In layman’s terms, anything that will improve the performance of a network can also pave way for network efficiency. However, this is easier said than one since it is very difficult to track and check network performance issues. While it is important to identify bottlenecks that come in the way of delivering optimized network efficiency, it is also important to have a clear idea of the IT needs of your organization. So, here are the simple ways that can help organizations make the most out of their network efficiencies as a competitive edge over others who fail to do so.
- A complete understanding of your network
- Prioritize Applications
- Compressed Bandwidth
- Acceleration of Protocol
- Educating the User
- Bad Timed Traffic
- A Big “No” to Junk Traffic
- Updating Your Network
It is needless to mention that to arrive at a network efficiency, it is pertinent to know about what is happening on the network. It is important to analyze the problem by adopting a comprehensive approach. This can be done by collating the right information that will help you solve issues connected to networks.
The second step that comes into picture to boost network efficiency is to make a conscious effort in prioritizing applications. Attaching importance to applications which is then linked to the bandwidth that each application should work with will ease problems.
It goes without saying that limited bandwidth can come as an uninvited guest dampening your peace of mind. In such a situation, it is important to resort to compression techniques that come in the form of modern compression algorithms. A notable suggestion is to opt for a TCP rate control coupled with a level of compression that will eventually lead to an optimized network.
Blaming the round-trip latency of 1 second that comes as part of the satellite links for limiting the speed of TCP/IP communication, it comes as a wise move to go in for TCP acceleration. Removing this hurdle thus paves way for the network line to operate at its optimized speed. It is also beneficial to adjust the packet sizes while also attempting to increase the size of the window. All these together can either cut down or abolish the need for retransmission when a fault occurs.
Many a times, dismal network performance results from the unhealthy practices of the user. Information about data security and malware attacks should be passed on to the user community. It is only when people are informed about the main reasons of a network downtime that will try to avoid all such acts that will fuel network inefficiency.
All to do with backup software, it is important to scout for a software that will lock its available bandwidth for some hours while at other times will run at high speeds. It is also important for the software to wriggle back to its original capability without causing a knee-jerk reaction to the activity in question.
All for the sake of improving the efficiency of your network, it is the need of the hour to install antivirus software loaded with spam filters and firewalls. Prevention is always better than cure and this is so true in this case when you can resort to certain preventive measures so as to avert a shocking situation that can throw your business out of gear.
With new applications adding to the network’s load, it is but important to ensure a proper balance between changes in the requirements and the capability of the network to deliver appropriately. These should be delivered without any time lag, as in the case of adding a new VoIP application that demands the timely arrival of the packets without any delay.
Notwithstanding the fact that the Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) is a relatively latest offering in the space of World Wide Web, a decision whether to stay put with the 10 Mbps Fast Ethernet or to migrate to 10/100 Gbps is an important question for every enterprise. And to arrive at this decision, the following pointers will help network admins steer clear of issues that might dampen the prime purpose of this technological scale up.
- Cost Constraints
It is needless to mention that every technological upscale comes with additional cost burdens. Same is the case with the decision to transition from 100 Mbps to GbE. Not only should an enterprise consider replacement of Fast Ethernet switches with those that are meant for GbE, costs also need to be incurred in the direction of changing the cables. It is important to note that a 10/100 GbE upgrade would mean a complete elimination or replacement of any pre-determined Power over Ethernet (POE) and legacy CAT3 cabling requirements.
- Is there a Need for The Bandwidth Offered by GbE Connections?
This is one of the most fundamental questions that network administrators pose to themselves; whether their enterprise actually demands the bandwidth offered by GbE connections. Introspecting over this pertinent question will help network engineers to come to a conclusion whether their end-user applications can work to their optimum even without the complete consumption of the bandwidth offered by Fast Ethernet connections. In that case, moving over to GbE connections will simply mean burning a hole in the pocket of the enterprise.
- The Timeline For Which Fast Ethernet Connections Will Be Sufficient
As regards arriving at a decision to migrate to the rocket speed GbE connections, it is the prime responsibility of network engineers to arrive at bandwidth requirement figures for a particular tenure. Spade work should be done in the direction of measuring their current bandwidth requirements on the local area network (LAN) keeping in mind the projected network speed demands for a 5 year period.
This analysis will eventually throw light on the actual need for 10/100 Gbps Ethernet connections. And if the consensus that most of the applications which have already migrated to the Fast Ethernet speed are already enjoying the benefits of increased bandwidth is reached, then it is not the right time to urge the shift towards GbE connections.
- Network Admins to Prepare a Case in Favor of GbE upscale
As regards performance, migrating from Fast Ethernet to GbE connections promises many advantages. The GbE switches which are made incorporating the state-of-the-art technology enable network admins to allocate Quality of Service (QOS) and security policies to particular applications along with the benefit of efficient management.
With this, enterprises which operate through private cloud services can make the most of these advanced management features in the form of stringent service level agreements along with a strong security cover. However, choosing to stay with 100 Mbps connections is a choice that an enterprise makes to conduct its practices through Fast Ethernet switches. The benefit of these switches provided by vendors thus allow enterprises to be at the receiving end of infrastructure management and security specifications with a big price tag. This is when the migration from 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet to 10 Gbps or 100 Gbps can be urged.
Are you ready for the Bandwidth (R)Evolution?
FDC Servers will now offer the best deal on non-oversubscribed Internet connectivity for dedicated servers and colocation hosting solutions.
Starting December 1st, we will introduce a new market shattering Dedicated Bandwidth service. Our team is thrilled to announce unprecedented deals on non-oversubscribed connectivity for bare metal servers and colocation.
Ok, so what does this service offer?
- The Best connectivity pricing
- 100% Dedicated bandwidth
- No Bandwidth Oversubscription
- Over provisioned uplink capacity
- Unmetered Traffic
- Capacity to deliver up to 60 Petabytes of data per server per month
- Bandwidth usable 24/7 with No Restrictions at full port capacity
- Custom solutions and configurations based on client`s requirements
- Flexible month to month terms
- Fast server and connectivity deployment
In addition to superb connectivity, the new special will offer brand name servers with 72+GB RAM, all SSD storage, full IPMI access and fiber optic connectivity provisioned all the way to the server. This setup will ensure no bottleneck infrastructure that is capable of full port utilization.
Colocation clients can look forward to service packages unparalleled in the industry when it comes to price and connectivity.
This new service delivers Tier 1 dedicated unmetered bandwidth for high powered bare metal servers and enterprise colocation across markets in North America and Europe. Choose from over 17 Datacenters in all major metropolitan cities situated in 8 countries.
Our dedicated bandwidth service will enable startups and existing hosting companies to gain near instant access to Terabits of Internet connectivity across multiple continents & countries, without having to make a long term commitment or having to sign a contract.
Secondly, consumers will benefit from the most aggressive bandwidth pricing on the market.
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FDC Servers has a helpful tool called the Looking Glass for anyone to speed test and ping our network.
FDC Looking Glass avalible at http://lg.fdcservers.net/ offers the following options for your use:
A location selector drop down based utility that will show your IP and allow you to:
You can choose IPV4 or IPv6 for each of the 3 functions above.
Speed Test with File Downloads
Looking Glass has a File download speed test which will allow you to choose 3 sizes of (100 MB, 1 GB and 10 GB) test files to download from :
- North American datacenter locations
- European datacenter locations
All download locations are part of our global network of datacenters which can be seen in detail here.
Hackers aren’t usually willing to enter into a prolonged battle in order to access a particular site. They target weak points and tend to move on if they don’t find any major security holes. This means you can effectively block over 99 percent of all attacks just by improving basic WordPress security. A recent survey showed four main approaches that hackers use to access WordPress Sites:
• WordPress Hosting platform vulnerabilities (41 percent)
• WordPress themes (29 percent)
• Plugin security issues (22 percent)
• Password weaknesses (8 percent)
Let’s look at how we can address these weak points.
1. Choose a secure hosting environment
Just about every host will offer at least minimal security, but since 41 percent of attacks are caused by security vulnerabilities at the hosting end, you’ll want to invest in a high-quality company. Some specifics to look for include:
• A host that is optimized for WordPress, including a firewall optimized for WordPress
• A host that uses the latest stable versions of applications on their servers, specifically MySQL and PHP
• A host with state of the art malware scanning
• A host with Reliable backup and recovery plus account isolation. This ensures that if one site is attacked the effects won’t spread to all other sites on the same server.
2. Activate WordPress security keys
Security keys improve the encryption of data stored in cookies and add random elements to passwords to make them tougher to crack. Modifying the security keys periodically will help keep your site secure. Changing the keys also kicks out everyone who is logged in, a useful trick if you spot suspicious activity.
3. Update regularly
WordPress is regularly updated to address security risks and patch vulnerabilities. It is important to update your themes and plugins continually to make sure that they take advantage of the latest security changes.
The other piece of the update process, one that is often ignored, is removing inactive plugins and themes. These old files are still accessible and are often more vulnerable to hackers because they aren’t being kept up to date.
4. Backup regularly
Host providers make regular backups, but it is a good practice to make your backups whenever you make changes to your site. If you need to recover from an attack without losing time or data, you’ll understand how valuable backups can be.
5. Install and maintain WordPress security plugins
There are many free and paid options that help users upgrade the security of their WordPress site. These are some of our favorites.
• IThemes Security – uses database monitoring, strong user credentials, and brute force protection to prevent several common WordPress attacks. The basic plugin is free, or for a one-time purchase of $80 you can get two pro licenses with additional security measures.
• Wordfence Security – A free plugin that scans server side source code for infections and vulnerabilities then takes action to secure and speed up your site.
• BulletProof Security – Coordinates multiple WordPress security settings into a single area to make monitoring and adjusting easier. In some cases, it takes only one click to set up a secure site though you have options to customize as well.
• BruteProtect – This free plugin tracks failed login attempts across its network of users and bans IP addresses who make too many failed attempts in a given period. This prevents against botnets infiltrating and crashing your site.
Implementing these WordPress security protocols will ensure that your data is secure. These are some simple installs that will give peace of mind to you an your team.
Unmetered port for dedicated server means that the server’s bandwidth is charged based on the speed of the connection instead of the amount of data that is transferred through the port per month. This should not be confused with “unlimited bandwidth” as the amount of data/traffic that can be transferred or handled is limited by the speed of the connection plan.
To understand how an unmetered port works, and what it means to have a 10Gbps unmetered port for your dedicated server, we must understand and differentiate between traffic, bandwidth, and throughput.
“An unmetered 10 Gbps port is capable of transferring 1000x more data compared to a 10 Mbps port”
Traffic and Data Transfer
The traffic on a port is the amount of data being transferred between the server and the Internet over a time period (say, a month). This traffic is usually measured in terabytes (TB) of data per month. Metered ports have traffic limits. Hence, if a server signs up for a 30TB metered port then it means that the server can transfer 30TB over the next month without incurring additional fees. The moment the server exceeds its metered limit (30TB), extra charges are levied on the subscriber.
How fast the metered traffic limit is consumed depends on the bandwidth of the port. Higher the bandwidth of the port, greater is the amount of data that can be transferred across it in shorter time.
Bandwidth of a Connection
Bandwidth is the speed limit at which the port of a dedicated server can transfer data between itself and the Internet. Bandwidth is measured in Megabits per Second (Mbps) and for high end servers in Gigabits per Second (Gbps). Hence, a 10 Gbps bandwidth for a dedicated server defines the size of that port.
However, the bandwidth of a port is always an ideal value. In real life, the bandwidth cannot be used at full limit at all times. It is limited by its throughput.
Throughput across the Port
Throughput is the actual rate of data transfer that can be achieved on a given port. It is always less than the bandwidth (cut off limit) of the port. This occurs because the bandwidth is also used for other network overheads (protocols, encryption, opening and closing bits for data packets, etc.), the location of and number of users on the server, and packet loss, among others.
Hence, the actual traffic on a dedicated server is defined in terms of throughput:
Traffic (MB) = Throughput (Mbps) x Time (Seconds)
In Conclusion — Using an unmetered 10 Gbps Port
If your server transfers data at 100 Mbps 24/7 for an entire month, then it would it would equal about 33,000GB or 33 TB of data. For a 1Gbps unmetered port working 24/7 a month would equal successful transfer of about 330 TB of data.
A 10 Gbps unmetered port would mean that ideally you can push up to 3300 TB worth of data in an entire month (if the port was being used at full potential 24/7 without experiencing any packet loss for an entire month).
This means that your server can ideally transfer between 0 to 3300 TB worth of data in the entire month and will be charged only for the package’s speed.
How does a 10Gbps Unmetered Port for a Dedicated Server benefit businesses?
There are multiple benefits for businesses such as significantly faster transfer of data, stability and security, connection exclusivity and more.
First What Is a Content Delivery Network?
Simply put, a content delivery network (CDN) is a means of accelerating access to the information from your company or other business’ web pages to the end user viewing them. This could be content for any type of information including eCommerce pages to retail customers, video streams to social media viewers, game pages to hundreds of on-line participants, business video feeds, and other applications. In today’s digital age, the “Internet of Things” (IoT) has made reliable high-speed communications essential to many types of businesses.
Performance is key in this market, as customers or gamers who lose interest due to poor response will quickly move on to other media that provides response levels that hold their interest. A CDN provides a solution to web page performance by providing content to the viewer from a CDN server closest to the end user. This provides accelerated viewing of web pages, video streaming services, or games being played. The result is an improved experience by the end user, especially for high-traffic and geographically-diverse locations.
Why a CDN Is Important to Your Business
Today’s IoT means that all sort of consumers are demanding online access from their retailers, social media, video streaming providers, educational resources, and gaming providers. The only limit is the imagination of business and demands of the consumer. As your customers become increasingly savvy in this digital environment, you must be prepared to meet these expectations. Benefits of CDN implementation can help you meet these requirements by providing these benefits:
- Accelerated viewing of web pages
- Improved performance of video streaming and gaming
- Reliable and high-speed access to company web pages
- Capacity provided without company infrastructure cost
- Distributed network results in improved local performance for users
- Cost control – pay for what you need, don’t build the capacity internally
CDN Is Already Available and In Use
CDN is a time-proven technology with multiple providers of the service who provide differing options and capabilities. Examples of companies profiting from implementing CDN technology:
- Gaming companies – players experience faster download speeds and more enjoyable gaming experience
- Video – providers captivate viewers with consistent high-quality video streaming that keep them engaged
- Retailers – all types and sizes benefit through improved performance and consistent access to their sales web sites. This is true for small businesses and global enterprises alike
- Publishers – online content is delivered consistently and globally
As you can see from this partial list of businesses and applications the benefits from adoption of CDN technology can be achieved across industries of all types and sizes.
Why do You Need a CDN?
In a word—speed. When performance and user experience are important elements in your content delivery, a CDN can provide significant advantages. When a target audience can be located over a greatly dispersed area typical of today’s global enterprises, there can be considerable delays in content delivery caused by latency. Application servers may reside in California USA, with the end user’s computer in Germany, generating a large amount of data traversing the Atlantic Ocean with resulting delays in delivery to the user. With a CDN, the same static content desired may also reside on a server in Frankfurt, Germany, or London, England providing the user with significant performance benefits due to proximity to the source.
Additional scenarios exist where a CDN can provide similar improvements in response. There may be peak periods of demand for your content, putting extremely high demand on a dedicated server in a fixed location causing performance issues and even system crashes. By distributing this load over a CDN that problem can be totally eliminated.
CDNs are available to meet your specific needs, providing a cost-effective solution for reliable and high-performance content delivery and video streaming.
Important Objectives before you consider implementing a CDN Solution:
When evaluating your options in implementing a Content Distribution Network strategy, it’s critical to consider all the aspects of your decision including these criteria:
- Performance – Will the vendor provide the level of service you need, that will keep your audience engaged? When considering performance, be sure this applies to all intended destinations, whether national or global.
- Location – Does your potential vendor provide access in multiple locations? This can impact the resulting performance experience at the end destination, as the closer your user is to the CDN provider’s server, the more reliable the performance and viewing experience will be.
- Scalability – Can you purchase just the capacity you need, to control cost? After implementation, can you expand to quickly accommodate growth?
- Flexibility – Is the vendor service compatible with every form of technology your end users will potentially utilize? This is likely to include PCs, Mac computers, tablets, and smart phones.
- Support – After signing up, will you receive the level of support you require to ensure you receive continuous reliable service?
- Cost-effective – Is the service available within your budget? Available services may vary greatly in cost. Be sure you’re not signing up for a long-term service that cannot truly accommodate your needs at a cost-effective price.
FDC Servers and Speedtest from OOKLA have partnered up to provide some real hardcore speed testing nodes.
Speedtest.net is the most popular Internet speed test site with over 5 million tests per day. Yes! 5 million tests go on daily there. Ookla’s speed test website offers global coverage from over 3500 servers worldwide.
We are proud to join their network of servers and our team has set up nodes from various cities in EU & USA on Speedtest.net to help with connectivity and bandwidth testing.
These nodes are :
result/4194196357 for Chicago
result/4194192487 for LA
result/4194198698 for NY
result/4194204516 for Miami
result/4194210260 for Denver
result/4194220359 for Seattle
result/4194224880 for Amsterdam
result/4194231147 for Paris
result/4194233864 for London
result/4194236930 for Zlin
result/4194242504 for Vienna
Feel free to test these for your servers or service in EU or USA.
FDC servers also has its own speed test website at FDC Looking Glass
Here at FDCServers.net, we are bringing our Data Center to a third location, the Chicago Market. Our new Enterprise class facility, located at 216 W Jackson, will accommodate hosting and server platforms that have the need of internet connectivity at the rates of 10Gbps to 10Tbps.
Our newly launched facility features UPS battery back up, biometric security, 2 diesel generators, brand name servers with IPMI and APC lockable racks.
More features of our new facility in the Chicago Market is listed below.
- IP Transits
- Ethernet Transport Services
- Utility Computing
Standard Rack Configuration
- 42U Cabinets (Type : APC AR3100)
- Power extra; (1) 110v/20 amp or (2) 110v/20A is standard
Carrier Availability – In Data Center
- AT&T, Verizon, and XO
- 480v 3-phase utility feed – 1,200 amps
- 8,500 square feet of raised floor data center space
- Cages available
- WIFI available
- (4) Liebert 10-ton units
- Liebert 20-ton unit
- Schneider Electric 11-ton unit (“Uniflair” model)
- “In-Row” APC/Schneider Electric units
- Rooftop mounted condensers unit
- (2) UPS Units: 225kVA & 150kVA (Manufacturer: MGE)
- 225kVA UPS has (2) strings of batteries – 80 total
- 150kVA UPS has (2) strings of batteries – 72 total
- (2) Generators service the Cogent data center – “A&B” unit
- (2) MGE Power Distribution Units
- EPE Power Distribution Unit
- Biometric hand scanner provides 24/7 data center access
- Building system access badge required for after-hours, weekends, and holidays
- (16) cameras w/ remote monitoring & recording capabilities; recording to DVR system
- Main Entrance IP camera in use with recording and 24/7 monitoring capabilities to the Cogent NOC
FDC Servers is happy to start 2015 on a network expansion mode. Our network of 14 global datacenters, located in the major metropolitan areas in the US and EU will be helpful for our clients and new customers alike. Out of our 14 global datacenters, 11 of them are Enterprise-class facilities that include state-of-the-art infrastructure and Tier1 bandwidth.
Our FDC Enterprise Datacenters are being offered in Los Angeles, CA – Seattle, WA – Paris, FR – Chicago,IL – New York, NY – Miami, FL – London, GB – Amsterdam, NL – Frankfurt, DE – Vienna, AT – Prague, CZ. These facilities feature:
- 1Gbps, 10Gbps and 2x10Gbps Unmetered server connectivity
- Complimentary IPMI connectivity
- Keycard access and video surveillance
- 24×7 site monitoring and security
- Redundant power with UPS and Diesel generator
- Redundant cooling infrastructure
- FDC Enterprise Datacenters features
The only way to truly have global connectivity is by having a network of datacenters located in the top cities found throughout the world, offering access to the major population centers, a connected urban populace and consumer market. Our FDC Servers enterprise datacenters are being offered to the major cities in the EU, including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Vienna and Prague and in biggest internet hub cities across the Atlantic in US, including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Seattle.
Bandwidth and Connectivity
A 3Tbps+ Tier 1 High Bandwidth global backbone network spans all our enterprise datacenters in EU & US. We offer 1Gbps, 10Gbps and 2x10Gbps Unmetered connectivity for colocation equipment, dedicated servers and virtual dedicated servers (VPS)
FDC enterprise datacenters feature advanced security measures comprising of keycard access, video surveillance, 24×7 site monitoring and physical building security
All Enterprise datacenters are back by battery UPS and diesel generators to deliver best uptime possible for client`s hardware.
Furthermore clients have the ability to house equipment or rent servers in multiple markets at the same time to deliver even more redundancy and geographical diversity.
FDC Servers enterprise facilities offer state-of-the art tech to maximize your co-location or dedicated servers condition with optimal environment conditions. Cooling, humidity control, smoke detection and pre -action sprinklers are standard.
Even at Enterprise level FDC Servers delivers flexible and affordable service featuring month to month service terms, ability to scale up or down bandwidth & hardware infrastructure in various markets at anytime.
Selecting a server for any demanding application, website, media, gaming or ecommerce platform is made easy with FDC Server’s unmetered bandwidth offerings.