When Is A Server Like A Puppy?

January 24, 2009

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My wife gave me a pair of pups for my birthday, and I got to thinking about how having a pup/dog was like having a server…

Puppies

With puppies, you need to be very careful picking one out. Even if you get a pure bred dog, you still need to pay attention to its “personality.” When you are picking out a server, you need to know something about the company supporting it. Friendly folks are nice, but does that server tech know what he is doing, is he dedicated to doing it, and does he inspire confidence in you when he does it. At SoftLayer, the answer is yes.

As you “maintain” your puppy, it will grow and mature. Mine are going to be 100 pound beasts, so I am making sure to train them when they are small – this should insure the most amount of enjoyment out of them. When you are purchasing servers from SoftLayer, you can get any size to fit your needs, and when your requirements change, your dedicated servers can be changed to match – and quickly. Did you plan on one level of need and your business suddenly took off? No problem! You can get a second server in 1 – 4 hours and throw them both behind a load balancer in minutes.

I am fortunate in that I have a big backyard for my beasties, and I am careful to keep them up to date on all their shots. In a dedicated server, SoftLayer provides a safe environment in which you can administer your server (the private network accessible by VPN), and we make sure you have access to all the shots your servers need (ready to go, best practice software installs and vendor patches as they become available).

Dedicated servers may not be as fun as puppies (they don’t roll around, play with you or give you kisses), but they don’t chew your furniture, have “oopsies” on the floor or chase the cat… And at SoftLayer, if your server barks or cries in the middle of the night, you have dedicated Support staff to help you find out why – my puppies can’t tell me, and if I call the NOC they just laugh at me…

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