A modern UK dedicated server solution…
Over the years at Clouvider we have seen various different systems enter testing and production – from hobbyist i3 machines to multi-node microclouds.
We noticed a thing or two about our modern dedicated servers and how they have changed from the “flagship” UK based dedicated servers offered by many of our competitors when we started trading a few years ago.
Lets be honest – they have come a long way in the last few years with modern day systems being optimised in various different ways.
Dedicated Server Hardware
The physical servers have advanced over the recent years with the latest developments in hardware now being incorperated.
Many of our latest servers include the following by default:
High Speed Storage
Gone are the days of Hard Disk based RAID arrays, our latest dedicated servers offer the newest form of storage connection – NVMe. NVMe allows for upto 2.5GB/s read and 1.5GB/s write I/O speeds* from the latest generation of SSD technology. In addition to also maintaining a smaller physical footprint within the machine and lower overall power consumption. Your MySQL query times will be faster than ever before!
Storage drives can now reach larger capacities with 6/8 and 10TB Drives becoming more popular for cold storage and archiving solutions. No longer are customers limited to only a couple of TB per server. With the option of 8 and 12 bay chassis newer dedicated servers can hold more physical disks than before.
With disk drive hotswap capability provided by our chassis, there is no longer a need to have your server powered down should you ever need to upgrade or replace one of your storage devices. Just alert the OS, remove the old drive, add the new one and reconfigure.
Our latest Supermicro servers have been specifically designed to occupy a smaller space within the datacentre racks. They also feature an Intel Skylake E3v5 processor to assist with power efficiency allowing much denser deployments saving on operating costs and allowing us to pass the savings onto you. Why take up a whole 1/2U of rackspace when you can use 1/8th of a 3U unit?
Supporting UK Infrastructure
Whilst the physical servers have changed so has the supporting infrastructure that operates them and offers our infamous 100% uptime SLA.
Native IPv6 Connectivity
Native IPv6 connectivity is available throughout our network on all of our services to ensure compatibility during the IPv6 transition period.
In-built System Administration
All our UK dedicated servers offer IPMI or KVM remote access to allow you full control over your dedicated server via a keyboard and mouse and even with virtual media, no more waiting for someone to attach a remote console and provide you user access then put a CD in – oh those were the days, not.
Each of our systems offers a minimum of dual network ports & power feeds allowing us to build a truly redundant foundation for our systems. By also having them diverse not just dual also means no common fault will take out both feeds outside of the main server. Having links and lines in failover configuration allows for protection should anything go wrong on the main feed the redundant automatically keeps your server online.
High Speed Uplinks
Typically servers were connected at 10/100Mb to the main datacenter network, in todays world with upto 200Mbps+ packages available to residential customers that’s simply not enough anymore. All our dedicated servers have a 2x1Gbps ethernet uplink with 10Gbps fibre links and higher available on request.
With high speed ports directly with Level3, NTT, GTT, Cogent as well as LINX we have a premium bandwidth blend. This ensures a stable, responsive connection worldwide. In the unfortunate event one provider should have an issue our multihomed network allows us to stay online with traffic automatically re-routing via another ISP.
We also now have an open peering policy should your local ISP wish to peer with us. Many of our current peers include BT UK, BT IE, EE, TalkTalk, Telefonica UK (O2), Relish Networks (Relish Broadband), CloudFlare, Akmai, Prolexic, Sky, Incapsula, Telstra, Zen, Microsoft, Voxility, Equinix, Enta, Telecity, IX Reach, Init7, Pacnet and A&A.
DDoS Protection compliments our network blend. Various protection types available in house and via external traffic filters ensuring your server stays online even when under attack.
Are you looking to deploy a dedicated server? Contact us today to find out how our solutions can help your online services.