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Linux: Finding rootfs during boot

I read anything and everything around the Internet regarding Linux tips, tricks, and how-to documentation. A great resource that I visit regularly is developerWorks, in the their technical library over at IBM. We’ve all seen the errors, “cannot mount rootfs” and “kernel panic” more times than we’d like to remember so I thought I’d share an article from the guys over at developerWorks that outlines the Linux booting process on an x86 platform, shows why this problem happens, and offers four tips to avoid it or fix it.

First Dedicated Servers Provisioned in PEER 1 UK Data Center

We’re happy to share a photo of the first full rack of dedicated servers provisioned in PEER 1 – ServerBeach’s new UK Data Center.

PEER 1 UK

Seven Years Ago This Month

ServerBeach - San Antonio, Texas

ServerBeach - San Antonio, Texas

Let’s take a trip down memory lane…

Seven years ago this month – March of 2002, ServerBeach was founded with only two employees and a grand total of zero servers. Today, we’ve got a wonderful team of sixty employees and 10,277 servers!

Forwarding on to this month – March of 2009, we’re still strong, we’re still growing, and we’re still developing many products and opportunities that are made “by geeks, for geeks.”

We thank all of our wonderful customers who have helped us succeed!

Take a peek at some of the people you interact with here at The Beach here: http://www.serverbeach.com/aboutus/bygeeks.php

View some of the ServerBeach Event pictures here: http://www.serverbeach.com/resources/photos.php and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/peer1

Spend a few minutes and check out some of the videos we’ve created here: http://www.serverbeach.com/resources/videos.php

We’re always interested in meeting our customers and from time to time we’re traveling and visiting a city near you! Be sure to keep an eye on our “Upcoming Events” page so you can come out and say hello to your team! http://www.serverbeach.com/resources/events.php

SpawnPoint PWNage!

ServerBeach Staff

Recently we made a “You’re On My Shirt!” post about one of the largest public gaming communities on the Internet – SpawnPoint. In appreciation of our post, SpawnPoint sent our office their latest T-Shirts and we love them so much we wanted to show it.

You can't spell SpawnPoint without PWN!

You can't spell SpawnPoint without PWN!

We have many gamers within our company and many who frequent SpawnPoint.com so we’re very happy to be able to sport these cool T-Shirts around and we encourage all of you gamers out there to head on over to their web site and join their community. Who knows, maybe we’ll see you on the servers and enjoy some friendly gaming!

SB-gamers

ServerBeach celebrates 10,000 Server Milestone

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From left to right – Angela Ramirez – Manager of Client Loyalty, Allison – Customer Service, and Amy – Billing Department.

Employees of the ServerBeach San Antonio division partied it up and got their game on at Dave and Buster’s last Thursday to celebrate the ServerBeach 10,000 server milestone. Ted Smith, Vice President of Operations was able to join in on the fun while visiting San Antonio. We had food, drinks, gaming competition and ServerBeach Trivia. Congrats to Team #4 for winning the gaming competition. Jim Bair, DC Ops Technician and previous customer to ServerBeach, won the ServerBeach Trivia with only missing five answers out of 21. Congrats Jim! Some of the trivia questions related back to the beginning days of ServerBeach, such as:

  1. What is the name of the person who founded ServerBeach?
  2. What year was ServerBeach founded?
  3. What was the name of building where the first ServerBeach datacenter and office were located?
  4. What was the name of the first ServerBeach server?

All of the employees sported some cool limited edition 10,000 t-shirts (see pic). The purpose of this event was to recognize a huge accomplishment for ServerBeach and for the PEER 1 company. When PEER 1 acquired ServerBeach 3.5 years ago, SeverBeach had approximately 4,500 servers. We have now more than doubled our server count and tripled in revenue growth. This couldn’t have been done without the hard work from employees all across the PEER 1 organization.

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ServerBeach Reaches 10,000 Server Milestone

 

We’ve reached the 10,000 servers mark! This is a big milestone for ServerBeach and we want to thank you for helping us get here! Below is part of the official press release that went out late yesterday:

The company has reached this milestone through its dedication to providing the kind of control and flexibility that customers expect, in order to grow their businesses and web presence.

“We are very proud to reach this landmark with our strong customer loyalty and support,” said Fabio Banducci, president and CEO of PEER 1. “This milestone also reflects the company’s continuous growth in the very competitive self-managed hosting arena. We strongly believe this has been accomplished in part because ServerBeach has maintained its commitment to go above and beyond what other self-managed hosting companies provide, with much needed resources and support that help our customers succeed.”

Unlike competitors, where service often ends once the server is connected, ServerBeach is focused on providing its customers with continued support as their businesses grow. ServerBeach offers 24/7/365 customer service and automation tools that make self-managed hosting as simple as possible.

Automation tools include Rapid Reboot(TM) and Rapid Rescue(TM), which are powerful self-management tools optimized in-house by ServerBeach and available to customers free of charge. Rapid Reboot(TM) enables customers to restart their web servers instantly and on-demand, without having to wait on a technician to reboot them. Rapid Rescue(TM) is one-of-a-kind, allowing customers to rescue their dedicated servers from potentially fatal errors without waiting for assistance from an onsite technician.

Strategically located across the U.S., in California, Texas and Virginia, ServerBeach takes advantage of the high performance, fully redundant PEER 1 network, with 15 state-of-the-art data centers in 12
cities and 20 network points-of-presence across North America and Europe. Customers can expect reliable service, minimal latency, disaster recovery, and geographic diversity.

“I tried and quit several hosting vendors before discovering ServerBeach,” said Mike Mitchell, CIO at Winnovate.com. “I’ve used ServerBeach almost exclusively for over 4 years now and am very happy with their pricing, reliability, and support. Finally, a web hosting company I can count on!”

ServerBeach in Austin, Texas at South By Southwest – Come Geek Out With Us

SXSWServerBeach, Blue Flavor, and Raincity Studios are proud to present the 3rd annual South by Northwest (SXNW) Geek Fest Party at the Iron Cactus in downtown Austin, TX. This is one of the hottest events during SXSW. There will be plenty of free drinks and cool people to meet. Over 1,700 people showed up last year with line ups out the door. Come early and meet the Beach crew. We’ll also have a booth at SXSW Interactive and will be giving out plenty of Beach swag.

About Iron Cactus: a Southwestern style grille and Margarita Bar. They pride themselves on presenting authentic Southwestern cuisine, gleaning recipes and ingredients from Southern Mexico to Utah. Plus, Iron Cactus features more than 80 Tequilas and is considered in the top 10 best Tequila bar in the world.

Venue: Iron Cactus, 606 Trinity Street at 6th Ave, Austin, Texas 73301

For more details about this event, including maps, comments, and other attendees, visit the event page by clicking here. We hope to see you there!