Server migration: how to transfer your data to a new server

Moving to a new server can become a real challenge even when you’re not changing provider. You need to take care and plan your strategy well. This is the only way to ensure the integrity of the data transferred to a new server and to keep downtime to a minimum. But what exactly is server data migration? And what problems can be expected during implementation?   

Securing your server with Fail2ban

For server operators, security is of the utmost importance. Only those who have developed and set up a foolproof defence strategy are ready for drastic situations. As well as regular protection mechanisms, like security software, backups, and encryption, there are also some useful tools and frameworks that may come in handy in the fight against intruders. We have laid out the essential details on [...]   

What is a web server? And which web server software is there?

The equation is simple - without it, there’s simply no web content: when a web server is out of order, then it’s no longer possible to call up any websites that are connected to it. Web servers are what allow online presences to reach the internet in the first place. But just how do these systems work? Which functions do the programmes responsible for this task offer? And what’s an example of a [...]   

What is a floating IP?

IP addresses are essential for modern digital communication. They are the 'connection numbers' of all devices in the network and this is why they are one of key foundation elements of the internet as well as other networks. Communication is based on a common 'language': the internet protocol. But what exactly is a floating IP and what is it used for? What is the difference between a floating IP of [...]   

What is a VPS (virtual private server)?

A virtual private server (VPS) is a compromise between shared hosting and a dedicated server. The VPS product allows web hosts to combine the strengths of both hosting models in one, cost-efficient IaaS solution. We’ll take a closer look at this hosting solution, demonstrating how a virtual private server works, exploring the advantages and disadvantages of it, and deciding who the model is best [...]   

Deduplication vs. compression: two concepts in data reduction

With the mass of data constantly increasing, ever more efficient storage techniques are required to reduce storage requirements with as few losses as possible. For this purpose, there are two compression techniques that are currently in use. While data compression identifies and eliminates redundant information within a file, deduplication is a cross-file method that is particularly suited to [...]   

Creating a Raspberry Pi cloud server with owncloud

With ownCloud software, your Raspberry Pi can be used as a private cloud, performing the same kind of tasks as clouds from major providers such as Google, Amazon, and Dropbox. Cost-effectiveness is just one of many the benefits of creating your own personal cloud; another is the privacy and security of your data. This step-by-step Raspberry Pi cloud tutorial explains how to set up ownCloud.   

IPv6: All about the new internet standard

IPv6 is the newest version of the internet protocols, and should overcome the central issues of its predecessors. Included in these issues is the impending shortage of IPv4 addresses as well as the violation of the end-to-end principle by the strict separation of public and private IPs. This article gives an overview of the functions of IPv6 as well as the structure and distribution of address [...]   

What is gzip? – the compression tool in focus

If you want to optimise your website in terms of performance and usability, you need to know a thing or two about compression. Whether it’s the HTML pages, the embedded media content, or CSS and JavaScript files: compressing this data doesn’t just save valuable web space, but also improves your website’s average loading time. A useful tool is gzip, a compression process, which all current [...]   

Archive and compress data using Linux

Archiving and compressing files contributes positively to the security and stability of a system. For Linux and other unix-like systems, there are countless free programmes with which you can create unaltered or compressed archive files over the command line and extract them as well. One of the classic packing programmes for Linux is tar. Today, the tool still counts as one of the leading [...]