Archive for January, 2008

When technology become art

Published on January 24, 2008 at 4:25 pm by iWeb-Olivier in: Web Hosting Articles

filsHuman beings always find a way to transform what’s not so cute in something beautiful, even when computer hardware is the subject. Not that Ethernet cables, switches , and other stuff on which the Internet is spreading are ugly, but no one would compare these with Van Gogh’s paintings. However, some persevering people saw an opportunity to release the artistic side of the machine.

It’s the case of Chris Harrison, student at Carnegie Mellon University, who had fun building graphical representations of usually intangible phenomenons. He has produced a map of interconnections between Wikipedia’s categories, a visualization of the bible, a graph showing global internet trends, and a world map of city-to-city internet connexions.

In this last case, Harrison used datas from the DIMES project in order to release a cute graphical representation on which we can see interconnections between cities of the world by router configurations (note that the internet still seem to be a Western thing) :

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On the other side, Pingdom magazine regrouped some photographs of network cables arrangements made by techies with an artistic side :

cables réseau

At iWeb, we are not really cable artists, but we’re still organized…

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Who said the web hosting industry was just rational and mathematical ?

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iWeb among the top few public small and medium businesses in Québec

Published on January 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm by iWeb-Olivier in: iWeb Articles

It seems that talking about iWeb in the medias is highly fashionable these days. It has probably something to do with the growth the company experienced in 2007 which place it in good position as for the small and middle size businesses from Québec. This time, it’s in the winter edition of PME Magazine. The magazine puts iWeb in good position in its top 25 of public companies :
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Sun Microsystems acquires MySQL AB

Published on January 16, 2008 at 1:39 pm by iWeb-Olivier in: Web Development Articles, Web Hosting Articles

mysqlSun Microsystems, a provider of network computing infrastructure solutions, has just announced the acquisition of MySQL AB, the company behind the popular open source database system MySQL, for about 1 billion dollars (800 million cash, and 200 million in options).

The wedding between these two players in the open source world is a “perfect match” says Jonathan Schwartz, Sun’s CEO : “Today’s acquisition reaffirms Sun’s position at the center of the global Web economy. Supporting our overall growth plan, acquiring MySQL amplifies our investments in the technologies demanded by those driving extreme growth and efficiency, from Internet media titans to the world’s largest traditional enterprises”, he explains.

If MySQL is an important part of the “LAMP” (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) power foursome which is behind most open source online application software, it also powers many large applications such as Facebook, Baidu, and Google. There are other systems like PostgreSQL which is gaining in popularity, but the competition comes mostly from SQL Server by Microsoft (a proprietary software), and from Oracle, generally used for more complex systems.

What does all this mean for iWeb and its customers? Not much for now, but we will follow this new giant’s development with great interest.

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iWeb among five companies in Quebec to watch in the stock market for 2008 according to La Presse

Published on January 14, 2008 at 5:51 pm by iWeb-Olivier in: iWeb Articles

tsxIn an article in “La Presse”, one of Montreal’s biggest daily newspapers, iWeb was named one of the “Five companies in Quebec to watch in the stock market in 2008“. In the article, journalist Maxime Bergeron reccomends that investors look beyond traditional investments such as oil or gold. He describes iWeb as “working in an obscure and not-so-glamorous sector”. We tend to disagree with the “not-so-glamorous” tag, there are some iWeb employees who were born to walk the red carpet…

Glamour aside, Luc Grenier, a broker from Industrielle Alliance interviewed by La Presse says that the web hosting market is in rapid expansion: “it’s a really strong trend in the industry; companies are subcontracting their servers”.

The article goes on to note that iWeb’s income increased by 71% in 2007, with a total revenue of $9.8 million, and that iWeb’s stock had the 8th biggest increase for a Quebec company on the Toronto Stock exchange in 2007, with gains of 108%.

We will be working hard in 2008 to post even better results!

Photo : nodomain.cc (Flickr)

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iWeb Rated Most Reliable Hosting Company by Netcraft for December

Published on January 10, 2008 at 12:37 pm by iWeb-Olivier in: iWeb Articles

netcraftiWeb has been named ‘Most Reliable Hosting Company’ for December 2007 by Netcraft.com. Performance measurements are made at fifteen minute intervals from separate points around the Internet, and give customers an indication of the reliability of routing. For the entire month of December, iWeb’s servers were always up and there were no failed requests.

This marks the 4th time that iWeb has earned ‘Most Reliable’ in 2007.

The performance measurements are made at fifteen minute intervals from separate points around the Internet, and give customers an indication of the reliability of routing.

You can obtain more information about Netcraft?s rankings and consult the complete list on their website.

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