Dell blade server
Veber uses Dell "M" series blade servers. They are very versatile and easy to manage server as well as offering power redundancy. They are enterprise level servers, and offer the excellent performance for their size. Each server can carry two hard drives.
Single Intel Xeon Quad Core
This is the central processing unit of the server – it does all of the calculations your server needs to run. Generally the faster the processor the quicker your server will run. In addition, the more CPU cores it has, the faster it will get too. We use Intel processors exclusively, and insist on using Xeon CPUs in our servers – they are enterprise class and give you all the speed and reliability you could need. We never use desktop CPUs in our servers and actively try and use low power CPU's when available.
This stands for Random Access Memory – and is the memory that actually does the work in your server – it's used for on the fly calculations rather than the hard drives which are used to store files. The more RAM your system has the faster your system will be – 2Gb is usually enough for a medium-heavy website, 8Gb would be enough for a heavily hit website with databases. Our M series blades can carry up to 192Gb of RAM if necessary.
There are many different types of hard drives available for M series Blade servers. SATA drives is the entry level technology and runs at a maximum speed of 7200rpm but capacities are large – up to 1tb. SAS drives are the most widely used drives in our systems, they run at either 10000RPM or 15000RPM but capacities are limited to 600Gb. Finally we have SSD or Solid State Drives – flash memory like in your USB memory sticks but *much* faster – it is new technology so they are lower capacities at a maximum of 256Gb but speeds are faster than the fastest SAS drives.
Lights out remote control
Veber offers all customers with Dedicated Servers, lights out remote control – this is exactly as it sounds, you can control your server as if you were in the room with it – so if there is a problem you can see, from bios level upwards – you can watch your server boot and diagnose any problem easily. In addition you can reboot the server should you need to using the on-board power reboot facility or mount a CD or DVD image to load software.
A "U" is a measurement of space used in data centre cabinets. Rackmount servers are measured in U's – the smallest server being one rack unit – or 1U. larger servers can be up to 12U – although the largest servers we typically put in our racks are 10U
This is the amount of power that your server or network equipment uses. Most power efficient 1U servers use as little as 80w but things like redundant power supplies and the addition of extra CPUs and memory may increase this up to 240w. Please refer to your manufacturers guidelines for exact power usage.
This is an Uninterruptible Power Supply – or UPS for short, and is a way of ensuring your server never goes offline, even if there is a mains power failure. Its basically a large array of batteries, and the idea is that a UPS would hold up the datacentre long enough for the power to either come back or the power generators to kick in.
This is the amount of data your server transfers in and out of its network interface. Have a look at our bandwidth page for more information.
This is VMWare High Availability function – within a VMWare Cluster there are two instances of the server running simultaneously with the intention that if one hardware ESX host fails there is another instance running which resumes within microseconds – resulting in no downtime for your server.
- 1 vCPU
- 20GB Hard drive
- 1GB RAM
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- 40GB Hard drive
- 2GB RAM
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- 80GB Hard drive
- 4GB RAM
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