The Importance of IPMI

IPMI is a very useful tool that you can use to help you administer your dedicated server. IPMI stands for Intelligent Platform Management Interface, although most people who have ever made use of an IPMI probably do not know that, most people just call it IPMI. One of the things that an IPMI is most often used for is remote reboots and power cycling of dedicated servers. As part of regular dedicated server maintenance it is a good idea to reboot at lest once a month, your IPMI gives you the convenience of being able to do that from anywhere with internet access. There are times when your dedicated server may become unresponsive, it is at these times that you will need remote console access. Once again, your dedicated server IPMI will prove to be a valuable tool in these situations. Once you log into your IPMI you will be able to launch an IP-KVM console session. This will pop-up a Java window that will remotely show you what is happening on your server, as if you were virtually standing in front of it with a keyboard, video monitor, and mouse plugged in. IPMI is an important tool for dedicated server administration. It includes the ability to quickly perform server reboots at anytime and from anywhere that has internet access; including your smartphone. IPMI also features remote KVM (keyboard-video-mouse) ability, so your server administrator will always have access, even when remote desktop or SSH is not an option. PingPipe recognizes that our clients want control over their dedicated servers, and with this in mind we provide IPMI access at no additional charge. Our solid support services are always available if you ever have questions, and IPMI is there for you as an added level of control you will have over your dedicated server day-to-day administration.

Sony Data Hack Security Lessons

You may have never enjoyed playing a video game on a PlayStation, and might not watch many movies, use a camera, or listen to a lot of music - even if you have trouble spelling the company name - each of us can learn a valuable lesson from the fallout of the recent data breach that happened at Sony. By now everyone should be aware of the basics of online security and protecting password information. The next time that you have logged into one of your favourite ecommece websites and are preparing to buy something... after you have checked for the https secure website lock and entered your credit card number, but before you press the enter key to make that online purchase, remember that even multi-national mega-uber-conglamerate companies like Sony have been victims of data breaches. Life is full of risks and there are very few things in life that you can always rely on, however there is ONE thing that is always true online. Nothing on the internet is 100% secure.

DNS and why it is Important

DNS is short for Domain Name System. It essentially is a system that takes domain names and associates them with the IP address where they are hosted. This makes it a lot easier to find websites on the internet, for example, without DNS if you wanted to read the information on a website you would have to remember its IP address of perhaps twelve digits, and type that into your internet browser. DNS eliminates that hassle, and you only have to remember the domain name of the website that you would like to visit.  Remembering something like PingPipe.com is certainly easier than remembering a 12 digit number. In a lot of ways DNS is like the phone book of the internet as it translates numbers to names. It is better than the phone book in several ways, though, perhaps the best example is that when a change is made to a website's DNS, that information is usually updated in the records of every internet provider in the world in less than 72 hours. (this is called DNS propagation, bythe way). You use the DNS information of your ISP or domain name registrar, or create your own DNS Name Servers on your dedicated server or Virtual Private Server (VPS) using your own domain name for the NS1 and NS2. If you are using a control panel like Cpanel it is really easy to setup, the PingPipe Internet support team is always available to answer any questions or provide any needed assistance.

Data backup and disaster Recovery

A good rule with web hosting is to always have a back-up and disaster recovery plan in place for a worst case scenario, if your data disappears. Many hosts will offer a backup service, and there are a number of options available for increased protection. One good method is to setup a RAID array for your server.  There are several different ways you can configure RAID, essentially it gives protection by spreading or copying your data over two or more redundant hard drives. Many people choose to augment this with an additional hard drive outside of the RAID array, and also do backups there. For yet another level of redundancy you could also do backups to a remote workstation. Many larger and more popular websites also choose to setup a failover to another server in a different network operations center. This can be a bit tricky for complex websites, or if there are databases involved, the team at PingPipe has over a decade of experience assisting clients with all levels of data backup and disaster recovery, and would be pleased to help you set-up the most cost-effective solution that meets your needs. For additional information on data backup and disaster recovery please contact the PingPipe sales team today. PingPipe is maximum dedicated to your business' online success.

Marketing Email Marketing

Everyone sees the value of email, and it is a fact that effective marketing can increase sales and help make any business successful. Email marketing can be an effective business tool, but somehow the balance seems to have tipped: it has become less about marketing and more about email. Ask the sales team at PingPipe or any other web host provider to tell you the last time that an Email Marketer has admitted to sending spam email; the fact is that when faced with a spam complaint most companies will not admit wrongdoing, and will say that they are legitimate Email Marketers that does not send spam email. Something has to be causing the increase in spam complaints though, All of that annoying spam email has to be coming from somewhere.  I think that we all can agree that receiving spam email  is an annoying waste of time. There has to be a point where a commercial email stops being email marketing and starts being email spam. That point in time is blatantly obvious to those of us who receive unsolicited email and oblivious to the people sending those messages. Before you begin using email marketing, there are a few useful things to remember: 1)  Commercial email should never be sent to people that do not ask to receive it. 2) Keep a record of the requests to be added to your marketing list (complete with IP addresses the requests were sent from. 3) Follow up requests to be added to your mailing list, and ask people to confirm that they indeed want to be added. (this is called a double opt-in) 4) If someone asks to be removed from your mailing list take them off it right away. 5) Quickly respond to any spam complaints. As long as you keep the above points in mind, you will find that Email marketing is a great tool to increase sales, keep in touch with your client base, and inform them about your products and services.

Even air isn’t free

There are many shared hosts that offer free hosting, and dedicated servers are often advertised at surprisingly low monthly costs. One thing remains constant with all web hosting companies: you get what you pay for, and offers that seem to good to be true usually are. Web hosting costs have come down a lot in recent years, but usually lower cost means lower value. In a network operations center, even air isn't free. Dedicated server power supplies get hot and need to be cooled.  Air conditioning is a major expense for data centers, and that expense should be part of what makes up your monthly web hosting cost. Don't limit your search when searching for a host. Cheap hosting companies are cheap for a reason, and usually that means cheap service. In most cases it is better to pay a bit more for value, and choose a web host that has a 100% network uptime guarantee, premium bandwidth,  and always available support services that respond to your questions in a timely manner. 

Dallas VPS Valentine Promo Special

Dallas, VPS: Deep in the heart of Texas there is a Valentine Promo Special at the PingPipe VPS datacenter in Dallas, Texas. This February, all month long, for Dallas VPS your choice is pingpipe.com. We stand behind our vps servers in Dallas with the PingPipe commitment to our 100% network uptime guarantee and 99.9% server uptime for every VPS in Dallas with redundant Dallas premium bandwidth redundant. Wait, What? I saw what you did there. PingPipe virtual private servers Valentine Promo Special is only for a limited time, visit pingpipe.com  and sign up for your Dallas VPS web hosting solution today !

New Jersey VPS now available

PingPipe has again expanded the virtual private servers that it offers with the launching of VPS servers in New Jersey. It's easy to upgrade from your current provider to a VPS with PingPipe, we can move your site for you for free, and provide initial operating system optimization and security hardening.  Your new VPS will be fully scaleable and will come complete with free backups every other night, full root access, your choice of control panel, guaranteed network and server uptime, and more.  PingPipe solid support services are available 24/7/365 to assist you if you ever need help with your virtual private server.  We've just launched our VPS service in New Jersey and orders are coming in fast, visit PingPipe.com today for more information and to sign up.

Locked out. What is KVM?

When you lock yourself out of your car or house it is easy enough to call a locksmith;  locking yourself out of your dedicated server is a whole different level of frustration. It is easier than you think.  All it takes is one mistake when configuring a software-based firewall, and then you are no longer able to log into your server as root Administrator. The easiest way to address this is with KVM access to your server.  KVM is short for Keyboard Video Mouse, it gives you a separate IP to access your server and launches a Java-based screen that is like you are virtually standing in front of a video console plugged into your server.  KVM also gives you the ability to remotely power cycle your server at anytime, via the same separate IP address. Many of the dedicated server solutions available at PingPipe include KVM and remote reboot f0r free. On the internet, having redundancy  is very important. Let me repeat that: on the internet, having redundancy is very important. Suppport services are always available to physically reboot your dedicated server at the network level, the free KVM that is included on PingPipe dedicated server specials is a great value-added bonus of also always having an alternate way to reach the login prompt of your dedicated server. Visit pingpipe.com to check out all of the current dedicated server specials that include your own KVM with remote reboot and free setup !

Third Haboob of the Summer

According to the folks over at The Huffington Post, the massive duststorm that hit the Phoenix, Arizona area on July 5, 2011 was a "Monstorous Haboob".  It turns out that the  Phoenix July 2011 Haboob  was just one in a series, as the area was hit with its third haboob of the summer on August 18, 2011.  PingPipe has noticed increased demand for dedicated server hosting services in the Phoenix area, but in order to maintain our 100% network uptime guarantee we've been very concerned about the threat of future haboobs. After much research we are now offerring dedicated server hosting in the Phoenix NAP, a leading internet presence in the US southewwest. This faciity features redundant bandwidth from Level 3 and Global Crossing, with enviromental controls including more than 5,700 tons of cooling, and N+1 backup generators. Visit PingPipe.com today to help us celebrate our new hosting services in Phoenix. Future haboobs are not a worry. Our latest select Summertime Special Promotions on dedicated server web hosting: Dual Processor Intel 5620 (12 Cores) with 48 GB of RAM  and 10TB of traffic (100 Mb/s) $375 per month with free setup. Our Summertime Special pricing also includes dual core dedicated servers: Intel G6950 Dual Core 2.8 GHz 2 GB DDR3 RAM 250 GB SATA hard drive 3,200 GB traffic - 100 Mb/s port $79 per month with free setup In addition to our exiting Haboob-Free Web Hosting in Atlanta, New York City, Montreal, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Seattle. PingPipe dedicated servers are now available with Summertime Special Promotional Pricing and guaranteed haboob protection in Phoenix, Arizona.