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    Dedicated servers and CDN from SpaceCDN & InxyHost

    SpaceCDN presents: Now we provide LeaseWeb Hong Kong data center

    Our partner - LeaseWeb, open Asia Pacific’s Hong Kong data center, so now our customers will have access to a comprehensive portfolio of infrastructure solutions that includes bare metal servers, cloud services and the ability to mix and match hybrid environments for enterprises’ most demanding applications and workloads.

    “The opening of the Hong Kong data center is in response to strong demand from customers across the Asia-Pacific region,” said Bas Winkel, Managing Director, LeaseWeb Asia Pacific. “This new location strengthens our offering, providing seamless infrastructure solutions on a global basis, giving our customers a solid platform for growth in Asia. Ultimately, it’s about providing more choice in the marketplace, which is good news for customers, especially those who want a global partner that is responsive to their needs.”

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    Our company offers you the chance to get a dedicated server on very good financial conditions. Using our services you will be able to have any configuration of hard drives and memory you like. We will also offer you several CDN-providers according to your own choice, and each server goes with CDN package from 10 to 100 Mbps (2-20TB).

    Our dedicated servers are located in data centers in Netherlands and the USA. The Dell lineup in Netherlands consists of different variants with such processors as Quad Core, Xeon and Dual Xeon, from 2 to 48 gigabytes of RAM, RAIDs and hard drives with storage from 300 gigabytes. In the USA you will find dedicated servers with four and six-core processors, from 2 to 64 gigabytes of RAM and hard drives with the minimum capacity of 300 gigabytes.
    We would also like to note that we use the services of such network providers as Level 3, GlobalCrossing, Telia, Deutsche Telecom, Tata Communications, IPTransit.

    You can get a detailed information on available configurations on our website, where you will also get info on the prices for our services.

    If you choose us, you will get reliable server, configure up to your needs, that will be able to help you achieve your aims. We are glad to offer the optimal combination of quality and price in both our data-centers.

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    Data-centers for owners: risks and costs

    The cost of data-center owning and operating is becoming more and more complex. There appear more and more elements that have to be included in such calculation and it becomes more hard. Here’s what has to be taken into account by owners and operators of data-centers:

    - The facilities of infrastructure
    - Energetic efficiency
    - Used hardware
    - Cloud technologies (private or public)
    - Collocation
    - Ability to quickly recover data after disasters
    - Migration
    - Software
    - Scalability and modularity
    - Containers
    - Costs for network maintenance and work
    - Personnel
    - Different laws

    The main risk and the main concern is the security of data. It is really so, because the customers data is constantly endangered. It is necessary to understand that any third-party service use (collocation or use of cloud technologies) makes the risk of data security higher. The data may be lost and the business therefore damaged. It is necessary to understand that even in case the data is stored in cloud, the providers of the cloud technologies are seldom liable in case of theft, loss or damage of the data.

    All of these facts lead to the changes in the industry. There are also other risks that are not connected exactly with user data. They may appear when the provider goes out of business or bankrupt. Then it is necessary to move the data and such movement usually is connected with additional costs in terms of money and time. Sometimes several years may be needed to transfer data.

    Thus the model of the data-center ownership is highly connected with risks and many other factors.

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    CDN: definition, advantages and aims

    CDN is the organization of content delivery with the main content present on the original web-server and with numerous POPs where this content is cached.

    The main aims of any CDN are known to be the increase of speed, scalability, reliability and availability at any given point of time. Such networks are usually used to make the access to content much easier with minimal costs.

    CDN is the system of severs that are strategically positioned across the globe. The client while trying to access needed data is automatically routed to the closest POP.

    CDN can boast high performance. The content is cached on the severs across the globe and the decrease of the physical distance to client allows not only to make latency lower but also to lose less packets of data.

    Scalability is also known as the advantage of CDN. The off-loading of traffic to CDN allows to adjust its volume easily, to increase or decrease it when needed in a very short time.

    Reliability is very important too. The requests are usually sent to the closest location. If the server is unavailable, the next one is chosen.

    CDN is also very good in terms of the fact that it does not require too much money to be managed and the reduction of costs can be made rather easily.
    Nowadays most of clients need SEO-optimization and that’s why the page load time is very important – it is another factor that is considered when the page rank is calculated. Most search engines have page load time in their formulas.

    Push zone or Pull zone?

    Every user has a choice to use Push zone or Pull zone. But what is the difference? The push zone allows to load the content directly to CDN, as if you were using a generic hosting account. After it there goes synchronization in all POPs. It is necessary to underline that Push zones are usually ideal for big files.

    Pull zone allows to cache static content from the primary server and to deliver it from POPs.

    Every CDN can have additional functions. Let us give a more detailed view:

    SPDY – the open network protocol. SPDY works with HTTP traffic and the main aim is the reduction of the time load of pages and enhancing the network security.

    Secure Token – the special mean of authentification that ensure that URL is available for limited predefined time only.

    Hotlink Protection – allows to ensure that files are loaded from predefined websites only.
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    Dedicated servers versus cloud hosting

    More and more enterprises begin to use cloud services, and that’s why it may be very important to compare this method of storage and sharing of data with dedicated servers. Really, what advantages do dedicated servers have?

    This question is first of all rising because of demands of business, but if you try to compare the dedicated server to other hosting decisions – for example, shared hosting, you can see that the price for the dedicated server is much higher. However, due to great reliability, power and speed the dedicated server may become a more welcome solution for some clients. In many cases it is the only solution when the business grows. It could have begun from virtual hosting, but at some point, applications and websites could have required much more space and power.

    That’s why the first moment that should be taken into consideration when choosing between dedicated server and cloud service are the requirements to the server itself. Of course you can get scalability, flexibility and reliability from cloud service too, but even nowadays many companies prefer dedicated servers because they can be configured more precisely, can be isolated. Also dedicated servers are more reliable when we speak about the storage of some critical data.

    Because of such flexibility the precise tuning is required – this is needed to get the desired result. It concerns everything – from infrastructure to software and hardware configurations. When choosing the dedicated server you should think about the following:

    - The hardware: how much RAM, CPU and disk space is needed to meet all the client requirements. Also here one should think about needed applications and traffic and many more things:
    - The security of server: many companies prefer to fine-tune and maintain dedicated server by themselves. It should be necessary to ensure that the company will be able to regularly update server with the latest patches and security updates for software to work smooth with operating system and BIOS.
    - The redundancy of network: to get maximum reliability and flexibility it is necessary for the network to be enough for covering all needs, especially in times of some problems or errors
    - Data-center: is a very important thing to learn, but not too much spoken about. Here we speak about the physical location where server is installed. It is necessary to make sure that it is optimized to maintain the server, has needed cooling, ventilation, security and all needed instruments for monitoring.

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    How to reboot a dedicated server

    In case you use dedicated server based on Linux operating system, at some point you might need to reboot it. It can be done in several ways. Usually when you order some dedicated server during its setup you get its specifications as well as your login data. That login data may be used to connect to server that is located in the data-center and to reboot it remotely using the control panel. This is the best and the most secure way to perform this task. It guarantees that the server will be thoroughly rebooted and will load without any problems. In case with Dell servers, with which we highly work, iDRAC is generally used. It is the instrument that allows to fulfill virtually any task connected with setup and maintenance of your dedicated server. By using it you will be able to reboot your server. To connect to iDRAC you have to use ip-address that will lead you to the login screen where you have to use your login information. After login you will be able to maintain your server remotely and particularly to reboot it.



    Another way to achieve the same result is to issue the commands via SSH. To do it, you can use any shell client, such as, for example PuTTY. You will need to enter your login data and to use your root password that was given to you during the server setup. Pay attention to the fact that if you changed it while using your dedicated server, it may be different from the password you got during the setup. When you connect to the server using root password you may reboot it just by issuing the “reboot” command. This command, though, should be used with great care. If the server is overloaded or some critical services don’t work correctly the reboot may cause freeze or inability of the server to start correctly. In this case the first method will work and will help to solve the problem. Also if for some reasons you are unable to reboot the server, you will always be able to send request to technical support of the company that provided the dedicated server for you.

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    Why use CDN?

    CDN works in such way to provide additional points from which users may download resources, usually static such as images or JavaScript objects. Such points may be geographically positioned all over the world and may be closer to users. This reduces the load times.

    CDN is good for virtually any project and will help to increase speed but not all projects need such service. It is necessary to understand how CDN works and whether the additional costs are worthwhile.

    In general CDN is a system of servers geographically spread all over the world. Every such server caches images, JS/CSS files and other structural components. Most of response time usually goes to downloading such content and that’s why caching it is always good in as many POPs as possible.
    When the user addresses your website, the statical content is provided with POP that is closer to him, that reduces latency and makes the site load more quickly.

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    Thus the main reason for CDN use in speed increase – this interests any user. Let us see the example. Imagine the website that is hosted in a certain region and the users that want to access that site, but are located in a far away region. In case the website is located in the Northern America, and the users in Europe, the response speed for them will not be that high in comparison to the users from North America.

    Global CDN service will help users from Europe to load static content from closer POPs. This will reduce load times. It is necessary to say that not only CDN helps to increase speed, it also helps to prevent the crash in case of high traffic loads. CDN allows to distribute this load across multiple servers.

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    CDN or dedicated server?

    CDN and dedicated servers are known to be the most popular decisions for high-loaded projects. Here we will try to compare these solutions, to discuss their differences, advantages and disadvantages as well as to shed some light on how to make the correct choice.



    So, let us start. CDN is a big system of servers deployed in numerous data-centers all over the world. Differently from the model when all the data is located on one server or in one point, CDN preserves your website and numerous web-objects on different servers in different places. Such data and files as text, images, video, different documents, web-addresses, scripts, streaming media and applications may be shared among the network of serviers in data-centers. The main aim of CDN is to make content highly available to user at reasonable speed. If we speak about dedicated server, you usually either buy it or rent it for use and you don’t have to share it with anybody.

    Of course you may choose dedicated server over CDN. Dedicated server and hosting gives you total control over the server, but at the same time you have to be ready for higher level of administration. You will have to administer it by yourself, to compensate downtimes, to think in advance of possible errors and recovery methods. For those who don’t have enough time to write code and to administer the server at the same time or for those who have to experience in managing the dedicated server it is advised to think of the CDN hosting. In case you have the team to manage your dedicated servers and you have money to buy more servers than you need (for backups etc.), dedicated server can be named a good option for you.

    It may, however, become cheaper but if your traffic will constantly grow or some critical error will occur, it will turn out to be much more expensive.

    CDN has many functions – they help to save time and money for businesses and to provide the needed platform for administrators and developers. CDN-hosting allows to ease the pressure on your server and even in some cases to fully or partially downgrade it to something cheaper.

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    Does the dedicated server help website to work quicker?

    It is a very interesting question. Let us understand from the very beginning that the speed of website is a very important thing, and not only for SEO or ranking, but for people who want to attend your resource. Generally, 40% of users will exit the website that fails to load in 3 seconds. Slow loading website means that many irritated users will not want to come back to it anymore and this may be destructive. Over long distance it will mean a lot.



    Is there a change when you switch from shared hosting to dedicated server? Positive. There is a big difference and you will never want to come back. Let us see it this way – if you choose shared hosting, you pay for the space on the server where there are many other websites that use the same processor, bandwidth, hard drive and so on. The owner of the machine makes everything to keep that projects up and running but there are constant limitations.

    Thus we may conclude that if the load of site influences the willing of users to come to the website, the project that is landed on the dedicated server will have advantage over the project landed on shared hosting.

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    InxyHost is glad to offer dedicated servers in EvoSwitch data center that is based in Netherlands.

    EvoSwitch is a reliable partner that offers advances IT-solutions for those organizations and individuals that need stability and reliability. This data-center is located in the area of Amsterdam and it is really close to the biggest internet hubs of the world. It is also a great bridge between Europe and Nothern America.

    The work of data-centers will allow to minimize the financial investments required from the clients. Data-center offers more than 20000 square meters of space and has a lot of advantages over others:

    - Great connectivity due to the collaboration with many different providers
    - Enhanced security with real guards working on 24/7 basis and all modern means of security
    - This data-center is focused on providing the basis for the continuous work of hardware
    - It boasts great and advanced infrastructure, it is open for innovations such as, for example, the new methods of cooling
    - Due to great energetic efficiency the costs for clients may be reduced greatly
    - All clients of InxyHost are guaranteed to get the quality service and support from experienced data-center specialists.
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