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The Best Hosting Server You Would Buy

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by Torque09, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. Torque09

    Torque09 Junior Member

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    Currently have remote server hosting and would like to have a home based dedicated server for my White Hat things (plus BH lol).:D

    The main purpose of the home based server should be to store a lot of media files (video, audio, photos). Well, the long story short, this is all about social website for the local community.

    I have been told to get a reliable server. What do you think is the best machine I have to purchase without investing a lot of money?

    I'm going to assemble all the parts together myself. Do have a few years experience assembling home/office PCs, but I've never worked with servers.

    Need your advice on Hardware and Software to use.
     
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    Torque09 Junior Member

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    Anybody?
     
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    Limelike Junior Member

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    I suggest you buy a Hp Server i work in a computer store and we sell Hp Servers Customers like them because you can get extended warrenty so on so if somethings screws up they usually fix it within a week and send it back to us they have very nice servers.
     
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  4. legoego

    legoego Regular Member

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    don't know what it is, but it sounds painful
    Instead of buying new.. you should check out cl for used one's.. Also a real server is generally pretty loud and they heat up a room pretty good.. if you don't need anything that powerful you should check out maybe building an intel atom server.. It's quiet and does not use a lot of electricity..

    Overall I think it's cheaper to just rent a dedicated or do colo..
     
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  5. Torque09

    Torque09 Junior Member

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    Well, I've heard that the most of the time you don't need really powerful machine. Not sure why?

    Would you be so kind to give me some more details on the webserver? I would like to know is there any difference (hardware) between Desktop-PC and Webserver?

    You advice will be greatly appreciated.

     
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    pzo1970 Registered Member

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    What is your load going to be like? How many sites, proxy servers, etc are you planning on hosting from your home.. Also, I have found that for anything WH, this can work, but if you plan on BH, this may not be your best option...
     
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    trophaeum Senior Member

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    dont
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    residential grade connections are crap, dont even bother to attempt it, plain and simple
     
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  8. pzo1970

    pzo1970 Registered Member

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    Looking forward to your product launch...

     
  9. Torque09

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    Thanks a lot, Trophaeum. What is you advice? Should I rent a dedicated server? :confused:
     
  10. legoego

    legoego Regular Member

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    don't know what it is, but it sounds painful
    For hosting static pages you don't need a powerful server.. you can get by with a P3 or P4 server.. it's when you start using database and cron jobs that you need something more powerful, but that's only if you have a lot of traffic..

    What I suggest is get yourself a vps.. cause if you screw up it's easy to just rebuild your server while with a dedicated you need someone to reinstall the os for you which some co. will charge you a hefty fee. with a vps you can also try out different os that is offered as a template from your hosting provider so you can try out different distros of linux and see which one suits you..

    Also you will need a control panel to help ease administrating your server in most cases it's cheaper to get a control panel license thought your hosting provider than to try and get it your self. A main stream control panel would be something like cpanel/whm or you can use a free one called kloxo, but it's not currently supported any longer, so security might be an issue..

    The reason that you might not want to host a home server is that it would actually cost you more to run.. if you calculate the initial capital to purchase your software/hardware like the computer and UPS for backup, the electricy that it would cost to keep a computer running 24/7 and a residential internet connection that is less dependable that what a hosting co. can provide (since residential internet does not have a high upload speed and also the fact that some ISP forbid you to host from your home).. aside from that security will be another issue.. if your site does get big enough to get noticed, you will get a lot of wanna be hackers trying to find exploits to your site.. and that in itself is a full time job..

    Considering that you can get a VPS for $10/month that offer you 512mb of ram and 30gb of disk space and 400GB of bandwidth. It just does not make sense to do residential hosting. unless your doing it for educational purposes or it's a hobby..

    I've somewhat rambled on here.. but it's kinda hard to sum up your question in a post..

    Anyhow.. I hope I have helped somewhat.. and I wish you luck in your venture
     
  11. trophaeum

    trophaeum Senior Member

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    colocation or dedicates are your best choices, you will see in a lot of threads here that we normally recommend volumedrive.com provided what your working with is legal in usa, email info@ for a pricelist (there is far more available than what they list on the site, theyll also do pretty much any custom build you want, i normally use core2quad, 4gig, dual hdd in hardware raid on 100mbit setups with them)

    vps's arent worth the money you spend on them generally, nearly everyone oversells them or overcharges compared to what a good dedicated will set you back
     
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    trophaeum Senior Member

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    oh and vd dont charge for formats or reboots or any hardware issues (dead hdd's and the like) with their dedis and you can upgrade your box quite easily at anytime with a one off fee and they will even do private gige networks for as many boxes as you have in the dc...
     
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    don't know what it is, but it sounds painful
    The main difference between a server and a pc would probably be redundancy.. not that all server would have these features, but a higher end server would have dual power supply and hot swappable drives and fans so you can change them on the fly without the need to do a shutdown and taking your server offline..