Happy New Year!
As we're getting back from our winter breaks, it's a good time to look at what we're hoping to bring to the platform in 2019.
I believe it should be intuitively obvious that a server - much like any other kind of infrastructure - is not something you can just turn on and walk away from. While consumer technology has been trying to sell itself on the "it just works" claim, we know that there's nothing that actually just works. When it comes to running servers, regular upkeep is important and constant awareness of what your server is doing is paramount.
The brand new ServerSuit update is upon us, and we're finally incorporating a fully customizable Alerts interface. Obviously, the whole idea behind monitoring your server is to maintain a constant awareness of the state of your server; incredibly important if you're running a business or database, especially that other users rely on to stay up on demand. Having a website or service be "down" a decade ago may have been seen as a normal occurance, but in 2018 it feels jarring for the user. Jarring and, if what your users are looking for is time sensitive, deeply frustrating.
Our humble team is always hard at work improving and streamlining ServerSuit's webpanel. As you may have seen already, we've recently launched VPS hosting to make cloud hosting a site or backup a breeze. We've completely reworked our backup system, which should definitely help you not have to start your work all over for the upteenth time.
So, really, we're just continuing our trend by improving our notification system.
While your mileage may vary, most people hold critical data on their servers. If it's just a server for personal use, that's still time, resources, and effort invested in setting it up and keeping it running. Time that now has to be backtracked and spent again on reconfiguring everything.
If you're running the server for business or research, there will be a lot of people directly dependent on that server being up. Going down means losing money and losing trust, on top of the resource and time investment I already mentioned.
How ready are your servers for hardware failure? Electrical outage? Natural disaster? A good backup strategy will account and compensate for as many potential interruptions as possible.
saveOur goal with ServerSuit has always been to lower the barrier for entry and cost of operation for online businesses. Modern businesses run on servers; which can be expensive and a headache to run. Windows Server is notoriously bloated and expensive, and often not worth dealing with at all, even if you can afford it.
Virtualization has come a long way in recent years. These days it's not uncommon to deploy a massive amount of virtual servers on top of a physical server cluster. Virtualization makes management of system resources and data storage systems a breeze, as in cloud VPS. Virtual servers can be moved around while you swap a physical server out, and then moved back onto it with no downtime.
Running your own server, at home on your own network, to host a website is pretty easy nowadays... but you still run into general upkeep issues you'd expect when running complex hardware. You already have to configure, troubleshoot and run whatever software you got on there to keep your site running, and you also have to manage the actual hardware; including maintaining the device to ensure as much uptime as possible and having to deal with memory or drive failures.
If you ended up on our site, reading this post, it's safe to assume that you're looking for an effective Linux server control panel to setup and manage one or more of your servers. Or, maybe, you don't have any servers yet but are looking into hooking one up. And if you're looking for a Linux server management tool, ServerSuit is probably not the first option that comes up on your search.
Indeed there are dozens of control panels out there, so why even bother with ServerSuit?