Application Server or VPS Hosting?

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What’s the difference between an Application Server and VPS Hosting? While an application server or VPS may be similar in many ways, both are an inter-working part of a larger system. Likewise, they are the key parts of the structure that makes up most modern websites and applications. In most cases, an application server and a VPS can be interchangeably used in most conversations. They are alike in that most application servers today are virtualized. Virtualization is where VPS gets its name. VPS Hosting A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a segment of a larger more powerful server, of which...
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DNS – The Rolodex of the Internet

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For many years, the Rolodex was the primary tool used to keep track of large numbers of addresses for people you knew or did business with. Today, most of that information is handled digitally. If you have ever wondered how you type “google.com” into your browser, and your computer magically connects to their server and retrieves a web page, the answer is DNS.  You can think of DNS like a giant Rolodex of the internet where you can look up a name like “google.com” and find an address. The abbreviation DNS can stand for the system as a whole (Domain...
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5 Reasons To Be Virtualized In The Cloud

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If you are a novice to the area of web hosting, you may be wondering: “What is virtualization?” Virtualization involves both hardware and software that work in tandem to facilitate the creation and management of virtual servers, otherwise called virtual machines. The hypervisor is the software element of virtualization. The hypervisor is what bridges the gap between the physical hardware and the virtual machines. In brief, there are two types of hypervisors. Type 1 hypervisors, like VMWare’s ESXi or KVM, run directly on the physical hardware. Whereas Type 2 hypervisors run within a guest operating system on top of the...
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Is YOUR server hardware up to date?

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Most businesses want to get the most out of their hardware dollars. That is understandable to a degree since hardware– quality hardware– is not cheap. With technological advances making such incredible strides in performance improvements today, an argument can be made for replacing hardware sooner than later. We frequently do hosting consultations where businesses are still running servers they purchased six, eight, or sometimes even up to twelve years ago.  It’s a crazy thought, but the phone they carry around may be as powerful as the server they’ve had for so long. At Hostek, we routinely upgrade and replace hardware. ...
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