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Mar

The Latest in High Performance Cloud Computing: Limestone Networks Announces LSN Cloud

 

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Limestone Networks, a leading IaaS provider of on-demand, dedicated and enterprise hosting services, announces their new high performance cloud service – LSN Cloud.

Dallas, Texas / March 24, 2014

High Performance

Designed with enterprise customers in mind, LSN Cloud was built to provide high availability, performance and scalability. Using technologically advanced network equipment and hardware, including Intel SSD drives for speed, Juniper rack-level switches, Cisco core routers, Supermicro chassis with redundant power and dual Intel Xeon E5 series hypervisors LSN Cloud is a ready for the most demanding business applications.

LSN Data Center

LSN Data Center

LSN Cloud is located in a Tier 3+ state-of-the-art data center where it uses Tier 1 fiber carriers for optimal data transmission.  Located in the former Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the data center is a stone fortress with government-grade security features and maximum failover.

“Our core principles when designing LSN Cloud were high availability, performance and scalability. These principles extend not only to our network, but also to our hardware,” said Ryan Gelobter, IT Manager. “We are utilizing stacking features from Cisco and Juniper to provide the high level of redundancy that LSN Cloud demanded. Every switch has at least 20Gbps of capacity to our core routers which is easily upgradeable to 40Gbps. 100Gbps is possible in the future. We use only Intel Xeon processors and Intel SSDs in our hypervisors which gives us fast and reliable performance.”

Limestone Networks’ setup is also a step above competing products. Using KVM virtualization and distributed SSD storage the cloud instances deploy in under five minutes.

LSN Cloud Support

Limestone Networks is passionate about customer support. To this end, they take customer service very seriously and strive for 100% customer satisfaction, no matter what it takes.

“Our support team has trained rigorously with LSN Cloud and is looking forward to assisting clients,” Kris Anderson, Director of Support, commented. “With response times less than 10 minutes, our clients have come to expect superior customer service, and the support for our cloud hosting will be just as quick.”

Aggressively Priced

LSN Cloud is priced more economically than any other major cloud hosting service providers, such as Rackspace or Amazon AWS EC2. In some cases, they offer a more attractive price for storage when compared with competitors. Additionally, unlike other providers, they offer gigabit port speeds with their standard cloud package.

“We’ve priced LSN Cloud very reasonably,” said Matt West, Director of Sales. “Like our dedicated servers, you’ll not find a better value in the industry. This is a high-end, rock-solid service and my team is eager to help clients onto this platform.LSN Cloud Price Compare 2

Summary

In summation, Limestone Networks has taken the best of cloud computing and assembled a scalable, high performance offering designed to meet the challenging demands of customers for many years to come.

About Limestone Networks

Limestone Networks is a leading IaaS provider of on-demand cloud, dedicated and enterprise hosting services. LSN has an advanced data center which includes multi-layered security, N+1 and 2N redundancy and premium bandwidth carriers. Limestone Networks features an industry-leading reseller program, robust client management portal and end-user panel, with 24/7 passionate support.

For more information concerning LSN Cloud, contact an Account Specialist.

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7
Mar

Most Important Dedicated Server Features

I’ve been in the hosting industry many years and it has been my experience that the purchasers of dedicated servers are usually more reactive than they are proactive. Although the services required to be proactive cost more, the headache, upset clients and lost revenue will be more costly in the end.

Which services should you use to be proactive? 

DDoS Protection

No one likes latency or, if the attack is strong enough, downtime. Being as client-centered as we are here at Limestone Networks, we hate it even more because we want only what is best for our clients. The fact is DDoS attacks are becoming more abundant and costly to mitigate. Looking for a way to help our clients stay online and running smoothly, we developed tiers for our DDoS Protection that would allow us to provide enterprise protection options. It is extremely common for me to see tickets from upset clients because their server is offline and their customers are complaining, however they haven’t added DDoS protection. This is why I would say this is the #1 most important dedicated server feature that is overlooked.  Hard Drive Field

RAID Hard Drive Redundancy

Hardware failure happens. We do everything in our power to keep it from happening to our clients in several ways: pulling hard drives from circulation that are getting old, testing every hard drive after each cancellation, and testing again when we provision a server. No matter what we do, hardware failure will still happen. If you don’t have RAID setup for redundancy you can lose your data. This is another sore point for our Support team. Delivering the bad news of a hard drive failure to a person that doesn’t have RAID is extremely difficult. Hardware RAID allows the technician to simply replace the disk that has failed and bring your server back on immediately. Your original hard drive will then re-clone to the new drive while your server is online and serving your employees or customers.

Server Management

Managed_bkgrd1Some companies are not large enough to hire an IT staff to manage their server. Our unmanaged support team assists clients within 10 minutes of opening a ticket with matters such as operating system reloads, hardware issues, network issues, and power issues. However, if you’re needing work done within your operating system like spam troubleshooting, software installation, virtual machine maintenance, and more then you need management. In my years of running Support departments in the hosting industry I’ve seen some experienced server administrators utilize our server management services simply so that they can focus on other things that are more important to them. For larger companies, our management team acts like an extension of their internal Information Technology department– performing routine maintenance and management tasks upon request.

So to sum it up, by adding these three services to your dedicated server hosting you are making steps to be proactive and provide the most stable service possible for your user-base or customers. DDoS Protection, RAID hard drive redundancy and Server Management.