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Managed Linux Servers for Your Web Hosting Needs

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-04-20 Print this article Print

Verio offers a new managed Linux Web server package, just as Windows servers face still-unpatched security problems.

Web hosting company Verio chose a lucky day to introduce its new Linux-based managed private server offering for small businesses. The day before, April 17, Microsoft admitted that it doesn't have a fix for a serious security hole in its server operating systems.

Windows 2000 and Server 2003 have both been hit hard by the W32/Delbot-AI worm.

As it happened, Verio's new Linux MPS will feature several new security enhancements including a preconfigured firewall for greater protection against DoS (denial of service) attacks and port scans.

Businesses can establish multiple IP addresses on a single physical server—thus enabling businesses to assign unique, dedicated SSL certificates to different e-commerce sites or intranets to help mitigate concerns about privacy and security of online transactions.

Verio's Linux MPS, built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 4, takes advantage of the Linux platform's stability by bundling it with dedicated, enterprise-level hardware, a secure managed hosting platform, and managed services for added power and performance.

The company states that the solution, coupled with Verio's time-tested reliability, security and flexibility, delivers cost-efficient Linux hosting to midmarket and small businesses, as well as solution provider partners, including ISVs, Web developers and IT professionals.

In addition, all Verio MPS solutions include: managed backup to protect business data; a RAID for greater redundancy, reliability and speed; managed security patches; and fully managed hardware and software updates.

Each MPS system runs with 1GB of RAM on an Intel Xeon processor. Each account also comes with 60GB of storage and 1TB, over OC-3 and faster backbone links.

The Linux MPS introduces added security for customers with new firewall functionality. This preinstalled, preconfigured firewall lets customers take advantage of a firewall without requiring extensive technical knowledge. Experienced Webmasters have the ability to adjust their firewall settings to help protect their business from DoS attacks and port scans. Users can also configure settings to block certain ports that are not being used for added protection.

With these servers, Linux MPS users may add up to 49 additional IP addresses to their server, depending on the Linux MPS hosting plan chosen. With this capability, a business can assign unique, dedicated SSL certificates to different e-commerce sites or intranets, which helps mitigate common concerns about privacy and security of online transactions.

Read the full story on Linux-Watch.com: Managed Linux Servers for Your Web Hosting Needs

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of eWEEK.com's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
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