Hello TCH Family,
As part of our
ongoing effort to continue offering the most reliable and cost effective hosting on the planet, we are making changes to the way that we will be communicating with our clients.
One of the most requested items was to allow our clients to pick and choose what forms of communications they receive from us. Therefore, effective as of this blog post we will be maintaining several different emailing lists that will allow us to communicate to our clients. These lists will consist of news, maintenance, incidents and advisories. This will allow clients to unsubscribe from one list but not another.
We have opted to move away from the fancy HTML based emails and we will be utilizing simple plain text emails to communicate. We received quite a bit of feed back from the HTML based newsletters that we were sending and all of the feedback was negative.
If you are a client of TCH, your name and email address will be placed on each unique mailing list that we maintain. If you prefer not to receive updates from us please use the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email. This will of course be a one time removal request for that specific email list.
Thank you for your business and we hope this helps in our efforts to better communicate with our hosting family.
cPanel is the leading control panel software company period. Without exception cPanel has been setting the bar with their product for many years. TCH has been a avid supporter and has been involved with the cPanel Partner NOC program for many years.
This month cPanel invited the management team of TCH to enjoy dinner and a discuss our product lines It was a most enjoyable meeting. Most notable to me was being able to finally extend a handshake to a man that I have been dealing with for over 13 years. Mario, is our account manager at cPanel has been dealing with TCH well before cPanel.
After dinner cPanel presented us with a very nice plaque that will be finding a new home on our office walls.
I am really pleased to be able to be part of the cPanel program for this long and look forward to many more years.
Cheers to the fine folks at cPanel.
Hello TCH Family,
Over the past few weeks we have been working behind the scenes with our Hardware Vendors to complete acquisition of several new Core Routers. I am happy that this phase of the project is completed and the new hardware is sitting on the floor of our Troy, MI Data Center.
Over the next couple days we will be starting the process of preparing the new core routers for production work. This is a detailed process and one that we will take our time with and make sure we get it right. Our core routers are all Cisco branded and the new routers are also from Cisco. So the move over to the new routers will not be a complete changeover for us.
Once the new routers are up and running with our required setup, we will run a burn in period of a 336 hours (two weeks). After this is concluded we plan on sending a network upgrade notice for the weekend of September 1st, 2013. This will include the network being down for a short period while our current routers are replaced with much more robust and capable systems.
I will keep everyone informed via the blog and forums about the upgrade as this is a very large infrastructure upgrade.
It is a great day here at TCH!
Yesterday, Samsung announced a new line of SSD’s called The Samsung 840 EVO series; The Samsung 840 EVO is a consumer high performance SSD which for the first time comes in a 1000GB option along with four other options (120GB, 250 GB, 500GB, and 750GB).
Pricing and Specifications:
The pricing seems to be middle of the road until you get to the 1000GB model which seems to be quite the cost saving bargain when looking at Price Per GB at just $0.65 which is considerably low when compared to other premium SSD brands. When compared to Samsung’s other consumer lines it seems to be the middle child so to speak with the 250GB Samsung 840 being priced at $175, The Samsung 840 EVO 250GB at $189.99, and the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB at about $229.99.
This new range of Samsung SSD’s seem to be in the high end of performance once you get into the 500GB and above range, however, before that you do see lower performance. Whereas many technology reviewers will focus on the read and write performance it is also very important to consider the Random Read and Random Write performance because those numbers will more accurately represent the performance of everyday things such as opening large applications. Even though most will never use an SSD to its full potential it is still important to consider these facts. However, once you get to the 500GB level you do see a noticeable increase in random write speeds. Essentially, what Samsung is pushing this new EVO model because of their newer controller the Samsung MEX which has a new capability for their smaller capacity models called TurboWrite. This is great to see because in the past the write speeds on smaller capacity SSD’s has been much lower than their older brothers. For comparison, the Samsung 840 120GB is rated at 120 MB/s and the New Samsung 840 EVO 120GB is rated at 410 MB/s.
The bottom line is that this new Samsung SSD looks to be a promising middle priced high performance SSD for the consumer. However, because Samsung is using a new controller with this device we do recommend that you should wait to buy until there have been some solid reviews!
Sidenote: At their SSD Summit event Samsung also announced the XS1715, an super-fast NVMe (Non-Volitile Memory Express) SSD with storage options of all the way up to 1.6 TB! The XS1715 is the first and only 2.5” sized SFF-8639 SSD using PCIe 3.0 to encourage a max sequential speed of 3 GB/s, as well as 740k IOPS.
We hope everyone is staying cool during this heat wave in the US! Here’s a few tips to help keep your computer healthy during the heat. Hard drives usually operate up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 Celsius) and spin between 7,000-10,000 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute). The average car engine operates around 175 degrees Fahrenheit and spins around 2,500 RPM’s. Pretty wild, huh?
- Cooling – make sure you blow out the dust and animal hair from your case and fans! This will help the fan circulate air and will keep it spinning freely.
- Room to breath – Make sure your computer has room to breath! Keep it as low as possible as heat rises. Also leave space between any walls and obstructions for maximum circulation.
- Ventilation in the computer room – It’s always a good idea to have ventilation in the room which your computer is in. Opening windows (as long as water won’t come in) and fans help to keep it cool.
- Air Conditioning – If you have access to an air conditioner and can use it, we recommend it highly. It will help cool down your computer just like it cools you down
- Turn it off when not in use! If you’re not using your computer then turn it off. Not only will it keep it cool, it will also save you money. Our servers are on all the time, just use them
- Set your power settings properly – Adjust your power settings for optimum conditions. After X amount of time your screen and hard disks should be turned off if not in use.
That’s all for now! Feel free to comment with more tips and suggestions!