26 Mar

When is a dedicated server required for your business?

Since the start of web hosting services, technology has improved on high scale in year 2015. New features were added with the technology advancement in any web hosting service. Selection of web hosting service among these depends on the usage and needs of your website.

VPS hosting has too grown up with better visualization software and scaling ability. Dedicated server has much more potential to host your website(s) hosting with best security than VPS. Although VPS is still the best solution for many business owners as it offers enough power at reasonable rates.

Every webmaster knows what virtual private server is, still let’s explore it one more time. VPS suits to small or medium businesses for any of their hosting requirements at affordable price. It is like “You are having fixed amount of resources (RAM/CPU/HDD) for your server with full control”. VPS have the capability of performing better just like dedicated server but in a shared environment (multiple VPS’ hosted on same server but with isolation). As you are having complete root / administrative access, many software or applications gets installed as per business needs. Compared to shared hosting, VPS Hosting is much faster and it gives better performance.

Why should I prefer DEDICATED SERVERS?


First of all, let’s define what is a dedicated server?

A Dedicated Server is the standalone physical machine to host medium / large business sites or applications or it can be used for backup purposes. A client can use the allocated CPU and RAM resources of a dedicated server for faster performance of their websites.

Your online projects are mission-critical and resource-intensive? You need ultimate performance from your web hosting?

In this case, VPS Hosting won’t help and dedicated server will outperform VPS Hosting with in all areas. Dedicated Servers are most powerful and speedier choices among web hosting services. They provides around-the-clock guaranteed accessibility from any location around the Globe. Dedicated servers ranked up as far as web hosting performance concerns, although prices are high too.

Now let’s talk about benefits in selecting dedicated servers, which may or not available with VPS.

One of the major feature of a dedicated server is that it is completely under the control of the owner. It can be rebooted in required times. Any Software, any tools or any server applications can be installed in your dedicated server. Also dedicated server can be completely customized with your chosen OS as per the business needs. OS Choices available: CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu & Microsoft Windows Server (2008 & 2012) or install your own OS.

VPS Hosting provides do not allow their customers to install and run more software even it is much needed and ready to install. Also VPS providers sometimes do not give 100% control of their virtual modules to their clients. VPS Customers have to compulsory share the resources of their server, while dedicated servers customer enjoys resources at any time. Processors, Memory, hard disk storage capacity, network access & rest belongs to the owner in 100% capacity. With Dedicated Servers, any hardware can be handle and run in server. Customers gets full control of a server. ‘You are complete owner of the house’.

Dedicated hosting is reliable. There is risk of not having required access to the resources at times of need in VPS. Your website may goes down or temporary unreliable due to other customer’s use of the server. Especially at times, when server gets bombarded with huge traffic. Dedicated hosting solves those problems by giving you an entire server all to yourself. In this type of situation, there is no chance of a single issue with dedicated server hosting. No worry about other websites using all your bandwidth when you need it most. Due to this particular reason, there is no downtime or no crashing issues with dedicated server hosting. Your site will be up all time with huge traffic handling capacity inclusive of video streaming / high quality images. Your website will never get denied access to the resources it needs to handle traffic and media.

Dedicated Server hosting performs better. Hosting your traffic flooded website with VPS, will lead to many crashing and unavailability. Also high resolution photos and videos can be incorporated in website without any fear of bandwidth loss. In any of the case, dedicated server will offer best reliability and smooth run-up of website. There is no compromise with the performance. Your website will be accessible to each potential client with best loading time.

Dedicated web hosting is secure. One of the biggest benefit offered by dedicated server is far greater level of security, compared with VPS. All the resources are allocated to the particular server, making it far more secure than a VPS. With managed level service, shield your server with regular updates and security patches.

Also, Softsys Hosting dedicated hosting includes 24/7 support. Bare metal servers allows you to create a custom firewall and enforce your own access control policy. With a dedicated server, you will be allocated with your own IP range. No Blacklist issues due to spamming activities by other customers.

DDoS protected Dedicated Servers. DDoS attacks makes your website unavailable to end users. Most providers will null route your IP for a period of 2 – 48 hours in case a DDoS attack is detected. All services will be inaccessible / down due to DDoS attack for you and all your visitors. These attacks are giving hard time to website owners but Softsys Hosting have perfect solution: DDoS protection system. These will help to mitigate these attacks and make sure your websites and servers are accessible to all end users. Also redundant DDoS mitigation systems will filter all malicious / bad traffic and continue to forward all clean traffic to your servers. This means that your websites / services will continue to operate without any downtime.

Although DDoS protection is expensive. DDoS attacks suffered customers are looking for the web hosting companies with DDoS protection. It is advisable for website owners to check for DDoS protected web hosting services from any web hosting company.

Other options of standard dedicated servers:

• If in need of more speed, go with SSD server and
• If you want to completely relax, give all server management to Softsys Hosting managed dedicated server hosting service.

Are you interested in powerful dedicated server hosting to better match your business needs and goals if compared to VPS? Softsys Hosting dedicated server hosting plans start at $100.00. Take a look at our website or shoot an email to the sales team on sales @ softsyshosting . com.

12 Feb

How to reduce your Server / Hosting expenses

We routinely communicate with customers who are very much interested in reducing their hosting expenses. However, there are few critical factors to consider when you look out for this which also includes degradation of quality of services which directly affects your business. I’ve created few points here which will help you in analyzing your current setup to ascertain if you have any scope for reducing your expenses

1) Consolidate Websites / Applications

If you have several websites in different hosting plans, you can check if you can upgrade your hosting plan subscription with existing provider and consolidate all websites in single plan – this can save your costs significantly along with reducing time spent on management of different website hosting subscriptions. In case you have services with multiple providers, you can consider to move them to a single provider who has been best in service quality.

2) Move on-premise servers to hosting providers / cloud

The cost involved in maintaining on-premise server is massive and is usually overlooked by corporate management. You need to consider power usage, backup power setup cost, uplink (public) connectivity cost, hardware spare management costs, networking gear costs, cooling unit costs, etc. when you have on-premise server(s). If you think this is negligible, you are wrong – these costs pile up massively and you can save significant amount if you move these servers to professional hosting provider along with ensuring that you receive better services out of similar servers. Professional hosting providers have enterprise grade setup / environment which has been specially setup / developed / maintained for servers along with regular maintenance of equipment performed. Additionally, the provider stocks up all spare hardware components along with ensuring that your server has the very latest components installed for best performance.

3) Move to Managed Services

Most organizations spend significant amount on IT staff for managing their servers – moving to managed services by professionals helps to reduce these costs massively. With managed services, your provider will manage everything inside your server which includes setup / provisioning, performing day to day management tasks, applying patches/updates to operating system, securing your server, performing daily backups, monitoring your server on 24/7 basis and performing routine security audits of your servers. All of this can be for a price range of as low as $40-$100/m per server. You can virtually get rid

of your entire IT staff after moving to a managed provider – this can essentially save you hundreds of thousands of dollars every year! A detailed write up on this is available at http://blog.softsyshosting.com/2014/07/04/managed-hosting-server-management-and-monitoring-services/

4) Virtualize your servers

In this current era of cloud computing, most organizations have benefitted from virtualizing their physical hardware by moving to Virtual Machines. A virtual machine performs similar to a dedicated server whereby you have full fledged operating system and you can perform all functions that you can on a physical server. With virtualization, you can have a high end physical server which can host multiple virtual machines – such a setup helps you in reducing your costs significantly. Virtualized environment helps in lowering the costs since:

  • Less physical space is required.
  • Lower power usage
  • Significantly less maintenance / management costs
  • Reduces time (and money) for managing servers
  • It is highly scalable – you can easily upgrade / downgrade your virtual machines on the fly

You can understand from above points that these are fairly simple steps / changes in your setup that you can consider to undertake and thus reduce your expenses significantly along with ensuring that you get enterprise class setup which is of latest generation. You will also have access to the very best talent in industry with managed services who will keep your server safe, secure & backed up at all times.

At Softsys Hosting, we help our customers in reducing their expenses with various services which help their business grow flawlessly. We provide virtualized Windows VPS / Linux VPS plans along with dedicated server hosting. We also provide comprehensive server management services where our experts (available on 24/7 basis) handle all day to day management tasks along with monitoring your server, backups, security, etc. These administration services are available as an addon or with specialized managed Windows VPS hosting or managed server services.

12 Jan

Linux VPS With SSD Caching Technology – Blistering Speed

Windows hosting company, Softsys Hosting is coming up with Linux VPS hosting service with SSD cached disks. Softsys Hosting have a range of web hosting clients from all around the world. With high reliability, best performance guaranteed with SSD cached disk Linux VPS.

What is SSD caching technology?

(According to Wikipedia.org) In computing, Smart Response Technology (SRT, pre-launch name was SSD Caching) is a proprietary caching mechanism introduced in 2011 by Intel for their Z68 chipset (for the Sandy Bridge–series processors), which allows a SATA solid-state drive (SSD) to function as cache for a (conventional, magnetic) hard disk drive.

Why is caching used?

Caching means that latest read or write requests stored on a fast storage medium temporary for faster data access.

Usage of SSD disks within the servers helps serving users any requests with lightning speed. Keeping frequently accessed data (images or code) in these SSD disks helps user request fulfilled quickly.

What is SSD cached disk?

SSD Caching provides a much needed boost to the speed performance of existing drive volumes and in increase of the random read and write performance utilizing SSDs as a dedicated pool of RAID controller cache.

With time change, technology advances and your speed requirements too. Once while deploying web server with certain amount of HDD, you never know it may limit your server performance. There arises a situation where you get stuck with limited speed and need speedy solid disk drives (SSD). But it will cost you few dollars more and may be not suiting to your small workloads. SSD Caching provided this much need little acceleration with hardware LSI MegaRAID controller. It helps in bringing speed of SSD to your existing HDD for best performance of your server.

Incorporating LSI MegaRAID Controller eliminates the configuration of hybrid arrays in manual way. Managing the hotspot by copying data from the HDD Volumes to best performing layer of SSD cache helps serve the purpose. (Refer figure 1).

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CacheCade – Image (c) Copyright LSI Corporation

Keeping hotspot (‘most accessed data’) in the flash cache prevent time-consuming transactions in HDD. This helps in accelerated read and write speeds, low latency and effective Hard disk operations. User request gets fulfilled from SSD Cached disk if it has already accessed several times.

SSD caching improves system performance for several major transaction intensive applications.

Several Benefits of SSD Caching

  • Performance speeds up with little investment.
  • Reduced I/O delay time.
  • Work best with transaction-intensive applications
  • Comes with more space and power
  • Cost effective
  • Cached write data protected by non-volatile RAID 10
  • RAID data redundancy Protection


Major difference between SSD and SSD-Cached

Our ultra-fast SSD VPS servers come up with RAID10 arrays of pure SSD storage and operate on Microsoft Hyper-V. Softsys Hosting introduces SSD-Cached VPS with Linux OS for the best web hosting experience. Although, they are not as fast as SSD Storage but with more storage capacity, it helps in speedy response to users’ web page requests. The formation of SSD Cached disk is in a RAID10 array of SSDs.

cPanel control panel is optionally available at $15 per month with Linux VPS packages.

About Softsys Hosting         

Softsys Hosting delivers affordable Windows and Linux hosting to all the website owners in the world. Our tech-support team is available 24/7 to help you with your queries and issues. Our Data Center Facilities are located in Denver and Chicago (USA), London (UK).

18 Dec

Key Differences Between VPS and Dedicated Servers

We all want the best hosting servers for our projects, and there are two of the most reliable hosting solutions are VPS and Dedicated server. However there are number of reasons why one should opt for dedicated server instead of a VPS, six of which are listed below:

Maximum Security

In this era of advanced technology people tend to run their businesses more on virtual platforms. Therefore in order to facilitate their business dealing these virtual hosting servers were developed. These virtual hosting servers are shared by many different entities and they carry sensitive data of individual entities. Therefore the security factor of these hosting servers is of great concern for all the users of these virtual shared hosting servers. Now dedicated servers ensure maximum security to one’s data and is highly reliable in that regard.

Consistent Performance

In case of VPS servers, people can find inconsistency in the performance of their servers. These servers sometimes provide services that let them use the maximum capabilities of their CPU and at others they just fail to meet the requirements. It is observed that the performance of VPS servers is inconsistent throughout the day. However in case of dedicated hosting servers it is guaranteed that the maximum CPU resources are available at anytime, whenever the service is being approached.

Enhanced Personalization

In case of VPS, you only get specified range of configurations, with no options to upgrade, they come with prepackaged options. Smart servers, on the other hand, are flexible and their packages come with a wide range of upgrading options. In smart servers you can increase your RAM and can upgrade your server that includes upgrading of CPU and Disk space. No matter whatever the package you start with you can do these upgrading without reinstalling of the whole system. This easy migration option no doubt makes smart server a better option.

Genuine Hardware

In case of VPS, the user remains uninformed of the hardware used for the server. Whereas in case of dedicated server the user is well informed of the hardware the system is built on. It informs the user if the CPU is Intel, Disks are Western Digital and RAM is of some major brand like Kingston, Crucial or Corsair, etc, and motherboards are Super Micro.

User Friendly

Dedicated servers are user friendly. They allow user maximum control over the system virtually as well as physically. In dedicated servers, custom built control centre is there. This is a unique management GUI that offers maximum control over hardware and network configurations. It helps you perform remote reboot virtually if required under any circumstances. Dedicated servers can be configured to use R1Soft backup software and cPanel WHM control panel to enhance flexibility and data security.

Cost Effectiveness

There is not much difference in the prices of the VPS and the dedicated servers, however the main difference is the value delivered by the two systems. No doubt dedicated smart servers delivers more value with better features and flexibility, and this is the main thing that makes dedicated servers more cost effective than VPS.

But whatever of the above mentioned solutions you find the most suitable for your online business performance, rest assured to get premium quality self-managed dedicated server plans, fully managed dedicated hosting solutions or managed and unmanaged VPS online at Softsys Hosting.

25 Nov

Control Panel for Linux Servers – cPanel / WHM

Control Panel is one of the various important aspect that need strict attention when choosing your web hosting. Control Panel is a wonderful tool to manage both your website and virtual environment. There are wide range of control panels available in web hosting market that can somehow complicate your choice. Website owners considers cPanel control panel for effective and convenient management of VPS Server.

What is cPanel Control Panel?

As per the Wikipedia.org, the definition of cPanel is:

“cPanel is a Linux based web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a web site.”

cPanel is a simple web-based control panel to manage and access Linux Servers. It comes with useful graphical interface and automated tools to make operation of your hosting account easy and simple. It is available everywhere at very cheap rates. Moreover, cPanel gives web hosting user’s access to their website accounts. Since 1990, cPanel is a basic standard to manage any Linux based shared hosting or cloud server or VPS or Dedicated server.

cPanel is the industry standard allowing to access any necessary features fast and with ease. cPanel helps fast installation of any software / application or any kind of custom databases handling. cPanel’s intuitive, user-friendly interface can manage your virtual server with utmost ease. Website owners allow to handle any server related tasks with root level access and advanced control options. You will find a complete new level of web hosting experience with Linux VPS plus cPanel hosting.

What is cPanel / WHM?

cPanel / WHM, a unique combination of cPanel and WebHost Manager (WHM) is a full featured web hosting control panel system. Both customer and web hosting company can manage any domains and server related needs.

Why cPanel is preferable control panels for Linux Servers?

cPanel is a full featured web hosting control panel system. Speed, security, agility, flexibility, ease-of-use, support etc. are few among them.

Operating System Choices
· CentOS 5/6, Debian 6/7, Ubuntu 11
· Fedora 15.x, OpenSuse 12.x, ClearOS 5.x

Is cPanel License worth buying?

cPanel license is optional with VPS hosting accounts and it is available as an addon to host unlimited domains. If you are moving hosts, this should again make things more easy as it has account to account migration feature available which will migrate all of your web files / databases / etc from existing account to new one without manual intervention.

Working with Linux Servers needs some expertise of Linux Commands. cPanel makes your life easy and standardised if you are not familiar with such technical terms. There are many tutorials blog and videos available to teach you how to operate cPanel. Once you are comfortable with cPanel, you can easily work with any administrating task of Linux server.

Website Owners uses cPanel for the following tasks:

• Management of Webpages and backups
• Creating and managing email accounts, Auto-Responders.
• Installation of various web-based applications and Add-ons.
• Handling multiple websites, domains (also sub-domains, parked domains and add-on domains), Redirects
• Protecting of Website Content and bandwidth due to abuse
• View Visitors Statistics
• Error Logs for any issues in website

Server administrators performs following tasks through WebHost Manager (WHM):

• Create and managing customer accounts
• Alerts Management for Server down
• Installation of various applications and scripting modules
• Setup new web hosting plans
• Spam Blockage
• Staying updated with latest technologies

We offer a few cPanel-ready VPS server plans coming with all essential resources. You can also choose from unmanaged Linux VPS solutions with the optional cPanel / WHM control panels. Whatever package you select, rest assured to get first-class quality services that will not cost you a fortune at the same time.

11 Nov

Advantages of SSD Hosting

Introduction

SSD stands for Solid State Drives. With SSD based server, access time of websites, databases, E-Commerce applications speeds up significantly. When a visitor is on look out  for information on specific topic and in case it is not available at one address, they will shift and search at some other place. It takes few seconds for the user to close the opened tab and move on to next one. If your potential customer have to wait for their much needed information, it is not useful. To speed up your website, it is time to go for web hosting with SSD than the traditional VPS Hosting. SSD offers best performance, more power and extremely low access time compared to Traditional SATA HDD. Preference goes to SSD for bringing speed factor & reliability in web hosting. Here we will learn about various advantages of SSD Web Hosting.

1. Ultra-Fast:

The key advantage is that SSDs are ultra-fast than HDD since there is no physical head movement required. Hence, there is virtually no latency in data access.

2. Great Data Transfer Speed:

Moving parts in HDD slow down drive performance while SSD has no moving parts within it, which makes data transfer extremely faster. With more disk space, a high traffic site can host multiple images, videos and handle incoming traffic.

3. Data Safety:

Data is important to any webmaster with high secured storage capacity and accessibility. As traditional HDD consist of moving parts, it can result in wear and tear. Additionally, there are chances of losing data by some small mishandling.  There are no such moving parts in SSD and hence it eliminates all of the above factors of data loss. Hence, your data is extremely safe with SSD.

4. Environment friendly:

HDD consist mechanical components which consumes more power. While with stable memory chips of SSD, there is less usage of Power with the best performance and faster access of data.

5. No cooling needed:

SSDs do not need any cooling as there is no heat generated within it. There is a possibility of reduced lifespan with major temperature changes in drives which does not affect SSD’s.

6. Fragmentation:

Since there are no moving components where data is stored on SSD, slow access due to fragmentation that is encountered on traditional SATA drives is not an issue with SSD. Hence, you will get consistently fast performance at all times with SSD.

7. Stability:

SSD do not skip any data during data encryption or decryption process to make sure every single piece of information is safe. Also, considering the above factors of physical safety / cooling / etc, the drive is very safe.

8. Various Threats:

Websites with good web presence are more likely to get attacked by any of the threats – malwares, viruses, hardware crash, network failures, etc. With SSD, these threats are completely reduced or avoidable to large extent.

9. Durability:

Solid State Drives has microchip technology with more durability. This technology increases the longevity of the drive, reducing repairing cost of drive (if any in future).

10. Reliability:

Since SSD uses better technology than HDD. With Microchip technology, SSD can withstand in this competitive market. SSDs are more reliable than HDD.

 

If you are looking for reliable, stable and fast access to your website, application or database, you can consider SSD-powered server hosting services from Softsys Hosting. Our SSD Windows VPS hosting and SSD Server accounts are powered by enterprise-class hardware for reliable and ultra-fast performance.

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

09 Aug

How To Change SSH Port Of Linux Server

There are lot of brute force attacks over default service ports and hence it is highly recommended to change the default port as a first steps security measure. The default SSH port of Linux distros is 22. You can change this to something else by following below steps:

 

1) Login to the server via SSH as root:

ssh [email protected]/IP

where hostname/IP should be the host name / IP address to connect to the server.

 

2) We will need to edit sshd_config file and hence it is recommended that you backup original file before proceeding:

cp /etc/ssh/sshd_config /etc/ssh/sshd_config_backup

 

3) Open sshd_config in your favorite text editor (vim / nano):

vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config

-OR-

nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

 

4) Navigate to line containing text #Port (which is currently commended out with a # sign). Remove # and replace port 22 with your preferred new port # (eg. 2220).

#Port 22 should be replaced with

Port 2220 (without #)

 

5) Save your changes and close the sshd_config file

 

6) Important – If you have firewall running on the server, you will need to edit the rules and allow newly entered port # in firewall exception list. For default iptables, you can use below rule (for custom port 2220):
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp –dport 2220 -j ACCEPT

 

7) Restart sshd service by running  /etc/init.d/sshd restart

 

04 Jul

Managed Hosting: Server Management and Monitoring Services

Over a period of time, many industries have spent huge amount of resources and money for managing their server onsite and offsite as there were near to no options available in the past for this. Thanks to evolving hosting industry, we now have quite a few options available which enable these industries to offload IT tasks to specialists without the need of maintaining / managing IT equipment onsite. This will help businesses to focus on their core area when their IT requirements are taken care of by experts.

Fully Managed hosting services typically include the server (VPS or Dedicated Server or Cloud Virtual Machines) along with management services bundled at one cost with one point of contact. It is important to note that not all hosting providers provide managed services since they need to have experts available on 24×7 basis to provide premium technical support and monitoring + managing the infrastructure efficiently. Hence, it is important parameter to consider while choosing a server provider along with understanding the fine print of management services provided by them (if any). We’re including few basic features of managed servers that you can look out for while shopping for best managed server hosting.

Managed Servers By Softsys Hosting

1) Initial Server Setup – Your server will be setup / provisioned as per your requirement including installing and configuring the operating system of your choice (Windows / *Nix) along with  specific roles and components (web server, mail server, database server, file server, DNS, etc).

2) Initial Server Hardening / security – This is actually a key component whereby you need to ensure that your server is secured and hardened by experts. This typically includes operating system security patches, TCP/IP hardening, securing your mail / database server to avoid spamming and intrusion, disabling dangerous scripts, etc.

3) Disaster Recovery Plan – Each server and setup is typically prone to fail / crash at some point in time during its life cycle due to various internal and external factors. Using enterprise class hardware along with having redundancy wherever possible (eg. RAID for storage) helps in minimizing the impact to a great extent. However, it is important to devise an efficient disaster recovery plan to recovery as soon as possible. Typically, this should have off server daily backups with sufficient amount of retention points so that you can restore from past backups as well in case the most recent one doesn’t work for any reason. We use R1Soft server backup solution for this purpose and it has been very solid and efficient over years.

4) 24×7 Monitoring of server – You will never like to have your customers or website visitors to let you know that your website / server is inaccessible. It is very important to ensure that your server and critical services are monitored on 24×7 basis so that you can be on top of the issue before noticed by end users. We use PRTG Monitoring System which monitors health and access of each managed server on 24×7 basis. In case of any issue, our 24×7 support team is notified by email and IM system so that they can immediately look into the issue (much before the owner of server is notified by their end users or customers).

5) Managed Operating System & Software Updates – We have known that there are various threats / security alerts that are published frequently. In order to protect your server, it is important to ensure that your operating system and software is kept up to date with latest releases and updates. Your prospective managed hosting provider should be handling this aspect as part of managed services.

6) Regular Server Security Audits – After securing the server initially (point 2), it is also important to perform a regular audit of server to address any new security alerts and/or review firewall settings, event logs, etc to ensure that there has been no loopholes / intrusions in the server.

7) 24×7 Available Expert Technical Support Team – Each website / server owner would like to ensure that their server and website is operating smoothly at all times (most importantly while they are on vacation or taking a break or during high sales season). In case of any issues, you need to ensure that you have easy and fast access to technical support team who can look into your issues and assist you to ensure smooth operations. Technical support team should be efficient enough to be able to diagnose the issue and fix it immediately. This is a very important factor of Managed services.

 

Since each web host will have different features / terms of managed services, it is very important that you understand the finer print of management services before falling for “Managed Server” as it is used for marketing by many hosts.

Softsys Hosting provides Fully Managed Windows VPS and Managed Dedicated Servers which covers all of the above features to provide 100% satisfaction to end users and businesses. We have helped businesses to lower their IT costs by several thousand dollars as they can now leverage our feature rich managed hosting services at very affordable costs against spending on in house resources and infrastructure.

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.

Customized your plans as accordingly! Start it today for Windows VPS, Linux VPS, Cloud Servers and other web hosting services.