The Benefits of IPMI 2.0

We are really happy with our new server acquisitions and we’d like to share a bit more with you about their benefits. Our new top of the line hardware will allow us to be on the cutting edge of hosting and provide the best service possible.

One of your new tools is IPMI 2.0, a new firmware that’s implemented in our new servers: It allows us to control and monitor almost every aspect of them at all times. We keep cool because we can remotely control the fans and temperature of our servers. We can also take care of CPU status, processor errors and other system events with relative ease. Thanks to this new technology, if anything happens we can take care of it, regardless of our location.

Of course, nothing should ever go wrong, and that’s another area where this new firmware comes in handy. With our increased monitoring capabilities we can keep a closer eye on our equipment and act before something actually happens. After all, prevention is the best form of maintenance. Plus, better monitoring, better metrics and better control of the servers makes everything more reliable.

Not everything is about performance; security is also a big deal. In conjunction with other technologies, IPIM 2.0 allows us to increase our servers’ security, giving us more ways to protect your data and the data of your clients.

Then, there’s scalability. A network running this kind of software is highly flexible and can easily scale from having tens of servers to thousands of servers. This gives us the ability to grow your servers as you grow your business.

Our constant desire to innovate and update our server infrastructure comes from our passion to serve our clients. Your business is important to you, and your website or dedicated server are a part of it. We are going to do everything in our power to keep it running and improve upon it.

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Service Update: Cable Replacement

We have detected a fault with the cable connecting up one of our switches. As such this cable is going to be replaced shortly with a new cable so that service is not effected during business hours.

This will effect people within the IP range: 188.64.186.0 and 188.64.187.0

We do not expect this to take longer than 5 minutes to swap but in case of issues we are allowing 30 minutes.

The emergency maintenance will take place from: 8pm GMT.

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Our Tech is your Tech

As you may have heard, our business has been growing. We recently purchased a new batch of top of the line servers. Why did we purchase them? The answer is simple; we purchased them for the sake of our clients and for the sake of your clients as well. Because we care about our customers, we’re using hardware that gets perfect scores from third party reviewers.

These new servers are available as dedicated servers that you can employ for your business. You won’t be sharing the hardware with anyone. All of the processing power and storage capabilities will be for your business only.

What does this mean? Well, it means that your website is going to be faster, both when loading and downloading files from it. In most cases, a faster loading website means visitors will spend more time on it. Load speed is crucial when it comes to crafting a solid user experience. The same goes for downloading; if you or your customer needs to get a file from our servers, you can be sure you’ll be getting it at the fastest speed possible.

Then comes flexibility. The architecture behind this new gear allows us to update them with ease and adapt them to the needs of your business. We now have an even larger range of applications that we can deploy on your server, so you always have the required tools and IT solutions you require.

On top of having some great new gear, we have our team of well-prepared engineers to keep your server in top form. Our tech is your tech, and we are really happy to share these new Microcloud servers with all of you.

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Dedicated Servers: Ready for Anything

It is our duty at UKhost4U to make sure that your website is online and ready to go at all times. This is why we recently acquired a series of Microcloud servers. They are faster, more powerful and of course, more reliable.

The best thing about these servers is that they allow us to do “hot swapping”, which means can change components on the equipment itself without having to take it offline. Flexibility is one of the most important things to us, because every business is different. We need to be able to provide you with hosting that allows us to satisfy all of your needs; with our new servers it just became much easier.

We can increase the capacity or add a peripheral to your server without any interruption to your service. When something is acting a little strange or not quite working correction on the average personal computer, restarting the machine is the first step. But, this means you have to turn off the machine, if only for a few seconds. With these new servers we never have to restart and we never have to be offline; we can take care of everything as it happens.

To add to this, these servers are ready for everything. We can never predict the future so it is always good to be prepared. Our new hardware has a series of redundancies and safety measures built in to make sure that they are always online. In case of a power failure, we have batteries to keep them on until electricity is restored. The same goes for parts and components; if something fails there will always be a backup ready to take care of the tasks at hand.

Visit our Dedicated Servers page and consider getting a one of these Microcloud servers – your website will never be caught off guard!

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Why Do I Need a Server?

In a small business or even a home environment, a server can change the way you approach data sharing, information management and virus protection. However many companies have not even considered the possibility of implementing a client/server based network. A regular peer to peer network works fine for a couple of computers, but if you want to work with more than two or three you run the risk of having your data compromised due to viruses or spyware. Data sharing can also prove to be a bit of an annoying process when using a peer to peer network, particularly when compared to some of the solutions that are out there.

“Data that is not backed up is data you are comfortable with losing”. This is one of the greatest axioms of the IT industry. Many smaller companies often run into corrupt files, infected files or simply files deleted by accident. Data loss can lead to loss of revenue, loss of customers and even loss of sanity. A server offers a centralised storage and backup solution, so if everything is stored locally and on the server, you’ll always have a backup in case something goes incredibly wrong.

Hardware failure can also be a huge source of anxiety if your data is not properly backed up, however if everything is backed up in a centralised fashion the loss or theft of a laptop suddenly becomes much less tragic.

Then there are viruses, spyware, malware and other undesirables of the internet. On a peer to peer network, if one computer is infected you can be sure that they will all eventually become infected as well. When you have multiple computers in a P2P network you have to manage viruses individually on each of them, and you have to trust that all your users are savvy enough not to fall for spyware or any other security risk. With a server you only have to manage viruses on the server itself. One person can ensure that the entire network is clean and free of pesky cybernetic bugs.

File sharing can become a very simple task when you have a proper server, as it can be used as a regular folder for all the machines; all employees are working with the same files and have the same information available, without any hassle. The easier it is for your personnel to find the data they need, the more productive and happy they’ll be. So, using a server in order to supply them with simple data sharing can be a great investment.

When most people hear “server” the first question that comes to mind is, “how much is it going to cost?” It’s a very reasonable question- hardware is expensive and maintaining a server can easily cost £1000 a year. Not everyone is ready to make that kind of investment. However, there are easier and more affordable ways to go about it.

Companies like Ukhost4U offer virtual private servers, which offer all the benefits of having a server without the hardware costs. Because everything is cloud based, space becomes a non-issue as well. If you have a solid IT department you can manage the server yourself, but if you need someone to manage it for you, they’ll take care of that too.

One of the best reasons to acquire a virtual server for your business is to enhance growth and flexibility. With a physical server you need to upgrade hardware as required- this can become costly and complicated. However, if you employ a virtual cloud server the server grows with you and updating your package can be done by sending an email to your hosting provider. An IT solution that grows and adapts with your business with minimal effort is often the best choice.

Think about servers, think about your business and find the solution that’s right for you.

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