We’re making a few updates to the Roller Network dedicated server lineup:
- The Pentium G6950 with 4GB of RAM ($109) will no longer be available.
- The Intel Core i3-540 with 8GB of RAM will now be available for $121 (old price $149).
- Prices on the Xeon X3440, Opteron 6134, and Opteron 6174 options are being lowered by $10 each.
- The price for the “Add-in PCIe SATA/SAS RAID card w/BBU” is being raised $5 from $34 to $39; unfortunately the original model we were using is no longer readily available.
The Core i3-540 makes a great alternative to the discontinued Pentium G6950. With the Core i3-540 you get Hyper-Threading, more cache (4MB vs. 3MB), a faster clock speed (3.06 GHz vs. 2.8 GHz), and more memory bandwidth (21 GB/s vs. 17 GB/s) for only $12 more than the old G6950 option. On top of that, the new price for the Core i3-540 option is over $300 per year in savings!
Dedicated servers are still a noteworthy option in today’s cloud-buzzword market by offering exclusive use of known computing resources (CPU, RAM, and disk I/O) at a fixed price. Whole-disk encryption can be leveraged with remote KVM to require an encryption pass phrase at boot time for additional security and peace of mind. Multiple dedicated servers can even be used as the building blocks for your own private cloud!