Sat, 10 Nov 2007 11:20:57 +0000
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Interesting cPanel book (and more) available
Tue, 16 May 2006 17:12:17 EST
The small publisher Packt Publishing have released a book (2 months ago
actually) about the cPanel control panel found in many shared hosting accounts.
The publisher describes it as a clear, complete guide to getting the most from
cPanel. When checking out this book I found that the publisher also have a
selection of books on building websites with content management systems that
are commonly used in the same environment as cPanel.
My question to you is - have you done anything like this before
- checking how much a domain name has produced within it’s
lifetime, be it money, or a site with a good Page Rank, and some
traffic to go with it? Did it pay several times it’s fee worth?
That is why the better option is to build up your own list, which with the right online marketing tactics and strategy should not be too difficult to do. Once you have built a fairly huge list (which can be done quite quickly) you can then sell your hosting service to them even as you put up your web site to run the hosting service.
Uptime Institute Says Power to Cost 300-2250% More Than Server Hardware; What Does This Mean?
Sun, 11 Mar 2007 22:31:00 -0400
Ken says while hardware prices are falling, total cost of data center ownership is headed through the roof. 5 years from now, the purchase price for a rack of servers will drop 27.5% from $138K today to just $103K. But while it only takes 15 kilowatts to power that rack right now, the energy requirement will rise to 22 - 170 kilowatts by 2012. It could cost as much as $2.3 million to power/cool $103K worth of gear throughout its 3-year lifespan.
(I'm not sure if this figure includes switches and routers and such. A recent Cisco/APC/Emerson study shows that servers/storage/cooling consume 76% of data center power, with 11% going to networking equipment, 3% lighting, and 10% power conversion losses. If Uptime's calculations didn't take the other 24% into account, Ken's $2.3M becomes over $3M!)
I've been thinking about Ken's stats and trying to understand what they mean. As a point of reference, I was looking at Dell's website, which advertises the 4U PowerEdge 6950 dual core, dual processor Opteron server for about $9K. Is Ken saying that:
(a) This particular machine will cost 27.5% less 5 years from now?
(b) 2012's late model machines will sell for 27.5% less than what's on the market today?
(c) The amount of server hardware that fills up 4U of space will be available for $6500 in 2012?
If we assume he means (c), and we accept Sun's claim that "server performance, power and space efficiencies are improving at up to 40% annually on average, and could double every 2 years", then 4U of space may be able to accommodate not one but 4 servers that each feature 4x more processing power and 4x greater energy efficiency.
In other words, $6,500 could buy you 16x more computing resources than that dual Opteron! If that's the case, you might even be able to afford $1M per rack per year in electricity. But only if you virtualize like crazy. No more leasing data center space per square foot or per rack. No more dedicated servers, either. The average customer won't need 4x more processing power in 5 years, which means you won't be able to justify turning on a whole entire server just for them.
You'd also have to replace hardware early and often. Sun recently announced a refresh service for swapping out your servers at least 3 times over 42 months. At first I thought that sounded wasteful, but if server power efficiency is improving at 40% per year, holding on to old gear might end up costing you more. Again, virtualization would be a must. You wouldn't want customer apps to become attached to machines that will be phased out before long.
Bert from 3tera says changes in data center economics will make it increasingly difficult for enterprise CIOs to justify operating their own facilities. But they won't outsource to traditional colo or dedicated server providers. Instead, he agrees with Cassatt CEO Bill Coleman that in the near-ish future, you'll be "paying for data center horsepower the same way you pay for electricity or gas". I think so too. How about you?
PS - On a somewhat related note, eWeek says Intel will release its "Clovertown" chips today. The quad core processors have a 50 watt thermal envelope, versus 80-120 watts on earlier models. That's a 38-60% drop.
PPS - Also, speaking of the Uptime Institute, check out this SearchDataCenter.com interview on how they've helped The Planet save $10K/month on electricity. The Planet, the article says, is looking to expand beyond Texas into the Midwest.
Google PageRank update August ‘07 on the way
Sat, 04 Aug 2007 16:24:31 +0000
Most of you eager webmasters must be waiting for the Pagerank update this month. This update was expected on July, but the signs have been showing from day one of August 07. Here are few tools to checkup Page rank, some in different Google Datacenters for your websites.
Ae4r SEO Pagerank Tool - Ajax
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