Archive for November, 2007

Your server in a fish tank

Published on November 26, 2007 at 11:15 am by iWeb-Olivier in: Web Hosting Articles

Keep your server in a fish tank ? It might not be as crazy as it seems. Angstrom Microsystems has developped a liquid that is “non-conductive, non-flammable, non-toxic and environmentally friendly” that can be used as a coolant for computers.

As shows the following picture, you would be able to submerge a computer with its monitor in the liquid, and it would continue to function properly. This demonstration occured at the SuperComputing 2007 conference.

Angstrom LiquiBlades

Server cooling is an important challenge for any datacenter, and Angstrom claims its LiquiBaldes product can reduce energy costs by 25%.

“Angstrom LiquiBlades are design to cool the latest AMD Opteron? processors using a non-conductive fluid instead of water, thus eliminating the risk of data center disruption due to spillage.”

Clearly something to keep an eye on !


A Web Host Award for iWeb

Published on November 23, 2007 at 10:18 am by iWeb-Olivier in: iWeb Articles

Web Host Award iWebiWeb has just received an award from Web Host Directory for its dedicated server services for the month of November 2007. This award was granted because iWeb “offers a high quality network, directly linked by BGP offering excellent performance for game servers, web servers and all applications that require high throughput and no loss of packets”. Web Host Directory also recalls that iWeb is one the few public webhosting companies, and that it “has proven to be a trusted company due to the loyalty of his customers”.

Web Host Directory is a site dedicated to the web hosting industry, aiming to present in a neutral way, different product offers available from hosting companies. It is not the first time iWeb has received this prize. You can obtain more details about this award on Web Host Directory’s website.

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Second data center expansion : filing of a final short form prospectus

Published on November 22, 2007 at 12:04 pm by iWeb-Olivier in: iWeb Articles

iWeb Saint-LéonardiWeb announced some weeks ago the filing of a preliminary short form prospectus qualifying an offering of common shares. The prospectus has just gone from “preliminary” to “final”.

Indeed, this final short form prospectus is qualifying an offering of 3,300,000 common shares at a price of $1.25 per share, for gross proceeds of $4,125,000. These shares may not be offered or sold in the United States. As planned, the net product of this offer will be used to complete iWeb’s second data center’s phase 3 of expansion, and to start its fourth phase.

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Response time of iWeb’s servers by country

Published on November 20, 2007 at 5:33 pm by iWeb-Olivier in: Web Hosting Articles, iWeb Articles

We have gathered, using traceroute, response times for many of the countries for whom we host servers. Of course geographic location within a country and other factors can affect the results, so this is meant only as an approximation of the response times you may encounter. We have compiled the data in the following graph:

Traceroute iWeb

The shortest response time is from the United States at 39.967 ms followed by Canada at 51.947ms (Yes Canada is THAT big). The longest response time is for Kyrgystan.

Wikipedia defines traceroute as “a computer network tool used to determine the route taken by packets across an IP network”. You can measure the response time of your server using our “looking glass” tool at the bottom of our network architecture page.

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iWeb DNS now available in english

Published on November 16, 2007 at 2:09 pm by iWeb-Olivier in: iWeb Articles

iwebdns2Since iWeb’s headquarters are in Québec, a french-speaking province, some elements of our sites were at first written in french. It was the case, until recently, for the “iWebDNS” service from iWeb Reservations, our domain registration tool.

Great news for our english-speaking customers : iWebDNS’ english version is now online !

iWeb DNS allows shared hosting customers to define their domain’s IP address, to configure subdomains, to define their domain’s mail servers (MX), and to modify all of these informations in real time.

You can access iWebDNS from the Customer Hub. It will also be available from vAdmin really soon.