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Blade Server – thin, fast, and power plus space saving. That is how we can describe about this popular brand new server. Yes, blade server has become more and more famous with its pluses as described in my first sentence additionally with other great features it offers.

Cooling Capability
The first great thing about blade server is that it has cooling capability, which is actually really needed for blade server as it is requiring higher attention in this matter. During operation, electrical and mechanical components will usually produce heat.

However, with blade servers, its enclosures reduce heat by using fans. Blade is actually designed to produce less heat. But still, you need to ensure that the room temperature is cold (air-conditioned) as if it gets too hot, there will be automatic shut down.

Rack Based and High Density

Besides its cooling capability with its fan, blade server is also rack-based, meaning that you won’t spend too much space for servers. Being rack based, it can include up to 60 servers in the rack. So it is really space saving. And as you may have known, blade enclosure itself can hold multiple blade servers.

A blade server is sometimes described as server with high-density. Usually used in servers clustering, it is able to do any single task like sharing files, serving and caching web pages, encrypting the SSL of Web communication, trans-coding web page contents for smaller display, or even streaming audio and videos.

Less Cables, Less Structure Maintenance, More Availability Concentration
This must what you’ve been searching for, having less downtime. How? Well, blade servers allow more processing power in less rack space, simplifying cables and reducing power consumption.

When you decide to switch into using blade servers, you can reduce up to 85% reduction in cables for blade installations over the regular tower servers. With less cables, administrators can concentrate more on ensuring higher availability rather than spend time managing the infrastructure.

Networking Ability
Besides, blade server is also great for networking. Each blade server mostly has one or two local ATA or SCSI drives. And when it’s not enough yet,  blade servers can connect to a facilitated storage pool – Network Attached Storage (NAS), Fiber Channel, or iSCSI Storage Area Network (SAN) for additional storage.

So, as you’ve read, the benefits of using blade servers is not only the ability of it to consolidate placing tens of servers in a single chassis, but also additionally from the other advantages including the ability to associate with other resources (like storage and networking equipment), which is manageable through single interface.

~Gabrielle~

Sometimes we are confused on how much resources we need for our website and then we’ll just go with the one offering us the largest one. Well, from my experience, you should  figure out the total size of your website by knowing first how many files and how much the files’ size will be in your website, including the image files. You actually will never know how much resources you’ll use in web hosting service before you finish all the whole website pages’ design. So What Should You Do to Check? Actually, for storage resource, you can check the size of the files in megabytes, including images, videos, mp3, html web pages, dynamic scripts, etc. How? Right click on the site folder, choose properties, and see the megabyte size of the folder. It will provide you a good estimation of how much space needed to host your web site.  And you will know that you don’t need too much resources as only little space is needed to host your website.

After you have known how much space required, start to ask these questions to yourself so you will know what more to determine for your website. First, are log files needed for your website? Remember that log files tend to spend your space quicker if your site is popular. Second, what about e-mail accounts like if you use webmails? Consider that if it is not maintained regularly, tons of junk mails will be in your e-mail and it will waste your space sooner too. And don’t forget database! If you have some database files and fill them them with customer registration or e-commerce data such as product information or archived materials, it will develop into large databases and grow very fast too. Another thing to pay attention is bandwidth, that is the measurement to manage resources by most web hosts. The limit for your site traffic can be set and is counted everytime someone visits your website (your website’s visitors). Why? It is because your web data is transfered through the Internet and from the web server where your site is hosted to the browser of the person visiting your website, which will create your website traffic. How much data transfer is done increases and becomes the prediction of how much bandwidth of your website is in one month. But how to estimate your bandwidth per month? Let’s say your web file is around 100 KB per page and you get around 50 visitors. Each visitor will view 7 pages. That means the bandwidth needed will be 100 KB x 50 visitors x 7 pages each one views, resulting on 35,000 KB or 35 MB bandwidth. And in one month, you will need 30 days x 35 MB, which equals to 1050 MB or 1.05 GB. And if you think this usage is too large and you’d like to reduce the bandwidth, you can do it by reducing your page size, files size, image size, or the number of files/images used in your website. It will be good if your home page is less than 50 KB and so are the other pages. Nowadays, a large number of successful small to large E-Commerce websites operate with not much storage space, ranging from only 10 MB to 200 MB.  However, the most seen difference today is storage space is sold much cheaper and web hosts give you much more than you really use; while earlier, storage space is not that cheap.  But don’t get influenced by large storage offer with cheap prices. My suggestion is, although storage space may be very cheap these days, don’t buy more than you need! Keep your money! You better buy one that give you the suitable space size for your website with good prices and quality.

Remember that if later you have reached the limit and may need more, you can always upgrade or buy more space based on your website needs. Also remember that if you have smaller site and smaller files size, your website pages will load much faster than those who have large files size or large websites. Keep in mind that people would prefer visit websites that load fast!

~Gabrielle~