Server Hardware
What’s the Best Hardware for Minecraft Servers?

Minecraft has quickly turned into one of the most popular online multiplayer games. We see a tremendous amount of customers purchasing servers strictly for running Minecraft servers. To get the best bang for your buck, it’s important to understand the inner workings of Minecraft.   Choosing the Right Minecraft Processor The biggest limitation with the Minecraft server application is the lack of support for multi-threading. In short, this prevents the Minecraft server from taking advantage of more than a single core of the CPU. Due to this limitation, choosing a CPU with more cores won’t give you any performance benefits or support for additional players. To maximize performance a CPU with a high clock speed and less cores will yield better results than a CPU with a lower clock speed and more cores. A high clock speed isn’t the only thing to consider when choosing the right processor for your

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RAID Data Storage Methods: Disk Striping vs. Disk Mirroring

If you've done your research on data storage, then there's a good chance you've heard of an option known as Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID). This refers to a setup where the same data is stored on multiple hard drives across different locations for added security and peace of mind. There are several different types of RAID data storage, each with its own inherent advantages and disadvantages for security, practicality, and more. Two of the most common RAID storage solutions include disk striping and disk mirroring. By understanding how these techniques work, as well as some of the pros and cons of each option, you can decide on a RAID solution that suits your needs. What Is RAID Disk Striping? RAID disk striping, also commonly referred to as "RAID 0," is a technique where data is divided evenly across two (or more) storage devices to enhance overall performance and

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Benefits of Dedicated Server Hosting for Minecraft Players

With more than 126 million users across the globe, Minecraft remains one of the most popular multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs). However, if you've ever tried to play Minecraft over your home internet connection, you've probably experienced just how frustrating lag and other connectivity issues can be. Fortunately, you always have the option of switching to a dedicated server for gaming, which you can use exclusively to host your Minecraft world. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the many benefits of having a dedicated Minecraft server – and consider bringing your gaming experience to the next level! 1. Control User Access When you have your own dedicated server host, you also have total control over who can access your Minecraft world. This makes it possible to pick and choose which players are able to take part in your game, whether you want to keep it limited to just a

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How Much RAM Does Your Dedicated Server Need?

Random access memory (RAM) is one of several key components that make up your dedicated server. It’s used for a number of functions, such as storing and reading data on a hard drive. RAM is also required to run various applications on your website. If you don't have enough RAM, you can expect your site to run slowly (both for you and your users). Of course, this poses a significant issue, as a slow site will likely drive potential customers or clients away. At the same time, RAM isn't necessarily cheap – and you don't want to be paying for more than you actually need. By having a better understanding of how much RAM your website requires, you can optimize your dedicated server's performance without wasting your hard-earned money in the process. General RAM Recommendations The amount of RAM offered on a dedicated server can vary depending on the dedicated hosting company you choose. In

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Dedicated Servers of the Future: Why SSDs are Poised to Take Over

For decades, hard disk drives (HDDs) have been the standard when it comes to hard drive storage, both on personal computers and dedicated servers. In recent years, however, solid state drives (SSDs) have become increasingly popular – and for good reason. Combine the many benefits of solid state drives with recent advancements in this technology, and it's easy to see why SSDs are truly the dedicated server hardware of the future. SSD vs. HDD Storage When setting up a dedicated server, you’ll have two distinct storage choices – a solid state drive or a hard disk drive. ReliableSite is proud to offer both options to users, allowing them to choose which type of storage they would like to add to their hosting account. While there are a variety of differences between SSDs and HDDs, the main characteristic that sets a solid state drive apart is its lack of moving parts. Unlike

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Five Factors that Affect the Price of Your Web Hosting

No matter what size web hosting budget you may be working with, one fact likely remains – you don’t want to spend more than you need to for quality service. One of the most common questions people have when they begin to consider dedicated server hosting is how much it will cost. Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to this question, as dedicated hosting costs can vary greatly depending on several factors. However, by having a solid understanding of what affects web hosting costs, you can have a better idea of what to expect. 1. Your Operating System When you sign up for a dedicated hosting plan, one of the first decisions you'll need to make is which operating system (OS) you want your server to run on. Most hosting companies allow users to choose between a Linux or Windows OS. Linux is typically a more affordable option, as it’s a free and

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Choosing Dedicated Hosting for Nonprofits

Websites serve a variety of purposes for nonprofit organizations, from educating visitors about the cause to hosting a portal for donations. Therefore, it’s important to choose a reliable, trustworthy hosting company for your charity’s website. You want to ensure your site can handle traffic influxes, is protected against cyber threats, and loads quickly. Unfortunately, not all hosting solutions are created equal. However, by having a better understanding of what your hosting options are and what to look for, you can make a confident choice that suits your organization. Understanding Your Hosting Options As a nonprofit, you may be entitled to free hosting. Many companies offer free shared hosting for organizations that can show proof of their current nonprofit status. However, you should err with caution when it comes to these hosting options. While this type of plan can save your organization money, it might not be very reliable. If you’re

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Everything You Need to Know About SSD Storage on a Dedicated Server

Feeling frustrated by slow page-loading times on your website? If so, then you're probably not alone - your visitors are likely feeling that same frustration. To remedy this issue, the first step you’ll want to take is to inspect your current website hosting plan. If you're not hosting your site on a dedicated server, there's a good chance your page-loading speeds are suffering as a result. When you make the switch to dedicated web hosting, you may be prompted to choose between solid state drive (SSD) and hard disk drive (HDD) storage. The choice you make here is important, as there are significant differences between each. Understanding each option’s inherent benefits and drawbacks can help you make the right choice for your site. How Does SSD Storage Differ from HDD Storage? When your server contains a hard disk drive, information is stored on magnetic disks. When a specific file needs to be

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How to Buy the Right Solid State Drive for Your Dedicated Server

When selecting a dedicated hosting plan, one of the more important decisions you'll need to make is whether to opt for solid state drive (SSD) storage or a traditional hard drive. By having a better understanding of the differences between solid state drives vs. hard drives, as well as the many uses for solid state drives, you can ultimately make the right choice for your hosting needs. What is a Solid State Drive? A solid state drive is a form of storage media that consists of a flash controller and flash memory chips. The design of an SSD makes it possible for files to be stored on solid state flash memory and retrieved without the need of moving or spinning parts. This is significantly different from a traditional hard drive, which utilizes a spinning disk mechanism. While traditional hard drives may be cheaper when you're looking into your hosting options, SSDs offer

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Climate Control in Data Centers: Why It Matters

When shopping for a dedicated server, it's important to gather as much information not just about the server specs themselves, but about the data center where your server will be located. After all, even quality server hardware can suffer from poor performance if it's kept in a data center without proper ventilation and climate control. This is especially true in warmer and more humid climates. By having a better understanding of the importance of climate control in server data centers, you can make an informed decision when it comes to your next dedicated server purchase. Humidity Control Humidity control is a vital aspect of climate control. When temperatures get too high and moisture content becomes elevated, this can be a recipe for disaster in a dedicated server bay. The more moisture and humidity in the air, the greater the chances that your server hardware could short out or be otherwise

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