Protecting Your Server Before It's Too Late


The server has gone, and with it all the hard work and effort you put in to configure and customize it. Whether this is a bitter feeling you've already experienced or the thought of it happening to you is soul destroying, then you need to consider a number of steps you can take to protect your server in case of a spontaneous meltdown.

Hopefully this disastrous possibility will not occur, but there are ways of being safe rather than sorry.

First and foremost, backup your server. This simple process should be an obvious security applicable to all forms of computing and a server is no exception. To ensure an efficient backup service is running coherently on your computer, set up automatic system to run along with manual backups. Doing this regularly is vital, as even a week's worth of loss data can be an inconvenience.

Another automatic process that needs user monitoring is regular updates. These are provided for a reason, and mean that improvements to your server have been made and are recommended to be used. This can often improve security and reliability.

Scanning, cleaning and general housekeeping tasks that can be made on your server are always useful so make the most of these diagnostics. Testing can provided valuable information about security inconsistencies and possible improvements so employ these provided tools and maintain the optimum security of your server.

Lastly, you should oversee the server personally at all times. You should monitor your network, hardware and other parts of you server, to make sure everything is running smoothly and your system is not in any danger.

So monitory your server personally, ensure the system is automatically protecting itself and if the inconceivable does unfortunately occur, by taking the first step you have guaranteed the protection of your data by backing it up, just in case.

Uses for Dedicated Servers

For those considering utilizing a dedicated server, its uses and functions should be of great interest. Its offerings are unique among other hosting solutions with a number of attractive benefits that befit the price.

Individuals and small-medium sized businesses alike can use dedicated servers for a variety of means, though in order to fully understand if the option is for you, you’ll need to knowledge of its offerings.

Users considering the form of web hosting should personally define what they are using it for and upon gaining sufficient knowledge of the server, should then make an educated decision. Below are a number of uses for dedicated servers for those aspiring to employ the solution.
  • Web server - The most common and perhaps obvious use is having the dedicated server link your website up to the net. It’s the most advanced form of hosting in regards to its offerings and is more often than not an option for increasingly popular websites who have outgrown their shared servers. While smaller websites may not see a dedicated server as a worthwhile investment, those businesses experiences a large amount of traffic can benefit from using it as their web server.
  • Backup server - This can refer to a number of different forms of back-up, however essentially its use is to secure your data in case, for some unfortunate reason, you are subjected to losing either a large amount or indeed all of your data. The backup server can be used to support anything from sensitive information to the data present on your website.
  • Private cloud - So for those unsure on the exact terminology of the cloud, it’s essentially a cluster of resources, storage or services kept by an external source. Here a cloud service can exist within your business; however the management, updates and general housekeeping is performed by the cloud provider.
  • Database server - This provides a reliable and efficient database storage system which can be used by websites and applications. The roles which this particular sever partakes in, include storage, data analysis and archiving.
  • Application server - This use of a dedicated server entails providing software applications, along with handling all application preparations, for example between users and business apps. Recently business apps have been switching to web-based interface due to the convenience for their customers, through being able to access their information through platforms and devices.