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Why buy a dedicated server for web hosting?

Should I choose a dedicated server for web hosting, or a VPS? With dedicated servers becoming more and more powerful, older dedicated servers come down in price regularly but still offer a lot of “oomph”. If price were not a concern, then getting a high end dedicated server would always be best. For most of

What is the best dedicated server hosting?

What is the best dedicated server hosting? This is a question that comes up rather often, which is not surprising given how difficult it can be to find a good server host that will meet your needs, day in and day out. The truth is that there is no “best dedicated server” and no “best dedicated

World Community Grid: Using idle CPU power to cure diseases

You may have wondered what to do with your extra computing power. You have a computer at home that sits idle all of the time, but what can you do with it? A good option is to participate in IBM’s World Community Grid. This will use the spare computing power of your home computer or

Troubleshooting high linecard CPU use / exhaustion on Brocade MLX and MLXe routers

Today we’re going to be talking about a poor design decision in the Brocade MLX and MLXe series routers that can lead to CPU exhaustion on your router line cards. Overall we’re very happy with the Brocade MLX. After all, every routing platform has its quirks, so one small problem that is easily solved is

CloudFlare agrees: Disk performance is improved when you get rid of hardware raid

I know this article is a little old, but I wanted to bring it up as it raises an interesting point. We’ve had a few articles here about hardware raid, detailing when we think it’s a good idea, and when it’s a waste of money (or worse). In general, if you’re looking for “big DD

Dell C6100 BMC / IPMI Mac address all zeros after update? 00:00:00:00:00:00 — Script fix solution

Some of you may have noticed the Dell C6100 on ebay for a pretty cheap price. 4 servers in a single 2u chassis for as little as $800. Great deal right? I had a lot of trouble getting the IPMI / BMC firmware updated on these in the first place. After getting it upgraded, the

Real world performance of Brocade Foundry FESX-448-PREM — CPU exhaustion

In case you’re still using the Brocade / Foundry FESX-448-PREM for doing routing on your network, I thought I would share some of the performance limitations we’ve seen on that platform. We’ve long since upgraded our network to use newer and more powerful Brocade MLX routers, but wanted to share our experience so others could

IOFLOOD.com — Phoenix, AZ dedicated server BGP network improvements

IOFLOOD.com is proud to announce that we’ve completed a series of upgrades to our network to maximize performance and reliability for our dedicated server customers. Our new network topology now contains a blend of 4 carriers: Tinet — 1x 10gbps Telia Sonera — 1x 10gbps -New- Cogent — 1x 10gbps HE.net — 2x 1gbps Tinet

e1000e NIC link failure / x9scm / x9scl / patch fix for Centos

If you’ve had problems with the nic driver failing on x9 / x10 supermicro motherboards with the intel e1000e NIC, we have a fix for you. Centos 6 on X9 motherboards (x9scl / x9scm) seems to have the most problems, but other motherboards and OS’s are potentially affected as well. There are a lot of

Honesty starts with yourself

I wanted to share something that I feel is important to me. I feel that if you want to accomplish anything in life, you need to be honest more than most people are, and most of all, honest to yourself. If you can’t even be honest with yourself about what you’re good at, not good