Terminal servers: definition, basics, and advantages

In the days of mainframe computers and the first smaller networks, terminals were a crucial building block for sharing hardware and software resources. It is no coincidence that terminal servers – the central administrative entity of such networks – are in demand decades later, now that applications are to be made available to multiple users.

NGINX vs. Apache: A comparison of the most popular open source web servers

Apache vs. NGINX – while one is said to be bulky and unwieldy, the other is considered slim and high-performance. But can we be this general? In fact, both web servers are based on fundamentally different concepts when it comes to connection management, interpretation of client requests, or configuration options. The range of functions also display clear differences in software alignment. While...

What is ARP (Address Resolution Protocol)?

When computer information is sent in TCP/IP networks, it is first decompressed into individual data frames. In this way, you can transfer data of nearly unlimited size. The frames also contain the target system’s MAC address, without which a transmission would not be possible. If the physical address is not known, the sender must first be determined using the ARP Address Resolution Protocol. Here,...

10 Impressive Raspberry Pi Zero Projects

Thanks to its minimalist dimensions, the Raspberry Pi Zero is the ideal component for all craft projects looking to utilise every last inch of space. Having arrived on the market in 2015, the minicomputer has been used in numerous constructions across a range of functions. A brief introduction to the minicomputer and of the most interesting Raspberry Pi Zero applications and ideas can be found in...

Raspberry Pi: 10 operating systems for the minicomputer

The single-board computer Raspberry Pi has enjoyed high popularity since its release in 2012. With the increasing number of possible applications, the minicomputer has become an interesting and practical solution for various branches of industry. As a result, more and more operating systems for the British computer are being introduced to the market. Choosing the appropriate Raspberry Pi...

Bare metal server – dedicated hardware for high-level web projects

Bare metal – the latest product on the web hosting market evokes power from its name alone, and not for nothing: servers with this nickname focus on high-performance hardware. With a bare metal server, the user's access extends practically down to the bare metal. Software components based on this product are subject to user control and can be installed and configured according to individual...

Container-as-a-Service – CaaS provider comparison

CaaS – Container-as-a-Service – is the latest model in the cloud computing market: users can find suitable platforms for all established infrastructure providers. But what actually is CaaS? And what is the difference between CaaS and other cloud services, like Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)? Here we introduce hosted container...

Resource-oriented web services based on REST

Combining different application systems has become increasingly important over the past few years. This trend is especially due to the increasing number of web applications being developed. In order to react to this trend, many different web services were developed that make data transfer across multiple systems possible. The Representational State Transfer (REST) is an architectural style that...

Managed cloud hosting: flexible server structures at the click of a button

More and more website operators are turning to managed cloud hosting as a solution for their server environment. This option promises flexible scalability of required resources in real time, along with a wide range of services offered by the provider including the installation, maintenance, and protection of the hosting platform. So how does managed cloud hosting work? Find out what services...

What is a root server? Definition and mechanics

When you call up a website, the entered domain first needs to be turned into an IP address and read out from the browser so that the page can finally appear in the browser. This process is known as name resolution. Here, the root name server or (DNS) root server in the domain name system plays a key role. But what is a root server? And what exactly goes on when they receive requests for...