Server Rack

Steven asks…

how do the minecraft server host work i mean like how do they keep the servers up 24/7?

KL Commuter’s answers:

The better ones buy the hardware for the server, and take it to what’s called a collocation facility. They’re entire buildings full of nothing but server racks.

Each server in those racks have their own dedicated internet connection, power, and cooling. They are kept up all the time, and when one of the usually thousands of servers goes down, they send a technician to make sure that it goes right back online.

For Minecraft servers ran by normal people on normal computers, they use software to run the server in the background, and they just leave the computers online. It works the same as the way web servers work. You just have a program running that you can’t see unless you know where to look.

Lizzie asks…

What other thing do server computers do?

This link is an example:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Category/category_tlc.asp?CatId=30

Don’t they have other use, can you use them for saving files, playing games just like a normal CPU?

KL Commuter’s answers:

They’re usually the same components as desktop machines running much the same operating systems.

Most machines sold as servers, though, tend to differ in their physical shape – they don’t come in a large beige box but the components are arranged to fit a slot in standard racks so you can have large numbers of them in a relatively small space.

Some are so-called blade servers, where you can plug in a computer-on-a-board into a standard socket which then shares other resources like disk.

Servers will also tend to have a different balance of memory, disk and CPU power from desktop machines – often less CPU, more memory and oodles more disk. So in that sense, CPU intensive applications like games wouldn’t run so well.

Also, they won’t usually have a display, so playing a game would be tricky! They may not even have a socket to plug a display into. They certainly wouldn’t have a specialized graphics card which so many games rely on – essentially offloading some of the tough work of graphics rendering to a separate computer on the graphics card.

Mandy asks…

if i bought a server computer, could i use it for everyday use?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SUPERMICRO-64-Core-64GB-G34-Server-4X-6282-SE-cpus-/270681691146?pt=COMP_EN_Servers&hash=item3f05e2d40a
ive been looking at this for a while and want to get it soon when i get enough money if i know i can use it for everyday browsing, server use, and just about anything i want.

KL Commuter’s answers:

Yes, but it doesn’t mention the video card, which is probably not very good by desktop standards. You’ll probably need to purchase and install one. And as has been mentioned, it will likely run very hot and use a tron of power. You’ll probably need a dedicated room with cooling or a cooled rack to keep it from overheating. You may also want to ask the seller about the power draw and whether it requires 220 – you may need to have electrical work done to use it in a residential environment.

Joseph asks…

What do you think of my online web hosting business?

its at www.sa-eg.com, FREE CPANEL HOSTING, PAID CPANEL HOSTING please tell me what you think
Please, I need ideas on how to improve!

KL Commuter’s answers:

Let me put it this way… Personally I get all my hosting from 1&1 Internet Ltd (a division of UNITED INTERNET) who have one of the most powerful webserver datacentres on the planet (2 if you include the one in Kansas for 1and1.com as well as the one in Slough for 1and1.co.uk – probably even more if you include the Germany side of their operations too).

Their UK Datacentre alone contains 660 server racks, that can hold a maximum capacity of 30,000 – 40,000 high-end, custom built webservers just in one building.

These webservers are hooked up to the internet via a 40 Gbit internet connection.

In case of power failure, they have 5x 16 cylinder diesel generators (that could power a small town) to keep their servers running.

Upon signing-up to their “business” hosting package back in January 2002 they threw in £400 worth of FREE software, including NETOBJECTS FUSION (the latest version of which costs about £125 on Amazon UK).

And to save me having to go on, a visit to http://www.1and1.co.uk/?k_id=3794345 will show you’re pretty much wasting your time.

Paul asks…

How can i downdoal fastly on internet ?

Say answer.

KL Commuter’s answers:

1) Subscribe to the best ISP package you can afford

2) Use MOZILLA FIREFOX as your main browser… I noticed it makes a HUGE difference over Internet Explorer – even on my old 133MHz Pentium1 TOSHIBA laptop (before I stood on it, and broke the screen around this time last year)
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

3) Have the phone company give your phone line a good check over to make sure there isn’t any “line noise” as that slows it down (at least used to be a BIG problem with Dial-up)….. Also try not to have too many devices hooked up to the phoneline in your house.

4) Google do an Internet Accelerator – there are others, but in my experience they don’t do anything other than install spyware / adware / malware onto your computer (which slows your connection down, rather than speeds it up)
http://webaccelerator.google.com/

5) Give your computer a good check over @
http://pcpitstop.com/pcpitstop/default.asp and optimise the settings. Re-check regularly to keep it in top condition.

6) Download these programs to clean up your computer, and keep it that way:
SPYBOT: Search & Destroy

Home

AVIRA Anti-VIR Personal Edition Classic
http://www.free-av.com

ZONEALARM Firewall (Free edition)
http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/catalog/products/sku_list_za.jsp?dc=56pus&ctry=GB&lang=en

7) Try to strip down the number of programs you have connected to the Internet at once, for instance if you run all the major Instant messengers such as AIM, ICQ, MSN, YIM + Google Talk all at the same time, it’s possible these days to strip them down, like….
ICQ can also accept messages & contacts from AOL Messenger
http://icq.com

And you can accept MSN Messages & contacts on YAHOO! Messenger (though doesn’t always seem to work properly…. At least it didn’t when first became possible)
http://messenger.yahoo.com

8) Remember that some websites can get busy at times, and the more people trying to use it at once, the slower access to it gets (due to the load on both the servers, and the amount of bandwidth available to the datacentre) – and not all webmasters choose THE best webhosting.
Personally I run all my websites from the hosting provided by http://www.1and1.co.uk/?k_id=3794345 on one of their High-end UNIX/LINUX webservers (they’ve got space for 660 server racks, which can hold over 30,000 webservers just in one building)…. All of which are hooked up to the internet via a 40 Gbit ‘net connection (and in case the power goes down, they’ve got 5 diesel generators that could power a small town) – so it’d take something pretty special to slow my sites down.. Especially as at present I only get about 100-120MB of Data / bandwidth traffic a month (out a max allowed 40GB, i think it currently is for the package I’m on).

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