How to Install and Configure SmartCTL

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What is SmartCTL?

Every modern hard drive has an option to monitor its current status and health via SMART attributes. SMART stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. The SMART test can be performed on your HDD to detect any potential problems with the hardware itself. Tests such as these are run using SmartCTL. According to the Linux man page, SmartCTL is a command-line utility designed to perform SMART tasks. Examples of these tasks would be printing error logs or enabling and disabling automatic SMART testing. 

So without further ado, let’s dig into the SmartCTL command. 

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Software RAID Vs Hardware RAID: A Tutorial

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What is RAID?

RAID (or a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) is a way of storing logical data across a medium which is composed of multiple physical hard disk drives blended into one or more logical units or volumes that is used for data redundancy, performance improvement, and reliability.

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How To Create a Private VPS Parent

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Easy Customization and Superior Scalability.

Private VPS Parents, are completely dedicated to your infrastructure and offer the functionality of a private cloud all within the Storm interface.

With the Storm Private Cloud parents, it’s easy to create Virtual Instances with customizable amounts of RAM, disk space, and CPU cores.

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Managed Dedicated Server Overview

Reading Time: 5 minutesAre you looking for hosting? You may be asking yourself what is the best solution for your website or online application. One that will provide the uptime and reliability you need with the best support in the industry?  Let’s go through a breakdown of our traditional Dedicated Server options to get a full scope on the aspects of these types of servers. Continue reading “Managed Dedicated Server Overview”

What is RAID?

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks or RAID, is a robust method of storing data efficiently. It uses techniques like striping, mirroring, and parity to utilize multiple hard drives combined into larger volumes. RAID serves two main purposes, it can be configured to mirror your data, giving you the potential opportunity to survive a catastrophic disk crash (depending on the configurations) and the other purpose is to make data reading and writing faster. Some RAID configurations do both. Continue reading “What is RAID?”

How to Set Up and Use Cloud Block Storage

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What is Cloud Block Storage?

Cloud Block Storage provides additional hard drive space for your Private Cloud Hosted Server with just a few clicks. The space is not pre-formatted but rather, it is a raw block device. The simplicity of providing a raw block device on the cloud means that you can mount and format the space on your server however you would like, with whatever filesystem is appropriate for your needs. This does entail a small amount of work getting the space into a usable state which we will address in this article.

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