Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Serious Vulnerability To Virtualized Servers Discovered In Xen Project

The Xen Project has revealed last month a lot of details on a serious vulnerability in the Xen hypervisor, one that could put the security of a lot of virtualized servers at risk. Xen is a free, open-source hypervisor that is used to create and run virtual machines and is widely used by providers of cloud computing and virtual private server hosting companies.

The security vulnerability forced Amazon Web Services and Rackspace to reboot some of their customer's virtualized servers when it was discovered. Amazon and Rackspace were among some of the major cloud providers that Xen disclosed the vulnerability to, which is being tracked as CVE-2014-7188.

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This vulnerability allows a virtual machine created using Xen's hardware-assisted virtualization (HVM) to read data that is stored by other HVM guests sharing the same physical hardware. This vulnerability breaks a crucial security barrier in multi-tenant virtual environments. A malicious HVM guest could exploit the vulnerability to crash the host server, according to a security advisory published by the Xen Project.

The vulnerability only affects Xen running on x86 systems and does not affect ARM or servers virtualized with Xen's paravirtualization (PV) mode instead of HVM. Regardless, the issue is likely to affect a very large number of servers. Amazon was forced to reboot nearly 10% of its Elastic Cloud Computer (EC2) servers and a similar effort from Rackspace affected a quarter of its 200,000 customers.

Amazon scheduled a zone by zone reboot so that they didn't affect two regions or availability zones at the same time. According to a statement released by the company, "The zone by zone reboots were completed as planned and we worked very closely with our customers to ensure that the reboots went smoothly for them."

Rackspace was not as fortunate as Amazon in its process to fix the issue. Taylor Rhodes, CEO of Rackspace, sent out an email to customers about the vulnerability and Rackspace's efforts to correct it and in it stated that the company "dropped a few balls" in the process. "Some of our reboots, for example, took much longer than they should and some of our notifications were not as clear as they should have been. We are making changes to address those mistakes," Rhodes stated.

The problems with this seem to have been fixed but you can be sure that the Xen Project is still working on making sure that something like this doesn't happen again.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Cloud Computing Is Changing The Way That We Use Servers

There are not too many people out there who are familiar with virtual servers. To many people that even know what a server is, they view it as a large tower of green lights that holds all your Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. Many companies will use their own personal servers so that everyone who is connected to those servers can access company data and files. It's one of the sure fire ways to help keep company and personal data safe. Think of the servers that a company uses as massive storage decks. They're able to back up all of their files on these servers, store data, and access whatever file or project they might need to access all from the servers. The only thing is that we are becoming more digital. We are starting to digitize many of our services. Sending mail and letters turned into Email and texting. Now, our servers are becoming more digital because of cloud computing.

What Is Cloud Computing?
Cloud Computing is a very hard term to define. It all comes down to what you feel the "Cloud" is. There are many who find it to be anything you can get on a virtual server over the internet. There are others who think that it's another fancy term for whatever consumable content you can find on the internet. Neither of these answers are wrong, necessarily. Cloud computing is also referred to in a more commercial view point. It is thought that it can be defined as "encompassing any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that, in real time over the internet, extends IT's existing capabilities." Essentially, anything that has a separate virtual server for it's services or applications that you have to access via the service's provider can be considered cloud computing.

What's The Difference Between Them?
It may not seem like there is too much of a difference between the two different servers (virtual and real), and in a way there isn't. They are both there to hold specific data programmed by the IT specialists that work for that specific service or company. One is physical and the other is accessed over the internet. Take utility computing for example. This concept might not be "new", but its slowly becoming more cloud integrated. Many larger companies, like Amazon, are seeing to it that that happens. While it may not be used for anything pertaining to how the service or application operates, it can help add more capacity for the site to run smoothly and even allow for more storage space. The fact is that instead of IT needing to go down to the server room to get to the server and fix or alter something, cloud computing makes it easier because they can just access the networks virtual server to alter what they need to alter.

It's On The Rise
Cloud computing is slowly beginning to take off as time goes by. Software is being offered as a service through virtual servers. It's gotten to the point now that even development environments are being offered as services through servers. There are restrictions though. The application that's being developed is based off of the infrastructure of the provider. Your app's service is then delivered to the users via the provider's internet as well. All of these services are being offered through virtual servers as it's easier for IT to make changes and help. Some even view it as more cost effective. If companies can offer services to develop, deliver, and access services and applications via a cloud server, that only means that it's becoming more popular than people think.

Now just because we are getting more virtual with our servers doesn't mean that it's still the safest route to go. Having our services and apps become more easily accessible is a plus, but that also means that it can be more easily hacked if certain precautions aren't taken.

One thing is for sure though, there is a lot more to cloud computing and cloud technology that backing up your music on iCloud.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Intel Introduces Skylake Chips For PCs And Tablets, Sets Pace For Wireless Desktops

Intel recently demoed the first PC running a next-generation chip based on the new Skylake architecture. Skylake is set to hit PCs and tablets in the second half of 2015. A desktop PC with the chip was recently shown off by Intel running 4K video during an on-stage demonstration that the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. According to General Manager of Intel's PC Client Group Kirk Skaugen, "You should expect a significant increase in performance, battery life and power efficiency."

Processors based on the Skylake architecture will take the place over the chips based on the Boradwell architecture, which has been delayed following issues with the manufacturer. Broadwell was introduced in Core M chips recently and is the fifth-generation of Core chips focused on tablets. The chip architecture itself is expected to be in mainstream desktops and laptops in the first half of 2015 as well.

Skylake's release date was questioned recently due to the announcement of the Broadwell delay. Skaugen was speaking with a lot of confidence about Skylake and its release and tried to stamp out any rumors and doubts about the architecture's release. In addition to that, Skaugen also stressed that the chip will be in desktops, laptops and tablets by the end of 2015. In addition to that, the Skylake chips will be made using the 14nm process, which is the same one Broadwell uses, though Skylake will have an all new chip design.

Skylake will also set the tone for wire-free computing on PCs, according to Skaugen. Intel will provide a reference platform that is based on the chip, which could reduce cable clutter in both PCs and tablets. Sakugen said that the overall goal is to enable wireless charging and data streaming between PCs and peripherals.

The reference design has a need for a laptop on a dock in order to enable wireless charging. Intel is making a dock that is based on WiGig wireless technology. WiGig is three times faster than WFi 802.11ac. This will allows PCs to stream data wirelessly to monitors and exchange date with external storage devices. In addition to that, the new tech could reduce the need for ports like DisplayPort, HDMI and USB 3.0 in PCs.

Wireless tech is certainly making waves, though there are still limitations that are struggling to catch on. Wireless charging is doing some nice things but it still isn't quite ready to catch on. The thought of having a completely wireless desktop setup sure is sweet, however. Wireless peripherals are already popular but having wireless speakers and monitors would just be so convenient. We'll see how this new Skylake architecture takes off when it is in widespread use next year.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Server Sales Pass Go! Collects $200 As The Market Sees Turnaround

According to a recent report from IDC, server sales are on the up and up, which is great news due to the extremely slow sales figures that have plagued the market recently. In addition to that, IDC also claims that server sales are likely to stay on the increase well into 2015 and beyond.

Growth last quarter was minimal with worldwide server revenue increasing only 2.5% from the previous year. The news of an increase in sales will be welcome news to server makers as they have faced five consecutive quarters of server sales decline. In addition to that, server markers are also benefiting from the start of a cyclical refresh cycle. According to IDC, customers are now starting to replace systems that they employed soon after the financial crisis.

However, there are other factors at work as well, says IDC Analyst Kuba Stolarski. According to Stolarski, sales of x86 servers have been strong for quite a while and have been increased by companies like Google and Facebook that are building out their massive infrastructures. On the higher end of the market, sales of Unix and mainframe systems, which are traditionally more expensive, have been in decline which has also slowed down the overall market. The good news here is that these products make up a small enough part of the market that x86 gains are able to make a positive influence.

Moreover, sales of anew midrange server system, converged infrastructure products sold by companies like Cisco and VCE, have been increasing and contributing to overall growth. This has also allowed the server market to show some growth in the April-June quarter. Factory revenue across the globe also reached $12.6 billion, an increase from $12.3 billion last quarter. In addition to that, two upcoming developments also mean growth should continue and accelerate, according to IDC.

One of these developments is the release of servers based on Intel's Grantley Xeon server platform. These servers are expected to debut at Intel's developer conference in San Francisco next month. In most cases, a new chip typically spurs a new wave of server purchases. Still a long ways out of development, Microsoft is planning on ending support next year for its Windows Server 2003 OS. This product is very widely used so the discontinuation of it should prompt more people to upgrade.

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Stolarski warns, however, that anybody expecting Microsoft's server business to experience the same thing its operating system business did with Windows XP shouldn't get their hopes up. This transition, Stolarski says, will be slower and some customers will most likely keep their existing hardware and simply upgrade their operating system.

The server market overall saw HP leading the pack once again with 25.4% of revenue, a slight increase over last year. Cisco had the biggest increase overall, expanding its revenue 35.4%. The company still has a small share overall at only 4.4%, though IDC notes that it took joint fourth place in the market with Oracle, who also saw a slight increase in sales. IBM was on the opposite side of the spectrum. The company is in the process of selling its x86 server business to Lenovo and also saw its sales drop 10%. Dell, which recently became a private company, also saw a decrease in sales of 6.5%.

Even though some companies experienced decline, the server market as a whole is looking up. With things reaching the end of their life users will be looking, if not forced, to upgrade to new systems. Servers based on Intel's Grantley Xeon server platform should be a great stepping stone in spurring a nice refresh for the server industry as a whole.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Haswell Microarchitecture Coming to Intel Xeon E5 Chips

Two weeks ago Intel began shipping Xeon E5 chips that were based on the Haswell microarchitecture to server makers with the chip planned to be in servers by this quarter. The Xeon E5 chips usually go into two-socket and four-socket servers and are the biggest-selling server products for Intel. The new chips, dubbed Grantley, are succeeding the former Romley chips based on the Ivy Bridge microarchitecture.

Lenovo has already announced plans to launch a brand new line of servers based on Grantley this quarter and server makers, including HP and Dell, have also started using Intel's server chips and could announce products in the near future. According to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich during an earnings call, "We think ... it's going to be a very powerful product."

The Grantley chips have actually already started shipping to cloud and high-performance computing customers that build their own computing gear according to Krzanich. Most of the chips developed ship out of the factory directly to server makers, who then test the chips, design servers and then make products commercially available.

The Xeon E5 chips account for nearly 75% of all of Intel's server chip shipments according to Dean McCarron, principal analyst for Mercury Research. The Romley chips are still out in the market, though Grantley will take over as customers begin to upgrade their servers. At the moment, the server business at Intel is booming, though Krzanich was aloof when asked about the expectations for the server chip.

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According to Krzanich, the data-center volumes are "lumpy" and Xeon E5 order sizes could vary as companies look to upgrade data centers. "They tend to come in big pieces," Krzanich stated. However, the chip will continue to drive Intel's data-center business in the long term, at least as far as Krzanich is concerned.

The Grantley chip will have DDR4 memory controllers along with memory DIMMs that are expected to be available from Micron, Kingston and others this quarter. In addition to that, these chips will have more processing cores than the previous models. Grantley could see some competition from Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron 4000 and 6000 x86 server chips. Intel has nearly 95% of the market share, which is even higher in the Xeon E5 segment according to McCarron. "There's really not a lot of competition for that particular server product," he added.

AMD is literally betting the entire future of its server business Arm processors, which could very well emerge as competition to Intel's x86 server chips. Intel has also noted that it would be willing to customize chips with specific features though the majority of Grantley chips will not be custom McCarron added. Moreover, Intel also sells Xeon E3 chips for single-socket servers and E7 chips for servers with four or more sockets so I think it's pretty safe to say that Intel has a lockdown on this market for the time being.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Nvidia Replaces 64-bit Denver Chip With Server Development

Nvidia was previously planning on developing a 64-bit CPU processor but, according to recent reports from the company, has decided to abandon that project for servers. To make matters worse, this announcement comes just three years after the company promised that it would build such a chip. According to Vice President of Accelerated Computing at Nvidia Ian Buck, "That's not something we're doing today." Instead the company is focusing its latest 64-bit Tegra chips on mobile and embedded devices, according to Buck.

Back in 2011, Nvidia announced that it would be creating a 64-bit ARM-based chip named Project Denver. The chip was slated to go into mobile devices, PCs and servers. Nvidia stated that it was looking to pair Tegra chips with GPUs in servers, though those plans have yet to come to fruition. The company's latest Tegra K1 chip, which includes a 64-bit CPU and is slated to ship later this year, was created for smartphones, tablets, cars and other products.

Nvidia has previously stated that the mobile K1 chips could very well make their way into microservers, though the company will not be developing a specialized server CPU. Moreover, Nvidia's departure from this field only leaves four ARM server chip makers left: Advanced Micro Devices, AppliedMicro, Broadcom and Cavium. Nvidia has always been known for its graphics cards but has instead shifted focus to building Tesla high-performance GPUs for ARM servers. "We should continue to focus on building great GPUs for them," Buck added.

The interest in ARM servers has rapidly been growing for web hosting and cloud computing in addition to being a low-power alternative to the dominant x86 servers. However, there is also some doubt surrounding ARM servers, especially do to the fact that they are still being tested. In addition to that, the platform software has yet to fully mature and ARM server pioneer Calxeda shut down late last year due to a lack of funds. As a result, a lot of questions were raised about the viability of the products themselves.

AMD is betting its future in servers on ARM chips while AppliedMicro is taking a more cautious approach. According to the company, it's plan is to have its first few chips help the company gauge interest in ARM servers and then determine whether or not to continue based off of that data.

Only a small number of 32-bit ARM servers are currently available from vendors like Boston Ltd. and Mitac. The first 64-bit ARM servers from Cirrascale and E4 Engineering are slated to ship sometime this year with servers running AppliedMicro's 64-bit processors and Nvidia's Tesla graphics cards. At this time, none of the companies have offered pricing details.

Servers that are running Nvidia's Tegra chips have been developed in the past with supercomputers at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center in Spain being based off Tegra 2 and 3 to test the energy efficiency of ARM chips. However, that project was replaced by a supercomputer running ARM-based Exynos smartphone chips developed by smartphones.

It is still unclear as to how Nvidia dropping its Denver chip project will ultimately affect the business, especially considering the fact that Nvidia went back on a three-year promise by doing so. Server business is doing fairly well right now so Nvidia is probably banking on that to come through for them.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The New VMware Log Insight Update Allows For More Visibility On Servers

When you're dealing with businesses and corporations, it's best to have servers that have really good server administrators. You have to think that all of that data needs to be taken care some how right? Data at times can seem like a very fickle thing, but at the end of the day, all of the data that gets collected from a particular business for the purpose of analysis has to be stored on something secure, i.e. the company's servers. As with most large corporations however, the servers are like their virtual safes, and the people accessing those safes are constantly monitored for the safety of the company. Every log on the company's server is collected for safety and analytical purposes. Since, again, most companies tend to use virtual servers, it can be hard for the server administrators to just pop in and poke around. Thankfully there's been a bit of a remedy to this situation.

VMware released something that helped with virtual visualization in June of 2013. Many a server administrator was thankful for the help in seeing all of the logs for a company. Now, the software will be updated to a much faster version of itself.

The VMware's Log Insight 2.0 will be upwards of 30 percent faster than the 1.0 version. Of course, that doesn't really mean anything if you aren't sure what I'm talking about. This new version of the Log Insight will be able to take in and analyze log data at a much, much faster rate than before. When you have a large company with a plethora of logs to sort through, the added 30 percent speed increase is going to help immensely. The speed boost isn't all that comes with this update either. The new update also comes with some new technologies that are being used to help making grouping specific issues together less difficult and at a faster pace.

When we receive data, its not always the easiest to take in. It can be confusing, and should the date be corrupt, then you have a whole other monster on your hands to deal with. The Log Insight 2.0 is going to help by putting all of that data in an easy to understand format with the use of updated tables and charts.

Now not only will the Log Insight 2.0 come with all of that, but Windows servers won't be left out anymore either. There is a Windows agent included with the new update that will make it less difficult to gather up log and file info from Windows servers. The agent itself is but a mere .msi file, so that should be comforting to hear for all of you server workers out there. Adding Windows to the new update will definitely help the company in the long run as well. Before, customers would have to go through a third party program in order to view their Windows logs. Now, the update cuts out the middleman entirely and allows for full log visibility support that both VMware and Microsoft can be happy about and push.

Data is just as valuable to company's as it is to company's customers. All of that data can be hard to sift through, and administrators can only do so much with virtual servers. This update is definitely a welcome help, and hopefully there will be more to come.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

HP's Partnership With Foxconn Will Be Granting Us With Cloud Servers!

There's something to be said about businesses that join forces. It's almost like watching two super heroes join forces and become even more powerful. In that same way, this is exactly what it's like when two large firms join together to benefit both companies and provide products and services that both wouldn't be able to offer by themselves. Two such companies have come together to offer it's customers something that all 3 parties can benefit from. Everyone knows HP as a very well rounded computer and tech company. They've clearly made a name for themselves as they've been around for quite some time. Then you have Foxconn. The company that has been around for 40 years and has manufactured basically all of the electronics that we know and love. These two companies joining forces to provide us with cloud based servers is quite the big deal.

So what is the exact plan for these two super companies? As it stands right now, this partnership plans to provide new servers that have improved support and service, as well as being cheaper to own over all. These new servers are also being designed with cloud based functions and storage in mind. Should you already be using a pre-existing HP server already, know that these servers will also work in tandem with the your old servers. They will actually complement every server in the HP line currently. And yes, that even means the Moonshot servers as well.

Some of us may not know what cloud servers are exactly. Naturally, when you think of a server, you think of that big thing that makes noise and has a bunch of green lights in the company's basement. They are normally pretty large. Cloud servers are a bit different than these however. While most, if not every server you've come in contact with, is made up of hardware and software, cloud servers are just software. They are sometimes referred to as Virtual Dedicated Servers. While some VDS's can be linked up to a single hardware unit, this also puts them at risk of failure should the hardware malfunction in some way. A cloud server is different from this and benefits, since it's just running and operating based solely off of its software. It doesn't need to be tethered to server hardware in order for it to operate. Naturally, you can see where all of the benefits of having this could come into play.

President and CEO of HP, one Meg Whitman, understands that businesses and customers are rapidly moving towards the future. It's safe to say that we could see cloud based everything in the future. Cloud servers is just the next natural step. Many of these customers and businesses are adapting to these different styles of IT support and services. They need something that can work at high-volume work loads, and the normal servers these days may not be up to the task.

Since Foxconn already manufactures just about everything tech related that we use today, it would only make sense for them to work with HP to develop these new servers. Their reputation precedes them, and there is money to be made for both companies at this point.

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There has not been any pricing or product details released as of yet, but as time moves on, more information will be released.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lenovo Calms Server Team After Rivals Question IBM Deal

There is a lot of uncertainty over Lenovo's acquisition of IBM's server business, so much so that other companies are taking shots at IBM, trying to cause confusion and anxiety among employees and investors. However, Lenovo is taking measures against such things and even released a memo to its server sales team, urging them to ignore any "uncertainty and doubt" that rival companies are trying to sow over the decision.

According to the memo, "As the old saying goes, those who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones." The memo doesn't single out any company in particular, though Lenovo is probably referring to HP CEO Meg Whitman. Whitman had stated on two separate occasions that she hopes to take advantage of uncertainty surrounding not only Lenovo's acquisition of IBM's server business but also of Dell making itself private.

According to a statement by Whitman at a financial conference, "I have to say, we look like the paragon of stability in the industry right now and we aim to capitalize on that." Lenovo announced way back in January that it was buying IBM's x86 server business for a cool $2.3 billion. Upon completion of the acquisition, Lenovo stated that it had hoped to recreate the success it had integrating IBM's PC division. Lenovo bought IBM's failing PC business back in 2005 and has subsequently become the world's largest PC maker.

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According to Lenovo's internal memo, it is the other server makers that are unstable. According to Executive Vice President of the Lenovo Enterprise Business Group Gerry Smith, "Our competitors in the enterprise space are both in the midst of major corporate transitions. As their customers try to avoid the real uncertainty and doubt created by those upheavals, you should feel very confident in representing Lenovo and the great products and services we offer."

Lenovo went on to say that it plans on keeping IBM's x86 server business intact and continue offering customers the same products, service and support. "Most important, we are committed to IBM's product roadmap, and will extend support end-of-life for any current product offerings. We bought this business with the promise of continuity to customers, both ours and IBM's," Smith wrote in the memo.

Lenovo's current product line consists primarily of one and two socket servers purchased by SMBs (small to medium sized businesses). Lenovo was the world's 9th largest server vendor in Q3 of last year. In that time the company shipped 57,929 units, which is a poor stat compared to HP's 669,000 units. With this acquisition, Lenovo enters into the proverbial big leagues of the serer market. IBM is the second largest server vendor in the world, only slightly behind HP.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Using An HP X86 ProLiant Server? Say Goodbye To Your Free Firmware Updates

Free is a short word with a big meaning. When it comes to financials, if something is free, it usually means there is a catch that comes with it. Even so, free is still free. When having that something free taken from you though, it can leave a bad taste in your mouth regarding who took it. In this instance  it just happens to involve the HP X86 ProLiant Server and the people who use it. For the customers who have used this company and its servers before, they should be familiar with the free firmware updates that came with their products. Well time begets change as we all know, and there will be a change to the firmware update access as the time of "free" has apparently passed with HP.

Again, when we think of free, the next immediate thought is, "What's the catch". Well HP has their catch for those of you who want to get your firmware updates back. Unless your ProLiant Server is covered under a warranty plan, a support agreement, or the company's Care Service Pack, you can kiss your firmware updates goodbye. The vice president for the support technology services division of HP, Mary McCoy aims for this directive to further help maintain priority for the customers "who have chosen to maximize" their protection for their IT investments. McCoy goes on to acknowledge the fact that this is not how the company used to run its business, but continues to reassure that it is the "right choice" for the company's customers and business partners.

Decisions like these do not come without questions, retaliation, and a bit of resentment. And as is to be expected, many customers have had a few things to say in response to this change. One, Lindsay Hill, claimed that the firmware updates would come with "multiple rounds of reboots" in order to obtain all of the updates completely and effectively. Hill then went on to say that there was no "business value" in "fixing bugs that shouldn't have been shipped". Needless to say that this decision has not been met with a warm reception.

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Hill also made an effort to point out the arduous task of constantly checking to make sure that the warranties of each individual server system was up to date, along with checking to see if HP's support lists are actually completely accurate. Hill, like many others, fail to see where the possible "business value" of taking this free firmware update system away from those without warranty could come from. McCoy, however, has confirmed that the customers who have their servers currently under warranty will not be charged for their firmware updates. She has also acknowledged the idea that some think that this is a way to push their customers to purchase warranty packages for their services. She has stated that "that is, and always will be, a customers choice".

HP's decision to take away the free firmware update service may not have been the best one, as now many of the customers could choose to get their servers from other vendors. The fact that you must purchase a warranty to ensure that the product that you have already spent money can work seems like quite the slap in the face to loyal customers. HP may have to rethink their decision on this. Time begets change, and only time will tell.

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Top 3 Benefits Of Using A Dedicated Server

Alright, so you and your company are just starting out, and you are currently using a server that is sharing hosting with other companies. Not a bad start, especially if you are just now coming up and starting to generate revenue and business. You might not be expecting to have a lot of heavy traffic since you are just starting out, and there is nothing wrong with that. Every company starts somewhere. But with that being said, owning or renting your own server for dedicated hosting might prove to be beneficial to you and your company instead of sharing with other companies.

First and foremost, is Safe Storage
Servers are not to be taken lightly, no pun intended. These machines are very large and bulky and can take up very large amounts of space that many companies that are starting out may not have. These machines are also very delicate. They are susceptible to extreme environmental changes. Moisture from condensation can fry a server. Extreme high or low temperatures can also directly affect the performance of them. By taking the chance and keeping the server in your office while not being aware of the conditions, you are potentially putting all of your back files, and web services at risk. By going with a dedicated server, you are able to relax knowing that the people you bought or rented the server from are keeping it in a temperature controlled environment.

Secondly, we have Reliability
It is never a bad thing, necessarily, to go with a shared server hosting service, but when you go for a dedicated server, you keep all of the resources. When on a shared server, the resources and power from the server are distributed and shared for all those who are using the server. If, for example, you are on a shared hosting server and another company is larger than yours and has a more intricate web design or more traffic than yours, your website and traffic will suffer due to slower speeds. By switching to a dedicated server through renting or buying, you are able to control all the resources from the server, keep all of the space, and all of the speed for your company.

And last but not least, there is the Advanced Technical Support
It is no simple task to operate these machines, and sometimes that is where we need help. When choosing a dedicated server instead of a shared server, you are giving yourself access to a great tool; the tech support of the people hosting the server. These people will be here to help you with troubleshooting and keeping your website up and running. Those hosting the server are trained in how to run, fix, and troubleshoot these servers. When you have an issue, the company you bought or rented from will be able to help you and give extra attention to the problems you may be having. You may not get that with a shared hosting server.

Getting your company's new website up and running can be exciting. Through that excitement though, make sure to analyze and predict the amount of traffic you may be getting. If you know for a fact that you won't be getting that much due to the early age of the company, go with the shared hosting. However, if you are for sure that your site will need extra care and attention due to the predicted heavy traffic, dedicated servers are the way to go. Remember, sharing may be caring, but don't let your site suffer from it!

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