What is a server? One term, two definitions

What is a server?

When talking about web hosting, it is impossible to avoid the term ‘server’. So what is a server? And how does it work? In IT, there are actually two definitions of the term. The traditional server is the software for network services, but more recently the word has also been used to describe the corresponding hardware used to carry out server programs. Here is our overview of the most common...

Servers with storage: storage solutions for the future

Servers with SSD storage: a forward-thinking hosting strategy

SSDs have been gaining ground for years now. Until recently, these flash-based storage devices have been mostly used by mobile devices, like smartphones or MP3 players. But more recently desktops and servers have been making use of this technology. What advantages do SSDs have over traditional storage devices? Find out here.

Creating an IT disaster recovery plan

For when the going gets tough: the IT disaster recovery plan

For businesses, a reliable IT infrastructure is just as integral to day-to-day operations as competent management, productive employees, and reasonable working conditions. A server outage is able to paralyze an entire company. Adequate preparation can help prevent some of the most common errors from occurring; unforeseen risks, however, will always remain a factor. In order to be on top of your...

Linux – the cost-effective alternative to Windows

Linux: a closer look at the open source operating system

There are many claims about Linux. Is it more secure than Windows? Or is it just more complicated? Although they are widespread in the server area, open source systems haven’t really made their way to PCs. What actually lies behind the cost-effective alternative? Is using a Linux operating system right for you? We’ve got the answers to these questions and more.

Load balancers: distributing server workloads

Better server access time with load balancing

Online stores, company websites, or promotional content: it doesn’t matter what platform you’re using—availability remains key for a successful online business model. More and more companies are opting to use load balancing schemes to equally distribute the server requests of internet users across multiple computers. When properly applied, not only does load balancing permit high availability for...

Setting up a Minecraft server with a dedicated server

Setting up your own Minecraft server

Many players of the popular game, Minecraft, need or want to use their own servers. Hosting your own Minecraft world is the only way users are able to adjust the general settings of the online multiplayer mode. Setting up a personal Minecraft server isn’t as daunting as it sounds, however. Find out just exactly how it works and what type of server is best suited for hosting Minecraft.

A comparison of different servers

Web hosting: servers by comparison

Carry out a server comparison and you will notice that website operators have a large selection to choose from. Professional hosts offer virtual, dedicated, and cloud based servers in different performance levels. How do these server models differ from one another? What features does a root server have in comparison to a managed server? Which type of hosting is best for your web project? Take a...

Allocating directory rights with chmod

Introduction to Linux directory rights

With Linux, access rights for directories and files are often set through the terminal. There, file owners can be defined and groups can be assigned. With the command, chmod, user classes can be assigned certain file rights. Access rights in the Unix file system can be changed in two different ways: symbolic or numeric. Find out more about both notation types here.