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28
Mar

BACKUP – When disaster strikes is too late.

We lose things all the time. Your data could be the heart of your business and to lose that could be a disaster. Backing up your data is your solution. Your server could fail, you could be hacked, receive a virus, or the hard drive could crash and the information lost or corrupted. A backup plan is essential and takes only a little time to get set up and regularly backup your valuable information.

OPTIONS

  • Backup to secondary hard drive. Just attach and backup daily, weekly or as you determine. You can add and run a RAID (redundant array of independent disks) to spread data over multiple disks and with battery backup provides data protection from power loss during the backup process. Limestone Networks offers RAID and recommends its use to boost backup performance and recovery.  Pros: Simple and inexpensive. Cons: Extended downtime or loss of both drives with the server. It too will eventually fail. redundant array of independent disks
  • Backup to network attached storage. For a monthly fee you can subscribe to online services that will provide a remote disk that you can run a backup copy on and access in time of need. Basically the same thing as backing up to another hard drive in another server and hosting companies like Limestone Networks offer NAS drives as a part of their regular service offering. They offer this for all their active servers complimentary up to 20 gigabits. Pros: The information can be restored from the backup whenever your disaster strikes from their service backup. Cons: Only as good as the service provider and it does cost a monthly fee. Not necessarily off site but is away from the server.
  • Backup using incremental real-time agent. There are companies such as Acronis and Backblazethat provide cloud backup services. Limestone and Acronis have a hosting partnership, allowing all Limestone clients the opportunity to use Acronis’s industry-leading backup agent to store their backups on Limestone’s triple-redundant Salt Lake City disaster recovery datacenter. These backups are transferred over Limestone’s private network connection between our DFW1/LAX1 facilities and the SLC1 facility so your server’s public network bandwidth is not used performing the backups. Together with the powerful agent tools of Acronis and the reliability of Limestone Networks cloud storage at affordable pricing, Limestone clients sleep easy with the assurance of their data being stored safely and securely off site.

BEST PRACTICES

Backup in multiple formats.  Redundant backup, preferably away from your physical server, on a regular schedule is your best bet when disaster does strike.

10
Dec

OpenStack Public Cloud at Limestone Networks

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OpenStack Public Cloud

What is OnePortal Rapid?

Not all public cloud services are the same. Limestone Networks closely integrates with OpenStack to provide you with a flexible public cloud IaaS solution based on your business needs. Here are some of the benefits of this service that you need to know about.

Public Cloud Hosting

Using the open source cloud technology leveraged by LSN, you can build and deploy applications with OpenStack-based API libraries and CLI tools. As a result, you can reduce storage costs and safeguard your data in the event of a network failure or other emergency. Scale using common libraries. Track and manage cloud services through your personalized OpenStack Horizon dashboard. It’s really simple.

The OnePortal Rapid system boasts the latest security features, and you can access your resources in just seconds. The fast 100Gbps+ network connects to the internet and private networks over IPv4 and IPv6. Other benefits of the OnePortal Rapid system include pre-built flavors, images, and licensing add-ons.

Cloud Reseller Program

Limestone Networks offers an API-driven OpenStack cloud reseller program. With the powerful WHMCS plugin by ModulesGarden, you can provide your customers and clients with the latest services from Limestone Networks under your own brand name. There are several flavors and storage fabric combinations to choose from, so you can customize this cloud server hosting service any way you like. We manage the cloud. You manage your customers.

Scale Up or Down, Anytime You Like

You can quickly scale OpenStack instances up and down through CLI, APIs, or directly from the dashboard, depending on your requirements. Limestone Networks has an innovative utility-style billing system, where you only pay for the services and resources that you actually use. Just pay as you go or be billed in regular increments.

Support

Limestone Networks provides you with unparalleled support. The free support boasts 10-minute response times. Add-on options provide you with routine server checkups and pro-active server management for a small monthly fee. This way, you can keep your infrastructure and software protected with the latest system patches and prevent hackers from stealing your valuable data.

Looking for superior public cloud services with all of the feature-rich tools? You’re in the right place. Limestone Networks specializes in cloud services, dedicated servers and reseller programs that will benefit your brand.

What’s more? It’s completely free to sign up. Discover the benefits of your new cloud today.

6
Nov

Limestone Networks Launches Los Angeles Bare-Metal Hosting Service

Limestone Networks is extending its premium hosting network with the addition of its new LAX1 data center, housed in Equinix’s LA4 facility in Los Angeles, California. The LAX1 data center expands the company’s network footprint beyond its established hubs in Dallas, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

At this world-class LAX1 facility, Limestone offers an array of immediately available bare-metal configurations, featuring the latest AMD EPYC processors and unmetered gigabit bandwidth options. “With a client base spanning the globe, it is a common request from our APAC clients to bring our first-rate hosting platform to the West Coast,” said Preston Gosdin, VP of Limestone Networks. “Today we are answering those requests with the latest hardware on a lightning fast network.”

Customers utilizing Limestone’s LAX1 data center enjoy advanced network features. A key feature is standard access to Limestone’s private network mesh of its Dallas, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City regions. This mesh over Limestone’s private networking backbone enables seamless interconnection among bare-metal, cloud, and colocated services at any of Limestone’s facilities. Limestone also offers 1Tbps+ of DDoS mitigation capacity, shielding servers against the largest network attacks on the Internet.

Technical specs of the Equinix LA4 facility housing Limestone’s LAX1 data center features N+1 power, cooling redundancy, and ISO 2700, SAE16 SOC-1 Type II, and SOC-2 Type II certifications. All LAX1 servers are backed by the same 99.9% uptime guarantee offered at Limestone’s Dallas and Salt Lake City locations.

For a limited time, Limestone is offering its E3-1230 configuration for only $99/month — the best value in the Los Angeles hosting market. The E3-1230 configuration includes dual 4TB hard drives with unmetered 1Gbps Internet and private network connections.

“We worked with our clients to formulate the best hardware configuration, coupled with extremely high bandwidth capacity on our premium network, to meet anyone’s hosting needs,” said Christopher Hill, Operations Manager.

Limestone Networks is the leading provider of on-demand cloud, bare-metal, and colocation solutions. Its American-based support team is available 24/7/365, and all services include multi-layered physical security, triple redundancy, and premium bandwidth carriers. Limestone prides itself in combining quality, state-of-the-art hardware with its industry leading support. Limestone also offers a generous reseller program and a fully-automated client management portal.

For more information about the LAX1 data center, please contact Limestone Networks via live chat or email sales@limestonenetworks.com.

13
Nov

Why Limestone Networks for Reselling Dedicated Servers?

Thinking about getting into the world of reselling dedicated server hosting? If so, then Limestone Networks has some great options for you. Reselling dedicated hosting can be a great way to bring in some additional income for your business. Not to mention, when you use our dedicated server reseller program, you’ll enjoy a number of perks for yourself as well. It’s truly a win-win for all involved! 

Benefits of Reselling a Dedicated Server 

There are numerous benefits to reselling a dedicated server. The biggest benefit for a business owner or entrepreneur is that it allows you to start a business at a low cost. There is little investment on your part compared to starting your own dedicated hosting company. This cost savings can also be passed on to your customers. And with a dedicated hosting reseller program, you’ll enjoy the benefits of being able to “break down” your current hosting so you can allocate as much or as little to your clients as needed. This is a great way to maximize your profits and maintain control over your server at the same time. 

How Reseller Program Works 

So, how does the Limestone Networks reseller program work? It is designed to maximize the benefits for resellers and provide you with a number of great perks and benefits that you simply cannot find elsewhere. For example, we allow our clients to retain total control over how they repackage and sell their dedicated servers. So you can take your unused hosting space and break it down into multiple accounts or you can choose to sell it all off at once. This flexibility is one feature that our clients seem to really enjoy, especially for those who work in web design and similar industries.

In addition, you’ll never have to pay any monthly fees or up-front costs to be a part of our reseller program.  We also do not require a minimum on the number of sales you need to make in order to keep your membership active. You can sell as much or as little as you like without having to worry. Plus, you’ll enjoy a discount on your own hosting when you’re a part of our reseller program, which helps you maximize profits. This discount provides up to 25% off dedicated servers! 

How to Get Started With Reselling 

If you’re interested in setting up an account with our reseller hosting program, it couldn’t be easier to join. Sign up as a Reseller to gain access to our enterprise network, premium API, and lucrative incentives. Our brand new WHMCS module makes adding dedicated hosting to your company’s portfolio of services more simple and seamless than ever! 

And of course, if you have any questions in the meantime, or want help with other aspects of purchasing a dedicated server, our team is always here to assist you. Simply contact Limestone Networks today to get the answers to your questions.

1
May

Colocation or Dedicated Servers – What is Best for my Business?

Ever tried to decide between Colocation Servers and Dedicated Servers and wondered what the differences are that can make the Colocation option preferable or not? The information below will make your decision more informed and easier.  Of course, every decision depends on your particular situation and current needs. That being said, by the end of this blog you will have the proper knowledge to make the correct decision for yourself.

 

What is a Colocation Server?

 

A colocation server is a server that you build and customize or order pre-built from the manufacturer or Hosting Company. You can have it tailor-made to your business needs or you can use an off-the-shelf model. This depends on the level of technical competency you or your IT staff has with respect to the design and build of your project’s server(s). A colocated server is operated from a data center where security is much greater and power and bandwidth is easily tapped into and always available. The Colocation Host will see that the colocation server has internet access, cooling, and electricity. You will pay a colocation fee on a monthly basis. Often these fees are greater or higher depending on the data center where the colocation is desired. Such things as electricity cost, bandwidth selection, redundant power or emergency power provisions, privacy and security certifications, location, and service all go into the price you will be charged in your monthly colocation fee.

 

What is a Dedicated Server?

 

A dedicated server is leased from a hosting provider such as Limestone Networks, Inc. The dedicated server will be located either within whatever data center you select, or whatever data center is available. Sometimes there is a setup fee but the fee is typically negotiable if you agree to a long-term contract or are deploying in bulk.  Dedicated servers usually come with some items pre-installed, and there can be a spectrum of support available depending on how much the business is willing to pay. Some dedicated servers will come with no support, and other dedicated servers can be configured with support upgrades like proactive management or troubleshooting. You can even find hosting companies that specialize in managed services. There are numerous hosts that offer dedicated servers, and it’s important to find a host with good up-time and a responsive support staff. Take a look at this great offer for dedicated servers

 

What should I consider when deciding between these solutions?

 

A colocated server is all yours. Like a house or car, once you buy it the expenses of running, maintaining, improving, and managing it are your responsibility. While a colocated server allows you more control over the actual hardware you must be able to manage it on your own.  This could be more expensive on a monthly basis, at least in the short term, than leasing a dedicated server from a hosting company. You can completely manage a colocated server, but that will require a local technician to work on it directly for you, or you will need to pay the colocation host a remote hands fee to repair, diagnose, replace, or troubleshoot any problems you have with your equipment. This means that colocated servers are best suited towards businesses that require advanced technology and that have the budget for IT staff or remote hands. Look for hosts that provide both month to month servers and colocation. Check to see if they will also finance hardware. They may be willing to build to your specifications and provide overall financing for the same term as your colocation contract.

A dedicated server belongs to the hosting company provider, not you, so if a hardware part fails you just open a ticket and they will fix it or replace it at their expense, typically within a short hardware SLA guarantee. Colocation servers belong to you and you are responsible for troubleshooting hardware issues and handling that on your own or by hiring someone, usually the colocation host provider, to resolve your hardware or software problem. If you start with updated equipment and infrastructure you can still rely upon your manufacturer’s warranty. Consider a colocation provider who will provide proactive management and monitor your hardware periodically.  A dedicated server is an excellent choice for businesses that do not require highly technical specifications or do not have the staff or expertise to manage the server(s). Dedicated servers may have higher monthly fees but will have lower upfront costs.

 

Are There Any Other Options?

 

Many businesses are moving towards cloud-based computingCloud-based computing can take a little time to adjust to and may require additional training. In the long run, it could prove more useful, efficient, and cost-effective than other options. Cloud-based technology has similar benefits to colocated and dedicated servers by allowing connectivity on a global scale, but rather than being a single server it connects to a network of advanced servers that are owned by the company providing the network.

Understanding your options and your particular needs and how those go hand in hand is where you start. Weighing the possibilities of each against your time, experience, and particular business needs and circumstances can be confusing so do not hesitate to contact a hosting provider with specific questions regarding their service and hardware selection options. 

17
Jan

Limestone Networks rolls out Shared Local Storage Instances

Limestone Networks, the Dallas-based cloud, dedicated, and colocation services provider, is happy to announce that they have rolled out shared cloud instances with local storage.

Dallas, Texas. January 17, 2017.

OnePortal Rapid, the feature-rich, high-performance public cloud service by Limestone Networks, now offers low-cost, locally-stored cloud instances among its wide-variety of flavors. Local storage is ideal for customers requiring less availability and faster IO for their projects.  VMs with local storage are supported by way of RAID 10 redundancy, and any attached volumes will make use of the advanced HA storage cluster. Pricing for instances with local storage is very competitive, and billing is based upon consumption.

For more information concerning OnePortal Rapid cloud servers please visit a sales representative in live chat, or email them at sales@limestonenetworks.com.

About Limestone Networks

Limestone Networks is a leading provider of cloud, dedicated, and colocation 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, global content delivery network, with 24/7 passionate support.

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8
Dec

Dual Intel E5-2600v4 Series Dedicated Servers now Available for Purchase

Limestone Networks, the Dallas-based provider of cloud, dedicated, and colocation services, is pleased to formally announce the availability of Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v4 based dedicated servers.

Dallas, Texas. December 5, 2016.

Intel’s new V4 version of its E5-2600 series processor offers numerous upgrades to its V3 predecessor, and Limestone Networks is thrilled to announce its inclusion to their broad range of dedicated server offerings. A few of the more important updates to this model are as follows:

•   Over 20% more cores and cache than v3.
•   Supports faster max memory speed (2400 MHz).
•   Up to 9.6 GT/s of QPI speed per channel.
•   Improvements in virtualization efficiency.

The powerful new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 product family offers versatility across diverse workloads. These processors are designed for architecting next-generation data centers running on, software defined infrastructure supercharged for efficiency, performance, and agile services delivery across cloud-native and traditional applications. They support workloads for cloud, high-performance computing, networking, and storage.

About Limestone Networks

Limestone Networks is a leading provider of cloud, dedicated, and colocation 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, global content delivery network, with 24/7 passionate support.

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11
Oct

Private vs Public Cloud

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(Written by Keren Gosdin)

The simplest way to begin this debate is to first explain what a public cloud is. In its simplest form, a public cloud is an infrastructure built using shared computing resources that can provide service to multiple clients rather than being utilized by a single entity with sole access to the cloud. The data is stored in a data center offered by a provider who is also responsible for the up keeping and management of your cloud and the data center itself. Companies that are looking for quality cloud management at an affordable price should consider using a public cloud in order to have lower costs while maintaining peace of mind knowing their data is secure and properly hosted. Other key features that public cloud offers include the pay-per-use model along with quick access to resources otherwise difficult to obtain. Having a company managing your public cloud allows businesses to focus on company growth without having to worry about their data.

A private cloud on the other hand, typically resides within a company’s intranet or data center. This option can become pricey, as it requires the individual company to maintain it, replace servers as needed, and manage any issues that may arise. Technology is ever changing, and with these changes come upgrades, new software, and new infrastructure. The downfall of owning a private cloud comes with having to come up with funds to upgrade to these changes each and every year so as to not become obsolete. For clients looking for dedicated resources, Limestone Networks offers dedicated hardware on their d1 class instances in addition to bare-metal servers that will never be shared with another customer. Clients looking to keep their resources to themselves can trust Limestone Networks will have a solution.

Cost wary businesses recognize that they may not always have the funds to stay on top of these changes and instead turn to solutions like Limestone Networks’ public cloud, OnePortal Rapid. Trust your data to a company that has built their cloud using the latest open source technology to provide a swift, feature rich, highly available platform.

Several other key features include:

Flexible Billing:
Scale up or down as needed. Down to the minute, consumption only, utility-style billing model for OnePortal Rapid starting at $0.02 per hour.

Network Protection:
All instances come standard with security group firewalls. Any instance can be built with DDoS protection.

Solid Network:
Fast, low latency 100Gbps+ network connects our hypervisors to the Internet and private network over IPv4 and IPv6.

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Limestone Networks is committed to offering its clients quality service and strives to continually roll out new features to OnePortal Rapid in order to ensure its clients are continually using state of the art technology without having to compromise price for quality. As more and more new features and changes roll out, it’s no wonder more businesses continue to turn to public cloud for their hosted services.

Looking for a public cloud solution? Ask for a test drive of OnePortal Rapid in live chat.

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8
Sep

Finding the Best Dedicated Servers for Your Business

When determining the right hosting platform for business needs, there are many factors that must be considered. Many businesses have fairly simple web hosting requirements. They will host a company website used to inform potential clients and patrons about their services, physical location, and operating hours. These websites serve a critical purpose, and can have a large impact on the success of the businesses they represent. Despite the importance web hosting will play for these sites, they do not have great resource requirements.

Who needs Dedicated Servers?

In comparison, businesses which rely more heavily on web presence than physical location for client interaction will have a greater need for hosting resources.  For them, a website is their boardroom, their warehouse, and their storefront. For these organizations, under performing websites can leave the same impression on would-be clients as poorly kept or under-staffed brick-and-mortar locations. For this reason, many will require much more than a shared web hosting account to sufficiently handle their web presence.

Dedicated Servers are often described as the ultimate hosting service or the pinnacle of web hosting products. These single-tenant hosting solutions provide uncontested resources and a greater level of privacy (often perceived as security). The dedicated server is the backbone of the Internet, the infrastructure behind the information superhighway. For many organizations relying on the Internet as the foundation for their economies, dedicated servers are a requirement for operations to run effectively. Achieving the optimal mixture of premium hardware, network performance, and responsive support, with favorable pricing, is no simple task.

Who Offers the Best Solution?

lsn_box_largeWith 60,000 or so web hosting companies competing, pricing has generally trended in the favor of the dedicated server consumers, making the financial aspect of the equation more easily
obtainable. Premium hardware will have a different meaning to each company, based on their use case. For some, a large amount of disk storage is most important, for others, computing speed will be of greater consideration. Network performance, maximum uptime combined with minimal latency, is a more universal desire for companies, as is responsive on premise support (remote hands). Network lag, and slow or inadequate support response, is not going to satisfy many server customers.

When remote hardware or network issues happen, a minute can feel like an hour to the company who’s website is down and is waiting for data center staff to bring them back online. It disrupts business, can cause loss of profit, and can be damaging to company reputation.

What is the Best Solution?

Seek out honest, organic feedback from the clients who have gone before. web hosting forums, social media, and Google can all be helpful in finding real, honest client reviews. Run network tests to see how IP addresses and file downloads perform from various locations where your clients would be accessing the network. It is fairly standard for dedicated server providers to have these readily available and accessible for the public to test. Don’t let the lowest price trump the other considerations. That’s not to say that a higher price equals higher quality, or vice versa. When your system is offline, however, price won’t seem nearly as important, as business comes to a halt, and your sense of urgency towards the support techs is met with little regard.

There is no “best hosting provider.” Find the one that best complements your business requirements, and then let the magic happen. Leave a positive review on a forum thread or on social media. The provider will notice, and may be further motivated to continue providing the high-level of service that earned your public praise. Quality providers will strive to meet client approval.

26
May

Limestone Networks Announces Launch of OnePortal Rapid Cloud Platform

1U servers down angle“Our customers rely on us for a diverse service offering,” CEO Steve Evans said, “so we built a platform that has all of the benefits of cloud hosting, such as instant provisioning, scalability, flexible billing, and is even more customizable than the bare metal hardware builds we do daily.”

Virtual machines and bare-metal on the new platform are SSD-backed by default. However, customers can provision magnetic disk-backed VMs as well, or create and attach additional volumes on the fly. All data is replicated to 3 different servers regardless of the storage media used. This provides for seamless restoration of service to instances in the event of hardware failure, zero-downtime maintenance windows, and more efficient resource management to maintain peak performance. Redundant power and network are standard features on every instance and dedicated server provisioned under OnePortal Rapid.

In addition to sub-1-minute instance and dedicated server provisioning times, Limestone Networks has implemented an hourly, pay as you go, utility-style billing model for OnePortal Rapid starting $0.02 per hour, which will allow clients to scale cloud and dedicated servers up and down dynamically. This can be done via the Openstack Horizon web UI, or through the standard Openstack APIs, development libraries, and compatible applications. Snapshots of servers and volumes can be created quickly and cloned as needed. Clients can also upload RAW virtual machine images for private use.

Features that were previously under limited release to Limestone’s bare-metal and colocation products are standard in OnePortal Rapid. IPv6 is standard on public internet interfaces. DDoS protected IPs and Limestone Private Network interfaces are available on all servers. High speed network interfaces are standard. The minimum network interface speed is 20Gbps, so customers can rely on high speed clustering applications and easily scale internet services. As always, bandwidth on the Limestone Private Network between all services is free. Firewalls (security groups) are available and clients can use these to protect instances from unwanted malicious traffic while dynamically allowing desired services through use of the API or web interface.

Simplicity has been a focus of Limestone Networks from the start. OnePortal Rapid leverages Bitnami application images to enable one-click launching of instances with applications pre-installed and ready for use. Bitnami images offered at launch include WordPress, Magento, Drupal, Gitlab, and more. Ceph based replicated storage provides the service with highly-available, self-healing, software-defined storage to facilitate easy scaling. Various supported OS images are available for immediate deployment such as Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora, Debian, and CoreOS. Limestone Networks has done the hard work necessary to make using OnePortal Rapid simple and intuitive. “Our ease of use focus and complete automation provides a cloud computing alternative that is the optimum choice for both enterprise and small business use,” said Vice President, Preston Gosdin, “which allows everyone to scale their infrastructure seamlessly.”

Steve sitting1Limestone Networks has amassed deep expertise in deploying and operating Openstack through internal infrastructure utilization and upstream development contributions. As a committed Openstack operator and developer, Limestone Networks will continue adding features at a rapid pace and roll OnePortal Rapid out to a variety of regions over the coming months and years.

Limestone Networks is the leading IaaS provider of on-demand dedicated, cloud and hybrid hosting infrastructure and colocation solutions. Limestone Networks uses quality, state-of-art hardware and provides the most secure data center presence in the central United States. Their American based support team is available 24/7/365 and all their services include multi-layered physical security, triple redundancy, and premium bandwidth carriers. Limestone Networks features an industry-leading reseller program, and a fully automated client management portal.

For more information concerning the new product line, please visit them in live chat or email them at sales@limestonenetworks.com.