This week I have the honor of representing not just ServInt but the rest of the Internet infrastructure industry when I get to moderate the Internet Education Day event and awards ceremony hosted by the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition). At this event, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in the Rayburn House Office Building, the i2Coalition will be giving Champion of Internet Innovation Awards to U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) for their work helping this industry grow and succeed.
I love this industry, because what we do is important. Our customers build their dreams atop our infrastructure, and their dreams are literally changing the world — for the better, in my view. That being said, the Internet is huge and complex, and it has attracted a few bad players with its reach and leverage. Companies like ServInt have been on the front lines of fighting that bad stuff for decades — things like child pornography, SPAM and malware.
It’s not enough for companies like ours to fight regulation of our industry. Read more
There’s a revolution underfoot in the hosting industry, but it’s not what you think. The Cloud has arrived. It has gone mainstream. The revolution I’m talking about is a silent one. It’s a war waged by veteran hosting customers who know the products they want, but see them mothballed or discontinued as they’re forced into one-type-fits-all technologies they don’t need — and by new customers who need powerful hosting but are overwhelmed by the proliferation of complex “solutions” in today’s hosting marketplace.
The Cloud promised to allow massive scalability and utility billing, but for some customers that has translated into complicated deployment and unpredictable costs.
Frankly, I’m tired of seeing those who desire a simpler model of powerful hosting — the tried-and-true dedicated server — marginalized by a hosting industry intent on moving to a unified model of Cloud hosting technology for all users. Read more
ServInt’s Flex line of dedicated servers launched in 2012 with the goal of providing dedicated server customers the best, most trustworthy hardware in the world, coupled with modern tools that give dedicated server customers the ability to upgrade, downgrade and scale easily to meet changing needs. Today I’m proud to announce the newest addition to our product line, the ServInt Flex v3 Dedicated server. We’ve incorporated the latest, most powerful hardware and technology into these servers, all while keeping costs low to put real power into the hands of the small-to-medium sized business consumers, bloggers, resellers, and start-ups.
The value proposition for the Flex line is simple: incredible power, easy scalability, top-notch server management, and fair pricing. The basic concept of the v3 line is no different. With the Flex v3 Dedicated server line we maintain the best value in the dedicated server marketplace and raise the stakes for our competition even more. Flex Dedicated servers start at $199 a month. And our most popular model, the Flex Pro, starts a $299. For server specifications and management similar to our $299 a month Flex Pro v3, you will pay up to 5x to 10x more at companies such as Rackspace and Media Temple. Read more
Have you upgraded into a “professional” hosting package only to find that your new VPS lacks the performance you were promised?
Lackluster server performance has been a thorn in the side of VPS hosting customers for some time. Many buyers have learned to pay attention to server specs — getting as much RAM, as many CPU cores and as much disk space as possible for their money. But others have realized that spec shopping alone won’t guarantee performance.
But why not? Why can’t VPS customers simply buy a server with more RAM, CPU and disk and trust that they will get the boost in server performance they require?
The problem most often comes down to something called the “noisy neighbor.” Read more
As part of our ongoing efforts to support Internet privacy and good governance, ServInt is donating the first month of all revenues earned from participating new VPS and dedicated hosting accounts added on Feb. 11 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. We’re taking this extraordinary step because — on “The Day We Fight Back” against NSA bulk surveillance — we want the world to know we’re serious about our commitment to Internet freedom and fairness. Following is a brief review of just some of the reasons why — reasons that hopefully will show you why you need to get involved, too.
Let’s start by stating the obvious: NSA spying is wrong. It’s wrong because no government should ever monitor all of its citizens’ online activities just because any one citizen might be using the Internet to break the law. If only for this reason, you should join ServInt in observing “The Day We Fight Back” on February 11.
But there is another reason to join in the global crusade against the NSA’s “bulk surveillance” tactics — a reason that has more to do with the real-world impact the NSA’s activities could have on your online business. In other words, if you think legislative and regulatory activism is all about pie-in-the-sky idealism, think again. Here is the real dollars-and-cents reason why you should join us. Read more
Ensuring application Quality of Service (QoS) is an essential part of hosting in the cloud. Legacy spinning disk storage is not designed to handle the performance variability of multi-tenant cloud workloads. Many cloud hosting providers have made the switch from mechanical spinning disks to a full flash-based solid-state drive (SSD) architecture.
SSD offers much faster read/writes (IO per second, or IOPS) than legacy spinning disks, but those speeds can only take cloud server hardware to a certain level of performance. Guaranteeing a predictable cloud hosting experience requires a storage architecture built for it from the beginning, starting with three key components: Read more
Last month ServInt announced the all-new SolidFire SSD VPS, the first VPS product to completely eliminate the “noisy neighbor” problem of disk resource contention. Adoption has been swift, and we’ve learned some interesting things about how SolidFire performs in support of typical small business hosting requirements. It’s good news for you — read on for more.
As it turns out, the SolidFire array offers even more performance, even more efficiently than we anticipated — and since we’re hosting our SolidFire clients on some of the most powerful servers in the world, we have enough spare RAM to make our packages even faster.
So here’s what we’re doing: we’re boosting the guaranteed RAM for all our SolidFire SSD VPS accounts by 50% — at no cost to you. Because that’s what we do at ServInt: pass along every possible system enhancement, as quickly as we can, as affordably as we can. If, as in this case, it turns out we can do it for no additional cost — then that’s how much more you’ll pay: zero. Now, RAM and I/O-intensive apps like databases will be even faster — and that’s saying something, since SolidFire made everything pretty darn fast to begin with.
Here are the new specs: Read more
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Protecting directories using .htaccess is typically a straight-forward and painless process. Create a .htpasswd file, set up some authentication rules in .htaccess and you’re good to go!
But what happens when you want to password protect sub-directories on a site that uses a CMS such as WordPress, and all of a sudden, every time you try to access your password protected sub-directories, you get a 404 Error? Don’t worry, the solution to this problem is much easier than you may think. Read more
Frankly, as some of you read this you might be wondering why we didn’t post this article last October. Well, last October the blog was chock full of great content on how to speed up your website, how to install Minecraft on a VPS, how to troubleshoot RAM usage, our free RAM upgrade and much more.
A simple message on updating your WordPress software didn’t seem to warrant a blog post. But it turns out that a lot of WordPress users still have not updated their software to 3.7 (and now to 3.8). Here’s why you should.
We’ve talked before about the importance of keeping your server software up to date as an essential part of server/software security. Software updates frequently deal with vulnerabilities and bugs that let those with less than honorable intentions break into your server. This is true of all software, but with WordPress being one of the most popular CMSes out there, keeping your software up to date is extra important. The more widespread the software, the larger the incentive for bad actors to find an exploit. Read more
The root of the problem is straightforward: not enough is being done to curtail NSA abuses, and the fact that larger steps haven’t been taken clearly shows that the administration does not understand what’s at stake here. I want to explain what we’re fighting for and what you can do to help us fight. First, though, let me set the scene:
Last Friday, President Obama outlined his proposed changes to NSA policies and procedures at a speech given at the U.S. Department of Justice. In his remarks, the President announced minor tweaks to NSA policies on data collection that were trumpeted as big changes, designed to convince the people of the world that they had no reason to fear NSA invasion of their privacy. Like the last time the President spoke about the NSA, this address was given on a Friday before a holiday weekend — the traditional dumping ground for news which our elected leaders would prefer we ignore. All in all, it was deeply disappointing. Read more