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Old 04-28-2010, 08:43 AM
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Uses of VPS


Hi
My question may be high level of stupidity but what are other uses of a web server or VPS ?
Generally we use server for hosting websites, mails, and DNS
Are there any other uses of it ?

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Old 04-28-2010, 09:04 AM
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It's just a computer really, so you can do whatever you want with it, including:

- Hosting other things (IRC servers, game servers etc.)
- Replacement desktop machine, permanently accessible 24/7
- Seedbox
- Just to play with

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Old 04-28-2010, 10:02 AM
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And leech, upload and download to/from share web as rapidshare...

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Old 04-28-2010, 11:26 AM
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We've noticed an uptick in interest for people doing voip services as well as vpn's/proxy's from countries that seem to be a little more strict on what their populace are 'allowed' to see.

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Old 04-28-2010, 11:33 AM
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You could use it as:
- Webserver
- Gameserver ( need plain resources for this )
- Play thing

whatever you would put on a normal server

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Old 04-28-2010, 12:06 PM
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This being webhostingtalk probably means that the majority of the people here use servers for webhosting. I personally use mine as a game server, irc client and a mail server.

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Old 04-28-2010, 12:09 PM
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You could install vnc + open office and use it like a regular "desktop".

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Old 04-28-2010, 12:43 PM
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I would also say:

-shoutcast server
-VPN server

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Old 04-28-2010, 01:42 PM
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I haven't got a VPS, but you could use it for off-site storage of personal files or small business data, anything that's non-copyrighted. Check your TOS before uploading anything that may be in violation.

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Old 04-28-2010, 02:27 PM
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I think the better question is, what can I "NOT" use a VPS for. Generally a VPS can be used for anything that's server related as long as it doesn't go with the provider's TOS/AUP. I would say the most popular use for VPS are VPN as users like to browse anonymously.

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Old 04-28-2010, 02:36 PM
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let me give my .02

-email servers (it is great for things like zimbra)
collaboration suits
-svn/cvs hosting usually with track or bugzilla
-voip server (asterisk) if you have people in multiple location that need to talk to each other
-programming testbed
-proxy servers
-vnc/nx server (i use nx myself just to have all my data when doing something in one location)
-messenging server (jabber)
-ecommerce (doesn't necessarly mean webshop)
- many more that I can't think of at the moment

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Old 04-28-2010, 02:36 PM
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It's just a computer really, so you can do whatever you want with it, including:

- Hosting other things (IRC servers, game servers etc.)
- Replacement desktop machine, permanently accessible 24/7
- Seedbox
- Just to play with
You need to watch the providers Terms if you are going to the above activity.
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Originally Posted by p9xnet View Post
And leech, upload and download to/from share web as rapidshare...
im glad you put the there.....

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We've noticed an uptick in interest for people doing voip services as well as vpn's/proxy's from countries that seem to be a little more strict on what their populace are 'allowed' to see.
Could not agree with you more here.

Other use would be a dev web server. If you have a production application but need a dev server to test new patches on.. a vps would be great for that. Also dns servers (the more the better) and mail hubs for more then one route into your core mail system.

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Old 04-28-2010, 02:40 PM
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Hi
My question may be high level of stupidity but what are other uses of a web server or VPS ?
Generally we use server for hosting websites, mails, and DNS
Are there any other uses of it ?

Thanks
I've hosted game servers and voice servers on them.

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