Is Seattle a good city to host your dedicated server?

The greater Seattle area is not only the home of Microsoft and a large tech community, it’s also a major hub on the internet. With fiber landing points coming in from Japan and other Asian countries, and a huge number of local ISPs, Seattle has become a popular place to host servers in the Northwest. ...

nf_conntrack: table full, dropping packet — A solution for CentOS Dedicated Servers

A common problem you may experience is sluggish performance or disconnections from your Centos dedicated server, even though there is sufficient CPU, ram, disk i/o, etc. After some troubleshooting, you may come to believe you are being DDoS attacked, but you don’t see an unusual amount of traffic, and there’s no single IP or handful ...

Troubleshooting backup problems with Idera R1soft under Centos (part 1)

Everyone knows it’s a good idea to keep backups, but it can be difficult to get them up and running, and even harder to keep them staying that way. On top of that, the backup process can make your server slow to a crawl if you have typical hard drives instead of SSDs. R1Soft is a ...

Installing BOINC / World Community Grid on Ubuntu (not Centos)

Installing BOINC Some of you may have read our previous article on world community grid, saying why it is a good idea to donate your spare cpu time. We recommended this for desktop computers mostly, but also servers if they are completely idle. If you want, you can also join team IOFLOOD on world community grid. ...

How should I protect my dedicated server – backups, or RAID?

In the rush to get by with daily life, often we don’t think much about how our data is stored. But as anyone who has experienced a hard drive failure can tell you, once you’ve lost your data, you wish you had done something to keep it safe to begin with. So often times, we ...

Why Choose Phoenix Arizona for Dedicated Servers?

A question that comes up often is, where should you host your dedicated server? To many people, this seems like an odd question, but it can be important for a number of reasons. So why has IOFlood chosen Phoenix to host its dedicated servers? And why should you (or shouldn’t you) choose Phoenix as well? ...

DDoS protection, does my server need it?

Many of us have heard about DDoS attacks recently, as they are becoming more and more common and reported in the news. Some of us may have been targeted by them, or otherwise impacted. A question we get from a lot of customers is “Do I need DDoS protection?” The answer is much like “what ...

Managed or Unmanaged Dedicated Server provider?

A lot of hosts will offer either managed or unmanaged dedicated servers, with wildly varying prices in both categories. It can be difficult to know exactly how much service and support you get from either option. Should you choose managed? If so, what does that include? Should you go with “unmanaged”? If so, what will ...

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 ...