Dedicated Servers – Gaining a Better Understanding

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When it comes to dedicated servers, speed and flexibility are two main benefits for consideration. Having a dedicated server is like having a powerful machine all to yourself. There are no shared resources to worry about. Dedicated hosting works especially well for large sites with huge database applications, streaming media, and e-commerce offerings. It can also serve customer needs by offering multiple domains or websites. The cost factor is also an element of consideration. A website’s cost per website goes down dramatically when dedicated servers are used.


Dedicated servers offer exclusive use of a physical machine, and at Netdepot we recommend them for high traffic websites or when exceptional security is needed. This type of server is usually rented or leased with a specified amount of memory, disk space and bandwidth dedicated to a single client. Many hosting companies offer dedicated packages complete with domain names, email and FTP services, and usually a cPanel to provide easy user management of applications and services.



Benefits Provided by Dedicated Servers:

When you lease a dedicated server, you have all the resources at your fingertips without the hassle of managing your own hardware. Services and resources are private, and you have full control on a secure platform for your web project. Security is ensured, and Netdepot suggests choosing a reliable and certified host. Other features you should look for are flexible resources. Customers like having the freedom to customize and configure their server. How the server works is totally up to the customer.


  • Choice of Operating System
  • Root Access
  • Custom Kernal Implementation
  • Development Platforms
  • Fast Data Access
  • Choice of Database
  • A great deal of flexibility over hardware and software configurations
  • Full access and use of dedicated IP addresses
  • Safe storage facility housing



Security is always a concern with customers looking for a dedicated hosting solution. The great thing about dedicated hosting is that no one, other than you and your hosting service, has access. Dedicated servers offer true web security, and through DdoS protection and firewalls provided by your host your data is secure. With a dedicated server you have the option of adding your own security measures, and most hosts provide scanning applications for protection against virus, hackers and other network hazards. Security experts monitor the host’s networks to guard against any intrusion and obtrusive invaders on their systems.


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At, we can offer both performance and reliability. Performance is need for a number of reasons. For instance, you may have a need to post numerous high-resolution photos and a ton of video-clips. This requires lots of bandwidth, and a scenario of short-load times. If your website is an e-commerce site, you need a lot of bandwidth to operate. There is also a benefit of having enough dedicated space to accommodate traffic spikes. Downtime is simply not something our customers can afford.



Managing the Server

With dedicated servers, you decide on the level of management you want or don’t want, and you can decide to upgrade or downgrade your package when needed. Most hosting companies offer cPanel for convenience, and you choose the software you want to install. Unmanaged packages put you in charge of maintenance, patches and upgrades, and the command line is available with security tiers of your choosing for administrators.


The Most Powerful Choices Available

Dedicates servers can offer the most powerful hosting choices available. You can reboot your system when needed, and your software can be completely customized to suit your personal business needs. Dedicated servers can generally run anything that comes their way. They can place a plethora of resources at the customer’s discretion. Thus, the customer views their performance possibilities as being more predictable. Packages are available for dedicated servers which include the hardware, ram and hard drive you need   in various increments, but we suggest finding a package size that allows some growth. Some hosts offer small beginner packages that include all the features you need to get you up and running. Whichever size package you need, dedicated servers offer you a safe and secure web environment for development and hosting.


If your company need a truly dedicated and custom environment, a dedicated server solution is the way to go. Scalability is built into the whole process, and this can benefit companies from the very start.

Atlanta Network Upgrade

On March 15 during a planned and notified maintenance window we initiated a network move to new switching gear, which is the final step in separating our networks from the sale of our prior company AtlantaNap to Zayo.

We had already completed the rest of the move over the prior 90 days during maintenance windows successfully.

There was a problem with the piece of equipment and subsequent configurations that caused a spike in CPU loads on that network segment due to problematic configurations between the old network and the new network.

The issue was isolated to one network segment in one of our three data centers. Most customers were resolved immediately however a subset of customers required new VLAN configurations be updated to their profiles which turned out to be a time-consuming process leading to extended downtime for a small number of customers.

This was a one-time move due to a prior sale, which we do not have in the future since the networks are now fully separated.

Cloud is Live in Atlanta

Our Cloud Servers are live in our Atlanta facility and will shortly be rolled out in our New York City area and Dallas facility in the next 30 days.

Some great features of our cloud include:

  • Fully redundant hardware design
  • Fully redundant network design
  • 20Gbit connectivity between all servers
  • Full automation – from account creation to termination
  • Vast array of OS templates

We have many new features coming soon and will be releasing various updates in the near future.


Rodney Giles, President

New Portal 2.0

We are very excited for our forthcoming release of our new Portal 2.0.

Among a complete overhaul of our existing portal, we have many additional features, which have been added such as:

  • Cloud Servers
  • Improved Support Channels
  • VPN Auto Activation Utility
  • DNS Management
  • Redundant Automated Remote Reboot (IPMI & PDU Reboot)

Other features, which will be added shortly include:

  • CDN
  • Free Server Monitoring
  • Automated Licensing Portal

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All existing customers who our in our original Portal will be migrated in phases to our new Portal over the next 2 months. We will notify each client before any changes do occur to ensure a completely seamless migration.

Please e-mail me at the address below with any suggestions or feedback.


Rodney Giles, President

The Case for Raid

As a datacenter operators of 1,000’s of servers at NetDepot and previously the owner of a mid-sized shared hosting provider, I know directly the benefits of using Raid as opposed to be going cheap and not using Raid. I am all for being cheap, however the benefits of using Raid vs using a single drive far outweigh the pure cost perspective.

Increased IO
Not only do you get the redundancy issue, but when using Raid10, you also get increased performance.

Redundancy, Redundancy and Redundancy!
Hard drives fail. Did you read that, hard drives will fail eventually. Fortunately with Raid10, when a hard drive does fail, we can replace that (without any downtime) and the array will rebuild without any data issues.

Comparing this to replacing a single failed drive, can be the difference of no downtime or a simple reboot to a full restore without raid that could many hours or even days in some cases.

All of our internal infrastructure here at runs on Raid10 and I sleep well at night knowing that, I would suggest the same to anyone else.


Rodney Giles, President