Systems Administration

Server Parts Pricing Report – July 2019

This is the fifth installment of monthly server price reporting for 2019. May was unusually busy, so again this month we’re skipping from April to June. If you’ve been following along, we’ve been tracking changing parts prices for RAM, SSDs, Hard Drives, CPUs, and a couple of GPUs. Typically this is done monthly, and then

Server Pricing Report – June 2019

May was another incredibly busy for all of us here at IOFlood, so this month we’re skipping straight to our June edition of the Server Pricing Report. If you’ve been following along, we’ve been tracking changing parts prices for RAM, SSDs, Hard Drives, CPUs, and a couple of GPUs. Typically this is done monthly, and

Connecting to an IOFlood VPN via PPTP on Archlinux

We love servers, and we love our customers! Our customers are the ones we do this for, so it’s always a great thing for us when we get positive feedback from our customers, we know we’re doing things right. Recently one of our customers reached out to us and shared with us a blog entry

IOFLOOD.com – Phoenix, AZ, Dedicated Servers: 2019 Carrier Upgrades and Network Improvements

Update: Edited 6/9/2019 to reflect adding 2x10gbps of GTT 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. To improve performance and reliability, all top of rack switches have been replaced with upgraded Juniper switches. These new models have 2x10gbps connectivity to redundant aggregation switches. This

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

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