With today combination of inexpensive high-speed hardware and free high-quality Linux operating systems and software, it is possible to build custom low-cost computer networks for both high-performance home office use and mission-critical business needs.

By deploying one or more Linux servers in your network of computers, you can utilize your hardware in the most efficient manner without prohibitive licensing cost. By carefully designing your computer network to achieve one or more of the following functions, you can get ahead of your competitors especially in the most competitive and uncertain economic environment.

You will find among the pages of this site all necessary tools and resources to eliminate the initial complex task of having to set up and configure manually one or more Linux servers for your network.

Based upon your choice of server platform and preferences via simple point-and-click interfaces, a set of scripts is generated and can be downloaded to automate the installation and configuration of major server components. Whether your need is dedicated web hosting or sophisticated intranet application deployment, your network can be set up properly and ready to be online in just a matter of minutes.

The task which may require days of work can now be completed error free in minutes without human intervention. Once your server is properly configured and securely hardened, you can explore, learn and experiment at your own pace various advanced features of your new server to perform and maintain critical tasks required by your business.

You can rest assured that you will never be able to outgrow a Linux-based network. You will get to enjoy all of its power and flexibility, and are able to benefit from its complexity.

Dedicated Linux server for website
hosting & information management.

The above scenario illustrates a typical single dedicated Linux server configuration behind a firewall. Running your own server lets you do thing the way you want. You can tailor your entire online presence in ways that are most convenient for you. Reduce redundancy by centralizing common site functions and resources. Use a single database server, single mail server, and single web server for all your web sites. The number of databases and email accounts are virtually unlimited.

A typical 2-GHz dedicated server with a single installation of the popular Apache web server can serve dozens of web sites having tens of thousands of unique visitors per day without significant performance impact.

If you have multiple web sites, instead of having multiple shared hosting accounts with duplicated databases and account information, you can consolidate all accounts on one dedicated server. The price you pay for multiple separate shared accounts and the time required to maintain them may be greater than what you may have to pay for a single dedicated server.

You can lease a 2-GHz Linux dedicated server and establish your online presence today for less than $100 a month and no other hidden costs.
Multiple dedicated Linux servers for
distributed website management.

Since you own the server, you can tailor not only the operating system functions but also the server hardware configuration to support specific software packages to match your company business image and requirements. The growth path is already built into your dedicated network. You can add larger and faster hard disks to support more contents and additional websites. Larger databases can be handled by additional dedicated servers, and at the same time make all of your web sites more responsive.

The above scenario illustrates a dedicated web server connected to a local backend database and email server so that the work load is properly distributed to support high-traffic websites. Requests from visitors which require database operations are processed by a dedicated database server. Automatic email responses and payment notifications are processed by a separate email server. For additional security, both the database and email server are not accessible or visible to Internet visitors. Linux is well-known for its scalability and security model to build professional image and growth.

Multiple dedicated Linux servers for
the deployment of Intranet applications.

The above scenario illustrates a typical Intranet configuration to support the development of large commercial websites. A development web server communicates with other servers and test client computers within a local network connected through a hardware switch.

The test client computers can be on any platform such as Windows Vista, XP, and Linux desktop. Typical additional servers perform functions for SQL databases, file archiving and application support, automatic backup and replication, email spam management, etc. Contents can be conveniently developed and tested from a popular Windows platform using off-the-shelf tools.

The entire local Intranet is not visible from the Internet. The development web server can synchronize its data with the production web server via traditional FTP or SSH. The data transfer uses a gateway server which enforces all security rules and firewall policies to protect the local Intranet network. The gateway server provides Internet access to all computers in the local network by sharing a single broadband connection.

The production web server is simply a mirror image of the development web server. Backing up the contents of the production web server is no longer a critical priority or even needed.