Dedicated Servers: Physical or virtual, Linux or Windows dedicated & managed servers
We offer a range of dedicated servers and managed servers, suitable for any requirement. We offer from virtual servers to fully dedicated servers to dedicated server clusters. If you are unsure what is suitable for you then please do not hesitate to contact us. Otherwise, please feel free to explore the options below. All servers are entirely customisable, and can be a self managed server (ie. we just look after the hardware) or a fully managed server (we look after the operating system and application infrastructure layer).
Miniserver Virtual Server
We have been providing virtual dedicated servers to UK businesses since 2002, and continue to lead our competition with our Miniserver VM® virtualisation technology. Unlike many others, though, we give you dedicated resources (not burstable), which means enhanced performance and security. We typically put roughly 15 virtual machines on each physical host server.
Combined with cPanel/WHM a Miniserver® VM virtual server gives you a fully featured Web-host-in-a-box suitable for hosting one or many low-intensity Web sites with associated services such as email. Ideal for Web designers, small Web hosts and SME's who want their own dedicated bit of the Internet.
Some Web sites or applications, perhaps due to their size (such as a photographer's image store), level of visitors (a busy forum), or load activity (an e-commerce site) are too resource-intensive to be hosted on a virtual machine.
For such applications we recommend a fully dedicated server committed to that sole task. Many of our clients start out on a Miniserver VM® and then scale up to a fully dedicated server as they require, and we are quite happy to assist with that process. How to specify such a server depends on the exact requirement, and we are happy to assist you in tailoring a solution to your needs.
For users with high-performance requirements (eg. large databases) where a lot of CPU and RAM is needed as well as the data, we have the Dell R720 XD with 12 drive bays, twin hex-core processors, and a large RAM capacity.
Some high-end applications, such as a busy e-commerce site or complex online application may simply be too much load for one server to cope with - especially at peak times. In such circumstances we can assist you in designing a custom server cluster using Performance Patrol to meet your requirements. That might simply be a twinned database server and Web front end, or a large cluster with multiple slaved servers for maximum resilience and scalability.
When specifying such a system, we would normally recommend that any database is hosted on a dual-processor server with plenty of RAM and SCSI-equivalent hard drives. The front-end application servers can normally be of a fairly low specification, and more can be added in as the load increases.