10 Reasons to Consider a Virtual Private Server

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Virtual Private Servers, though not a brand new technology, have gathered steam in recent years, with several web service providers utilizing virtual private servers for better performance and cost cutting. Virtual private servers, also known as cloud servers, can help a startup web business with low cost, high performance solutions, while keeping up a quality of the service.
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New WordPress Cloud



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With summer now drawing to a close for us in the northern hemisphere, it's time to start drawing the curtains a little earlier and spending a bit more time indoors. So, what to do with all of this new spare time? How about trying out a couple of new VPS.NET products?

These products will be going live on our website in the coming weeks, but we're giving our loyal blog visitors an exclusive sneak peak before anyone else.

Based off our customer feedback survey carried out earlier in the year we had a number of requests for a pure WordPress cloud. We listened and deployed it for you. Starting at just $20/mo our WordPress cloud offers 3 levels of awesomeness.

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Search and Kill Processes With One Line [Command Line]

Alright, this may seem a bit long winded.  I promise though, it really is just one line!  Also, yes there are probably tens of different ways to do this.  Some maybe even better than what I outlined below.  If that's the case, definitely give me a shout in the comments below.

We've all written a python, bash, or php script to process or manipulate a ton of data.  Maybe do some video transcoding, process backups, or generate cat memes all day long on a cron and email everyone on your mailing list.  At some point you're going to screw up and you'll have hundreds of runaway processes going on your system either with a bug or some other fatal situation that may cause resource abuse.  What's worse is that these scripts might be running in the background on an infinite loop and you don't have a real easy way of terminating them.
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Apache Worker, I Command Thee!

If you're running a web server, no matter the traffic, you've most likely looked at pretty graphs from your server and turned into a efficiency nut of some kind. You're always looking at what is using your RAM, what's eating up your CPU, and what's clogging up your network. If you're not, you should be! While there's tons of tips, tricks, and techniques you can apply to your server to run your software stack as efficiently as possible, KeepAlives settings in Apache are something that many people overlook and can have a dramatic impact on Apache's memory usage. We're really only going to focus on two Apache directives found in your main Apache configuration file.

On Debian/Ubuntu = /etc/apache2/apache2.conf
On RHEL/CentOS = /etc/httpd/httpd.conf

KeepAlive (On | Off)
KeepAliveTimeout (# of seconds to stay alive before timing out)

In short KeepAlives are a way for Apache to process multiple HTTP requests over a single TCP connection. This can help serve your files quicker by the client (visitor's browser) and the server (Apache) not having to reestablish a new TCP connection for each and every file on your web page. Although, if used improperly, this can hurt your server by keeping these connections open longer than they need to be and causing unnecessary memory usage by your server. This memory usage is what we're going to tackle a bit with KeepAlives.

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Five Downsides to Using Flash-based Storage Arrays

VPS SSD Downsides Five Downsides to Using Flash based Storage Arrays

A flash solid-state drive (SSD) is a non-volatile data storage device that uses flash-based memory to hold information. There are several different kinds of flash memory; the most commonly used is NAND but this is likely to be overtaken by other technologies. A flash array uses multiple flash-based devices to store information in place of a conventional hard disk drive.

SSDs and conventional hard drives are typically used together to create a hybrid array; however, some data storage solution providers have adopted all-flash arrays. While purely flash-based arrays have some attractive features, they also have significant drawbacks.

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Flashback: The Invention Dynamic Random-Access memory (DDR) and its Application in Cloud Servers

VPS DDR Invention Flashback: The Invention Dynamic Random Access memory (DDR) and its Application in Cloud Servers

If you are like most of the general population (you automatically not who we're talking about if you have a cloud server icon wink Flashback: The Invention Dynamic Random Access memory (DDR) and its Application in Cloud Servers ), then the words, RAM, SDRAM and DDR memory have you stumped to the point you can't figure out what any of them are or why it matters; basically, they’re the same and just different types of random-access memory (RAM). We're going to get basic here so if this bores you then geek out on one of our more popular posts from last year, Installing Percona Server on a CentOS VPS.

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4 Years of Cloud – A look back at VPS.NET

Today we’ve reached a monumental achievement in VPS.NET history. Some of the very first cloud servers ever deployed on VPS.NET infrastructure have reached the old age of 4 years old. While the under lying hardware powering the cloud servers has been upgraded numerous times, our customers have been able to reliably, and safely count on VPS.NET to host their data over an extended period of time.

Taking a look back at the history of VPS.NET, there’s been many changes and upgrades to the infrastructure, all aimed at benefiting the customer. During the initial startup phase of VPS.NET, Radar powered our cloud management system. Since then Radar has been spun off into its own company, OnApp, which now powers 1 out of every 3 public clouds in the world. Just recently, we announced that all of our clouds will be upgraded to OnApp 3.0, which will provide our customers with numerous performance increases, faster cloud server deployment, resulting in an even more reliable hosting experience.

Our infrastructure has also dramatically changed -- in the past, our network powered by trusty old reliable Cisco 6509’s, have now been upgraded to Cisco Nexus 7000 series. Our SANs, which started as white box CentOS machines, are now all powered by HP series enterprise SANs or in our latest clouds, 3Par 7000 Series SANs. Earlier this month we announced our hypervisors will be upgraded to E5-2620 processors, providing users with 6 powerful CPU cores to host their cloud server.

Finally, the team of VPS.NET has grown dramatically. During our infancy, we shared many of the same resources with our sister UK2 Group companies. Now VPS.NET has a fully dedicated team of over 100 people, located around the globe, in our offices in Logan, Utah; Kochin, India, and L’viv, Ukraine. Of course, the contributions of key members in the past, like Ditlev, Carlos, and Nick, are all remembered, and still greatly appreciated.

We look forward to many more years of hosting you. And as always, we’ll continue to innovate and lead the cloud hosting industry!

5 Common Traps on Cloud Server RAM

VPS RAM Traps 5 Common Traps on Cloud Server RAM

With our current special to nearly double the RAM included with our standard nodes (and newly created RAM nodes) we decided to talk a little more about RAM. This post is three of three posts dedicated to our friend in the cloud; RAM.

The amount of RAM, short for random access memory, available on your VPS will be among the key determinants of its performance. It's important that you clearly understand the amount RAM you have and how your system is using it.

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Yeah, You’re Gonna Need More RAM to do that

VPS Need More RAM Yeah, Youre Gonna Need More RAM to do that

With our current special to nearly double the RAM included with our standard nodes (and newly created RAM nodes) we decided to talk a little more about RAM. This post is two of three posts dedicated to our friend in the cloud; RAM.

Opting for a cloud server is becoming an increasingly attractive choice, allowing scalable expansion while keeping down costs. Choosing a Linux-based cloud server makes sense, given the open-source operating system's reputation for security and the availability of a vast and growing range of open-source applications that are Linux-native.

Although cloud server resources, including memory, are scalable, it's important to monitor RAM use. Depending on your specific hosting package, using too much RAM may mean that processes stop working or that you face extra payments for exceeding your allocation.

Here are five applications and services that can use more RAM than you might expect.

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