Posts Tagged ‘dedicated servers’
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.
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 »
Did you know we recently expanded our dedicated server portfolio? LeaseWeb already offers many options to customize your servers, and with the addition of the HP DL180G6 with 2 Intel Hexa-Core Xeon E5645 processors, we have even more server-flavors for you to choose from!
To mark the 15th anniversary our offering Windows based dedicated servers, LeaseWeb and LeaseWeb partner Microsoft recently offered a 50% discount on the cost of all Windows Server licenses, with the order of any new LeaseWeb server. This Microsoft Windows Server license discount would continue as long as the customer kept the server with LeaseWeb.
Recently, LeaseWeb announced the launch of 100TB hosting service provisioned from our Netherlands data centers. With LeaseWeb 100TB packages, customers received a Dell or HP server, available in multiple configurations with 100TB of bandwidth connectivity a month, from a 1 Gbps dedicated port.The packages are available without setup fee, with generous discounts for quarterly, semi-annual, and annual prepayments.
LeaseWeb started life at humble beginnings, with one server and two enthusiastic founders in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We are now really proud that, since our inception 14 years ago, we have grown into a quality hosting provider for customers in 177 countries worldwide.
Is it important for a hosting provider to grow significantly? LeaseWeb is the largest business hosting provider in the Netherlands as well as ranked in the worldwide top 20, and it just so happens that we are growing very quickly which makes that question easier to answer in the affirmative. But believe us when we say that growth in and of itself is not an objective to us; it has a clear reason.