28 Mar

Web Hosting Security For VPS & Dedicated Servers

Most customers opting for a new server or running existing servers are ignorant of securing their servers so as to avoid attackers from:

1) Hacking the servers.
2) Using email servers for spamming.
3) Stealing their important and confidential data.
4) And much more.

We are seeing increasing number of incidents whereby hackers install ransomware on servers and demand hundreds or thousands of dollars to provide owners with the decrypting key. This is threatening for just about any business. Let us review a few security measures that can be enforced to keep your VPS or dedicated servers secure:

Server Security

Install Latest OS & Software Updates / Patches Regularly

Many vulnerabilities stem from within the server – either through software installed on the server, operating system or outdated CMS that you are using. Hence, it is extremely important that you keep your operating system updated at all times with latest patches. Also, software installed on the VPS or dedicated server must be updated to latest versions so that it addresses all vulnerabilities. If software is not receiving regular security updates, your business server might be vulnerable and hence it’d be required to look out for similar software from competitor. There are numerous instances whereby customer websites are built on popular CMS like WordPress, Joomla, vBulletin, Umbraco, etc. but after initial setup, they are never updated. This is disastrous as can lead to severe issues for your business websites. All popular CMS receive constant updates and they must be applied on regular basis. The same applies to plugins and theme that you use in your CMS as well.

Install a Firewall with Intrusion Prevention System

Firewall With IPS & IDS

 

Having a firewall sitting in front of your servers will ensure that all traffic passes through the firewall: this ensures that you have finer control over the traffic that should be filtered before it enters your servers. You can only allow traffic on required ports to your dedicated server or VPS and block everything else in your firewall. Furthermore, it is important to have Intrusion Detection & Intrusion Prevention system in firewall which works on commercial rulesets (constantly updated to fight against latest vulnerabilities) – IDS analyses the traffic pattern, matches against the rulesets and allows / blocks the traffic by creating appropriate firewall rules on the go. A robust firewall system provides complete web hosting security from DDoS attacks along with known & emerging exploits / vulnerabilities. You can find more details about Softsys Hosting Network Security Tools in our related section.

Install Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Scanner

To avoid your hosting system from getting infected, it is necessary that you have a commercial level anti-malware and anti-virus engine installed in your server which will provide real-time protection from viruses / malware entering your server. In addition, you should also setup a “Full System Scan” by these engines at once every week so as to ensure that your system is completely secure and safe. You should also look out for engines that provide protection from ransomware as well. We have customers using MalwareBytes successfully with complete protection around-the-clock and our technical support staff is well versed to configure it appropriately for our customers.

DDoS Protection

DDoS Protected Hosting

 

DDoS attacks are quite frequent and cause your services to become inaccessible by saturating the network with massive amount of traffic from hundreds or thousands of IP addresses. If your website / service is inaccessible, it will directly affect your business and hence it is necessary to have DDoS web hosting protection enabled at network level. DDoS mitigation engine is self learning which studies the traffic pattern and detects all malicious traffic so that it can be dropped before it enters your server or data center. Hence, you are completely certain that the traffic entering your server or data center is completely clean and filtered by DDoS scrubbing systems in place. You can find more details about Softsys DDoS protection system in our related section.

Regular Security Audit

Securing your server initially on setup is a must for any VPS or dedicated hosting unit – however, it is equally important that there is regular security audit of servers so as to ensure that they remain safe and secure. Hence, you should always have expert hands which will secure your operating system, secure your email servers to ensure that it is not setup to allow anonymous email sending (protection from spammers), standard and critical services are setup on non-default ports, firewall is at optimal setup, etc. An efficient managed server service provider should be able to help you with these features. You can view the details of Softsys Hosting managed server plans with advanced web hosting security in our related section.

21 Mar

Why DDoS Protection for Servers Is So Important?

Why DDoS Protection for Servers Is So Important?

DDoS Protected Hosting

DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) is an increasingly common attack which is initiated by having huge number of servers/computers requesting for the same resource. Considering that you may have a 1Gbps uplink from your hosting provider (which is fairly common these days) – if someone, with intention to DDoS your servers, will use 4Gbps, 10Gbps, or an overwhelming amount of traffic to keep your connection fully saturated, all legitimate traffic cannot fit through the connection and thus your online service will eventually become offline for anyone (and so will be your business!).

From internal technical standpoint, DDoS may also involve abusing the underlying communication protocol (TCP SYN_ACK/UDP broadcast/etc.) which would not require lot of traffic, but the idea is similar – to saturate your system / router / bandwidth pipe, so that you cannot keep up with the increasing amount of  requests, and ultimately no one else will be able to connect.

DDoS attacks are becoming more common these days than they were ever before. They are not just limited to known websites, but even for start-ups that are apparently targeted by their competitors (bitter truth!). Hence, in today’s age, it is extremely important to have appropriate DDoS protection enabled for your servers to ensure that you tackle the bad guys by scrubbing them off!

There is no specific limit of DDoS protection that will help you tackle the bad guys. You can take a look at how Sony was taken down by Anonymous, or simultaneously someone took down MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal at the same time. If these big corporations (with apparently endless supply of cash) can’t keep their services up against DDoS, there is literally nothing that we can do to keep our services up & running.


How Does DDoS Protection Work?

DDoS protection involves deploying very sophisticated systems in place which can learn by itself to identify the difference between bad or malicious traffic vs. good or legitimate traffic. With this knowledge, it will be scrubbing off (or discarding) bad traffic packets and only allowing good traffic packets to reach your server. Hence, before a packet reaches your server, it is analyzed by DDoS protection systems and allowed to pass through only if it passes all tests of not being a bad packet.

DDoS protection systems also help to keep away bots or small automated DDoS attacks by enforcing blocks or banks on servers or IP’s involved in such attacks. Hence, with DDoS protection in place, you are sure that you will be seeing only legitimate traffic on your server and hence your websites will continue to operate even during an on-going DDoS attack.


DDoS Protected Hosting

When choosing your hosting provider, it is necessary to know and understand if it can provide the protection for your business immediately or in case of emergency whenever you require. This way, you can start with a standard setup and have your provider to enable DDoS protection for your server whenever you are under attack. Alternatively, most businesses are now having their business websites protected from such DDoS attacks on 24/7 basis by having protection permanently enabled. While opting for a DDoS protected hosting service, it is important to understand the protection level that you choose as it varies from the size of attack that is handled along with maximum amount of packets that can be handled. In case any of these limits are reached (a DDoS attack is larger than the limits), you will again see your services going offline. Typically, you can start with some limited protection level and upgrade when you see increase in the size of attacks. This ensures that you are not overpaying.

Apart from saving your services from attacks, it also helps to keep your e-commerce or business website safe and protected from hackers who tend to use brute force attacks, sql injection attacks, etc. to hack into your application or website. Hence, in today’s age, it has become inevitable for every business with online presence to have such protection enabled and ensure business continuity along with keeping clients’ data safe and secure from hackers.

24 Feb

Major Factors to Consider When Choosing The Location of Your Hosting Server

Factors to Consider When Choosing The Location of Your Server

Hosting market has evolved greatly over the last several years and there are quite a few options available these days to choose a web host that is apt for you or your business. There are several criteria to be considered for choosing a correct server for your requirements – one of this criteria is to choose the correct location for your server.

Hosting Server Location

While there are conflicting views on whether this should be considered as a viable criteria for choosing a provider or server, we do positively recommend to consider getting a server as close to your target audience as possible for the below reasons:

Lower Latency & Faster Access

Having a server in the same country or at least same continent as your target audience helps in delivering your web pages or application / database much faster due to lower latency. The time required for data packet to travel from one country to another or to a country which is few continents apart is considerably higher than having it travel in the same country or same continent. Faster websites or applications always help in engaging better with end users since they will be having overall better experience working with your websites and servers compared to slower websites or servers.

Better Connected

It is highly important that your server is located where there are premium transit providers available (like New York / Chicago / London / Amsterdam / Singapore / etc.) since it helps in providing better routes for network traffic globally. You can potentially see difference of several milliseconds between servers located at the best connected locations vs. those without it which could eventually cause you to have sub-optimal experience with regard to faster connectivity.

Compliance

Many institutions (mainly financial / banking) are legally bound to have their data reside in specific countries only – hence, it becomes inevitable for those businesses to be very specific with regard to  the location where their data is going to be stored so that they remain in compliance with legal protocols of their organization. Restrictions to have data hosted in a specific country are specifically laid down for data privacy / secrecy laws.

Data / Server Safety from Natural Calamities

There are a few locations which are prone to natural calamities (like floods, snow storms, cyclones, etc.) which have potential to take the operating data center to a non-working state and will cause the facility to stall operations or in some instances cause damage to facility and servers as well. Hence, it is extremely necessary that the location of a server that you choose is safeguarded and stay resistant to historical natural disasters.

Search Engine Optimization Benefits

Although, it is not attested by any search engine, it has been widely recommended that having a server in the same country as your target audience helps in having your website rank higher in search engines for that locale / region. This may affect having your website load faster compared to competitors (related to lower latency) and thus creating better user experience & user engagement chances for your website.

While most of users may not be aware of the above points, a few of them are very selective with regard to location and this is something that should be researched by end users before opting for a web hosting server provider. If you are looking to engage into some type of Forex trading or online financial / share trading, a difference of just 1-5 milliseconds would mean hundreds or thousands of dollars lost due to rates getting updated slower. If you are having a video streaming website, it would mean that your users have to wait more to view your video (and they may just exit forever due to poor user experience). In case you are using servers for phone PBX or VOIP, you might experience break in communication or business presentation – all of these factors can severely affect your business performance.

Hence, it is required to ensure that you choose a provider that has a global footprint and own servers located as close to you as possible. Softsys Hosting provides global virtual private server & global dedicated server hosting services from Denver & Chicago in USA, London in UK and Singapore for Southeast Asia & APAC countries. This helps you to have your server located at a hub that provides the best-in-class connectivity to your end users and thus allows increasing your business revenue.

10 Aug

Major Pros of Hosting Data Backup

Data Backup

How important is it to backup your data regularly?

“How important is your data?” This is the first question I ask customers if they are not sure of whether to invest in having data backup enabled for their particular hosting account. If you cannot afford to lose your data or in case it is highly critical for your business operations, there is no doubt that you should be considering having data backup in place for your account.

There are various automated backup products available on the market that will help you in automating the process along with reporting you about successful / failed backups and appropriate system in place for easy restoration of data in case it is ever required. We use R1Soft backup service for all of our managed servers which takes backup of the entire server in a schedule that is setup by you – this can be as frequent as every few minutes to once a day or week or month. We typically backup every night with the retention period of 6 days (last 6 days of data is retained for restoration).

Data backup comes very handy in various cases:

  • Accidental delete of files / folders. In case you/your developer accidentally delete a file / folder, you can easily jump to your backup console and restore it without the requirement to rebuild it.
  • Compromised files – in case your server is infected by virus / malware which has modified or scrambled your files, you will need to restore these files to the original version in addition to removing virus / malware from your server.
  • Bad OS Update. In case your server is hit by a bad OS update which breaks things, you will need to restore it back to a state where it was running smoothly. Backups turn out to be very handy in this case, so that you can revert to a restore point whereby your system was in the appropriate working state.
  • Hardware issue with server – in case your server hardware or storage devices (HDD, SSD, RAID controller, etc.) fail for some reason, you will be looking at complete data failure with immediate requirement to restore your data to a working state. Appropriate data backups in place help immensely in this scenario, so that you can move your system to a state before hardware crash.

No one can really predict on when will they need data from their backup copy, but it is highly important for above reasons to ensure that you have backups in place which are monitored regularly. You should carefully understand your use case and select backup software which is appropriate for your requirements. R1Soft works fairly well in most of the use cases as it all supports backing up of nearly all operating system servers. Few other products like Veeam, Acronis have also evolved and in use by many enterprises. The key to any backup software is to ensure that you are able to backup and restore your data in a timely manner and data integrity stays intact. Having an efficient backup system in place helps in business continuity to ensure that you do not spend time restoring your important files / folders in case of accidental delete (human or non-human) as you will already having an efficient backup system in place. It has been a myth that having RAID protected storage is a replacement of backups, but this is completely incorrect – there are several cases whereby RAID can fail completely with no ability to regain the data that existed in your storage array. Hence, you should always have an off-server and preferably off-site backups for your infrastructure.

We at Softsys Hosting backup all of our Shared / Reseller servers on a daily basis along with backing up customer virtual machines or dedicated servers with managed services on our network backup servers. We have reporting enabled which will update our 24/7 technical support team in case backup fails for some reason so that we can fix this immediately.

09 Jun

Main Hosting Trends of 2015: Ultimate Speed and Performance

When it comes to hosting for your website or for infrastructure services in your company the latest trend for 2015 resides in ultimate speed and performance. While security and mobile support have been other past focuses for hosting, many are looking towards the future and utilizing cloud as well as dedicated servers to improve access speed around the world.

Studies have shown that as little as a few milliseconds of lag when accessing web format files or a website can be enough to discourage a user from returning back to the website. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has taken on a whole new focus in this industry and as a result many are opting for Windows-based virtual private servers, dedicated servers, cloud servers and more.

A virtual private server as well as a dedicated server can deliver the ultimate speed for any of your web applications or for a website. This means that you can enjoy an ultimate uptime as well as the quickest possible access to all of your web elements. This will cut milliseconds off of the time it takes for your web page to load which can actually improve search engine results, maximize the amount of return visitors that you might get and minimize any issues that might occur from accessing your web content.

Another big focus to increase performance and speeds is DDoS protection. These types of attacks can quickly shut down a website or any web elements for hours. Recognizing one of these attacks as it occurs and having means to prevent this denial of service attack is absolutely crucial. With the proper protection in place, a website will remain up even if it’s experiencing some type of attack guaranteeing that competitors and hackers cannot affect your hosting. Having this level of protection up and running will secure your online business from costly downtimes.

08 May

Cloud Servers or Standard VPS for Ecommerce Web Projects

Standard VPS Hosting vs. Cloud Solutions for Ecommerce Projects

There are various web hosting plans available on the Internet to host your website or your ecommerce online store. Some of available hosting choices offer discount coupons too and can save hosting budgets dramatically. For a developer or seasonal web hosting customer, selecting the best web hosting plan is rather easy. But for any newbie, it is confusing to understand these web hosting features & choose the most suitable one at an affordable rate.

Common web hosting choices based on Linux and Windows platforms:

1) Shared Hosting.

2) VPS Hosting.

3) Cloud Hosting.

4) Dedicated Servers.

Burning question is how to determine the best web hosting option out of these?

1) Shared hosting is enough to host any small scale business website.

2) If you own a mid-sized website, go for either standard VPS Hosting or cloud hosting.

3) And if a website boasts huge images / videos and uses extensive server resources, dedicated hosting is your only option. No doubt, fully redundant cloud hosting can also be a viable choice.

So, now let’s talk about the best web hosting plan to host any ecommerce website. How to determine the best option for ecommerce project?

Standard VPS

VPS hosting is ideal for small business websites as it is one of the best value for money. It allows you to configure a server with the much needed features and is easy to manage. VPS hosting comes with customization facilities and complete control features.

Now let’s talk about how vps hosting will fit ecommerce hosting needs. Going for vps hosting with managed level services & SSL certificates is recommended for any start-up or established projects. Going for a web hosting company with the managed service level will solve all the problems related to your server. Additionally, an SSL certificate helps in secured transaction, preventing the hackers from entering your website.

Cloud Hosting

Instead of being a traditional single unit server, cloud hosting operates from many servers simultaneously. Each individual server includes its own OS and can be easily customized. Cloud VPS plans are scalable on-the-fly. Any number of resources such as CPU, RAM, and storage space, etc. can be added at any given time frame and here there is no need of migrating your server.

Summary

With cloud VPS you pay for the resources used only, while with standard VPS hosting, you have to pay some fix amount each month. If a website is getting heavy traffic, cloud vps is the best option, while traditional VPS won’t meet all you requirements. Choose from cloud servers or standard VPS the one that will better suit your current and future goals.

05 Apr

Major benefits of VPS hosting over traditional shared hosting solutions

Are you on Shared hosting services with restrictions?

Are you looking for more power and flexibility with your web hosting service?

Are you not allowed to do custom configurations or installation of specific software or service?

If answer to any of the above questions is a “Yes”, you should consider VPS hosting services that comes with administrator or root access to the server for detailed configuration along with more scalability feature.

VPS hosting solution is an ideal alternative of dedicated servers. The resources on a virtual private server hosting platform are distributed amongst a set of users in unique way that provides dedicated resources at low cost compared to dedicated servers – this allows you to gain best performance of your server at cheaper rates (like dedicated server).

The VPS Hosting plans are best for all medium-sized enterprises or for large e-commerce websites.

You should consider VPS Hosting if you need any of the below features:

•             Low website loading speed (fast website access).

•             Requirement of root access or administrator rdp access of web server.

•             Running a website with medium web traffic.

•             Requirement of more power for your web server or database server.

•             Requirement of uninterrupted accessibility of website and not have your website affected by other websites on same server.

•             Requirement of a flexible and scalable server (increase or decrease resources whenever required).

•             Requirement of having an isolated environment which is not shared with any other customer.

Moving to VPS Hosting from shared hosting

The low rates and potentiality of VPS inspires various businesses to consider VPS servers. This saves the man-power, time and cost of the firm. As with several restrictive nature of shared hosting, there is no much need of server observation and management with VPS. License installation or software upgrading task is easily handled by VPS as it comes with complete root access. You can enjoy all the benefits of ultimate web performance, scalability, powerful control panel and more with VPS.

VPS is a ver cost-effective web hosting service available in current market. Adopting VPS as the hosting solutions is helping the growth of the capital for companies. Every penny spending is giving fruitful results for the business. More and more businesses are moving the web application to VPS so that they can capture all benefits of VPS hosting and its functionality.

We at Softsys Hosting offers premium VPS hosting plans for you to switch over from shared hosting. Whether they are based on Linux or Windows or Cloud. We feel proud to announce our VPS Hosting plans from Softsys Hosting, your one stop hosting solution provider.

Softsys Window VPS: Affordable Windows VPS with Hyper-V Technology, available with managed or self-managed service level

Softsys Linux VPS: SSD Linux VPS Hosting Plans Powered by KVM virtualization infrastructure, available with or without cPanel.

Softsys Cloud VPS: Build Your Own Cloud VPS as per your resource requirements. Completely scalable and redundant!

26 Sep

Security Advisory – Critical Bash Shell Vulnerability – Fix Available

A vulnerability has recently been disclosed in Bash (the GNU Bourne Again shell) which affects all systems running Linux. This vulnerability allows programs that allow users to provide values for variables to execute arbitrary commands with the privileges of the service. This issue does not permit direct privilege escalation. It has been assigned the ID CVE-2014-6271 [1] in the Common Vunerabilities and Exposures database. It has been given the nickname “Shellshock.”

CentOS and Debian patched this vulnerability partially on September 24, 2014 and issued further fixes on September 25, 2014 under new ID
CVE-2014-7169 [2]. To apply the fixes, you need only update the version of your installed Bash program. If you have created any services that run entirely as a Bash shell script, you should restart those services after updating. Bash-based services are not common.

Windows and FreeBSD servers do not use Bash by default and are not generally affected. If you have installed Bash on your server manually, you should make sure it is up to date using the process by which you originally installed it.

Please review the sections below to determine how to update Bash on your server.

CENTOS

To check which version of Bash is installed, run the following
command:

rpm -q bash

The version number should be greater than or equal than one of the
following:

* CentOS 5: bash-3.2-33.el5_10.4
* CentOS 6: bash-4.1.2-15.el6_5.2
* CentOS 7: bash-4.2.45-5.el7_0.4

The important portion of the version number is the part beginning with “.elX_” where X is 5, 6, or 7. If you read the part after the “_” as a decimal number, it must be greater than or equal than the version listed. For example, for “.el6_” the number should be “5.2” or any higher number.

If your version does not match, please run the following command and ensure an update to the bash package is included:

yum -y update bash

If no update is available, please try the following commands, then repeat the command above:

yum clean metadata

Red Hat published the following advisories regarding this
vulnerability:

* https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/CVE-2014-6271
* https://access.redhat.com/security/cve/CVE-2014-7169
* https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2014-1293.html
* https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2014-1306.html
* https://access.redhat.com/articles/1200223
https://securityblog.redhat.com/2014/09/24/bash-specially-crafted-environment-variables-code-injection-attack/

DEBIAN 7

To check which version of Bash is installed, run the following
command:

dpkg -s bash | grep Version

The version number should be greater than or equal to 4.2+dfsg-0.1+deb7u3.

The notable part to look for is the “+deb7u3” at the end. If the last number is not 3 or higher, or the part after “+” is missing, you will need to upgrade. If your version does not match, please run the following command and ensure an update to the bash package is
included:

apt-get update
apt-get install -y bash

Debian published the following advisory regarding this vulnerability:

* https://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-3032
* https://www.debian.org/security/2014/dsa-3035

02 Jul

What is Cloud Computing? IaaS Cloud Services – Benefits and Advantages

Introduction

The basic definition of cloud computing in simple words is – The use of computing resources, (hardware and/or software) that are deployed on a remote machine/system and delivered to the end user as a service over a network (private / public).

Although the evolution of cloud computing had quite a good amount of resistance, the technology has evolved and is considered to be a future of how IT will shape up. The main advantage of cloud computing has been to help businesses to focusses on their core without the need to worry about IT issues. As data and reports suggests, this has worked very well for many industries and hence it is considered to be future of IT.

Cloud Computing Categories

Cloud computing comprises of four key models:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Network as a Service (Naas)

Let’s discuss the above in more detail:

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): This is the basic cloud service model whereby user is provided with virtual infrastructure (servers / storage or data space). Virtualization is the key in this mode as it allows IaaS-cloud providers to allocate resources as required by end users (on-demand) from their large pools of physical infrastructure of data centers.

Platform as a Service (PaaS): In this this cloud service model, the PaaS-cloud providers deliver a platform or environment for development services to end users (individuals / organizations) where the user can develop and run their proprietary / in house applications. The services optionally can include operating system, a programming language execution environment, databases and web servers.

Software as a Service (SaaS): In this cloud computing model, the user is provided with an access to already developed applications that are running in the cloud (managed by SaaS-cloud provider). The cloud clients and the cloud users do not manage the environment / infrastructure where the application resides which eliminate the need to install and run the application on their own computers.

Network as a Service (Naas): This is not a very common model except in case of bandwidth providers. In this model, the user is provided with network connectivity services, such as VPN and bandwidth on demand.


Advantages & Benefits of IaaS Cloud Computing

1) Cost Savings – It helps in reducing capital expenditure on hardware and human resources which in turn reduces ROI risks.

2) Low Entry Barriers – You can simply get your cloud server to be spun up and you’re ready to go live. Various pricing options allows you to only pay for what you use / need.

3) Dynamic Scaling & Elasticity – You can easily scale your resources of your cloud server at any time which is used from the pool of resources managed by cloud provider. This enables you to purchase only required resources to get started and add more whenever you need. This is particularly helpful during seasonal sales events, etc when you can bump up your resources and scale down later.

4) Avoid management of underlying hardware / data center and backups – All of these components are taken care by your IaaS cloud provider.

5) Security – This is handled by your IaaS provider in a professional way which offloads you of securing your infrastructure.

6) Failover – This helps in keeping your service active even in case of failure of hardware components / power / network takes place since this is completely redundant in nature / setup.

7) Allows businesses to focus on core competence – Your IT requirements / setup is handled by experts which enables you to focus on key areas specific to your business and bringing innovations in it. Imagine a manufacturing firm spending resources / time on assembling / maintaining their IT infrastructure!


SoftSys Hosting
provides IaaS cloud services whereby the cloud users are provided with virtual infrastructure in form of cloud virtual machines with resources (RAM / Storage Space / CPU Power / Bandwidth / etc) as per their requirement. This is completely scalable service whereby users can add / remove resources at any time – almost on the fly.

29 Jun

Web Hosting Resources with Customized Plan

As we all know, web hosting allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the WWW.

What is a Web Hosting plan?

Web hosting plan is term used for set of the resources with specified capacity / resources for your website.

Every web hosting company does their own market research and prepare suitable web hosting plans targeted to needs of specific audience and their business. As per the website/application and its traffic, web hosting resources are selected. Main factors that comprise of these resources are CPU power, Storage space, RAM and bandwidth. It is very tough for any web hosting company to devise a perfect web hosting plans as per the needs of website.


Various Web Hosting Options

  • Windows VPS Hosting (Self-Managed or fully managed)
  • SSD Windows VPS
  • Windows Shared Hosting / Reseller Hosting
  • Linux VPS Hosting
  • Cloud VPS Hosting
  • Dedicated Servers (Self-Managed or fully managed)
  • SSD Dedicated Servers
  • Unmetered Dedicated Servers

Are you thinking to go for your web hosting? But do not know much about various resources and how to customize your plan. Let’s have a look around for the list of resources and in what capacity are available in web hosting market.

Let’s take example of Dedicated Servers Configuration

Available Subscription time

How much time you want your website hosted with web hosting company, whether: 1 Month / 6 Month / 12 Month

Processor and RAM

Prices vary as per the processor, as you can observe below, they are of Intel processor with model number, speed and number of cores available.

Depending on resource usage, you can also select variety of RAM options which can typically start from 4GB to 8GB and go up to 128 or 256GB per server

  • Intel Atom D525 Dual-Core, 1.8 GHz (4 HT Cores) with 4GB DDR3-1333 RAM
  • Intel Xeon E3-1230v2/v3, 3.3 GHz (8 HT Cores) with a range of 8GB-32GB DDR3 ECC RAM
  • 2 * Intel Xeon E5-2620 6-Core, 2 GHz (24 HT Cores) with 32GB-128GB DDR3 ECC RAM

Hard Drive / Storage space

Web hosting companies use to provide some basic storage space. If there is a requirement for more storage space, it can be upgraded from below options:

  • 500GB / 1TB / 2TB / 4TB SATA III or 120GB / 240GB / 480GB / 1TB SSD

IPv4 Address

With your configured plan, one dedicated IPv4 is included. In case you need more, you can contact your web hosting company who can allocate more IP’s after providing justification for usage.

Self-Managed

As the term suggests, customer is required to perform day to day management tasks along with troubleshooting / fixing the issues in Dedicated Servers or VPS plans including regular monitoring, Security and maintenance.

Dedicated server providers will charge for any of the task, updates needed once server is with Customers.

An alternate for this is a fully managed service level whereby server experts handle day to day management tasks, security audits, automated 24×7 monitoring and daily backups.

IPMI KVM w/ Remote Reboot

This particular addon helps in accessing the server over console (as if you are physically sitting in front of server) in case you lose public connectivity to the server for any reason. It also has features to remotely load an operating system in server and perform hard / soft reboot of server.

Multiple Operating System Choices

Web Hosting companies offer to install your own Operating System or Linux or Windows based in your dedicated server

  • Linux (CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu Server) or
  • Microsoft OS (Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 R2 64-bit, Windows 2003 32-bit / 64-bit)
  • Install your own

SQL Server

SQL Server is one of the licensed products from Microsoft for any of the database applications. This one is paid.  Prices will vary in below options:

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 / 2012 Express Edition
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 / 2012 Web Edition
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 / 2012 Standard Edition

Backups

Having a robust backup plan is inevitable for all important / critical data since server can fail (and they do fail) any time. Using enterprise components along with having redundancy at storage level (through RAID / etc) helps in minimizing this risk to huge extent. However, it is always recommended to have some sort of off server backups in place.

Self-Managed Dedicated Servers does not include any backup services. Most Dedicated server and VPS providers have these options available and typically start with 40GB backup space up to several TB’s.

Network Port Speed

Each server comes with 100Mb/sec, by default. Optional 1000 Mbps (1Gbps) option is available for servers which require high data throughput.

Bandwidth

It is the rate of data transfer measured multiples of “Bytes” – typically GB’s. Most web hosting companies offer a variety of bandwidth options ranging from 5,000 GB / 10,000 GB / 15,000 GB / 20,000 GB. For high requirements, there are options for unmetered bandwidth as well.

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