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Exchange Server Hosting Service

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Microsoft Exchange server is an enterprise-class communication platform used by many businesses to simplify the way in which their employees communicate with each other as well as to encourage employees to manage themselves to a better degree. As Exchange Server is a Microsoft product, it is only capable of running on Windows servers, but a the same time this close tie between operating system and product allows Microsoft to deliver a more stable platform that will be capable of meeting the security needs that may represent a challenge for other email and collaboration platforms. The benefit to many businesses of using a platform such as Microsoft Exchange Server is that the data hosted on the platform is accessible from a number of different devices, allowing businesses to construct a central location for email, contact and calendar information; as well as using desktop clients, data hosted on Exchange servers can also be accessed through the Outlook Web Access web interface and a number of different mobile devices including iPhones and Blackberrys. Many businesses already running a Windows-based infrastructure are likely to be using Active Directory as a way of managing and authenticating users and so Exchange Server is able to tie in with this infrastructure seamlessly, allowing your users to use a single account to logon to Windows desktop computers and their Exchange environment. Even though Exchange Server hosting services may carry an additional premium when compared to using other collaboration platforms, Exchange Server is the only platform capable of offering you such a smooth service.

Benefits of Using Exchange Server Hosting

There are several different benefits to using Exchange Server hosting that you should be aware of, especially if you are considering any other collaboration and communication platform, as these could encourage you to use Exchange Server. Such benefits include:

  • Encourages communication – Exchange Server will encourage your employees to communicate with each other much more clearly using email as the system will provide your staff with a centralized point from which they can access their emails on any device – the issue with the communication structures in many businesses at the moment is that they are simply too basic and lack a number of different tools that would otherwise aim to enhance the experience and Exchange Server improves on many other collaboration platforms by providing you with a web interface as well as a system that you will be able to access on a number of different devices so that you are never far from your emails
  • Allows employees to manage their schedules – another major part of the Exchange platform is the calendar feature that is provided, allowing employees to manage themselves to a higher degree so that they can keep an eye on their appointments – as is the case with email account, Exchange Server calendars can be synced with a number of different devices and applications so that you can add a new appointment to your calendar whilst on the move, safe in the knowledge that the same appointment will be viewable in your calendar on your desktop computer when you return to the office
  • Integration into existing infrastructure – most businesses have an existing Windows IT infrastructure usually based around the Active Directory authentication system and Exchange Server can be integrated into your existing infrastructure with minimal work – the idea that employees can use a single username and password to access their emails and Windows desktop computer will simplify the management process for your IT department as it gives them one single platform to monitor the performance of – furthermore, it will mean that your staff will have fewer passwords to remember, thus reducing the chances them forgetting their login details – even though setting up a Windows infrastructure may be expensive, you can be sure that you will be provided with a secure and reliable infrastructure that will be more than capable of meeting your needs.

Disadvantages of Using Exchange Server Hosting

There can also be some disadvantages to using Exchange Server hosting services that you should be aware of, these could include:

  • Cost– the cost of implementing the Exchange Server platform when compared to other available options can be incredibly high which is why it may not be that appealing to smaller businesses that have smaller businesses and instead will be more suitable for larger companies – Microsoft sells commercial products meaning that you will need a license to use a majority of the premium applications sold by the company, including the Windows operating system – as a business, by choosing Windows as your infrastructure platform you are going to need to take on board the extra costs that are going to be associated with running your infrastructure than if you had chosen to use Linux servers as Linux is an open source platform
  • Windows-only compatibility – it is also important to take into consideration that Exchange Server is a Windows-only application meaning that if you are running an IT infrastructure that is based on any other platform, i.e. Linux, then you should consider a solution other than Exchange Server for your requirements – this means that for businesses which have never used Windows before, a significant investment in Windows servers is going to be required if they wish to make the most of Microsoft Exchange Server, on the other hand they could always choose a remotely hosted as this could be more cost effective and would take less time to setup.

In conclusion, an Exchange Server hosting service will allow you to provide your employees with a centralized communication tool that they can use to communicate with fellow employees and customers of your business. Although there are a number of alternatives available to Microsoft Exchange Server, no other platform is able to provide you with the accessibility features that are offered for a number of different devices; many employees are now on the move these days and use mobile devices such as Blackberrys and iPhones and in most cases will want to be able to access their emails.

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What are the most important features of dedicated hosting?

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Dedicated web hosting services can provide you with many features that aren’t available on lower-end forms of web hosting and although these additional features are what make dedicated web hosting services slightly more expensive, they are the usually the reason for considering dedicated hosting over shared web hosting. Although VPS servers and dedicated servers offer the same core feature in terms of a dedicated web hosting environment, both have additional features and offer the dedicated web hosting in different ways which enable web hosting providers to offer both forms of hosting as dedicated web hosting that are pitched at different target audiences. As well as providing you with greater uptime, a dedicated web hosting service will also be able to provide you with a more secure web hosting experience because you will be the only one using your web hosting environment unless you wish to share it with anyone else intentionally. In addition to that, you will also be able to install the applications of your choice in a dedicated web hosting environment, allowing you to customize your dedicated web hosting service to meet your unique needs in every way; no other form of web hosting will allow you to do this and you can also benefit in some cases from web hosting companies that will allow you to choose the exact resource allocations that you receive.

Reliability

The reliability provided by a dedicated hosting service is probably the most important advantage that businesses stand to benefit from when investing in a VPS server or a dedicated server. As you will be the only one using your dedicated web hosting environment, you will have full access to the guaranteed resources that you are provided with and will be able to monitor the resource usage on your server so that you can sort out any stability issues before they compromise the reliability of your server hosting service. Uptime is important for most dedicated hosting customers because downtime can often mean lost revenue, in turn costing a business money and can also reduce the number of returning visitors.

One of the best ways to ensure a high level of reliability is to choose a dedicated hosting plan that can offer you an SLA (Service Level Agreement). An SLA will outline the level of uptime that you can come to expect from your web hosting service each month, but in reality all web hosting providers should aim to offer 100% uptime even though this will never be guaranteed. SLAs also offer compensation if the uptime provided is below the level set out in the SLA, although this will be dependent on the web hosting provider that you are purchasing your service form.

Security

The security provided by a dedicated hosting environment will benefit anyone who will be able to make the most of a dedicated hosting environment as a the isolation provided means that you won’t have to worry about others users on the same server as you causing problems with the use of unsecure websites or weak passwords. Whether you are using a VPS server or a dedicated server, you will have full control over who has access to your server meaning that you can prevent unauthorized access fairly easily. Furthermore, one of the main ways that hackers gain access to servers these days is through compromised web scripts; as you are going to be the only person using your server, it will be easy for you to check the code that your website has been developed with to ensure that no weak code has been used that could be used to potentially compromise your VPS server or dedicated server.

Dedicated Web Hosting Environment

The dedicated web hosting environment provided by a dedicated hosting service is likely to be the most important feature for most people and will be the reason that many choose to upgrade to a dedicated hosting service. A dedicated web hosting environment will provide you with isolation from other users and you will have your own guaranteed resources that you will be able to use as per your wish; if you opt for a dedicated server then the resources that you are provided with will be physical hardware resources, as opposed to VPS servers that simply use virtual resources from the hosting node.

Regardless of whether you choose to use a Windows server or a Linux server, you will be provided with a dedicated web hosting environment. Windows server users will be able to access their dedicated hosting environment via Remote Desktop, enabling to manage their server directly from the Windows GUI; for some users this may be seen as a simpler way of managing a server rather than using a command line interface. Linux servers users will be able to manage their servers using the command line based SSH interface, available with all Linux distributions.

In conclusion, reliability, security and the dedicated web hosting environment provided by a VPS server or dedicated server are the three most important features that a dedicated hosting service will be able to provide you with. Although shared web hosting services are generally of a good specification, they aren’t able to offer you the same level of independence that a VPS server or dedicated server can offer and won’t be able to beat a dedicated hosting service in the areas of reliability and security to any extent.

Although dedicated web hosting services are going to set you back more than shared web hosting plans, the cost of a VPS server or a dedicated server can be easily justified when you consider the important features that you will have available at your disposal. Furthermore, the level of support that you will be provided with when you choose a dedicated hosting service will enable you to make the most of the web hosting service that you have invested in, because at the end of the day you want to be sure that you are receiving good value for money from your web hosting service.

 

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Using the cPanel Control Panel

Monday, April 11th, 2011

The cPanel control panel is the most popular control panel application available for Linux web hosting as it has proven itself to be reliable and cost effective whilst retaining its relatively low price tag. Linux web hosting services are used by a majority of web hosting consumers which is why it is important for hosting companies to deploy a sturdy but easy to use control panel that can be used by even the most inexperienced of users; as well as powering most shared web hosting platforms, cPanel is also the control panel of choice for many VPS server and dedicated server hosting customers.

Creating an Email Account

Creating an email account using cPanel is a fairly simple procedure. To begin with, click the “Email Accounts” icon that is located under the “Mail” title on the homepage.

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After that you will then be directed to a page that will contain the relevant form as well as a list of existing email accounts.

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In order to create an email account you will need to fill in the following details:

  • Email – this is the name that you want to precede your domain name to form the email address, i.e. “example” would be translated to [email protected]
  • Password – you will need to password protect your email account to reduce the chances of hackers gaining access and viewing the contents
  • Mailbox quota – you may wish to put a limit on the amount of content that a single mailbox will be able to host because the disk usage of each email account will eat into your overall disk space usage.

Once you have clicked “Create Account” you should then receive a conformation message and your new email account will then appear in the list below.

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Creating a MySQL Database

To begin with, click the “MySQL Databases” icon that is located under the “Databases” title on the homepage.

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You will then be directed to a page that will provide you with a list of your existing MySQL databases and database users. To create a new MySQL database, you will need to fill out the form at the top of the page.

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It is simply a case of typing in the name of your new database and clicking “Create Database”; it is important to note that the name of your database will be preceded by your cPanel account name.

If you wish to create a database user then you will need to enter the following details into the form:

  • Username – this, like your database name, will be preceded by your cPanel account name
  • Password – you should always apply a password to your MySQL database user accounts so that hackers aren’t able to view any of the data stored in your databases through the use of a compromised account.

Once you have created a database and a database user account, you will need to assign the user account to the database and will need to explicitly set the permissions that you wish for that account to have over the database concerned.

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File Manager

The file manager in cPanel is one of its richest features and provides you with the ability to manage the files that you have hosted in your web space without the need to more complex options such as FTP.

To access the file manager, you will need to click the “File Manager” icon located under the “Files” title on the homepage.

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After that, you will be provided with the option of where you want the File Manager to direct you towards. If you are going to be uploading documents to your publicly accessible web space then you will want to choose “Web Root”.

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The File Manager will provide you with a multitude of basic options that you can use to manage the contents of your web hosting account’s disk space.

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The File Manager will provide you with access to basic features such as:

  • Folder and file creation – if you need to create a new web page or folder on the move then you will be provided with an interface that will allow you to code files on the fly
  • Upload and download files – if you’re away from your main computer and require access to a file that is only stored in your web space then you can download it through the File Manager – this works both ways as it means that you can also upload files
  • Change permissions – every now and then you may need to tweak the permissions on certain files or folders in order to make your web pages and scripts function properly – this isn’t a big issue as cPanel provides you with the option to do this quickly and easily.

In conclusion, cPanel is one of the most feature-rich web hosting control panels available for the Linux platform and provides you with a multitude of options that you can use to effectively manage your Linux web hosting plan, regardless of whether you’re using Linux shared hosting or Linux dedicated hosting. The cPanel control panel is available for a low cost for dedicated web hosting services if you feel that you need a web based control panel to aid you with the management of your web hosting account; as a shared web hosting customer you should be able to expect cPanel access to be provided as standard with your Linux web hosting plan.

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Using the Plesk Control Panel

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Plesk is the biggest player in the Windows web hosting control panel industry and as a Windows hosting customer of Storm Internet, you will be provided with access to Plesk so that you are able to manage your own web hosting account and configure it how you want it to be. Control panels are an integral part of web hosting because without them web hosting providers would be responsible for every aspect of account management, whereas with a control panel system in place most Windows hosting customers are able to manage their account without having to contact their web hosting provider.

Logging In

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Logging into Plesk for the first time is fairly simple. Once your Storm Internet Windows web hosting service has been setup for you, you will receive a welcome email that will contain the link to the Plesk control panel as well as the login details for your web hosting account.

Upon login you will automatically be taken to the Home screen from which you can select the action that you wish to perform:

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We will now go through several basic operations that you are likely to wish to perform at some point with your web hosting account and you will see how using Plesk will allow you to streamline the management of your web hosting account.

Creating an Email Account

If you wish to use email with the domain name that you are hosting on your Plesk web hosting account then you will need to setup either email accounts or forwarders depending on how you wish to use this service. For this example we’ll setup an email account.

The first step is to select the ‘Mail Accounts’ icon from the Home screen.

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You will then be taken to a page that will provide you with a summary of any existing email accounts that you have already created under your web hosting account and will allow you to perform operations of these email accounts if you wish to do so. In order to proceed with the process of creating an email account you will need to select the ‘Create Mail Account’ icon:

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You will then be presented with the following form that you will need to fill out in order to create an email account:

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The following details will need to be entered:

  • Mail account – this will be the name of the email address you want to create, your domain name will succeed this name meaning that “example” will become [email protected] if you are using the domain name example.com
  • Password – any email account should have a password applied to it to protect the contents of the emails that are received
  • Mailbox – checking this box will ensure that the mail account is treated as a mailbox rather than a forwarder or anything else
  • Mailbox quota – if you don’t have a default quota set then you will need to enter a custom amount in megabytes, it is important to set a quota for every mailbox so that a single mailbox doesn’t end up using up all of your web space.

Once you have filled the form out you can then click the ‘Next’ button for extended configuration options or ‘Finish’ to create the email accounts.

Adding a New DNS Record

If you are an advanced user then you may wish to add additional DNS records to your domain’s DNS file to facilitate the use of other web hosting plans or servers under separate sub-domains on your main domain name. In order to maintain your DNS zone you will first need to select the ‘DNS Settings’ icon from the Home screen:

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From there you will then be presented with the different DNS entries that form your domain’s DNS zone; these are effectively the backbone of your domain name and will dictate how other servers around the internet direct users to your website and deal with emails that are sent from your domain name. In order to proceed with adding a DNS record simply click the ‘Add Record’ button:

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You will then need to fill out the following form in order to create your new record:

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The following details will need to be entered:

  • Record type – there are different types if DNS record with simple A records being there just to act a pointer that will map a name to an IP address, whereas MX records will dictate where email for your domain name is sent and which servers handle all incoming mail
  • Name – this will be the name that you wish to precede your domain name and will form the subdomain that will become your new DNS record
  • IP address – if you are creating an A record then you will need to map a name to an address, but if you are creating an MX record then you will need to enter a hostname rather than an IP address.

Once you click the ‘Ok’ button your new DNS record will then be created.

Creating an FTP Account

FTP accounts allow you to transfer files between your desktop computer and web space using the File Transfer Protocol, a standard that many file transfer applications are based around. Plesk, like many control panels, provides support for FTP accounts as standard.

In order to begin the process of creating an FTP account through Plesk, you will need to select the ‘FTP Accounts’ icon from the Home screen:

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You will then be taken to the following summary screen:

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In order to create a new account you will need to select the ‘Add New FTP Account’ icon located at the top of the page.

You will then be required to fill out the following form:

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You will need to enter the following details in order to create your FTP account:

  • FTP account name – you will need to enter a username because this will provide you with a unqiue login identify
  • Password – a password will be required to keep your access to your web space secure
  • Home directory – set this option if you want to limit the access that you can have with a particular FTP account to a certain directory rather than having access to your entire web space
  • Permissions – you may wish to create an account that will only be able to browse your web space via FTP, but you do have the choice to add read and write permissions separately as per your needs.

In conclusion, using the Plesk control panel for the first time shouldn’t be daunting because as an application it will enable you to streamline the management of your Windows web hosting account and to make the most of what Windows web hosting has to offer.

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VoIP Server Hosting Explained

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

VoIP servers are being implemented by many businesses as a way of cutting costs because moving away from analogue telephone systems to more modern digital systems will allow businesses to streamline their communications systems to provide better value for money. With many businesses dealing with hundreds or even thousands of phone calls every day both internally and externally, it is important for the IT departments of these businesses to guarantee that the right provisions are in place to ensure that all of these calls are connected and that the number of calls that are dropped is kept to a minimum.

VoIP Server Software

As a VoIP server hosting customer, you will have the opportunity to choose between two different applications that will be able to provide you with a satisfactory VoIP hosting experience. These two applications consist of:

  • Asterisk – this is one of the oldest VoIP applications available and is often used by small-medium enterprises to create Private Branch Exchanges (PBX) so that employees are able to communicate between one another internally easily – as Asterisk is an open source application, it is highly cost effective because businesses won’t need to pay to use it which will allow them to keep their costs to a minimum – furthermore, when you consider that Asterisk is designed to run on open source Linux distributions you are able to come to the conclusion that by choosing Asterisk you will be saving yourself a lot of money over using a traditional analogue telephone system
  • Trixbox – this is an management interface built on top of Asterisk and provides you with a complete suite of tools that will allow you to professionally manage your VoIP server – Trixbox has been developed using PHP and MySQL meaning that it can be hosted on any server, but most importantly the interface will work seamlessly on any Linux server that is running Asterisk as it has been optimized for use with the Apache web server – Trixbox includes a package manager that will allow you to install an array of other applications alongside the application.

Benefits of Using VoIP

Digital communications can provide businesses with a wide variety of benefits over analogue communications in this day and age, including:

  • Clear communications – if you are talking to somebody over a digital connection then they’re likely to sound a lot clearer than they would over a standard analogue connection because the quality of the signal won’t degrade over distance as is the case with standard analogue connections, although the quality of the input and output will depend on the hardware that is being used
  • Low-cost implementation – implementing VoIP systems for the first time can be fairly low cost because the applications required are all free to use whilst the cost of a decent dedicated server is fairly low meaning that you shouldn’t end up paying too much to use VoIP systems – if you have your own IT department then you can cut costs further by using your own staff to configure your VoIP dedicated server for you, although if you don’t have such resources then any good web hosting provider will be able to assist you
  • Reduced long-term costs – if you are using analogue systems then the chances are that you need to pay continual line rental and then there’s also the high cost of replacing defective equipment – with a VoIP server hosting solution you won’t have many long term costs except what you are paying for your dedicated server and internet connection because you have the choice to either provide your staff with new telephones so that they are able to access the new system or alternatively you can train them to use software applications that will provide the same level of functionality, but will save your business money.

In conclusion, VoIP server hosting will provide you with an opportunity to make the most of what digital and internet communications have to offer. During a time where most businesses are looking to cut their costs, investing in technology such as VoIP hosting will allow businesses to cut their costs whilst improving the level of service that they are able to provide their employees with access to. If you are unsure of how VoIP hosting could fit into your business, it is recommended that you contact a web hosting company that will be able to provide you with a consultation on how VoIP hosting will benefit you.

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Anatomy of Windows Web Hosting

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Windows is the world’s most popular operating system that is used on the desktop and in the server environment. As part of its role in the server environment, Windows is widely used by web hosting companies to produce web hosting plans that offer compatibility with Microsoft applications and technologies. Along with Linux, these two operating systems form the basis of the mainstream web hosting industry in terms of the web hosting plans that are offered and the features that are available.

ASP.NET Web Hosting

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When developing websites that will make the most of the Windows operating system, the best option is to use ASP.NET as this is a scripting framework that has been developed by Microsoft for use exclusively with Windows. ASP.NET’s benefits vary and are limited, but include:

  • You will elevated access to the Windows operating system with additional support offered for developers utilizing the full feature set of ASP.NET as opposed to creating their own controls and components
  • All scripts should simply work with IIS and Windows if they have been developed correctly, without the need for any additional modifications to guarantee full compatibility, as this can be an issue when using certain scripting languages with the Windows operating system.

Microsoft SQL Server Database Hosting

The purpose of a database server such as Microsoft SQL Server is to provide your web pages and scripts with a common location that they can all access to enable them to process the relevant data for display. Databases can be used to store information of all types so that it can be re-used again and again, benefitting websites that rely on information that is submitted by visitors.

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The benefit of using Microsoft SQL Server as your database backend is that it is relatively simple to create a cluster of MSSQL servers that can then be used to serve your content as required. By developing an internal network that can link multiple database servers together, you are creating a fail-proof solution that is also scalable to cope with growing demand on your website.

When compared to MySQL Server, the disadvantage of choosing to use a commercial database hosting alternative such as Micrsoft SQL Server is that you have to pay for the license to use it. The cost of MSSQL Server will depend on the version of the software that you choose to use as well as how many licenses you purchase, but for the most part the cost is justifiable through the means of the reliability provided by a commercial platform and the support that is available for when something goes wrong.

Microsoft Exchange Server Hosting

Businesses looking for corporate email solutions are likely to have Microsoft Exchange Server on their list of solutions to consider. Microsoft Exchange Server is a suite of applications that provides businesses with a central email, calendaring, contact and user management database that can be accessed through various means, although for the most part it is designed for integration with Microsoft Outlook on the desktop.

The main features of Microsoft Exchange Server include:

  • Access to the “Outlook Web Access” web client provides users with access to their email, calendars and contacts on the move through any web browser removing the need for constant use of the Outlook desktop application
  • The application can be hosted either on a single server or can be scaled to include multiple servers, allowing you to tap into resources provided by SANs (storage area networks) as well as those of additional servers through the means of a clustered configuration
  • An Active Directory based user authentication system allows you to provide users with a single login that will provide them with access to not only their emails, but also any Windows desktop computer within your business.

In conclusion, the anatomy of Windows web hosting provides you with an opportunity to experience new technologies include ASP.NET and Microsoft SQL Server to aid you with the development of your website. In addition to being able to develop newer and more functional websites, Windows is also the platform for businesses to use if they are looking to improve internal communications through the means of Microsoft Exchange Server, an application that is available as an optional extra with Windows dedicated servers.

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What is a VoIP server?

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

A VoIP server allows businesses to transfer their traditional phone systems over to a dedicated server based system that will not only allow them to reduce their overheads but will also provide them with a more stable and complete phone solution. As well as providing you with a better quality of communications, a VoIP server will offer you a central location from which you can control your internal communications systems with ease; however, it is recommended that you have past experience if you wish to manage a VoIP server because it may not be as easy as you think it to be. If your staff are able to communicate with one another in a more efficient manner then this could lead to improved productivity, meaning that your employees will be able to focus on their work a lot more rather than having to spend time in meetings as this can be compensated by telephone calls instead. There are various options to choose from when configuring a VoIP server meaning that you should do your research beforehand to ensure that you end up with a final configuration that will be able to meet your requirements as you expect.

What are the benefits of using a VoIP server?

There are many benefits of using a VoIP server over a standard telephone system for many businesses, large and small. Such benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Cost effective – most standard telephone systems are expensive to fit and configure, and on top of this you often need to train employees on how to use them to make the most of your investment – VoIP based telephone systems aren’t nearly as expensive as they can run over your existing network seamlessly without affecting any network traffic, this also allows them to be upgraded without the need for any re-wiring to be done or any hardware to be replaced as the only upgrade that will need to take place is the software on the server that you are using
  • Improved quality – digital communication systems are guaranteed to offer you a better quality of communication than traditional analogue based systems – with a VoIP server all of your voice traffic will be running over standard internet and network connections to your VoIP server at which point it will be forwarded to the correct location for the call to be answered – in a situation where you are using a standard analogue telephone system, your calls will also be transferred to an exchange but this will be done over copper cables meaning that the quality of the signal will be lost the further it has to travel
  • Increased productivity – if you are able to offer your employees another way in which they can communicate with each other instantly, they are going to be more productive because they can spend the time that they would have used in meetings focusing on completing important work – if your employees are able to increase their output then this will help to boost your business’s revenue and in turn the profit making it appeal more to investors, this coupled with your reduced costs can only benefit your business in the long term.

The benefits of VoIP server hosting show that it is worth investing in dedicated server hosting if you wish to upgrade the communications structure of your business to something that is more fitting for the 21st century. It will take time to configure a VoIP server to meet your communication needs perfectly, although once done you will start to realize the true benefits of being able to use a communication system that is highly unlikely to fail.

What are the disadvantages of using a VoIP server?

There are also disadvantages to using a VoIP server, and after reviewing these you may find that a VoIP server isn’t the best option for your requirements. Such disadvantages include:

  • Cost to setup – although a VoIP server may be cost effective in the long term, you will need to consider the cost of purchasing a dedicated server and the configuring it to function as a VoIP server – although some web hosting companies will provide you with a ready-configured solution that you just need to integrate into your existing infrastructure, you may be required to install and configure your server yourself if you purchase a plain dedicated server from a web hosting company
  • Server management – once you have established your VoIP server, you are then in charge of its up-keep, that is unless you have chosen to go for a managed dedicated server hosting service as web hosting companies tend to play a larger role in the support and management offered to fully managed hosting customers – if you are going to manage your own dedicated server then you should be well versed in server management and should have used your chosen operating system before, in this situation the operating system in question is likely to be a Linux distribution
  • Training – depending on the system that you wish to implement alongside your VoIP dedicated server, you may have to train employees to work with the new system which could be inconvenient because it means that you will have to take employees away from their jobs simply to train them on how to use a new phone system and this will mean reduced output and therefore less revenue – you will also need to consider that it will cost you to retrain employees.

In conclusion, a VoIP server is a dedicated server running the software and additional hardware necessary to provide your business with a fully integrated and modern telephone system. VoIP dedicated servers will allow you to take your communications systems into the next era by converting traditional analogue systems over to digital systems that will be able to function over your existing internal computer network. Although there is a lot to learn with VoIP server hosting, you will realize that it is highly beneficial the moment that you decide to embrace it as part of your business’s internal infrastructure.

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Advantages of Dedicated Web Hosting

Friday, February 11th, 2011

A dedicated web hosting service can provide you with a wide variety of benefits that will allow you to develop your website to a new level to increase the number of visitors that you receive and to ultimately increase the revenue that you receive. The term dedicated web hosting is used by web hosting companies to promote their VPS server and dedicated server hosting offerings, primarily because these are the two forms of web hosting that can offer a dedicated web hosting environment whilst all other forms of web hosting can only offer a shared web hosting environment. When compared to other forms of web hosting, dedicated web hosting services are far more powerful and provide you with great room for expansion if this is what you are after; alternatively, a dedicated web hosting package will allow you to use applications and services that aren’t available with shared web hosting packages to increase the functionality of your website. As a dedicated hosting customer you are also offer far more options; as well as being able to save money through providing yourself with support as an experienced user, you can also vary your VPS server or dedicated server to match your specific requirements in terms of the resources purchased.

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Taking Advantage of Dedicated Web Hosting

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Dedicated web hosting is a term that can be applied to both VPS server hosting and dedicated server hosting because either of these forms of web hosting can provide you with a dedicated web hosting environment. A dedicated web hosting environment provides you with the ability to install any applications of your choice so that you are able to customize your web hosting service to become something that you want it to be, rather than having a web hosting environment that has been configured in the eyes of your web hosting provider. It is very easy to take advantage of dedicated web hosting because as well as being able to choose the applications that you use, you can also purchase the resources that you require rather than having to pay for hosting resources that you are never going to use up, as is the case with purchasing pre-determined web hosting services; with a VPS server you can easily purchase extra virtual resources as per your need, whilst with a dedicated server you can always choose to purchase additional hardware for your dedicated server. For most businesses the upgrade to dedicated web hosting is highly beneficial in itself because it constitutes a good reason for expanding the operations of their website.

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Configuring a Server Hosting Service

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

There are many different hardware features that make up a VPS server hosting service or a dedicated server hosting service and it is important for you to get the right balance of resources and features so that you are able to configure a server hosting solution that you can deem as appropriate for your needs. Although a VPS server may perform differently to a dedicated server, the principles are still the same and you are still provided with guaranteed resources that can be scaled as per your requirements. Dedicated servers can be a lot harder to configure during the order process because as well as being presented with multiple hardware options, there are different hardware configurations to choose from such as different hard drive configurations (such as RAID). As with any form of web hosting, you will also be presented with a choice of operating systems; Linux and Windows are offered by most web hosting companies providing dedicated web hosting and it is important for the choice to be there because all web hosting customers will have different technical requirements when you consider the number of different applications and scripting languages that are available for use these days.

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