Switch Buying

Jul 27, 2009

which switches to buy as there are a myriad of options out there and I'm quite frankly a bit lost.

After reading through a bunch of posts here as well it looks like most people are leaning towards the Cisco Catalyst or HP ProCurve lines.

My requirements are:

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

- Layer 3 routing

- Low latency is more important than high throughput

- Switches will handle a lot of UDP multicasting, thus adequate buffers are important to minimize packet loss due to overflowing buffers

- Budget is ~$2k/switch

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Buying Production-quality Switch

Nov 12, 2007

For learning purposes, I'd like to purchase a switch to network at least 4 servers. Based on your knowledge of switches and the ones you currently use in production, could you recommend some switches that, while initially for development use, could be transitioned to production?

I'd like a switch that specifically isn't meant for home use, because a big part of the reason for purchasing it is to get experience configuring, using, and troubleshooting a production-quality switch that has anywhere from 8-32 ports.

For those of you that actually network 32 devices together in production, do you have one mega 32-port switch, or multiple smaller (e.g. 8-port) switches? What setup, in your experience, have you determined to be ideal?

What criteria are very important to consider when purchasing a switch that, as a newbie to this area, I may not have otherwise considered? Most resources on this topic give pretty basic information, but don't highlight the real 'gotcha' areas.

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Use Two Switch To Do HA Avoid Switch Fail

Sep 18, 2009

a sales told me i can buy two switch and do series connection,

then if one fail,another will continue to work,

it will take high HA,

but i still can not understand how to do it and work,

could you know what it is?

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Best Used Servers To Consider Buying

Apr 21, 2009

I'm planning on hosting several websites on a server or several servers in my home using Comcast(Comcast told me unlimited bandwidth would cost me $60.00 a month). I'm currently researching what used servers to buy and what operating system would be best to use on the servers(LAMP sounds interesting). Security is a big concern. I want to be able to expand this system when necessary.

What used servers and software would be a great setup for what I want to do? I program websites using XHTML, CSS, JAVASCRIPT AND PHP.

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Considering Buying Into A CDN Service?

Aug 14, 2008

how many of you guys are considering buying into a CDN service? Do you ever find yourself (or your clients) asking for it?

If so, in what specific situations would you need a CDN? Did you already buy the service - if so, what made you choose your provider, and if you did not buy the service yet, why not?

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Buying HP Switches

Dec 25, 2007

where I can get the best price for HP switches? Looking for 1x2848 and 1x2650

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Buying A Server

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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Buying A Cisco 6509-E

Jan 18, 2008

I am considering buying a C6509-E and I wanted to get a feel for that which I am about to do is hopefully a good move, and not a bad one. My traffic patterns are similar to what I suspect many of you experience. My traffic levels hovers around 2 - 300 mbit, but we are about to start offering more colocation services.

I also do internet facing bgp routing.

I was thinking something like this:

1 x C6509-E Chassis
1 x VS-S720-10G-3CXL 720 with 2 ports 10GbE MSFC3 PFC3C XL
1 x MEM-C6K-CPTFL1GB Compact Flash Memory 1GB
1 x WS-X6724-SFP 24-port GigE
1 x WS-C6509-E-FAN Fan tray
2 x WS-CAC-3000W

I will probably add on the forwarding card to the 6724 once my traffic levels rises more.

Additionally I would probably be getting one more identical box a little later.

Could I get any feedback on this setup, is there anything I've missed?

Also, if you have bought a similar setup before I would love to to be given an idea of what I should expect for pricing?

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Buying/building Web Server

Jun 15, 2008

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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Buying Servers From Apaqdigital

Jan 28, 2008

Some time ago there was this guy apaqdigital who was quite well known among WHT memembers -- but i dont see his name when i type in the user section of the advanced search.

Anyone know if "apaqdigital" is still around or has changed his user name?

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Buying Cisco 7201's

Jan 22, 2008

Our company just outgrown our linux routers, so we're getting ready to buy a pair of 7201's. I'm one of the programmers, not the network engineer, so I'm not sure about the details. All I know is that we will buy a pair of 7201's soon.

what they go for after discounts? Resellers/vendors feel free to chime in.

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What Do You Look For When Buying Shared Hosting

Apr 14, 2008

Doing a little research... What do you look for when signing up for shared hosting?

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Buying Host For The First Time

May 31, 2008

I am going to buy a Shared host for the first time. I am currently considering big hosts because of my bandwidth requirements are high.

I am considering Dreamhost, BlueHost, HostiCan, and most preferably HostGator.com

I have heared a lot about hostgator and saw many persons praising it, but when i was going to buy it, i accidently saw a few sites on google giving bad remarks about the HostGator.

Also the link [url]shows a story about the Host.

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Buying Domain And Hosting It

Jul 20, 2008

I recently purchased web hosting with HostMonster. I will want to build multiple sites down the road.

What is the process of getting another domain and hosting it with HostMonster? Can I just buy another domain from a site and stick it right on my leased web server?

Do I need to transfer the doamin into HostMonster?

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Will Buying More RAM Speed Up My Site?

Aug 25, 2007

I run an online flash game website, which gets between 20000-40000 unique visitors per day. The website basically just hosts flash games which I upload myself. I have no forum, do not run any databases or have any major scripts running or anything; the site is just plain html and php includes (with images and flash [.swf] files also)

I currently have 512MB of RAM on my VPS. If I decide to upgrade to a similar plan on a Dedicated Server, but instead with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM, would that make my website faster, particularly loading time? (As some games are 5 to 10 MB in size).

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I Am Thinking Of Buying A Vps From ServerAxis

Nov 16, 2007

I find the plans to be ok.

I would like to clear a few doubts before I buy a VPS.

Here are some of them:This is the kind of setup I am looking for. Debian/Ubuntu + Webmin + Virtualmin + Usermin (maybe) + LAMP + RoR (upgradability).

I want to host multiple websites.

I would appreciate if ServeAxis can set this up for me to start with. Atleast, OS + LAMP + Webmin + Virtualmin LAMP should be setup the with default options provided by most of the shared hosts (eg: Dreamhost). Virtual host, etc. should be enabled.

Is there a knowledgebase (wiki) where I can read up on how to do this. I am okie with managing a linux system (ui, terminal) but haven't had core experience using live server. I can follow instruction through manual etc. but I have no clue of best practices.

No Community for ServerAxis users? Is there a forum etc. for Serveraxis.com users?

I can't find information regarding installation etc. on your website. Please give me any pointers if there are on the website or a handbook for administration.

This post would have been apt in the ServerAxis forum (if there was one), if not then from what I have figured out here is where I can get a good response.

I have put up a request for the same at support & sales @ SA. Will post up updates when I receive them.

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Buying Dedicated Server Windows

Jun 26, 2008

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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Any Vendor In Netherland For Buying Hardware

May 14, 2008

im planning to collocate server with ecatel in Amsterdam.but im from india and if i send hardwares from here then it wil cost me alot.so im searching for some vendor who can quote me the price of hardware , they must be based in nether land only.

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Apr 22, 2008

I have been using a VPS for many years now and I am thinking of purchasing a dedicated server so that I can expand.

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
160GB Hard Disk
10,000GB Bandwidth

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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Dec 7, 2008

I have some Q

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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Apr 10, 2009

I recently discovered the magic of Tuangou / group buying after a short stay in China. It made me wonder why this efficient method of purchasing things has yet to be popularised in the Western world. (See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuangou for more information.)

I think that this is quite interesting when you look at the economics of server resources, in particular online data storage. I have been looking for around 100GB of cheap, reliable FTP space for a while now, but it seems that truly cheap storage is only available if you have terabytes of data to store. This has always prevented me from storing my data in 'the cloud'.

However, if the Tuangou principles are applied to this situation a lot of cheap storage could be realised so long as there were enough people to cover the yearly cost.

Which moves me on to the crux of my post...

As a home user or small business owner, would you be willing to wait longer for an online storage service to be provisioned and pay in advance if there were significant cost savings to be had?

(By significant cost savings I mean cheaper than Amazon's S3.)

I'm currently looking to set up a company offering just this, but do not wish to enter the market until I can substantiate my own views and until I can be sure that my target market does not solely consist of me.

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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 13, 2007

I want to buy vps server from 1and1.com but I am from Turkey. 1an1 said me " The dedicated server packages are only available for US and Canada only ". For this reason I cant buy VPS server from 1and1. is there anybody sell vps and dedicated from 1and1? or does anybody help me for buying vps or dedicated server. I can pay broker price.

I want to use 1and1 because when I send email on 1and1 based server, all mail to inbox. I am building Email hosting company in TURKEY. If you know other hosting company as 1and1. all email going to go inbox. I may work with him.

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Jan 8, 2009

I currently have a dedicated server, which is hosting several websites. I'm happy with the service I'm getting, but I'm trying to save money. I'm paying $120/month for the dedicated server. Spending half of that each month would be great.

Right now, the websites are either static websites, or are simple database driven websites with not much traffic. My server load averages are pretty close to 0.01
I would think a VPS would be fine for my needs. However, I may have a site I will host in the future that is database driven and uses Ruby on Rails. It would probably have 10-20 users online at any given time, and maybe several hundred subscribers total.

Would a VPS still work in this instance, or should I stick with a dedicated machine?

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Jul 23, 2009

We have 1 Gb/s channel. We want connect it to switch, than to two routers (first - main, and second - emergency, which will began work if first one dies).

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Feb 19, 2007

I'm sending off about 6 servers off to colo soon, and looking for a basic switch..

I would prefer it to be a Cisco switch (but doesnt have to be, just that i'm used to IOS), not used.

Fairly cheap and nothing overkill. Just going to be pushing 20Mbit/sec.

Must haves : vLan capabilities, SNMP, 10/100mbit upink, able to cap ports at non-standard rates (eg. 1mbit/11mbit).

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Sep 10, 2009

For those who have used 10G switches...which model/vendor would you recommend and why?

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Sep 5, 2006

I need a basic L3 switch for maybe 25 mbps that will do hopefully up to 50 VLANs and which will not require me to hire someone to configure it.

As much as I like Cisco, that rules them out.

The reason I'd like a Layer 3 switch is so that I can run my backups and inter-server transfers without adding to my bandwidth bill. Also, VLANS are a critical requirement as i have a lot of customers with root on their managed servers.

So i am looking at HP [gasp] switches. How "easy" is the web-based configuration widget? [I'm an advanced unix admin but networking is a mystery to me.]

This is a starter switch and once i have a full cab of servers I'll be able to spend $7K on a pair of 3560s and hire someone to configure them for me ... but until then what can i get to meet my requirements?

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May 10, 2009

This week connectswitch's service has not been that good. Basically first they restart the node without prior notice and our vps was down for 7 hours. and now we buy our cPanel license via them and they havent paid it so the license is now expired although we have paid them for it.

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Sep 26, 2009

we need more than 24x10 GE ports L2 switch. We have few Foundry SX800.

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