Home Web Server Hardware

How to set up a safe and secure Web server | Ars Technica

As a critical part of 80% of American businesses (and at least 50% of households) the web hosting world has become somewhat standardized. Gone are the days when it was impossible to compare one host against another, or even hosting packages within the same company. When you select a web host, whether for your vital corporate applications or your personal website, much of the hardware and software will be the same. The real difference between hosting packages is a question of scale – and selecting a large enough hosting package is vital to keeping your website running quickly during peak traffic.

Server Hardware: Build a Good Foundation

Believe it or not, you are surrounded by servers every day. From the tiny corporate servers that manage printer networks, to the network-attached storage servers that many people use for file backups, servers are all around you. Of course, most servers are designed for only a few people to access them at any one time – and they aren’t much more powerful than a desktop computer. For your website, you’ll need a server that can handle hundreds (or thousands) of connections at once, and can operate without interruption indefinitely.

Server Scaling

When you select your server, you will be looking at three main components of hardware to determine which server package is right for you.

1) Processors – The “brains” of your server, most servers contain multi-core processors so they can attack computing tasks with greater speed and efficiency. In general, the faster your processors, and the more threads that are devoted to your server instance, the better your complex programs and applications will run.

2) RAM – “Memory” is vital to server operations because it allows access to information without forcing a read/write operation to the server’s storage drives. Even a personal blog needs a fair amount of memory, thanks to the memory-hungry operations of CMS programs like WordPress that have become so popular. For a dedicated server, 4GB is the bare minimum that you should be looking for.

Related posts: