Riptide Hosting – Premium Infrastructure to Avoid Downtime

Our Server Hosting services (dedicated server hosting, virtual server hosting and remote desktop hosting) are designed with redundant infrastructure to keep your business applications running. Below we discuss four of the common reasons for downtime and details on our infrastructure.

1) Internet Connection Failures – we utilize premium, blended bandwidth with a minimum of 8 telecom carriers (so the loss of a telecom provider has no effect on you). Each customer has its own dedicated VLAN and dedicated IPs so changes made to one client don’t affect another.

2) Hard Drive Failures – We only deploy servers in Raid1 or more (minimum 2 drives) so the failure of one drive is sustainable. We utilize enterprise class drives.

3) Power Failures – we utilize redundant power fees, UPS systems and generators for continuous power.

4) Equipment Failures – We utilize only high-end Dell PowerEdge Servers, Intel CPUs and Enterprise class hard drives. None of our servers are internal-built supermicros, etc.

If you do ever have an issue with your server at Riptide Hosting, you can contact us 24/7. All our dedicated servers come with Dell idrac Enterprise (remote KVM over IP) so you can access the server even when access to the OS fails. You can use the idrac to power cycle the server, enter BIOS or see what messages are on the console screen.

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SQL Server Express Edition

We are often asked by our clients if they can load SQL Server Express on their hosted server and where can they download it from. Yes, it is available as a free download. Below is a quick summary of SQL Express. Riptide Hosting also offers monthly licensing options for SQL licensing for Web Edition, Standard and Enterprise including 2016, 2017 and 2019 versions. SQL Web Edition is a cheaper option for public and internet accessible web pages.

Microsoft SQL Server 2017,2019 Express is a FREE version of SQL Server that is ideal for many web & small environments. SQL Server Express has certain restrictions such as a 10 GB database size. The express edition does have some reporting services features included. See our SQL Server Hosting page at for additional information. Links below to download SQL Server Express.

LINK TO DOWNLOAD SQL 2019 EXPRESS: Scroll down on this page to Express SQL 2019 Express (scroll down in link)  Direct download SQL 2019 Express

COMPARISON OF SQL SERVER 2019 EDITIONS  SQL Server 2019 Edition Comparison

One important change for SQL 2019 is that TDE (Transparent Data Encryption) is available in the Standard Edition of SQL Server 2019 instead of only in Enterprise Edition (not available in Express). Always Encrypted (since SQL 2016 SP1) is available in all editions including Express. These can be complimentary encryption technologies.

SQL SERVER 2019 HARDWARE & SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS  SQL Server 2019 Software and Hardware Requirements

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If you need more features and power than what SQL Server Express provides, contact us for pricing on SQL Standard, Web and Enterprise Editions.  We can provide SQL Server 2019 or SQL Server 2017 (2016) on a monthly basis via MS Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) with a much lower cost than you purchasing perpetual volume licensing.