Under the Hood: Part One – Server Hardware

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HEY, WHAT's UNDER THE HOOD?
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The geek in me has decided to write a five part series entitled “Under the Hood” in which I take a look at the different parts that run Tivate.com. I just to hope to inspire anyone who’s thinking about running their own website and let them know what steps (or misteps) I’ve taken. Here are the topics for the 5 part series:

  1. Server hardware
  2. Server software
  3. WordPress setup / plugins / hacks
  4. Desktop software
  5. Web & misc. resources

Okay so let’s get right into the first topic.

Server Hardware::

Here’s the specs for the server from Slicehost:

  • Full root access and rebooting
  • Choice of Linux distro
  • Dedicated IP address and Tier-1 redundant bandwidth
  • RAID-10 disk storage
  • Reserved RAM
  • Guaranteed CPU share and more when available
  • 4-core servers running Xen virtualization instances
  • Slicehost management portal for reboots and software installs
  • Mobile management portal for smartphones
  • Ajax console access
  • Bootable rescue mode
  • Machines running with fixed usage limits, below full capacity

Now if that’s not a plug then I don’t know what is! Haha. Okay what does all that stuff mean? In short, you get a damn good setup for $19.95. Admittedly, it takes some effort to get your slice up and running. But they have a great community and I went from a novice to regular server guy in no time. Why did I choose slicehost? Here are my reasons:

  1. Fast friendly tech support – Before I signed up I fired off an email just to ask a dumb question. It was just to test how fast they could respond to my email. I got a response with a polite answer to my question 15 minutes later. Though I’ve only emailed them 5 times or so, it’s nice and comforting to know that they are there. Lastly, Jason and Matt have expanded it seems like they’ve cloned themselves because the rest of the team is just as knowledgeable and friendly.
  2. Price – $20 is a damn good price for a VPS slice with 256 RAM, 10GB storage and 100GB bandwidth. I know there are “other” companies that keep it competitive but Slicehost is different – which leads me to my next point.
  3. Community – I ran into some pretty tough spots but thanks to the community articles and forum posts I was able to pull through. Some notables in the community are PickledOnion, SuperJared and Scotty. I always laugh when I think about a problem that Scotty helped me out with. Man tough times indeed. I have never felt ashamed to ask any question and I’ve never seen anyone bashed for asking one. The forum is a really great place for n00bs and experts alike to mingle and share info. Some high profile sites running on Slicehost are Zen Habitscompfight and SugarStats.
  4. Education – The education I have received has been invaluable. Setting up your own slice is like a geek’s way of hot rodding. It takes a lot of time and effort to build but it’s a beautiful thing to see your site rolling down the information super highway (HAHA I’m a nerd!). I can take heart that if I ever have to build a server from scratch again, I know I can do it.
  5. Design – They have redesigned their site with a nice clean layout and appealing colors. That’s at least worth a nod right? They also have a great control panel where you can upgrade / downgrade a slice, perform maintenance, view stats or setup a DNS record.

Well there are my reasons. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you soon on Slicehost (signup)!

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