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    Looking for a managed dedicated server provider

    Hi,

    We're looking for a managed dedicated server provider. Our requirements are as below :

    - We'll run Apache 2.2/MySQL 5.x
    - No control panel.
    - No mail servers, however we'll need to run sendmail or something similar for sending mails from our application.

    We'll need a server with minimal requirement to start with. But later, we might want to scale our application and following might be required :

    - Multiple clusters for serving requests
    - NFS cluster or something similar for storage.
    - Failover mechanism for data on NFS cluster.

    We're looking at providers who have experience in the fields mentioned above. Please post your suggestions.

    Thanks,
    Pratik

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    dont forget to lok at hostway.com

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    I have a fully managed dedicated from Axishost and I have been very pleased.

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    are you aiming at US or UK customers? , if your UK, ive found that having UK hosting is so much faster then US, also these days isnt that much more expensive.

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    Whats more important price or quality ?

    Any preference to location ?
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    Quality is more impotant.

    Also, US will be the prefercnce for location.

    Thanks,
    Pratik

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    Do you have a budget for this?

    You should be aware it's very hard to run NFS clusters that are in constant sync with a backup server. We've had requests for the same kind of thing in the past, and the best way is simply to run a periodic syncronisation.

    In terms of 'multiple clusters for serving requests' I take it you mean frontend web servers sat behind loadbalancers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RazorBlue - Dan
    You should be aware it's very hard to run NFS clusters that are in constant sync with a backup server. We've had requests for the same kind of thing in the past, and the best way is simply to run a periodic syncronisation.
    Dan
    Using DRBD in combination with heartbeat should do the trick. A few years ago I tried the periodic synchronization trick using rsync on a 1TB NFS share and it just didn't scale well. It usually works for files that dont change often. Also another option that may work is to trigger a remote copy to the NFS servers if your uploads/changes are controlled by your applications but this depends on your application to do it right. Also there are other network file systems that support high availability.
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    servint

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