Does A Delay In "sales Emails" Put You Off Buying A Server

May 29, 2008

You contact a company for a quote, however this company has not replied in days, so you contact again and it takes them a few more days to finally respond; this is a pretty common scenario.

I emailed 3 companies 3 days ago. One replied within 6 hours with a quote, and the other two still have yet to respond, guess which company I am most likely to go with?

So do you get put off by a lack of a sales team / delays? To me its like they don't want my service.

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Dec 19, 2007

What sort of specs would a server need for a small hosting company starting off? Linux, Windows, memory size, processor speed etc

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So I need to build or buy a server to run my site. The site will use a basic LAMP setup and we will also be allowing for file uploads and downloads. File sizes aren't expected to be too large, mostly word/PDF documents and maybe some Powerpoint presentations. At the moment we can only afford one box to run the whole site so we need to build something that can handle both file serving and basic site stuff.

I'm wondering what kinds of hardware we would need to make this happen. If I were to setup a box with a quad core CPU, 4-8GB of RAM, and a few 15K RPM drives would that be able to handle file serving and PHP/mySQL? Would multiple processors be required? What about RAID?

I guess the real question is what kind of hardware requirements are involved with setting up a file server. I'm guessing running PHP and mySQL is not really an issue but I don't want the site to slow down because of the file serving. I'm sure some of you have experience with this sort of thing so if anyone knows please let share your thoughts.

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I am using linux dedicated servers, but I want to move over to Windows for some stuff I run...

Anyway, I need ideally 1000-1500gb bandwidth on 10mbs connection, ram&cpu is not important as they're very simple things but requires a lot of bandwidth. Location in Europe or USA, but whatever is cheaper...

Budget is anything upto 60/$120 a month.

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I intend to run:

-My website which has been running since 2002, just a vbulletin forum

-Some game servers

However my main intention is to run some Team Fortress 2 game servers on the dedi.

How many Team Fortress 2 game servers do you think I could run with these specifications?

Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz
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Also, I'm used to using to cpanel/whm, how hard do you think is it to administer a linux server without any control panels?

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1. if you were to choose to buy a dedicated server or rent
which one would you choose?


2. if buying it how do you know that the parts in your computer are not second hand parts?

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Jan 9, 2007

Me and a friend want to buy a really cheap server. We're kind of tired of buying hosting of people, VPS, dedi even if the price is really cheap.

For once we'd just like a little server ourself. We are located in the UK.

We're hoping to spend max 110. So far we ain't been able to get a good deal for that much.

(tried ebay)

To make a pc - it would cost us more than that pricewise. To buy an old one and do few upgrades.. it would still cost us a bomb.

Do you know where I can purchase cheap pre-built webservers direct? I can't seem to find any websites. There mostly 200+

Also I'm hoping to run windows platform (mainly due to near null experiance with Linux), what simple software can I install to get:


running? (other than apache which still look's complex).

My main problem is where to buy a cheap server.

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Does anybody has a good HP sales contact that they can share? Looking for 50-100 of their lower end server (DL120).

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Is there something I can check to see why it is taking so long and/or fix this?

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May 30, 2009

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When I setup my scripts for the first time I used the external IP to connect to the DB server. Everything worked perfect for these weeks:

mysql_connect('', 'user', 'pass');

Since three days ago I finally received the internal IPs of my servers and now I use the internal IP of the DB server:

mysql_connect('', 'user', 'pass');

When I did this last change this my database started to collapse. Queries stuck on a bottleneck every 10 minutes. Here's an example:

40468 simon pkindigo_db Query 115 Locked update `captured` set hp_left = '79', status = 'normal', att1pp = '25', att2pp = '30', att3p
40523 simon pkindigo_db Query 115 Locked update `captured` set experience = '5120', level = '16', hp_left = '58', hp = '58', status =
... (tons of locked queries before) ...

As you may see table is locked since 115 seconds for a simple update... after some hours this ends on a "#1135 - Can't create a new thread (errno 13); if you are not out of available memory, you can consult the manual for a possible OS-dependent bug" and even some of my tables finally crashing.

I think that my Database stuck because of a DNS lookup delay. When I had this problem before using the external IPs, I added skip-name-resolve and the problem was fixed. But now with the internal IPs it seems that's not enough.

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Sep 24, 2008

I host my site on webcity and have done for 6-7months. Most of the time, I publish my web and the changes appear virtually immediately.

Some weeks ago, the lag between publishing and appearing began to take hours. I advised webcity support and the next day back to normal.

Yesterday, it started again. I emailed webcity and their reposnse was - it's your cache. I rang webcity and again was advised - it's your cache (or something your ISP is doing).

I don't believe it is cache. I can refresh the page, close the browser, reboot the computer, clear all temp files (run CC Cleaner) - no difference.

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Mar 13, 2013

I'm running Apache 2.4.4 Win32 on a Windows 2008 server. When trying to optimize a website I noticed a random reoccurring 2550ms delay in Time To First Byte. A file could have a TTFB of 200ms several times but suddenly it would get 2750ms. This could be a static file (image, html, js) or php. I've measured using ApacheBench (locally and remotely), and After much trial and error I found the problem was with mod_rewrite. Disabling this and everything is fine.

I have setup a blank/new install with only basic config change (Listen, ServerRoot etc) to replicate result without anything else interfering. Following is the rewrite section I add to config.

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine on
RewriteRule (^/Pictures.*) /$1 [L]

After Apache has started I execute "ab" and always get the delay. If I execute again it's normal. If I wait at least 30 seconds I get the delay. Following is a section from error.log with trace8 logging.

[Tue Mar 12 23:28:56.123519 2013] [rewrite:trace3] [pid 7624:tid 888] mod_rewrite.c(468): [client 69.x.y.90:36279] 69.x.y.90 - - [][rid#26df0d0/initial] applying pattern '(^/Pictures.*)' to uri '/Pictures/Thumbnails/tmb_400X400_FFFFFF_660.jpg'

[Code] ....

As you see from line 3 to line 4 the time skips 2550ms. When the TTFB is normal then the log is identical except time doesn't change from line 3 to line 4. If I delete the rewrite section in config then TTFB is always normal, no matter what.

When I testet on the live server the time for fully loaded increase from 3800-4000ms to 8500-10500ms when mod_rewrite is enabled. And that is about 30 requests (php+css+js+images). So the impact is significant.

What can this be? I'm having a hard time believing it's a bug. Isn't mod_rewrite used a lot? I'm running Ubuntu (linux) at home, I'm going to install Apache there and see if I get the same result.

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May 9, 2009

VPS: Openvz, 512mb, 50gb hd, 10mbit shared located in Kansas.

Problem: After entering in my username / password I experience a 2-5 minute delay before the login is processed. I have tried logging in from 3 different ISP's (AT&T, Comcast, T-mobile via Blackberry), 1 webserver (ssh), and HyperVM's Java client. Each produces the same result.

Also, apps such as yum and traceroute produce the same long delays ranging from 2-5 minutes as though the vps locks up or the node has zero resources.

When I use the command center via HyperVM I receive the same long delays. Rebuilding the VPS does nothing. O/S has no affect.

Despite long discussions with the VPS staff they insist there are no problems on their end and that no one else is experiencing this problem. What gives?

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I am using Apache 2.2.22 on Windows Server 2003 64 Bit, using PHP 5.2.17. System Specs are 4 x 2.0 Ghz processor, 4 GB of Ram.

I'm noticing when I load my website [URL] .... there is about a 2000ms delay before the page starts to load.

How can I make Apache load faster?

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Apr 11, 2013

I am using apache proxypass to proxy to 4 different ports (java/jsp applications) with the following configurations (for each):

<VirtualHost *:80>
ProxyPreserveHost On
ProxyRequests Off
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ProxyPass / http://*****.org:8080/ retry=0
ProxyPassReverse / http://*****.org:8080/

Everything seems work fine until an awkward delay / connection timeout occurs. The web application hangs for about 5 to 15 seconds and starts working normally after that period. It's certainly not the application's issue because everything is fine when using IP address to access it.

When I enabled the debug log in apache, I found out that every time the server seems to hang, the following error appears in the apache error log and the number of apache child processes keep on increasing (ps aux | grep apache).

[Thu Apr 11 10:20:41 2013] [debug] proxy_util.c(1818): proxy: grabbed scoreboard slot 4 in child 13208 for worker proxy:reverse
[Thu Apr 11 10:20:41 2013] [debug] proxy_util.c(1837): proxy: worker proxy:reverse already initialized
[Thu Apr 11 10:20:41 2013] [debug] proxy_util.c(1934): proxy: initialized single connection worker 4 in child 13208 for (*)
[Thu Apr 11 10:20:41 2013] [debug] proxy_util.c(1818): proxy: grabbed scoreboard slot 3 in child 13208 for worker http://*****.org:8080/
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This debug message keeps on repeating as long as Apache/web-application is not responding. The application starts to work normally after that duration and the number of apache child process decrease to the normal number.

Apache version : 2.2.16 (Debian)
OS : Debian GNU/Linux 6.0
root@server:~# apache2 -V
Server version: Apache/2.2.16 (Debian)
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With Qmail, we make this config :

1) we create file concurrencyremote
# vi /var/qmail/control/concurrencyremote
with the value 3

2) we restart Qmail and it's ok

With Postfix, we make that :

1) we modify the file /etc/postfix/
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2) In /etc/postfix/transport : slow ; slow ; slow ; slow ; slow ; slow ; slow ; slow ; slow ;

3) After :
#postmap /etc/postfix/transport

4) In /etc/postfix/ :
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5) In /etc/postfix/ :
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And we modify :
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6) At the end :
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In maillog, we have :
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My requirements are:

- min. 24 Ports (4 SFP ports) 10/100/1000

- Layer 3 routing

- Low latency is more important than high throughput

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