A broad term for a service where a third party "hosts" (physically stores/runs) computers, content or services that are managed and/or maintained by the customer. Questions that are specific to the current point in time (such as prices) are likely to be closed.

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How much network latency is “typical” for east - west coast USA?

At the moment we're trying to decide whether to move our datacenter from the west coast to the east coast. However, I am seeing some disturbing latency numbers from my west coast location to the east ...
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How to take full ownership of an IP address?

My business is... troublesome. What I do is legal in every country on earth, but some people don't like it, and make it so tough on my poor ISPs that I am forced to go looking for new providers more ...
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Slicehost vs Linode [closed]

Slicehost.com vs Linode.com Which one do you recommend? Are there any major differences between these two? What are your personal experience?
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What things do you look for when picking a server hosting company?

We are going through an RFP process of changing hosting companies for most of our servers (~10 fairly powerful workhorses and database servers). When the existing company was picked I wasn't at the ...
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Technologies that allow YouTube scale distribution?

Youtube as we know, is massive. It has thousand of concurrent users streaming at least 2 megabytes per video. Obviously, that gets to be a lot of traffic... far too much for any one server. What ...
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Server Hosting from your House - $200 to $300 per month range

I'm a developer lacking some infrastructure knowledge. What is the fattest pipe I can get to my house in the $200 to $300 range? I'd like to host a few servers at my house. Then if my company gets ...
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Reasons to not allow people into the server room

I have worked at a few hosting companies and seen two schools of thought on this Do not allow customers into the server room. The argument is basically it raises security (this news story is ...
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What are the different classes of Internet Connection and how do they differ?

I'm looking for the technical differences between consumer and professional Internet connections. By "professional" I mean: The kind you can get at a datacenter The kind you can get at an office ...
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Can I send my server to a data center?

I have a server that hosts a website at home and when I'm at other places accessing my website it is very slow. My Upload speed is 3mbps and I get over 1k users a day. It has got to be incredibly slow ...
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Several IPs per server. Why?

Usually providers allow to add additional IP addresses to your server. I don't understand why. I can't imagine any common usecase which needs several IP addresses for one server.
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Where are you going for Mono hosting?

I'm ready to deploy and I want to get my ASP.net web service off of my home development server and out onto the internet. Who would you recommend for good, reliable Mono hosting? Doesn't have to be ...
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What are some pitfalls of hosting a website from home?

So, it's not terribly difficult to host a website from home. It doesn't seem to make sense to pay a 3rd party to host some low traffic websites, so in some cases hosting from your home computer makes ...
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What are the benefits of having an unique IP address?

I just signed up with DreamHost VPS, and their sign-up process offered an unique IP address for an additional ~$4/mo. I know what IP addresses are. Why would this uniqueness matter? Visitors are ...
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Python Hosting

I would love to start learning python by setting up a little website, and for that I need hosting. What should I look for in a hosting provider to be sure I can use python? EDIT: to be complete: I ...
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Opinions on hosting servers in-house

I've read a half-dozen threads here about the pros and cons of hosting in-house, but our situation is a little different than most, so I figured I'd just open a new question. In short, we're a small ...
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Uptime Monitoring Every Second - Bad For the Server?

I'm wondering if there's avantages of checking if a server is UP by doing a "HTTP GET Request" every second? Can any server handle it?
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What is your favorite cloud computing provider? [closed]

Which cloud computing provider would you recomend for a windows stack, in terms of cost and reliability?
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How can I explain the difference between a domain name and a web host?

I'm wondering if anyone has any useful analogies to describe what DNS is versus hosting. The average user "just wants a website" and sees it as one atomic unit. To be fair it is possible to buy it ...
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Can you Recommend Free DNS Name Servers? [closed]

I'm currently looking for a decent DNS zone & record manager an would love some recommendations. The host for these sites doesn't offer anything, but something as simple as Slicehost's DNS ...
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Backup solutions for Rackspace cloud sites?

What options do I have for backing up the content from a Rackspace Cloud Sites including files and databases? I know they have cron jobs, but I am not sure what options I have when it comes to that. ...
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Basic firewall, switch, & router device? [closed]

I am a developer and haven't dealt with server admin or networking in years, so "rusty" is very generous. I am setting up a new web server cluster (starting with two 1U web servers and one DB server). ...
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How does geography affect network latency?

I have the option of hosting our database/web server at a managed hosting company on the East Coast (US) or one on the West Coast (US). Our company is based out of New York City, and both hosting ...
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When are DNS “glue” (or “host”) records needed?

I kind of know why glue records are needed (cyclic dependencies), but when are they needed? Are they only needed when setting a domain's nameservers to my own machine on the internet - like ...
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Which free open source CPanel and WHM alternatives do you recommend/use? [on hold]

I have been using webmin for some time now, however I miss the elegance and ease of WHM/CPanel combo I've had on shared hosting (and later dedicated hosting) platform. Looking around the web, all I ...
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Uses for a small Virtual Private Server?

I rented a small VPS (~130MB of RAM) to run an IRC bot. The bot is no longer needed so I have a VPS until the billing period ends. I also have shared web hosting but can anyone think of what a VPS ...
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Self-host an application or outsource it? [closed]

Assuming you have the ability to influence IT purchasing in your organization, what criteria and process do you use to evaluate outsourcing decisions? In a basic "host a commercial application ...
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Any disadvantage to short DNS TTL? [closed]

Any disadvantage to short DNS TTL?
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Hosting multiple repositories (svn, hg, git)

I've recently acquired a dedicated server, and need to move several repositories to it from a source control hosting service. Having not much experience in server administration however I have no clue ...
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Does routing distance affect performance significantly?

When I say routing distance, I mean on a global scale. For instance, if my target audience is in China, do I look for a host within China?
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Who has my domain?

I bought a domain for us to use to hide ugly staging URL's (like what Azure gives you for staging). I pretty exlusively only buy domains from MyDomain.com, but I might have bought this one from ...
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Why do hosting companies regularly disallow IRC?

IRC is a handy tool at all sorts of levels: Team communication User community participation Building customer service chat bots on an established protocol For these reasons and more I've come to ...
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How do sites such as Google achieve high availability? [closed]

As I understand it, when I open a website such as Google, the hostname is looked up and my browser uses the resulting IP address to connect to the server and retrieve the page. However, how do high ...
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Distinction between Cloud Servers and VPS

What is the distinction between a Cloud based host and a VPS? I talked to a Rackspace Cloud sales person for around 45 minutes and never came to a real conclusion on this. So, to elaborate on my ...
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What do I need to know about running my own dedicated server (with windows 2008)

I'm thinking of getting my own dedicated server with the following stats: Processor: Celeron 440 2.0 GHz Memory: 1 GB Primary Hard Drive : 160 GB SATA II This will be running ...
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Suggestions for reliable cheap VPS ($10)? [closed]

Does anyone have suggestions on reliable and cheap VPSes (up to around $10 each)? I found this link on a related question and was wondering if anyone had reviews for these services or others: ...
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Moving all internal servers to the cloud

Background One of my clients is an IT-dependent workflow-driven law firm with about 50 seats. They have been audited by one of their clients (an FSA regulated mortgage lender) and told that their ...
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Is there anywhere that has really cheap confluence WIKI hosting [closed]

i run a non profit and i see that Atlassian has free licenses for non profits for Confluence WIKI. But my issue is hosting. do you know if there is anyplace that has very cheap hosting rates and ...
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System downtime notification services

We send notifications to our clients when we are scheduling system maintenance, or if the system is down or running slow. We use several methods of communication (email, web site status message, ...
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How Long Will A DNS Change Take

If I'm going to make a DNS change to an A record for my domain (changing from one IP to another), how long can I expect until people are moved over to the new info? Is it simply <= the TTL? I ...
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Is Opera Unite a security risk, and is there an easy way to block it?

Given that Opera Unite allows users to share files (music, photos, etc.) through firewalls and without a web server, it seems to be a security risk for the enterprise. An article on this at ZDNet: ...
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Website hacked again, what to do? please help

Final Update: Things have been peaceful for the past few weeks and taught me much more about website security and risks. Here's my version of story - I was using an older version of wordpress and ...
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Are there any features in Linux that are essential for hosting Ruby on Rails?

I'm on a project where we're going to be hosting a Ruby on Rails app on a Linux server we own. Are all flavors of Linux equally capable of hosting Rails apps? If not, what features are present in some ...
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subdomain of a subdomain?

I am trying to create url like sub2.sub1.subdomain.domain.com. I am planning to use this to display different content. my questions are... 1) Is it possible to create such multi level sub domains? - ...
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How to migrate 200+ people company from hosting to Exchange 2010 in most non distruptive way

We want to implement Exchange 2010 in our organization which is spread over couple of locations. Right now we're using POP3/SMTP at hosting and all people are using Outlook 2007 and 2010. Mail for our ...
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How much memory is enough for a Windows 2008 VPS?

From the system requirements for Windows Server 2008 (on wikipedia.org): Minimum: 512 MB RAM (may limit performance and some features) Recommended: 2 GB RAM or higher I'm going to have my website ...
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What should I know before considering a VPS or dedicated server?

I have a plan for the future for an application and web service. The client will have an application that will send requests to a server-side Java backend that will process requests, and the server ...
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What is the cheapest non-colocation way to serve about 10 static files at a rate of 100 megabits per second to the web? [closed]

I've looked at Amazon S3 and it costs roughly $4746 per month for 100 megabits/s (which translates into 31,640 Gigabytes of data transferred. That's at a rate of $0.15 per gig.) I haven't found a ...
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Looking for some advice for adult web hosting solutions

I'm about to embark on a web application in the adult web-space. As the product is web-based, it requires hosting. Does anyone know if there are legitimate hosting providers that allow the hosting of ...
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What are the key problems to be addressed when moving between different hosting providers?

We have between 100 - 200 servers at two sites located in a 3rd party hosting provider. (Not a company anyone would recognise.) Various technical staff are proposing moving to another hosting ...
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How do you have one IP address and many websites?

How can I have it where I have one IP address that sits on the Internet but many web names? For example, when a hosting company has a shared IP but I get unlimited domain names (along with everyone ...