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Trustworthy Raid 1 Windows Servers, Fully Scalable

Avantex Hosting offers a broad choice of Raid 1 dedicated servers running either on Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 for companies in any industry.

Our Raid 1 dedicated Windows servers feature dependable IBM, Dell and Hewlett-Packard servers, and are available in a standard configuation or as an enterprise class server.

They are also available on the Linux operating system if desired, but on this page we only talk about Windows Raid 1 dedicated servers. (For Linux Raid 1 servers, please click here).

All Avantex's Raid 1 servers also feature dual power supplies that offer true and complete N + 1 redundancy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That way if ever one power supply fails, the server continues as before and there are no service interruptions. Our Raid 1 servers also feature Dual Xeon Intel processors with minimum clock speeds of 3.0 Ghz and more.

All our Raid 1 dedicated servers also feature 2 NIC (network interface cards) for full Internet connectivity and redundancy at all times. If one card ever fails, the other one switches on automatically, ensuring you of zero downtime. You can learn more about RAID 1 and how it works lower on this page.

Windows Raid 1 Standard Dedicated Server
Just $199* a month (1) (2) (5)
Includes:

  • Ultra-Reliable Dual Xeon Intel CPUs, 64-bit rated at 3.2 Ghz each
  • 4 Gigs of fast RAM, with 512 Mb cache
  • 920 Mb bus speed, 64 bit system
  • Fully redundant ROM backup with standby battery
  • 500 Gigs a month in Internet bandwidth
  • Raid 1 software included
  • Integrated RAID controller on motherboard feature
  • 2 x reliable 73 Gigs Ultra 370 SCSI hard drives rated at 10,000 RPM
  • Both hard drives are hot swappable
  • High-performance, industrial-grade motherboard
  • 2 fully redundant high-speed Gig-E NIC cards, for full N+1 reliability
  • 2 x 550-watt each fully redundant power supplies on two separate circuits
  • Full N+1 redundant power reliability at all times
  • Full RDP (Remote Desktop) root access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • 100 percent fully redundant BGP network
  • Your choice of Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 R2 or Server 2008 64-bit operating system with Cal 5 license
  • One dedicated IP supplied ($5 extra per additional IP per month if more are needed)
  • Free manual reboots 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Basic tech support ticketing system (4)
  • $175 one-time setup fee (3)
  • Payable month-to-month (1)
  • Order today, please click here. We also accept Visa and MasterCard over the phone as well.

    Terms:
    (1) Paid monthly. A 3 percent discount apply if paid one year in advance.
    (2) Does not include any domain name registration fee unless paid one year in advance.
    (3) Standard configuration. Additional configuration fee required for a customized setup.
    (4) Add $175 a month for a fully-managed dedicated server.
    (5) All prices on the Avantex website are stated in U.S. funds.



    What is Raid 1 and what can it do for a server?

    RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) refers to multiple independent hard drives (the yellow objects in the pictorial to the left) combined to form one single but large logical array (the dashed object). Data is stored on this array of disks with additional redundancy information. Avantex Hosting offers the full range of Raid 1 dedicated servers that run either on Linux or on the Windows platform.

    The data redundancy info may be either the data itself (mirroring), or parity information calculated out of several data blocks such as RAID 4 or RAID 5, which are similar from RAID 1 but different.

    With RAID in place, the operating system, whether it be Linux, Windows or NetWare no longer deals with individual hard drives, but instead with the entire disk array as one logical drive. A linux server with Raid 1 must have a minimum of two hard drives, up to six or even sometimes more on very complex servers.

    To the operating system, it 'sees' just one logical drive whether there are 2 or more hard drives installed on the server. The major objectives of RAID are to improve data availability, reliability, sustainability, security and overall data integrity.

    RAID also helps prevent server downtime in the event of a hard disk failure, however it cannot recover data that has been deleted by the user or destroyed by a major event such as theft or a fire. Because of this, it is still imperative to routinely back up all your data to secure your system from such potential issues after a RAID system is installed or on a new server.

    Some important features to look for in a hardware RAID controller are: ease of installation and maintenance, the capabilities of the management software and the manufacturer's experience in developing RAID components. A RAID controller should support the most important RAID Levels (0, 1, 4, 5 and 10), and should be capable of simultaneously handling multiple arrays with different RAID levels, and across multiple channels.

    There are two methods of implementing a RAID solution on a Linux server. A hardware RAID controller is 'intelligent' and processes all RAID information itself. With this kind of system installed, all control of the RAID array is off-loaded from the host computer and is controlled entirely by the RAID controller.

    An alternative to this is to implement RAID with a simple host adapter and RAID driver. In this type of system, the driver is integrated into the operating system, i.e. Linux. In this case, the performance of the RAID system is completely dependent on the processing load placed on the host CPU, which can potentially become a problem during the array reconstruction phase following a disk failure. That is why all Linux dedicated servers with Raid 1 offered by Avantex Hosting all feature Dual-Xeon Intel processors with clock speeds above 3.0 Ghz or more.

    Our Raid 1 dedicated servers are either HP, Dell or IBM, with the vast majority being HP and Dell. They all offer high reliability, high availability, data redundancy, a higher data integrity and a much lower failure rate.

    If data integrity and overall performance is important to your business, then we strongly recommend a Avantex Hosting dedicated server that runs on the Linux operating system. All our Raid 1 servers also feature dual power supplies that offer true and complete N + 1 redundancy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


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