Author Archive

7 Advantages of Colocation Vs. On Premise Hosting

ColocationCustomers who are looking for a hosting solution, particularly those who currently have an on premise hosted IT environment and are considering colocation, often face a range of questions with regard to their infrastructure choices. We’ve put together a list of some of the common issues companies face when deciding between colocation and on premise hosting to help make it easier to choose between the two solutions.

In many cases, colocation offers several advantages in terms of IT management and business continuity. A hosted solution provides the benefit of the experience, knowledge and resources of the hosting provider. Additionally, the costs of running a datacenter on premises are usually high, and often will not show a return on investment unless a company can reach the necessary scale. Because of these factors, colocation is often an attractive option for many businesses.

Let’s look at some of the advantages of colocation in more detail:

1. Availability

In a hosted environment, the hosting provider takes the necessary precautions to ensure your data is available at all times. There are emergency services available in case of a power outage, such as power supplies, batteries, and generators (plus fuel, a supplier contract for fuel, and an SLA for refuelling). Fall-back scenarios are tested regularly to make sure these measures do not fail at crucial moments.

Hosting providers also have additional arrangements in place with an energy supplier for redundant energy connections that enter the building at different locations. Redundant Internet connections (that also enter the premise at different locations) and an agreement with the local authorities for possible excavation work (that could damage cables) are also standard.

Read the rest of this entry »

8 Things to consider before selecting a dedicated server

Let’s say you want to become the new Facebook. Believe it or not, I regularly run into people who have this ambition. The number one question these new Mark Zuckerbergs ask me, is which server they need.

Ocom 096

It is always a challenge to convince them to not rush into anything. Instead, I make them sit down and tell me what they really want. Since many companies switch servers within a few months after buying and this is always time consuming (not to mention the costs), it is certainly worth your while to think well before you decide. What is the service you want to deliver? What is your workload? Does it involve large databases?

I always discuss the following 8 things to help people decide on the right hosting provider and hardware configuration of a dedicated server:

1. Business impact of downtime

What is the business impact of potential failure of your hosting environment? One of the first things to consider when selecting a dedicated server is how to deal with potential downtime. In a cloud environment, the set-up of the cloud protects you against hardware failures. With a dedicated server, you know you are not sharing resources with anyone else. But since there is always a single point of failure in one server, you need to decide whether you are able to accept potential downtime – if you do not have the option to scale to multiple dedicated servers.

2. Scalability of your application

Scalability is another important issue when choosing a dedicated server. How well does your application scale? Is it easy to add more servers and will that increase the amount of end users you can service?

If it is easy for you to scale, it doesn’t matter whether you use a dedicated server or a virtual solution. However, some applications are difficult to scale to multiple devices. Making sure a database is running on multiple servers is a challenge since it needs to be synchronized over all database servers. It might even be easier to move the database to a server that has more processing capacity, RAM and storage. Moving to a cloud environment – where you can clone a server, have a copy running in production and can add a load balancer to redirect traffic to multiple servers – could also be a good option for you.

3. Performance requirements of your server

What are your performance requirements? How many users do you expect and how many servers do you potentially need? Several hardware choices influence server performance: Read the rest of this entry »

Remote Management: how it secures and gives you more control over your Bare Metal Servers

bareMetal_USP_controlLeaseWeb is always striving for the best customer experience and we believe that putting you in the driver’s seat is a key factor in this. After all, the more control you have, the faster you can get things done. To help you with this, we automate important self-service processes that enable you to manage your infrastructure.

Recently we launched a new free feature for our Bare Metal and Dedicated Server products which gives customers secure access to their server’s IPMI interface. The IPMI interface is a very powerful tool that can be used for many things, especially:

  • For debugging issues if your server becomes unreachable
  • Installing an operating system which LeaseWeb does not offer through the Customer Portal
  • Customizing your OS installations

All these actions are made much easier by giving access to the IPMI interface.

LeaseWeb already offered access to the IPMI interface on request by assigning a public IP address so it would be accessible over the internet. However, IPMI interfaces are not known for their security, so exposing them over the internet is far from ideal.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tutorial: how to logon to your Linux dedicated server

As I wrote in my previous post, we receive a lot of questions about how you can logon to your server. Today I’ll show you how you can access your Linux-based server.

We have a lot more information avilable for you! Watch our other tutorials at http://lsw.to/yzF or check out our Knowledge Base.

Tutorial: how to logon to your Windows dedicated server

One of the most frequently asked questions is how you can logon to your dedicated server. So I decided to quickly show you. At LeaseWeb, you can have different operating systems, today we’ll look at a Windows server. Next time I’ll show you how you can logon to a Linux server.

Want more info? Watch our other tutorials at http://lsw.to/yzF, or check out our Knowledge Base.

Building bare metal: Automation services available to all LeaseWeb customers

bareMetal_USP_controlSome 18 months ago we noticed a trend in the market that Hosting Providers that offered automated server deployments were starting to call their Dedicated Server products Bare Metal Servers. As LeaseWeb has been offering automated server deployments since 2008 it was a very logical step to follow this trend. Recently we reintroduced our Dedicated Server product next to our Bare Metal offering with a clear distinction between the two.

When you order a dedicated server with us now, it is possible to adjust the RAM and HDD configuration as you might wish. A LeaseWeb engineer can configure it exactly as desired. This may take a little longer than when you order a bare metal server, but it adds to your flexibility and freedom if you can build your server just the way you want it.

Read the rest of this entry »

Private Networking: fully automated, scalable and easy to use

PrivateNetwork_2_ScaleWe are proud to announce that from now on, we offer fully automated private networking in our datacenters in Singapore, Frankfurt and San Francisco. Using the LeaseWeb developer API or the Customer Portal, customers can create an infrastructure using bare metal servers within the same data center, simply by adding the servers to the private network. This service will be available also in our Washington D.C. and Amsterdam-based data centers within the next three months.

Read the rest of this entry »

Safeguarding business continuity? Outsourcing helps!

5 tips on outsourcing your IT infrastructure

On Friday 27 March, two provinces in the Netherlands were hit by one of the largest power outages in Dutch history, leaving a million households without electricity. Schiphol airport saw flight cancellations, trains stopped running, people were trapped in elevators, and business premises were evacuated. The cost, which ran into millions, was caused by a defect in a high-voltage substation.

Read the rest of this entry »

5 reasons to offload your CPU with a GPU

In my role as a Product Manager at LeaseWeb, I constantly interact with our customers to find out how we can improve our products to fit their needs better. Quite often, I receive requests from customers for faster processors or even GPUs to accelerate their hosting platform.

Read the rest of this entry »

LeaseWeb tests the world’s first 6-watt server-class processor

Sometimes less can be more. There are types of web scale workloads that don’t require a lot of single threaded CPU performance, such as static web content delivery or low-end dedicated hosting. In those cases, using microservers based on multiple low-cost, low-power server processors can be an interesting prospect.

Read the rest of this entry »

LeaseWeb on Twitter

"Mens sana in corpore sano" - Our team in training for last year's Viking Run #LeaseWeb20 #throwbackthursday

test Twitter Media - "Mens sana in corpore sano" - Our team in training for last year's Viking Run #LeaseWeb20 #throwbackthursday https://t.co/pCNEfXwmAa

The cloud gives IT and business leaders a chance to rethink the effectiveness of their business continuity strategy: lnkd.in/gf5Xnpw

System Administrator wanted. Do you have experience in managing internal IT Systems and broad software knowledge? lsw.to/lhj