Unraveling the Mystery of Virtual Private Servers (VPS)

July 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I have been in the web hosting industry since 2002 and I've seen a lot of confusion and mystery surrounding Virtual Private Servers (VPS) over the years.

This article is the first in a series of articles I'm going to write about our new Xen VPS offerings and how having one can benefit any website, big or small, and that they may not be as confusing to operate as one might think.

What is a Xen VPS?

With typical shared web hosting, a user is given a storage and bandwidth allocation on a dedicated server and they share the server's CPU, memory and other resources with hundreds of other users.

With a Xen VPS, a server's resources are divided into much larger resource allocations and the user is given an isolated, virtualized dedicated server environment. In other words, a virtual dedicated server with each Xen VPS having its own operating system and control panel. There are much fewer users per server, as compared to shared web hosting, and as a result, Xen VPS have much better performance. Because each Xen VPS is ran under its own isolated environment, security is also much stronger. With shared web hosting, the vulnerability of your neighbor's script could impact you. With a Xen VPS, this vulnerability won't affect you as your environment is isolated from your neighbor's environment. Additionally, because a Xen VPS is running its own operating system, you have more flexibility than with shared web hosting. You can install what you want, when you want and you aren't limited to the restrictions imposed on shared web hosting (what processes you can and cannot run, how often you can run them, how many e-mails you can send per hour, etc.).

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CloudFlare, Attracta & More!

July 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Hi Geeks!

Last month I wrote about a couple of new features in the works. Today, I can announce the addition of CloudFlare and Attracta to our Shared Hosting and Reseller Hosting servers. We hope you will enjoy these two new features, both of which can be used for free on a basic level.

CloudFlare

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CloudFlare operates one of the largest content delivery networks (CDN) on the internet and its mission is to accelerate and protect websites using the service. Our users can activate CloudFlare within their cPanel Control Panel with the click of a button. After activating CloudFlare, our users can then easily select which domain(s) to utilize with the CloudFlare service. To users who activate CloudFlare on their service with us, your websites will load faster and have an additional layer of security.

One of the basic concepts behind CloudFlare is their CDN. As users access your website, your content will be cached remotely on a CloudFlare CDN server closest to your user, geographically. This allows for faster response times.

SEO implications of CloudFlare are positive as well. Major search engines like websites that load fast and CloudFlare will help you achieve further success with faster response times of your website.

To view more information, and to review all of the features available with CloudFlare, you can visit their website at http://www.cloudflare.com/overview.

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GeekStorage HQ Updates

June 12, 2012 at 4:08 AM

Hey Geeks!

I wanted to give you a behind the scenes update on what's been going on at GeekStorage HQ. It's been awhile since my last post (I've been slacking!).

New Office Location

We've recently started work on renovating some new office space in Norman, Oklahoma. I'll throw up some more pics as time progresses, but here's one of the new flooring being installed.

We hope to be up and running in the new space by the end of June. If you ever make it to Norman, Oklahoma, please stop by and say hi!

New Features

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Domain Registration, Renewal and Transfer Price Increase

December 4, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Dear Geeks,

 

Effective January 15, 2012, Verisign will again be increasing the cost to register .com and .net TLD’s. This price increase, along with increases for other TLD's over the years, is currently almost annually and affects all registrars and subsequently, end users. This will be the third price increase, by Verisign, in the last few years. Up until now, we have absorbed the cost of these price increases, however, we can no longer continue to absorb these price increases.

On January 15, 2012, the cost of a new domain registration, renewal or transfer (for all TLD’s we offer) will increase from the current base rate of a domain registration, renewal or transfer from $10.00/year to a new domain registration, renewal or transfer rate of $12.00/year. We have enabled the ability for you to login to our account management website and renew any existing domains you have from anywhere between 1-10 years, at the current rate of $10.00/year per domain.

You can login to renew your domains at the current rate, here:
http://www.geekstorage.com/account

After January 15, 2012, all existing domain registrations maintained by GeekStorage.com will increase to the new base rate of $12.00/year per domain. If you have an existing coupon code discounting the cost of a domain registration, renewal or transfer, that coupon will still be valid after the price increase takes effect. We believe this new rate is a competitive rate and will allow us to continue to offer domain registrations, renewals and transfers for our customers.

Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions about this notice, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at support@geekstorage.com.

Regards,

Matt & Jay, Head Geeks
GeekStorage.com, LLC

 

Year End Dedicated Server Sale!

November 30, 2011 at 2:50 PM

 

Greetings Geeks!

We have the following UNMANAGED servers, in very limited quantity, available for immediate deployment. To order, all you need to do is e-mail sales@geekstorage.com.

These servers can be upgraded to MANAGED for an additional $50/mo. ($25/mo. off standard rate!), which also includes a cPanel/WHM license with the upgrade. These servers come standard with 5 free Dedicated IP Addresses.

"Unmetered Bonanza #1"

DUAL Harpertown Quad-Core E5420 w/Hyper Threading
8 GB DDR-3 RAM
2 x 1 TB SATA HDD's
3ware RAID 0/1 (configured as desired)
IPMI Remote Management Access (remote reboot, KVM/IP, and more!)
100 Mbps Uplink Port

Pricing:

100 Mbps Unmetered Premium Bandwidth - $310/month + FREE SETUP (Normal rate: $438/month.. that's savings of $128/month!)
5 TB Premium Bandwidth - $235/month + FREE SETUP (Normal rate: $338/month.. that's savings of $103/month!)

"Unmetered Bonanza #2"

DUAL Nehalem Quad-Core E5520 w/Hyper Threading
12 GB DDR-3 RAM
2 x 1 TB SATA HDD's
3ware 9650SE RAID 0/1 (configured as desired)
IPMI Remote Management Access (remote reboot, KVM/IP, and more!)
100 Mbps Uplink Port

Pricing:

100 Mbps Unmetered Premium Bandwidth - $350/month + FREE SETUP (Normal rate: $478/month.. that's savings of $128/month!)
5 TB Premium Bandwidth - $275/month + FREE SETUP (Normal rate: $378/month.. that's savings of $103/month!)

How to Order

To order, please e-mail sales@geekstorage.com and reference this thread.

Interested in something else?

To view our other dedicated server offerings, please visit our website here: http://www.geekstorage.com

Operating Systems

CentOS 5.5 32-bit or 64-bit - FREE
Windows 2003 Web - $20 per month
Windows 2003 Standard - $30 per month

Other Operating Systems available upon request.

Control Panel Options

DirectAdmin - $10/month
cPanel - $25 per month
Plesk (10 Domain License) - FREE
Plesk (100 Domain License) - $15 per month
Plesk (Unlimited Domain License) - $30 per month
Plesk Power Pack - $10 per month

Hardware Addons

Please e-mail sales@geekstorage.com with your specific requirements and we'll provide you a quote.

Bandwidth

Please e-mail sales@geekstorage.com with your specific requirements and we'll provide you a quote.

Network

These servers are located within Steadfast's newest Chicago, IL Data Center, located at 725 S. Wells St.

Level(3), NTT Communications, nLayer and Tinet are the providers of our premium bandwidth at the Chicago, IL Data Center. For additional details, please visit http://www.geekstorage.com/.

Have any questions?

Please feel free to e-mail us at sales@geekstorage.com.