Archive for October, 2007

Happy Halloween from iWeb

Published on October 31, 2007 at 11:01 am by iWeb-Olivier in: iWeb Articles

It’s Halloween time, but iWeb won’t hide under a witch, ghost or iPhone costume. At iWeb there’s no time for fun with so much work to be done.

You can go trick-or-treating without a care in the world while our team of skilled professionals keeps an eye on the uptime of your pumpkin, and on its candle power supply

Happy Halloween !

iWeb?s Halloween
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Data centers site selection : Montréal in good position

Published on October 29, 2007 at 12:55 pm by iWeb-Olivier in: iWeb Articles

Construction iWeb CLiWeb has recently announced the opening of its third data center in Montréal. It seems that the city is a good place for web hosting purposes.

John Rath, a data centers expert, has produced an analysis [PDF] establishing localization factors for a data centers. According to Mr. Rath, the selection of a site requires some instinct : “the most important factor is simply building where their gut feeling is”. But two practical issues come first when considering site selection.

1. Natural Disasters and Weather

Vulnerability to disasters of a geographical location has an important impact on the viability of a site. A data center must not be exposed to power outage because of hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes or floods.

2. Workforce and Business Climate

The availability of a qualified workforce is another essential factor. Same thing for demographic trends of one city compared to another. Evidently, the business climate, including governmental subsidies, tax breaks and costs of doing business are requirements not to be neglected. It is also important to estimate energy consumption costs, and the proportion of this energy that is “green”.

Many others factors are analyzed in Mr. Rath’s document.

According to Mr. Rath’s analysis, we can conclude that Montréal is an excellent site to establish a data center. The city had some problems with an ice storm at the end of the 1990s, but Hydro-Québec, the state run electrical utility has since updated its network and infrastructure. Furthermore, because of the great hydroelectric potential (a relatively green way of producing energy), the electricity is available at low prices. Finally, Montréal can count on five Universities on its territory, providing a steady stream of IT professionals… which could eventually join iWeb workforce !

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An automated data center

Published on October 26, 2007 at 9:46 am by iWeb-Olivier in: Web Hosting Articles

Germany’s national research centre for aeronautics and space’s data center is run in part by robots, as shown in this video.

The center has to manage an enormous quantity of data, many of which is made of photos from satellites.

We can concede that the robot is pretty good at moving archives from one point to another. However, iWeb technicians should not yet be scared about losing theirs jobs…

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Dedicated servers clearance : first come, first served !

Published on October 24, 2007 at 11:36 am by iWeb-Olivier in: iWeb Articles

Clearance warehouseWe are running out of space in the iWeb warehouse, so we are putting tons of servers on sale from 29$ / month ! We have updated our server warehouse clearance section so you can order a discounted dedicated server directly from our website, and get info on new offers.

The new page presents some new useful options such as sorting out results by price or by date, or only showing the available offers for a certain price. A “news feed” (RSS), which will notify customers for any new offer as soon as it is available, has also been added. You have to be vigilant since quantities are limited !
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Many jobs available at iWeb !

Published on October 18, 2007 at 3:16 pm by iWeb-Olivier in: iWeb Articles

iWeb recruteYou are excited by the evolution of network uptime and are able to install a hard disk with one hand while surfing the Web with the
other? You need the sound of a 1 megawatt generator to fall asleep ? You could sell a Linux server to Bill Gates ?

Well, there’s probably a place for you at iWeb ! With the expansion of the company, the number of employees should go from about 60 to almost 100, and many jobs are now available :

We are looking for dynamic people to complete our reputed team and to participate in our baby-foot (and petanque) tournaments. You are not the enthusiastic, smart and full of promises person we are looking for ? Well, this is not a lost cause since you can recommend someone you think would be good enough for iWeb and receive 500dollars in exchange ! Do not hesitate to consult our offers on iWeb Recruit and to send your resume to cv [@] iWeb8.com.

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