Which Linux OS can I use on my Dedicated Server in London?
The London Dedicated Servers hosted in the data centers located at 5 Greenwich View Pl, in EXA's data center in London Docklands data centers, can use any Linux OS distribution or a Windows OS. You can also install Proxmox VE, VMware ESXi, Linux Containers, or any other virtualization platform.< br />
If you decide to use a Dedicated Server in London with Unrestricted Data Transfer, hosted in the City of London Edge data centers located at 6 Braham Street, 240 East India Dock Road, and 260-266 Goswell Road, you can choose between our "officially supported operating systems". They are CentOS 7.9, Ubuntu 22.4, Ubuntu 20.4, Ubuntu 18.4, and RockyLinux 8.6. You can also use virtualization like Kernel-based Virtual Machine (Proxmox VE), VMware ESXi, VirtualBox, OpenVZ, Linux Containers, Kubernetes, and Docker.
How does HC assign IP addresses on the London Server?
Clients with London dedicated servers hosted at 5 Greenwich View Pl, in EXA's data center in London Docklands data centers, are assigned 1 usable IP address and can add more IPs at any time.
Each London Dedicated server, hosted at the City of London Edge data centers located at 6 Braham Street, 240 East India Dock Road, and 260-266 Goswell Road data centers is assigned its own IPv4 subnet that varies from /29 (8 IPs addresses) to /24 (256 IPs). The first three IP addresses are used for the networking service of your server as follows: 1st IP address is for the router default gateway; 2nd IP address is reserved for router1; 3rd IP is reserved for router2. The 4th IP address is the main IP of your Edge Dedicated Server. Any additional IP addresses can be ordered from Accounts.HostColor.com and can be used for various services on your server.
What does a Semi-Managed Dedicated Server mean?
While most dedicated hosting providers offer 'Unmanaged' or 'Managed' hosting services, HostColor does 'Semi-Managed' and 'Managed' Dedicated Servers.
'Unmanaged' means that the client is solely responsible for the management of the bare-metal dedicated server they have. The provider's responsibility is to make sure that the server network connection works properly and in case of a hardware failure, to fix the failed components, or to replace the whole physical server.
'Managed' means that the provider is responsible for managing the network, the physical server, the installed operating system, and the software environment. The provider does operating system updates, software updates, and other management and configuration tasks on the physical server. In other words 'Unmanaged Dedicated Servers' does not feature server-side support and therefore the clients pay for the base infrastructure service. The 'Managed Dedicated Servers' feature full server-side infrastructure, OS, and software environment support and therefore are more expensive, as the provider's experts commit time and work hours to deliver technical and system administration.
HostColor fills the gap by offering 'Semi-Managed' Dedicated Servers in London. 'Semi-Managed' means that our administrators install your preferred OS on the physical server or your preferred virtualization platform to transform the physical server into a Cloud infrastructure. We create a custom technology environment per your requirements and keep on record a description with the 'base desired state' of your London server. As a part of the 'Semi-Managed' support contract, HostColor reinstalls the server OS per the request and helps the client fix issues and troubleshoot in case of any operating system, networking, or software configuration issues. All London-based 'Semi-Managed' UK dedicated servers feature up to 30 minutes per month of technical and system administration. Any time spent by HC experts on managing the server OS, software environments, or troubleshooting is charged per standard HostColor's managed service provider (MSP) rates.