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Dedicated Servers and what to look for choosing a provider.

Posted 24 September 2012 by Alan Dawe

What to look for in a Dedicated Server?

Dedicated Servers come in all different shapes and sizes, different types of hardware can be used and usually they will be used for a different purpose. For example, you may want to run a Web Server and somebody else might want to run an Application or Mail Server. So once you have an indication on what you wish to use the server for, and you have decided on some resources for instance CPU, Memory and Disk Space. A few good questions to ask your provider would be:

a)      Who is the hardware vendor? – Obviously clone servers will be cheaper than the likes of IBM and Dell but it’s debatable whether they are as good.

b)      Is the hardware on a maintenance contract with the vendor? – Some vendors offer 24 x 7 4 hour replacement warranty on parts and labour, which is excellent when you lose a motherboard at 4am.

c)       Is the Server Monitored? – A good idea if you want to be alerted to the fact the server has run out of disk space and processing has stopped.

d)      What type of redundancy does the server have? – Dual Power Supplies, RAID Array etc.

e)      Does it have remote console access? – If the server crashes and you need to see what is happening a Dell Remote Access Card or Remote KVM is very handy to have.

f)       Does it have remote power ports? – Sometimes if everything goes haywire you can cycle the power to hard boot everything, while not recommended sometimes you have no other choice and it’s good to have the option.

g)      What are my backup options? – Generally not backed up by default, so it’s good to have a plan in the event of a disaster.

These are just some of the things we would recommend on checking when you enquire about a dedicated server.


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