In the early days of hosting, hosting companies would offer mini-tower servers mounted on warehouse shelves. Later on the rack-mounted 1U and 2U servers entered the scene, offering higher density. Today however, the latest server technology comprises enclosure-mounted blade servers.
In short - What is a Blade Server?
A blade server is a powerful enterprise grade server with a modular design optimized for minimal physical space and energy consumption.
The blade enclosure or chassis, which can hold multiple blade servers, provides centralized services such as multiple power supplies, cooling, networking, various interconnects and management. Together, blades and the blade enclosure/chassis form the blade system. We are using premium SuperMicro and Fujitsu blade systems for our dedicated server offerings.
What is Included with a Blade Server?
A solid-state drive (SSD) is a data storage device that uses solid-state memory to store persistent data with the intention of providing access in the same manner of a traditional block I/O hard disk drive.
SSDs are distinguished from traditional hard disk drives by using microchips which retain data in non-volatile memory chips and contain no moving parts. Compared to mechanical hard disks, SSDs are less susceptible to physical shocks, quieter, have much faster throughput, less latency and use less power.
Note: Not included in all server models.
Multiple Power Supplies
Having multiple power inputs connected to different power supplies, each with different power sources, makes sure your server never will be missing power. As all power supplies are not required to be running in order to keep the server up, a power supply can be replaced without any downtime to your server.
Redundant Switch Connections
The server is connected to our redundant network setup. This means that no single point of failure exists all the way from the Internet to the switch each server is connected to. This ensures the best possible server uptime you can get, without you needing to do anything. You simply take advantage of our redundant network setup by default - and we manage it for you.
10 Gbit/s Uplink
The demand for more bandwidth is growing every day. We are as future proof as possible, in order to prevent link congestion on our network. This is why we use 10 Gigabit uplinks internally on our network, all with redundant connections to maximize availability and uptime.
KVMoIP (Keyboard, Video, Mouse over IP) is a feature built directly into each server, which allows a user to remotely control the keyboard, monitor and mouse permanently from the servers console. This is basically the same as sitting in front of the server, with the full access that it provides. You can attach an ISO file or the local CD/DVD drive from your local desktop PC allowing you to install your operating system/any other software application of choice onto your hosted server.
In addition, having access to the console of your server can prove very useful in a case of emergency, since it provides an out-of-band access which means that you can control your server, even if a network or firewall misconfiguration occurs, leaving your server unreachable over the network.
User Security in Your Control Center
All customers will have our free web-based Control Center. It has been designed to allow the System Administrator to setup users with different access needs from one single easy-manageable interface for your security.
Dedicated tools allow users to manage all aspects with ease.