February 2019 Server Parts Pricing Report

Another month has gone by, and it’s time for the second installment of our monthly server parts pricing report. You may have seen the wild price fluctuations on RAM and SSDs the last year or so. As well, some models of really powerful CPUs have come way down on the aftermarket. It can be a ...

January 2019 Server Parts Pricing Report

First update in a while, but I think this is a good one. You may have seen the wild price fluctuations on RAM and SSDs the last year or so. As well, some models of really powerful CPUs have come way down on the aftermarket. It can be a lot to keep up with. Along ...

IOFLOOD.com — Phoenix, AZ — Outdoor Dedicated Server Cooling Torture Test — Part 1

Hey everyone. A lot has gone on this past summer, leading me to ask an important question: Can a server running at 100% usage survive outdoors in the Phoenix sun? We seek to answer that question, in a project of mad-scientist proportions. Join us for the IOFLOOD.com Phoenix, AZ Outdoor Dedicated Server Cooling Torture Test. ...

What is RAID 0? — RAID striping explained

RAID – or “Redundant Array of Independent Disks” – is a strategy for data storage used on most server setups. Understanding how RAID works, how it can help you meet the needs of your business or organization, and understanding differences between RAID levels is important before setting up your server. This article discusses RAID 0 ...

What is RAID 5 — RAID parity explained

It’s hard to talk about servers without RAID coming up. If you’re considering RAID for your server and want to know if RAID 5 is right for you, or if you just want to learn more about RAID in general, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll go over that and more in this article. ...

What is RAID 10 — Nested RAID levels explained

RAID is a topic that comes up a lot when discussing servers. If you’ve wondered what RAID is, why you might want it on your server, and whether RAID 10 is the best option for you, look no further. We’re going to be discussing all of that in today’s article. What is RAID? RAID, or ...

Adding AHCI support to CentOS after it was already installed in IDE mode

Sometimes when you’re using a server, you’ll notice that the disk i/o is slower than it ought to be, or is using a lot more cpu than it should be during disk i/o. In some cases, this would be because the BIOS is configured to use your sata drives in legacy IDE mode instead of ...

Setting up Software RAID / MDADM status alert Emails for failed drives in Centos, Ubuntu, and Debian

Issues regarding software and hardware raid are no stranger to the IOFlood blog, with articles discussing the relative merits of each, articles discussing why raid is important (and so are backups), and so on. But RAID only provides protection against failed drives if you realize a drive has failed and replace it. Often times, a ...

Is Chicago the best place for your dedicated server hosting?

Chicago, the windy city. It’s location central to the population centers and transportation systems in North America have helped Chicago grow tremendously in a number of industries. Web hosting is no exception. IOFLOOD.com offers dedicated servers in Phoeniz, AZ, but we recognize that other cities may be a better fit for some customers. Deciding where ...

How to set up source nat routing (SNAT) in iptables to load balance outbound connections across multiple IP addresses

In our earlier days, before IOFlood, some of us ran web based proxy services. These were popular at workplaces or schools for accessing websites that were blocked there, such as gmail and myspace (remember myspace?). One common problem that came up, was that with so many users each sharing one IP on one server, our ...