Why Selecting a Dedicated Server For Your Website?

Searching for a web hosting solution for your site? Learn what a dedicated server is and discover the main reasons to make a switch to it.

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After having emerged on the market, dedicated servers have been considerably improved and turned into a pretty affordable and very efficient solution for web hosting. A lot of dedicated servers for website are suitable for both businesses and individuals who need to manage resource-hungry websites. They come with a lot of interesting features and provide a large amount of resources.

What is a Dedicated Server?

A dedicated server is a hosting solution that belongs to one user only. In other words, you don’t have to share it with other users: all the resources (RAM, storage, processing capacity) are at your disposal. This is a decently large reserve of resources or power for projects of any scale that’s topped off with excellent security and high redundancy.

Why Choosing a Dedicated Server?

What else makes a dedicated server a perfect option for website? Here are the major reasons to opt for this hosting solution.

1. Root access and total freedom. In order to handle ever-growing traffic on your website, you need a highly efficient and productive server. What also matters is the possibility to set it up as you wish: with a dedicated server you have root access and can install any software, tools and applications you need. What’s cool is that this option goes by default: you don’t have to pay for managing your server. When your hosting environment is perfectly customized, serving visitors becomes so much easier!

2. Distribute priorities. You decide on how memory and CPU are used: there’s a possibility to balance server load according to your demands.

3. Possibility to handle traffic spikes. A dedicated server is a reliable and powerful hosting solution that has advanced configurations. That allows managing traffic efficiently even in case of unexpected surge: you have a lot of resources at your disposal, and may even scale in case of planned growth (if your provider allows that).

4. It’s a way to save money. Your website is already pretty popular, but you’re still on a shared server? Probably, if you permanently overload it, you can pay pretty much for resources. Some providers even penalize users for exceeding resource limits. Analyze your expenses: maybe it will turn out that you can actually save money with a dedicated server.

5. Top security. High security level is a number one concern for all websites. While shared server can only put your project under threat, a dedicated server guarantees safety. There’s no need to worry that some users will take your share of resources, or their malignant websites will spoil the authority of yours – there are simply no other owners.

6. The market is full of different solutions, and you can always find a dedicated server with a configuration tailored to your needs. It doesn’t matter what your website specializes on – eCommerce, games, banking, database, and so on, because advanced providers can always figure out a suitable solution.

A dedicated server is a superb web hosting option that will charge your website with a tremendous amount of resources. Today, this is the most advanced option for web hosting, and though it’s not the cheapest variant around, its cost is totally justified by benefits it provides.

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Beating latency for the better

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The speed of website loading and many applications is partially determined by a factor called “latency”. When it comes to content delivery, the distance between the server and the end user plays a great role. The more data has to travel, the higher latency is. However, you can take certain measures to make it lower. Find out how to deal with latency effectively.

What is latency?

Latency is the time needed for a request to be sent from receiver to a server, processed and get back. In other words, this is a trip time from browser to server. This aspect mainly depends on the physical distance between the user and the server, and partially – on network quality. Other things that also define latency are storage delays, routers and propagation.

How to measure it?

Generally, latency is measured in milliseconds, but there are different ways to calculate it. For example, ping shows the delay time of how long the data is transferred in the network and back to the user. Faster ping is better, because it indicates that connection is fast and stable. Traceroute shows the time of every hop while data is sent to its destination. MTR combines both factors and provides an ample report that identifies the percentage of loss, average latency, etc.

Latency can’t be eliminated totally, but, fortunately, you can keep it under control with the following measures:

  1. CDN service is a technique that gives the most considerable effect. It caches web content on edge servers and reduces the distance between the server and the end user. CDN solution will be ideal for those who need better coverage for their customers and quick access in different regions.
  2. HTTP/2 lowers latency by decreasing round trips between receiver and sender thanks to parallelized transfers. However, this function can be implemented only in websites that support HTTPS.
  3. Make the number of external HTTP requests lower. If you prefer linking to the third party resources, their infrastructure should work quickly.
  4. Browser caching reduces latency considerably, because it eliminated the necessity for the browser to make extra requests to the server.
  5. CDN prefetching is required to make DNS lookups on a page in the background while user is visiting the website.
  6. Preconnect allows setting early connections before HTTP request gets to the server.

With these methods you will optimize latency and provide better user experience regardless of their location. Improve performance with bandwidth optimization: https://inxy.hosting/blog/how-to-save-bandwidth-10-simple-tips

 

 

3 Basic Advantages of Dedicated Servers

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There are so many providers and offers of dedicated servers that it’s hard to make the right choice. How to find an ideal dedicated servers, and to which things you should pay uttermost attention? Let’s analyze dedicated servers from three main points: power, security and location. Without these features, you won’t benefit from hosting.

Power of server hardware

If you need a perfect dedicated server, it should necessarily be:

  • Hosted in a SAS70/SSAE16 certified data center;
  • Supported around the clock and have backup options;
  • Stored in a high-tech datacenter that ensures the highest redundancy and efficient cooling facilities;
  • Protected against data breaches and hacking.

A worthy dedicated server meets all these demands, and can be used for different purposes: hosting, database, backup, application use, building of an infrastructure. Dedicated servers can be used in businesses of any size.

Security and support

Decent providers have 24/7/365 customer support. Their agents are always ready to answer all questions concerning the service and technical issues. A good support team helps in the whole gamut of aspects starting from server implementation and finishing by its maintenance. If you will have root access together with administrators’ assistance, it’s the best variant possible.

Location

Select a dedicated server that is located as close to your audience as possible. The less distance data has to travel, the faster it will be delivered to the end user, and the less is the chance of loss.

Read more tips on choosing a dedicated server: https://inxyhost.com/blog/8-aspects-to-consider-when-choosing-a-dedicated-server-

 

 

Can You Afford Damage of Speed?

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Content has turned into a buzzword among bloggers and website developers. Seems like everybody is talking about it. Imagine you have a ready website and high-quality content for your readers and customers. You have everything to hook visitors and keep up their engagement. But have you considered how content would be delivered? Are you sure that visitors will be able to get this content the best possible way?

The thing is that it’s not enough just to create content. Yes, customers love video, podcasts and post, but how would they reach it? Deliverability is what also matters. Practice shows that content is not worth, if it can’t be delivered in a high quality way.

You can make top-notch quality video to impress your customers, but they won’t be impressed, desperately trying to download it. Besides, they will be discontent, if download speed is terribly low, or images are jittery. Some videos are delivered in a jumpy format that is almost impossible to watch.

Why that happens? Most businesses take care of their content and how it looks, but they ignore the way it is supposed to be delivered. Websites hosted in a single location often turn out to be slower and less responsive, especially when customers are located far away from it.

It’s vital that Sales and Marketing start to give more consideration to ensuring that content is delivered in a consistent, fast and reliable way. Otherwise, it’s their bottom line that will suffer. Looking ahead, more and more businesses will be relying on Content Delivery Networks to deliver their content.

A CDN (content delivery network) uses several servers scattered around the globe to distribute content to many users in a reliable and fast manner. This is a simple and ingenious solution. Learn more about CDN and its basics: https://www.spacecdn.com/blog/content-delivery-network/basic-terminology-of-content-delivery-networks/

All in all, use of CDN sets your mind in piece. You know that your content is not created ideally, it will be delivered as it deserves to be: at lightning speed and quality of connection.

Push vs pull CDN: Which is the best for me?

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There are two main types of CDN (content delivery networks): push and pull. Both are quite popular, but not equally useful for this or that project. Find out what solution will suit your online business perfectly, and what is the difference between these types of CDN.

CDN (content delivery network) is a system of multiple PoPs (points of presence) that deliver content to nearest users. Thus, visitors are connected to the server near them instead of the origin server, which reduces loading time. Thanks to CDN, users get content faster and have better experience. Although both pull and push CDNs deliver content to visitors the same way, there are some differences between them.

Push CDN

With push CDN, content is sent proactively to edge server in selected CDN locations, and data is automatically populated in the PoP that is close to the end-user. When a visitor requests a file, CDN already has a package that is transferred to his browser instantly.

Therefore, push CDN means that the user forms links to data packages and formats it to “push” out to the CDN. And that should be maintained. When the content is changed or updated, it should be pushed back to the CDN.

Pull CDN

When the end-user requests content, it is “pulled” from the closest edge server of the network. Content is cached in one place, and CDN pulls it down to the visitor. Thus, the first person who sends request to the new CDN location will discover that this data hasn’t been pulled yet, but will get it ready for viewing. Once the first request is made, the content stays cached on edge server.

As a rule most providers offer standard pull CDN: this is believed to be the best option since it has fewer configurations and requires fewer resources for maintenance. Just set it up, and it will run for you. Pull CDN is typically used for minor files, such as pictures, CSS, JavaScript, HTML files. That makes the solution ideal for web designers working on usual CMS. You will only start CNAME record and an out-of-the-box CDN plugin (for instance, W3 total cache). Push CDN is suitable in specific cases, so you should consult with your provider to find out which option will be more appropriate.

Read more about CDN and caching technologies here: https://www.jodihost.com/blog/news/cdn-or-caching-what-is-better/

5 Benefits of Managed Hosting services

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The market of managed hosting servers continues growing steadily, because such solutions allow businesses stay competitive and productive. This especially concerns online presence, because a high-quality hosting provider can set you free from different hosting worries. What are the main advantages of managed hosting services over unmanaged?

  1. Monitoring of server

A managed server is constantly monitored to detect vulnerability, irregularities, or failures that can disrupt all work entirely and affect your business. Provider’s support team will scan server hardware, OS, applications, CPU consumption, memory, network traffic and other aspects around the clock. Therefore, maximum server efficiency will be ensured. On the opposite, with unmanaged hosting, you will need to maintain IT staff and increase operational costs.

  1. 24/7 Support

Every business faces problems with network, downtime, hardware failures or software issues from time to time. With managed web-hosting, you get provider’s support anytime you need it. Besides, you can contact agents by different means: live chat, phones, tickets, etc. Trained professional will quickly fix everything for you and back you up.

  1. Strong security

Managed hosting providers are powered with various instruments and tools allowing handling security issues and warding off cyber threats and hacking (find out how to prevent hacking: https://inxyhost.com/blog/how-to-prevent-hackers-attacks). OS is constantly scanned for viruses and security vulnerability. Security mechanisms protect against malware and phishing. With unmanaged server hosting, installation of security software and detection of threats will be your responsibility.

  1. Automated backups

With managed web hosting, your information is safe and secure: it is backed up with different methods to deal with various scenarios for data loss. You don’t have to worry about data loss, hacking, or other accidents, because managed hosting means automated backups.

  1. Control Panel

Managed server hosting provides a control panel using which you can simply manage your hosting account and website. You have an opportunity to create DNS records, databases, access logs, check performance statistics. As for unmanaged hosting, you need to have enough technical skills to install it.

Thus, managed web hosting provides many more opportunities for control and security.

6 Problems of Video Game Content Delivery

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The Internet presents a lot of opportunities for game development, as well as technical obstacles. Without a proper strategy of content delivery, even the most advanced company will face a big drain on revenue and productivity. What problems do game developers need to consider in their game delivery tactics?

Infrastructure Costs

It is important to invest into infrastructure as much as required (but not overdo). To prepare your project for long-term presence in the Net, you should plan considering everything: scale, distribution and cost-efficiency of your steps. CDN (content delivery network) is highly recommended for game developers and publishers: it allows minimizing upfront investment without threat to revenue. Read more about this technology: https://inxy.hosting/blog/5-most-burning-questions-and-answers-concerning-cdn

Yes, with internally operated distribution, you have total control. However, it will be almost impossible to predict savings because of sustained use and game adoption. With CDN, you lose in direct control and ownership over infrastructure, but have better cost control, scalability and API powered services.

Scalability

If you use a non-scalable solution, any sudden large traffic of users can affect servers and prevent users from both playing and downloading games. Thus, capacity and scalability should be projected in advance with various factors taken into account. Plan and create the infrastructure that will provide users with enough capacity. Again, CDN can help you as it easy scales and deals with fluctuations of traffic.

Reach

This is another challenge that can be overcome only if you expand your presence in the Net. If your users are spread over different regions and continents, you should have several servers located as close to the audience as possible.

Efficiency

Don’t want to compromise between cost and performance? Need top speed for excellent user experience to achieve the best conversion rates possible? CDN and cloud services can help with all that. The reach, scalability and performance they provide is definitely worth the price (which is, by the way, lower than doing it in-house). Spend your budget on more downloadable content instead of managing extra network ports in different regions.

Insight

Having access to analytics, understanding user preferences and demographics is the key to success. With the help of this information, you can make better promotion, more effective monetization and game development. CDN provides you with analytics about game’s performance and users that download these games. Using it, you can make decisions concerning game content and optimization strategies.

Security

Vulnerability to hacking and DDoS attacks is one of the main threats to video game business. Revenue loss of one minor attack can reach millions of dollars. If you want to ensure safety of data and software, get SSL/TSL network and multilayered security like firewalls, origin shielding, geo-blocking, etc.

Suspicious Features of Hosting Offers

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You have decided to go for dedicated hosting, but have no idea what company is worth working with? The number of providers is huge, how to decide then? Find out what the warning signs of hosting are, and which offers are suspicious.

Long-Term Contracts

Some companies offer great discount for long-term contracts (means contracts that last a year, two or even four). It sounds too good to be true. Why? In most cases, contracts appear to be more beneficial for the provider rather than the client.

If your website is a quickly developing project, a year is too much – a lot can change. What if one day you realize that existing resources are not enough, or simply become discontent with the quality of hosting? If you cancel the contract, the provider may either penalize you, or just refuse to compensate for unused months of service. You can lose a lot of money with such contracts.

Bargain Hosting Offers

If the prices is less than average, it is suspicious. Yes, all of us want to save on hosting, but the price of service should not just cover itself. If hosting is too cheap, a provider either provides poor customer support, or its servers are constantly overloaded.

Unlimited Hosting Plans

Actually, there is no such thing as unlimited hosting – every company has its limits, be that physical properties of servers and bandwidth. You should know that sometimes companies with unlimited hosting plans tend to disconnect accounts when they want.

Support Agents You Cannot Contact

If a provider has one connection mean, and you can’t get in touch, or wait too long for answers, it is a bad sign. That means that you won’t be able to get help immediately in case of issues and emergencies.

Usage of Another Host

If a company itself allocates its website on another hosts’ facilities, it is strange (if this is not a reseller, though). Such provider does not trust its own infrastructure, so you shouldn’t, as well.

Origin: https://inxyhost.com/blog/warning-signs-you-should-not-ignore-when-choosing-a-hosting-provider

Common questions and answers about CDN technology

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Content delivery network (CDN) becomes one of the most demanded and well known technology today. CDN helps to deliver data around the world quicker improving user experience. How CDN helps in improvement of web performance, and what its peculiarities are? Read the most common 10 questions and answers about CDN.

  1. What is CDN (Content Delivery Network)?

CDN is a network of interconnected edge servers and the origin server that are used to deliver different types of content (static and dynamic) quicker to end users.  That allows saving time and improving user experience. Besides, CDN prevents website breakdown, so this is a failsafe system. If the amount of traffic is too high, CDN will distribute load between edge servers.

  1. Do I need CDN for my site?

In fact, it is not equally helpful for all sites. CDN will be helpful for websites with audience spread over different regions or even continents. On the opposite, websites with audience situated in one place won’t gain from CDN.

  1. Are all CDN networks equal?

CDN networks differ in this or that way. Every provider has its unique configurations and additional services. To make the final solution, you should consider the needs of your project and users.

  1. CDN vs Several Datacenters

In fact, CDN solution turns out to be more affordable and effective than using several datacenters. You just order a suitable network, implement it, and users enjoy faster loading of content. Building of infrastructure is a more costly and complicated way.

  1. Is CDN suitable for mobile users?

If your web pages are not mobile optimized, CDN can help with delivery. However, the results and benefits differ in every case – CDNs are not equally good for all websites, when it comes to mobile optimization.

  1. CDN is better redundancy?

Most CDN providers give 100% warranty that clients’ websites will be 100% always available. Indeed, thanks to several servers, such problems as power outage, software and hardware failures can’t make a site break down. Even if one or several servers fail, other PoPs will be able to operate.

  1. Should large companies use CDN?

Surprisingly, many giants of e-marketing industry have no idea what CDN is – they can afford ordering as many servers as required. However, if your company’s budget is tight, and you need a more flexile solution, CDN will be a better alternative.

  1. Will CDN be helpful for video streamlining?

Yes, but you should choose networks created especially for delivery of dynamic objects. CDN will decrease the risk of packet loss and page errors.

Origin: https://www.inxy.com/blog/10-questions-about-cdn-and-web-performance-optimization

What makes managed CDN solutions special?

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The companies and organizations that have already tried CDN are now moving to another solution – managed CDN. Customizable DIY solutions are preferred thanks to higher security and lower operational costs. Is it hard to build a CDN infrastructure without cost and scale benefits of CDN companies? Find out what are the peculiarities of in-house CDN services.

Advantages of managed CDN

Managed CDN is a customizable solution for businesses with high traffic that needs all benefits of content delivery networks without overpaying for unnecessary PoPs and without spending too many resources. Managed CDN ensures full visibility, excellent security and less operational cost. Content delivery and the quality of user experience stay practically the same. Advantages of such solution are the following:

  1. Simple access to data. If clients have huge databases, they can specify settings of managed CDN to define where they want more info to be stored at the edge. Thanks to that, low latency, excellent performance and user experienced are ensured regardless of the type of content served.
  2. Higher security. Managed CDN allows enterprises to keep their TLS certificated in their datacenters which prevents unauthorized access. Besides, CDN owner can have total control over machines and define who can manage them.
  3. Flexibility of PoP location. Companies may choose the places of PoP location – that helps to optimize cost and reach better coverage.
  4. Private shield serves to protect 100% of content. In this case, provider plays the role of origin, and user benefits from his hit ratio and customization.

Origin: https://www.spacecdn.com/blog/content-delivery-network/benefits-and-peculiarities-of-managed-cdn/