The technology and solutions behind a server may seem difficult to understand since there are literally high-security farms of them owned by Google across the globe. But simply put, a server is a computer on a network that provides services to other computers, i.e. “serve” data to systems. Servers are commonly used on a local network, known as a LAN or a wide-area network (WAN) over the Internet. Other networks may include a Metropolitan Area Networks (for city or a large campus), a Wireless LAN or a Wireless WAN.
Different types of servers exist on networks, including file storage servers, security and encryption servers, mail servers, web servers and more, each with software specific to the purpose of the server. Because a server is a high-powered computer, it needs more CPU, backup hard drives and memory (RAM) to make processing faster. The bigger and more complex the server is, the more functions it has. While a small 5-10 person office can easily get by using one traditional dedicated server on its local network, bigger businesses, websites and databases need highly functioning servers that are running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and that are closely monitored for any hard drive issues.
All great websites have a great server behind them, but managing infrastructure can be difficult and tough to understand for novice webmasters, especially when getting involved in load balancing and multi-server configurations. Here at Dependable Website Management, we can help you decide which server setup is best for your web application and the software you want to install on it tailored to your needs.
Below we discuss some common server infrastructure options and different functions that can be added to each set up.
Want a quick and simple setup to host your basic application or website? Put everything on one server. A common setup would be the LAMP stack, which is comprised of open-source software from Linux VM, Apache, MySQL and PHP, and together serve website and application content to web users.
Have a bigger operation in mind? It is a good idea to keep your database management system separate from the other infrastructure, mainly out of the reach of public Internet users that could stumble on sensitive information. By separating the database server and the application server, you also won’t have the two fighting over coveted CPU, memory, I/O, etc.
Another way to advance performance and dependability is by distributing the workload across multiple servers. Using multiple servers enhances performance and reduces downtime by sharing tasks between servers such as monitoring IP addresses, antivirus software, data transformations and more. Powered by Liquid Web’s renowned servers, Dependable Website Management also offers load balancers, making your website capable of handling viral content and social networking campaigns. Load balancers disseminate traffic resourcefully to multiple servers and are essential to a trustworthy and fault-tolerant infrastructure.
Another way to reduce web site access time is by using a web server accelerator (reverse proxy). A web accelerator is a proxy server that caches responses from an application server in memory so that the same content requests can be served faster. Web accelerators can also conduct other solutions like SSL encryption, which boosts web servers’ performance. SSL certificates otherwise known as Secure Sockets Layer ensure secure, encrypted communications between a webpage and a browser and lets users, as well as search engines know that your site is safe and protected, leading to increased authority and web traffic.
MySQL Master-Slave Replication. If real-time data is important to you, this server setup is a great option. Data replication allows a database (master) to be copied to a secondary database (slave) as record updates occur. This is done by capturing small changes and updates to the application database and passing those updates to the secondary close database. Because it is extracting as the data is updating, the impact of performance of the server is very small.
It is possible to load balance the caching servers and combine different attributes to your server environment. Contact Dependable Website Management today so we can help you decide on and implement the best server setup for your local network or web application.
There are a number of different ways Dependable Website Management keeps you safe with its high-security server set-ups including antivirus and malware scanning, SSL, firewalls, DDoS prevention and network monitoring as well as file management and password strength policies.
Dependable Website Management’s services don’t stop at working with clients to setup servers and install SSL certificates; we goes the extra mile when it comes to online payment processing for e-commerce websites, website marketing and email setup. Contact us today for a free quote to see how we can take your brand to the next level.
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