build around.

2. Maximize Employee Productivity

Because your company will no longer have to spend time and money replacing outdated equipment, purchasing software licenses, hiring consultants, or cross-training employees, the business will also shed several expenses by moving to a fully managed infrastructure. Recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining top-level systems administrators can be expensive; However, with the right service provider managing your dedicated server, you can rely on its support and engineering teams, datacenters, network, and infrastructure instead.

Interestingly, increased productivity typically represents the most significant financial benefit of managed server hosting. According to an IBM white paper, surveyed companies optimized their IT staff resources by 42% when using managed services for mundane day-to-day infrastructure maintenance tasks. Freeing up developers, engineers, and IT administrators from tedious chores enables them to concentrate on projects and objectives that drive business forward.

More importantly, the improved employee output extends beyond the server room and IT offices. Upgraded infrastructure and maintenance will typically speed up various business processes and reduce unplanned downtime or outages — boosting momentum in all corners of the office.

3. Rely on Modern Expertise and Hardware

Budgetary constraints often lead to companies operating with legacy systems and old hardware that’s more likely to fail. Switching to fully managed dedicated servers hosted in a service provider’s datacenter reduces the amount of infrastructure your business needs in-house, as well as the energy consumption and office space required to operate the machines.

Instead of spending staff time and resources researching and procuring high-performance hardware, you can consult with hosting infrastructure experts as part of your onboarding process with managed hosting. The account managers and technicians will help you determine exactly what customizations and configurations will optimize your company’s specific hosting needs, then build and deploy the infrastructure in their datacenter.

Because managed service providers are responsible for powering the online success of several businesses, their employees are always plugged in to industry best practices, new technologies, and the day-to-day operations of maintaining healthy hardware. They know how to best design dedicated servers for the host’s special blend of proprietary solutions and network optimizations built for maximizing speed, security, and scalability.

4. Protect Your Data With Cutting-Edge Security

It may be comforting to be able to walk directly up to the server housing your data and applications and know the exact people responsible for keeping things running smoothly — but wouldn’t you rather know your server is one of hundreds being maintained in a state-of-the-art facility run by specialists who have seen it all? On-prem servers are typically more prone to outages, inefficient operations, and security risks; trusting a managed hosting expert with your dedicated server ensures the equipment is located in a leading datacenter that frequently includes redundant power and cooling systems, along with 24/7 security personnel and multi-factor authentication for server access.

Beyond physical security measures, managed hosting providers are responsible for monitoring server health and performance, running frequent backups, implementing disaster recovery and business continuity solutions, and shielding your infrastructure from attacks. Additionally, GigeNET includes a one-of-a-kind automated system for DDoS protection with most managed server plans.

5. Rest Easy With Around-the-Clock, Customized Support

Upgrading to managed hosting means you’re no longer just an account number — you have entire teams of people who care about your business and its online success. On-site support teams are on standby 24/7 to respond to any alerts or issues that arise with your infrastructure. In addition to handling your equipment and backend systems, managed service providers help oversee your company’s capacity for growth and enable you to focus on your business passions instead of daily chores.

At GigeNET, that includes periodic, casual conversations that help us learn how we can continue to improve our services to you. To learn more about the cost, performance, and security optimizations your company can achieve with fully managed dedicated servers from GigeNET, feel free to  chat with our specialists or read more about our managed hosting options.

Linux Server Maintenance Guide

If you’re running a Linux server and you value uptime and stability, this server maintenance guide will help keep you on track. It’s best to perform maintenance and checks on a regular basis for various reasons. It’s not fun being a sysadmin and finding out that a downtime causing issue could have been easily prevented.

Linux Server Maintenance Guide

  1. Check Disc Usage: One of the most common things that causes downtime and issues is a filesystem filling up and hitting 100% used. 80% used is generally a warning, and 90% is critical. It is very important that you’ve allocated enough space for your packages, databases, site files, logs, etc.If your filesystem becomes too full, you’ll have to scramble looking for files and logs to delete before it’s too late and services start to hang. To check your filesystem usage you can use the ‘df’ command, for example: df -h will display usage in human-readable format.
  2. Check RAID Array: Checking the status of your RAID array is important. If a member disk is missing from an array it should be replaced as soon as possible. Depending on your RAID controller there will be separate utilities you can download and use.For example: Adaptec controllers will use arcconf and LSI controllers may require MegaCLI or tw_cli depending on the model. It’s best to refer to the manufacturer’s documentation for guides.
  3. Check Storage Device Smart Stats: Keeping an eye on the SMART stats of your storage devices can warn you of pre-failure. Reallocated, current pending or uncorrectable sectors are generally cause for concern. The higher the number the sooner you should replace the disk. Power on hours may also something to look for.At GigeNET we replace drives with over 40,000 power on hours. On Linux servers you can use the ‘smartctl’ command to run tests and check the stats. More info on smartctl can be found here.
  4. Verify Backups are Working: Checking if your backups are running properly is good practice. You should also be testing restores of your backups every so often and verifying that they work as intended in a test environment.
  5. Ensure Security Patches are Applied: Patching vulnerabilities in the software that runs on your server is top priority. It’s best to subscribe to your distributions security announcements mailing list to be notified of when you need to get patching. You can use your OS package manager such as yum or apt to install and upgrade new packages.
  6. Check Remote Management: Depending on your server’s manufacturer, remote management tools like IPMI, iLO and iDRAC have proven to be useful. You should have them prepared for when you need to use them. Remote console has saved many when unable to SSH into a server.
  7. Check for Hardware Issues: Looking over syslog and something like the IPMI event log can let you know when there’s something wrong. Memory errors, overheating and power supply failures are some examples that warrant swift response. Depending on the hardware component that has gone bad the logged entry will vary.
  8. Check for Software Errors: Software error logs and syslog should be monitored regularly. Software sometimes hits configured limits and OOM killer is activated when you run out of memory. Sometimes this can slip by unnoticed. Depending on the software and configured log file output where you find those logs will vary. Most logs can be found in the /var/log directory however.
  9. Review Access: Check which users and individuals should have access to the server and modify that access as needed. A good overview of what files you should look in can be found here.
  10. Use Strong Passwords: Strong passwords whether randomly generated or made using the ‘diceware’ method are a must. Don’t cut your passwords short and use low entropy combinations.

Don’t have the time or resources for server maintenance? Explore our fully managed dedicated servers.

Deca Core Dedicated Servers

Interested in Deca Core Dedicated Servers? View our inventory.

What is a deca core dedicated server?

Deca Core Dedicated Servers are servers that have a processor with ten cores. By having multiple cores the deca core server can handle ten different processes simultaneously. Deca core processors are typically used in HPC (high-performance computing) where the workloads can take advantage of multiple cores.

In a server deployment, deca core dedicated servers can greatly help with high trafficked websites, database processing, as well as workloads that use a lot of parallel processing like machine learning and AI.

How do deca core dedicated servers work?

Deca-core processors generally have greater performance than less cored systems because they can simple process more instructions in parallel. With the the ten cores running on the same chip, they to share the same data path and memory to the motherboard. This increases efficiency and reduces redundancy.

Many of the deca core processors are well-threaded. which allows server to benefit from an increased number of cores, higher memory capacity, and a larger cache.

It should be noted that old legacy applications and programs may not see a performance hike. Applications and programs written before multi-core servers were not programmed to utilize the parallel instruction efficiencies of the system. Yet another reason for companies who still used legacy programs to invest on upgrading internal systems. The change in speed alone often justifies the development costs.

Another note is based on performance. Though a deca core has ten times the cores of a single core processor, it does not necessarily have ten times the processing speed.

What are the advantages of a deca core server processor?

  • Improved performance
  • Reduced latency
  • Lessens heat generation
  • Maximizes bandwidth and main memory
  • Better suited to modern system architecture
  • Helps decreases power consumption

Due to their nature, deca core systems are extremely important in high-performance private cloud and cluster arrangements. Their ability to process instructions in parallel make them the perfect foundation for creating virtual machines.

GigeNET uses the Intel Xeon E5-2630 v4 processor, which is a dual deca (two 10 core processors on one board) core processor system. These servers were built for enhanced virtualization and cloud deployments, while supporting more traditional applications. Learn more about them here

Do you need your own dedicated server, or can you trust a cloud service for hosting?

Before you make a decision, it’s crucial to understand the differences between dedicated server hosting & cloud hosting—which are rapidly emerging as the dominant modes for organizational hosting.

There are real budgeting and operational implications to consider before settling on either solution.

Cloud servers: scalable flexibility—at a premium

With rapid deployment and a virtualized nature, cloud hosting models allow your organization to circumvent a direct investment in hardware. This benefits businesses that require a high degree of operational flexibility, want to experiment in the short-term or have highly seasonal demands.

The click of a button can deploy a new virtual server, allowing you to rapidly scale up your operations during times of high load, product releases, seasonal rushes and other demanding applications that require instantly available bursts of computing power. This can typically be accomplished from anywhere with an internet connection and a web browser—meaning that cloud hosting is a truly portable solution.

Since the cloud is virtualized, your organization isn’t tethered to the strength of a single server or limited in its computing power—you can scale up, on demand. Load balancing allows for rapid distribution during demanding workloads, tapping into the power of multiple servers instead of relying on one powerful server.

Cloud hosting is also exceptionally resilient. By introducing numerous instances, cloud hosting behaves redundantly. Coupled with a secure backup strategy, the cloud provides a degree of restorability and operational stability that other solutions struggle to match—with the caveat that it’s highly dependant on the hosting company’s decisions about which servers host its cloud.

This degree of flexibility and decreased initial investment comes at a price: cloud services are billed like a utility—so you pay for what you use. This means that the cloud, while a genuinely powerful and useful option for many organizations—can rapidly deteriorate into a wildly expensive, budget-busting affair without proper planning and skillful management.

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Dedicated servers: reliability & performance—with the right planning

Deploying a dedicated server is a more complicated task than deploying a cloud server. It requires procuring, installing and configuring a physical server in a data center—while this process usually takes only a few days, it is less than ideal when an organization needs instantly available computing capacity because of a rush.

For organizations with consistent demands or operational IT requirements that don’t change rapidly over time, dedicated servers represent an opportunity to introduce high-performing capabilities and an exceptional degree of business continuity.

Since the server is controlled solely by your organization, you don’t risk bad neighbors or unscrupulous actors introducing instability—the server is yours to do with as you please, and not shared with others who may mismanage their resources or interrupt your services.

That isn’t to say that dedicated servers can’t be designed to meet the needs of growing businesses—a skilled systems architect will build a strategy that meets your needs today and your needs in the coming years as well.

Managing a dedicated server requires a competent IT team that is capable of overseeing server maintenance and creating a strategy for keeping software and security updates under control. For organizations that need the benefits of a dedicated server but don’t have an IT team, there’s managed services that allow leveraging of our veteran support team.

However, there is one clear operational benefit to a dedicated server: consistent, stable and predictable billing based off a contract, rather than usage-based pricing structures that can confound budgets.

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Deciding between the cloud and dedicated servers

Choosing your hosting solution requires taking stock of your organization: what are its goals? Where do you see your internet presence in 1, 3 and 5 years? What sort of IT requirements do you really have?

We have experienced system architects that will work with you develop an affordable and reasonable strategy for a scalable and flexible cloud hosting—or a reliable and consistent dedicated server.

If you’re looking to resolve the challenge of finding the right hosting strategy for your organization, receive a free consultation.

Managed Dedicated Server Hosting Solutions

IT teams are expensive.

Luckily, there are options besides hiring (and paying!) a team just to manage your server.

The most flexible and reliable options for organizations that don’t have the budget for their own in-house IT team—but have extensive IT requirements—remain the same as they ever were: managed dedicated servers.

Why would you want managed dedicated servers? The benefits.

The most immediate concern of any organization is going to be cost. With managed dedicated hosting, your organization acquires astonishing resilience without a large initial outlay.

Lowering the investment ceiling for a powerful server is the simplest benefit that managed dedicated hosting offers. Your organization gets around much of the costs associated with:

  • Hiring and retaining IT talent
  • Evaluating the right-sized IT infrastructure
  • Procuring and purchasing servers and hardware
  • Establishing maintenance and update protocols
  • Secure premises for your infrastructure

The overall costs associated with this kind of large-scale, long-term investment can be digested by large enterprises—but many small-to-medium organizations struggle with the knowledge gap and capital gap that accompanies this project.

Managed dedicated server hosting means lowering the bar for entrance into a high-performance and high-availability infrastructure. You’ll access to expertise without needing to pay a premium for retaining talented IT staff. You’ll harness the stability and security of a data center rather than the risk of an on-premises deployment. You’ll be able to built it right the first time and plan for growth in the future.

And more importantly: you’ll see consistent and stable costs, backed by a contract, that you can predict and plan for.

How managed dedicated servers work: from idea to execution

Initially, your organization takes stock of its operations and meets with an expert systems architect to develop a unique strategy for your organization. We’ll analyze your prospects for near-term and long-term growth and create an infrastructure strategy that exceeds your current expectations and anticipates plausible future scenarios.

Next, your existing systems can be migrated—or re-developed—onto your new architecture. Your hardware and software is kept up-to-date from Day 1, and you are granted access to the servers through server management software that you choose among viable options.

From there, you’ll have managed service from a staff of experts. You should expect on-demand service, as well as omnipresent systems monitoring to ensure “four-nines” (99.99%) uptime. You’ll be able to issue support tickets that should come with a rapid response.

The best part of managed dedicated servers? You get to focus on your operations instead of maintaining and updating your infrastructure. By accessing long-time industry professionals with expertise at a fraction of the cost of hiring your own IT team, you leverage the knowledge and experience that a company like GigeNET already has. It’s an investment in the stability of your operations without the large initial cost.

What the benefits of managed dedicated servers look like

Instead of combing Google for knowledge and straining to understand a field outside of your own expertise, managed dedicated server hosting means you have access to:

  • Hardware, software, bandwidth and power at a discount
  • Secure backups to ensure operational continuity
  • Highly managed security updates and omnipresent monitoring
  • Insurance against disasters through secure data center locales
  • Fastest-route optimized networks for high-speed service and content delivery
  • Customized service and responses to your unique problems

These benefits play out in a variety of ways: you’ll see reduced outlays for downtime, you’ll increase your capacity for growth and you’ll be able to focus on nurturing your organization’s primary goals.

The web hosting industry is a complex & constantly shifting landscape: things are quickly outdated, outmoded and out of favor—security threats rapidly evolve and often appear in novel forms that require expensive and time-consuming adaptation. That’s why managed dedicated hosting is so powerful: it doesn’t require the level of IT competency that other forms of hosting demand from organizations.

To get the most out of your host, you need a company that aligns with your organization’s skill level and understands the burden that a modern-day web presence places on operations.

The benefits of managed dedicated server look like an organization that’s laser-focused on its primary objectives, rather than stretched thin by a poorly managed online presence.

Run a business, not a server

The real point of managed dedicated servers is not to get out of hiring an IT team or reduce your capital expenditures: it’s to create a business that functions as well as it possibly can.

We’ve partnered with organizations for more than 20 years to develop solutions for their online infrastructure—longer than a majority of the large web hosts have even existed.

There’s a real need for affordable, reliable and high-performing hosting solutions like managed dedicated servers: organizations run leaner and with greater specificity than ever before, requiring them to stay focused on their operational tasks rather than checking to see if their server software is up to date and their hardware is running like it should.

The reason GigeNET partners with organizations is to improve their ability to execute their goals. Our high-performing servers, low-utilization support staff, industry-leading SLAs and nationwide data centers mean we can offer tremendous value for organizations of highly varying sizes with diverse operational needs: our bread-and-butter is creating powerful infrastructure so you can focus on the day-to-day efforts required to reach your goals.

When you’re ready to move toward a cost-conscious and trustworthy partnership with a company that offers managed dedicated hosting solutions, contact us or check out our managed dedicated servers.

If you’re determined to spend as little as possible – just choose shared hosting and hope for the best. 

But if you want stability and security, it’s time to take a serious look at dedicated servers.

What is the biggest difference between Shared Hosting and Dedicated Hosting? 

A dedicated server hosting plan means that your website is the only site hosted on the server. With shared hosting, the amount of disk space and bandwidth you are allotted is limited because there are others sharing the server. You will be charged if you surpass your allotted amount.

When choosing between shared hosting and dedicated hosting, the decision comes down to understanding what your organization requires. While there are pros and cons to both options, it’s also important to understand the differences between shared hosting and dedicated server hosting to clarify this vital choice in establishing and maintaining your business.

Differences Between Shared Hosting and Dedicated Hosting

  •  Sites Hosted on the Server: With a shared hosting package, there are other organizations that host their sites on the server, right alongside your organization. A dedicated hosting plan means that your organization is the only user hosted on the server.
  • Bandwidth & Disk Space: With shared hosting, the amount of disk space and bandwidth you are allotted is limited since there are others sharing the server. You will be charged more if you surpass your allotted amount of bandwidth, and penalized if you exceed your amount of disk space – just like a utility.Even if you’ve fairly purchased resources, some hosts will add extra rules to penalize you for having elements like videos or music—regardless of whether you hit your bandwidth cap!

    With dedicated hosting, bandwidth and disk space are dedicated entirely to your organization and its server. There’s no resource sharing, so limitations on the amount of disk space and bandwidth are up to your organization’s requirements.

  • Costs: With shared hosting, the server’s resources are shared among several users – so operating costs are divided up among the users. This makes shared hosting more affordable, and ideal for smaller organizations or businesses just beginning to establish their web presence.Because a dedicated server is dedicated solely to one user, it costs more. However – there’s a benefit! With a dedicated server, you’ve got far more operational flexibility to deal with traffic spikes, customize your server or install specialized software to meet your needs.
  • Required Technical Skill: With shared hosting, your organization doesn’t need a staff with specialized technical skills. Maintenance, administration and security are managed by the shared hosting provider. This dramatically simplifies operating the server. The tradeoff is that it limits what your organization can do.With your own dedicated server, your organization should anticipate needing IT & webmaster skills to set up, install, administer and manage the server’s overall health. If that’s too daunting for your organization because of time or money constraints – but you still need the power and space of a dedicated server – fully managed dedicated hosting plans are available at a higher cost. Fully managed dedicated hosting plans are more expensive than colocated dedicated servers. However, it’s important to understand that the cost of managed services is typically still far less than building, staffing and onboarding your own IT department.
  • Security: With shared hosting, the hosting company installs firewalls, server security applications and programs. Experts in security are tasked with providing a safe & stable operating environment for the organizations on shared servers.Securing a dedicated server will be your organization’s responsibility. Configuring software to detect and mitigate threats falls to your IT department, while your hosting company is only responsible for keep your server powered and physically secured.

    On a dedicated server, your IT team will be able to control the security programs you install. However, since your organization is the only user, there are fewer chances to acquire viruses, malware and spyware because of poor neighbors and misconfigured security.

    While it seems counter intuitive, there is actually a higher risk of attack vectors being exploited through shared hosting. As the adage goes: “Good fences make good neighbors,” and your own dedicated server is the ultimate “fence.”

  • Website & IP Blacklisting: Shared servers introduce an interesting risk vector: there’s a chance that Google and other search engines will blacklist your websites because someone else on the server engaged in illegal or discouraged practices like spamming. Bad neighbors on a shared server can get the entire IP address blacklisted, making your websites practically invisible.On your own dedicated server, it’s extremely unlikely that you’ll get blacklisted – unless your organization engages in unethical or illegal internet practices. We really don’t recommend that!
  • Server Performance and Response Time: On shared hosting, unexpected bursts of web traffic could drain the server’s limited bandwidth resources. This leads to slow response times and slow loading times, through no direct fault of your own – frustrating customers and employees alike. You’re at the whims of someone else’s customers. If your neighbor suddenly and unexpectedly gets popular, you’re stuck in a traffic jam with nowhere to go.This same traffic jam scenario is very unlikely on a dedicated server. Since you’re not sharing resources on a dedicated server, you can count on your server to be highly responsive with adequate bandwidth when you need it.
  • Level of Control: Shared hosting means less control. The hosting company ultimately holds the keys to the kingdom, and makes choices on your behalf. While hosting companies do their best to keep things running smoothly, many organizations require more granular control over how exactly their server is utilized.A dedicated server offers a great deal of custom options and settings. Your organization will have full control over the server. You can add your preferred programs, applications and scripts to meet your operational requirements. Dedicated servers offer tremendous latitude to control your operational flexibility and security – which is very beneficial for many businesses with the requisite knowledge and skills.

    If you’re looking for a sweet spot somewhere in the middle, fully managed hosting services offer the speed and flexibility of a dedicated server combined with expert management from seasoned IT veterans – the best of both worlds, at a small premium.

How to Make an Informed Decision 

Choosing between shared hosting and dedicated hosting involves evaluating your operation’s budget, understanding the options that exist, realistically grasping your needs and comprehending what degree of control is appropriate for your organization.

No matter which type of server hosting you choose, we want you to make an informed decision. If you’re looking for help, contact our expert system architects to evaluate your organization’s requirements. We’ve helped hundreds of businesses develop a comprehensive hosting strategy to meet their needs – big, medium or small.

GigeNET has over 20 years of web hosting experience. We partner with our clients for life – some of our partnerships are older than up-and-coming hosting companies that exist today! We have a seasoned, industry-leading support staff and three data centers across the United States: Chicago, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.

If you’re ready to explore the options and see what fits your organization, we’re ready to lead you in the best direction for your future. Partner with us and help make a better internet for everyone.

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evolution of private cloud

There are a variety of computing workloads that support successful business operations. If we were to maximize resource usage for these workloads, we would end up with a vast assortment of computer chassis, hard drives, RAM chips, and a host of various other computer parts. And although this assortment would provide coverage for the current needs, it would not be able to keep up with business growth (or shrinkage), nor would it be economical to maintain.

What is a workload?

“Workload is a generic industry term meaning an independent collection of code, service (app), or similarly packaged process. A defining factor in the definition, especially when looking at today’s infrastructure technologies, is the independent nature.

But that is where many on-premise businesses find themselves. A large collection of mish-mashed gear that was perfect when purchased, but has fallen behind in adequately covering business needs economically. Unfortunately, when many businesses turn to the cloud, they find that the over standardization of the market has left them with fewer options than their needs dictated and at a higher price tag.

Private cloud was designed to address the needs of businesses finding themselves in these situations. Private cloud is the efficient methodology for defining workload space within a fixed cost environment. That being said, private cloud is not found within the public cloud business model. As many analysts and industry insiders have said before, private cloud is almost the antithesis of public cloud, for it shackles public cloud expansion by placing VMs in a much smaller fixed environment. In fact, some analysts have gone so far as rejecting the private cloud operations model completely.

So why is it that many businesses are finding more success with private cloud than the public ones?

What is a workload?

Workload is a very generic industry term that means an independent collection of code, service (or app), or similarly packaged process. A defining factor in the definition, especially when looking at today’s infrastructure technologies, is the independent nature. Can I pick up this service, as is, off of the current server and run it on a different one? In a cloud environment, would I be able to move the service from one VM to the next?

A few examples of computing workloads (be it cloud or otherwise) include batch, database, mobile application, backup, website, and analytic workloads.

A batch workload, as an example, includes processing large volumes of data and can be run off hours at scheduled intervals. Batches include data reconciliations, audits, and system syncing. These workloads rely on predetermined scripts, access to the data, and a pool of compute and memory (whether that pool is fixed such as on a full server or dynamic such as in the cloud is irrelevant). As long as the originating system has access to the data or systems involved, those scripts can be picked up and moved to a new server.

The Evolution of Dedicated Servers

The reason that more businesses are finding success with private cloud is that private cloud is not the evolution of public cloud, it is the evolution of dedicated servers.

Dedicated server environments increased in popularity as the need for root access, dedicated static IP addresses, and dedicated resource pools increased. In the early days of hosting, both root access and static IPs were firmly out of reach in a shared environment. The unfortunate consequence was those who had smaller workloads but required either a dedicated IP or root access had to move to a dedicated server. These scenarios helped push forward VPS and later Cloud.

On the other end of the spectrum, many dedicated server users had multiple workloads they had to run, and many placed them on the same server. Although this would help both from a cost standpoint as well reducing complexity, it also increased the possibilities for performance issues (compute and storage bottlenecks) and security and business continuity problems. The fix to this was to purchase multiple servers, which would increase cost but would solve performance issues.

Although Cloud was an answer to these problems, it wasn’t always the most economical even when compared to those who purchased multiple dedicated servers.

Cloud pricing is based on overselling the hardware. If you took 10 VMs from any number of Cloud hosts and compared the price of those VMs to an equal measure of server hardware, you could purchase at a Dedicated Hosting outfit you would find that, without automated processes for spinning down and spinning up VMs, the pricing was greatly inflated with the Cloud host.

Now if we apply what we learned from Cloud operations to the dedicated server world, we would find something remarkable. The ability to take your current server configuration and streamline it, so each workload receives the proper amount of resources is game-changing in the dedicated server world. It means consolidation of servers. It means incredible flexibility for provisioning resources for the right fit of the workload. It gives DevOps and Sysadmins the ability to automate provisioning across their servers based on a set of pre-determined criteria, and that is game-changing.

With Dedicated Private Cloud, a user can take a dedicated server environment and cut it up into the appropriate VMs necessary to handle their current workloads. No need to pay for overhead or per VM licensing costs.

Where as public cloud is amorphous with nigh-limitless resource pools, private cloud is more like slapping a perfectly formed organizer on your resources. Some companies need the ability to grow and shrink in seconds, or the lowered costs of operating a few cloud servers. Most companies, however just need a way to organize their workloads, providing each with the perfect balance of resources to keep the engine running at peak efficiency.

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High Bandwidth Dedicated Servers Unmetered Servers

For websites that are growing at a significant rate, the transfer of data can be very expensive, especially when server providers charge a customer a hefty fee for using more than the allotted bandwidth. For most server owners, it is quite distressing to see a monthly bandwidth fee that has a high bandwidth overage fee. The best solution to avoid bandwidth overage fees is using an unmetered server, meaning there are no charges for data transfer usage.

What is an unmetered server?

Hosting companies that provide unmetered servers do not charge on the basis of the amount of bandwidth used. The customer will pay a monthly flat fee. Customers have a choice between two types of unmetered servers – one providing a shared connection, and the other that uses a dedicated connection. GigeNET offers fully dedicated connection at 500 Mbps and 1 Gbps. Data transfer is limited by the speed of the connection.

In a shared hosting environment, providers use a shared connection whereby several servers share a single connection. The speed a shared connection provider offers will be split between multiple servers. The speed that an individual customer gets will depend on how many servers they are sharing with. The service is more affordable but limits the amount of available bandwidth.

When it comes to your server’s network connection, an unmetered server will allow you to pay for up-link speed instead of the data transfer. The advantages of unmetered servers are numerous and include nearly no downtime, cost-efficiency, and improved security. More bandwidth allows for faster downloads of your website. Dedicated connections will satisfy the demands of just about any bandwidth intensive application.

Who needs an unmetered server?

  1. Growing Businesses: If you have a business website that is growing and expanding, it is essential that you look into purchasing a dedicated server to meet changing technical demands. Once you have decided to enlist the services of a dedicated hosting provider, you will have to determine how much bandwidth you will require. When you lease a dedicated server, one service that you will be paying for is internet connectivity.
  2. High traffic blogs or websites: If you have a high traffic website, are looking for a server upgrade, unmetered servers are a good choice for making sure you are not overwhelmed with bandwidth overage fees. When choosing the unmetered server special that best meets your specific needs, it is important to understand the differences between the two types of services – shared connection and dedicated lines, so that you make a well-informed and wise decision.
  3. Startups: Unmetered Servers are the way to go for startups. Not knowing the anticipated traffic for an application, a website can lead to billing issues. With a known budget and a flat monthly fee, startups are sure to not worry about potential overages and unexpected expenses.

How do unmetered dedicated servers work?

When receiving connectivity to the servers, you will be given a particular service that is limited to the volume of data that you are allowed each month. One option to effectively manage the amount of data transfer is using an Unmetered Server. An unmetered server allows you to pay for speed up-link instead of data transfer to the server’s network connection.

You can get a large amount of bandwidth without paying enormous fees. GigeNET’s servers use dedicated connections to successfully manage the demand of high bandwidth applications and sites. The benefits of unmetered servers include cost-efficiency, almost no downtime, and enhanced security.

Unmetered server services involve billing clients only for the capacity of bandwidth that they have purchased. The service provider will monitor your server account to ensure that you do not exceed the bandwidth limits so you do not incur overcharges. You will be protected against being charged for more bandwidth that you agreed in the contract. Server providers charge unmetered services based on the gigabyte (GB) which allows for more bandwidth.

If you are running a large-capacity website that expects thousands of visitors every day, you may want to invest in unmetered dedicated hosting. Unmetered services are also recommended for an expanding web business. When choosing any dedicated hosting service, it is always wise to understand the different server packages so that you make a well-informed decision. An Unmetered Server is one server option that is well-worth considering.

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linux vs windows

Choosing an operating system for your server may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult decision. Whether you are just getting started with your first website or looking to get set up on a more powerful server at GigeNET, these simple guidelines can help you make your decision.

Linux vs. Windows

  1. Budget Requirements – Many websites are small start-ups with strict budgets, and Windows licenses add a licensing cost to your hosting experience. There are a variety of Linux distributions available for no charge.
  2. User Interface Requirements – Depending on the level of technical knowledge at your organization, there are various levels of usability of the user interface to consider.

    If you are accustomed to using Windows already, having a Windows server may be appealing to you. With a Windows Server, you can connect to the server through Remote Desktop (RDP) and use programs on the server just as you would on your computer at home. Though these tools may make the server itself easier for you to use, they may not make website administration as simple as having a control panel could.

    If you are accustomed to using shared web hosting, such as a case where you are migrating from a lower powered shared hosting service to your own dedicated server, you may be best suited for a Linux server with a control panel. GigeNET offers cPanel licenses to our customers, so you can have a robust server control panel you can access from anywhere.

  3. Software Requirements – If you aren’t sure of your software requirements, your developers would be the best people to ask.

    Will you need ASP, .NET, Microsoft SQL? Websites with such requirements will find a Windows hosting environment most suitable.

    Will you need PHP and MySQL? These programs can be run on either Linux or Windows, however if they are your only requirements, you will likely find a Linux environment most suitable.

  4. Providing Access To Other Users – It is important to consider how you will provide access to other users. This may include other members of your staff, your development team, or even your own clients.On Windows servers, you can leverage the powerful user management options available through Active Directory and Group Policy. Authentication can be centralized with your Active Directory server, even across multiple servers so you only have to create your user accounts in one place. Group Policy can enforce your user restrictions across the Active Directory domain.

    With Linux servers, you gain a robust file permission system designed with multiple users in mind. GigeNET also offers CloudLinux, a specially designed operating system enhancement with security and account isolation in mind. If you plan to sell hosting packages from your server to your own clients, a Linux server with cPanel and CloudLinux will be an unparalleled solution for you.

  5. Choosing Linux? Pick a distribution you are comfortable with – There are a variety of different Linux distributions out there, some common ones are CentOS, Debian, and Ubuntu. While you could install any of these for a Linux server environment, if you are new to Linux, you will likely find a CentOS server with cPanel to be the most accessible option for you.

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