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Storage servers form the backbone of nearly every business and project. Whether you are looking to share files with clients, host a company FTP server, archive data, or backup important files, storage servers are the perfect option for you. ServerMania storage servers combine the very best enterprise-grade hardware with industry leading support. This combination delivers the ultimate storage hosting solution for your needs. Keep reading to learn about how to choose the best components of a storage server.

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There are a variety of use cases for a storage server, these are just a few popular amongst our clients.

Hosting a company
FTP server
Backing up files
Robust file
File, sync and share
Archiving data

the best components of a Storage server

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Server Type

When it comes to setting up a cloud storage server, you have three options: Hybrid, Cloud, and Dedicated Servers. The server type you select is based on the amount of storage you need as well as the I/O requirements.

Dedicated Servers are the best option for storage servers. They allow full customization of hard drive size, type, and RAID configuration. They are also cheaper per GB when compared to Hybrid and Cloud servers.

Hybrid Servers are best for storage under 1TB with moderate I/O activity. These servers are similar to Virtual Private Servers, but they have fewer tenants per server and feature guaranteed resources.

Cloud Servers are ideal for storage sizes less than 120GB. Data on these servers is spread across many hard drives with RAID storage, so it is incredibly redundant. Cloud Servers can also be upgraded or downgraded at any time, so they are perfect for smaller, rapidly changing projects.

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Processor Requirements

The processor you select for a dedicated storage server will impact how efficiently the server is able to handle the day to day disk activities. Choosing the best processor largely depends on what actions you will perform on the data.

If it is simply uploaded and stored, then a single processor Xeon will be sufficient. If many users will be interacting with the stored data or if intensive data compression is required, then a dual processor would provide the overhead to handle heavy tasks.

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Hard Drive Type

There are two main types of storage disks: Hard Disk Drive (HDD), and Solid State Drive (SSD) SSD drives provide significantly faster I/O performance compared to HDD. However, SSDs cost slightly more per GB, and are best suited for storage servers that require fast read / write operations. As storage servers are typically used for storing a large volume of data, HDD is the most popular choice of drive type.

Data redundancy is an important aspect of a server for data storage. RAID is a great option for maintaining disk integrity. It duplicates and stripes data across multiple hard drives to ensure that no data is lost in the event of a drive failure. RAID is ideal for any server storing data that needs to remain online.

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Network Routes

Virtual storage servers need to be hosted on premium network routes to ensure that data being uploaded and downloaded from the server can be accessed quickly and efficiently. Take a look at the network upstream providers that your storage server provider utilizes. A company that stands by its connections will provide you with IPs and files to test against to see how it performs to your location.

You should also look for a provider that offers Tier 1 connectivity and redundant network routes. A Tier 1 network is a network that can reach every other network on the Internet solely via settlement-free peering. This guarantees problem-free connectivity as the network doesn’t rely on paying peers.

Another important factor is the Service Level Agreement (SLA) that the provider guarantees on network connectivity. A data storage server needs to be accessible at all times, so look for a provider that offers a 100% network uptime guarantee.

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Network Speed and Bandwidth

The network speed and bandwidth of a storage server is critical due to the amount of data that may be transferred to the server. It is important to choose a bandwidth plan suitable for the amount of monthly data you need.

1Gbps network ports are one of the best options for storage hosting as it ensures that any client connecting to the server can download data at an exceptionally fast rate. For clients with larger network requirements, some enterprise-grade providers may offer 10Gbps network ports as well.

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DDoS Protection

Every NAS server on the internet is vulnerable to a Distributed Denial of Service attack. Server botnets target a server in order to take it offline, often for a ransom. Adding DDoS protection to your storage hosting services provides advanced protection against all known DDoS attack types.

When DDos protection is engaged, traffic is continuously filtered through DDoS protection appliances, resulting in no delay in protection when an attack begins. Industry leading DDoS appliances can detect attacks and mitigate them within 0 to 90 seconds.

How can ServerMania help?

ServerMania has the tools and expertise to deliver the best performing storage servers for your project. Our enterprise grade hardware utilizes components exclusively designed to handle even the largest data storage requirements. Tier 1 premium network routes on DDoS protected 1Gbps ports deliver blazing fast data transfer to and from the server and a 100% network uptime guarantee means your data is always accessible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+What is a storage server?

A Storage Server is a server primarily designed for storing data in the cloud. It can store a small amount of data for personal backups, or many terabytes of data for enterprise data storage.

+Why might I setup a storage server?

Storage Servers can be used for so many different things, including:

  • Storing sensitive client files
  • Sharing files with clients
  • Hosting a company FTP server
  • Backing up data on servers or personal computers
  • Setting up a personal cloud storage service using OwnCloud
  • Archiving and compressing files

These servers can also host other services like website hosting and email, depending on the server you choose.

+What redundancy options are available?

A variety of data redundancy options are available depending on the number of hard drives in the DAS server. We offer RAID 0 all the way up to hardware RAID 60 with battery backup.

+How much data can I store?

We offer servers from 120GB up to 80TB and beyond. We can set up a SAN custom server based on your exact specifications, just contact us to get started.

+How do your storage servers compare to Amazon Glacier?

Our servers utilize the same enterprise-grade hardware used at companies like Amazon. Unlike other providers, we charge one easy to understand monthly fee per month. You can always access your data when you need it, with no additional fees and no waiting for your request to be processed.


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