Archive for July, 2009

Beware of the squirrel!

Published on July 31, 2009 at 5:24 pm by heri in: Web Hosting Articles, iWeb Articles

Our IT team is obsessed with redundancy and providing a 100% network and power SLA, as shown here. One thinks and brainstorms about clusters, automated failover, redundant software and hardware that would make sure that there is no single point of failure. One recent example is the recursive DNS servers, which is now served by 2 geographically balanced fail-over cluster. Others worry about natural disasters, thunderstorms, fires, denial of service attacks, hacker attacks, etc.

For iWeb, we’ve been through all of those incidents. We had an incident yesterday though, which was a fiber cable cut.

This kind of incident is frequent, with the IT team drilled and prepared to face cuts, with traffic rerouted to one of the multiple other providers. The cause though was a very rare occurrence; which was in this case due to a squirrel which chewed the cable.

I have to admit squirrels weren’t forethought in the redundancy plan. We’re currently looking for the culprit, thus the poster… In all seriousness though, this incident proves that even if you spend weeks and months planning for 100% availability and 100% scalability, and doing functional and integration tests, nothing beats doing it for good to see how it performs in the real world … and to be ready for the squirrel!


Winners of the iWeb and Microsoft Canada drawing, WordCamp Montreal 2009

Published on July 24, 2009 at 2:31 pm by iWeb Technologies in: iWeb Articles

Thanks to Alex Dergachev and Pascal Bergeron, who won in the vote race iWeb and Microsoft Canada. They get several prizes which are detailed here. You will be able to learn about each of them and their company since they won a blog post on our blog!

We also had a draw with 15 winners, for Wordcamp attendees. You can see the drawing in this video here. The winners are listed here:

Debbie Rouleau, Bruno Boutot, Stephane Daury, Luc Gendron, Desa Phanalasy, Geoffroi Garon, Brian Ouellette, Arié Moyal, Pier-Luc Petitclerc, Marc Boivin, Arach Tchoupani, Sofia Shendi, Paul Ielovcich, Safe Solvent, Pascal Bergeron.

Congrats to everyone! You will soon receive a box with several surprises inside!

We hope to see you all next year at Wordcamp Montreal 2010

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iWeb’s Financing Proceeds as Planned: Announces Increase to Credit Facility

Published on July 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm by Bernard Dahl in: iWeb Articles

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, July 20, 2009 iWeb Group Inc. (TSX-V: IWB) has just confirmed the completion of a $3 million financing with BMO Bank of Montreal, one of its major financial partners. The $3 million revolving credit facility is available in term loans, bearing interest of 4.75% as of today, (prime rate plus 2.5%), payable in monthly installments over 42 months.

iWeb intends to use this loan facility to fund servers in the largest of the Company’s three Montreal data centers. According to Philip Tousignant, iWeb’s CFO, this investment in IT infrastructure will continue expanding iWeb’s dedicated hosting service offering, which has passed the 10,000 server mark in March 2009. $1.37 million has been disbursed immediately for servers already in use.


About iWeb Group Inc. (

iWeb is a worldwide provider of Internet hosting services and IT Infrastructure, with three secure data centers in Montreal. Since 2004, the Company’s compounded annual growth rate has been above 75%, making it one of Canada’s 100 fastest growing companies according to PROFIT Magazine. iWeb has also been named one of the top movers and shakers among Canadian IT companies in the 2009 edition of the Branham300.

Founded in 1996 in Montreal, iWeb now generates more than 60% of its revenues from abroad and employs over 170 full-time employees. Providing Dedicated Server Hosting, Co-location and Web Hosting services to more than 21,000 customers in 150 countries. iWeb’s shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V : IWB). For more information please consult the Company’s website:

For further information:

Bernard Dahl
Director, Communications and Public Relations
iWeb Group Inc.
(514) 802-2801

Philip Tousignant
Chief Financial Officer
iWeb Group Inc.
(514) 286-4242 ext 149

Caution concerning forward-looking statements
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or iWeb’s future economic performance and reflect the current assumptions and expectations of management. Certain unknown factors may affect the events, economic performance and results of operations. iWeb undertakes no obligation, and does not intend to, update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable law.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

Director, Communications and Public Relations
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iWeb – Microsoft Canada vote race

Published on at 12:13 pm by iWeb Technologies in: iWeb Articles

To conclude WordCamp Montreal 2009,  Microsoft Canada and iWeb invite you to get some amazing free stuff by participating in a very simple contest.

It’s a vote race. The 2 people who get the most votes in the poll below will earn themselves several prizes (see list below). The competition will finish this Thursday, July 23rd, at noon (Montreal time).

Here is the list of prizes our 2 top vote-getters will receive:

  • 1 year of free hosting with a iWeb Power Dedicated Server (Quad Core CPU, 2GB RAM, 2 x 320GB SATA2 hard drives, 2000GB of bandwidth, running on Windows 2008 Web server (prize value of $1908 USD)
  • 2 XBOX 360 games (prize value of $110CAD)
  • a sports bag featuring Microsoft 2008 Server
  • a refillable water bottle, showcasing Microsoft 2008 Server
  • a Microsoft “anti-stress ball” – well, more of an anti-stress foam Lego block.
  • a Wordpress T-Shrirt
  • several Windows 7 Beta discs, golf tees, and lots of candies!
  • 1 blog post on the iWeb blog showcasing their company or their blog
  • a visit of the CL data center
  • and other suprises!

You can use your Twitter accounts, blogs, or Facebook profile to get your friends to vote for you!

Good luck!

* iWeb will verify the IP address of the voters.


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iWeb gets a 5th Dedicated Server award

Published on July 15, 2009 at 12:43 pm by iWeb Technologies in: iWeb Articles

Thanks to our Internet network, awarded by Netcraft,  and our amazing taletend staff, striving always for the best, we have been chosen as the best provider of Windows Dedicated Server in july 2009.

The Dedicated Server Directory USA team judge providers on their network, their support staff, the redundancy equipment for network and electrical infrastructure, and the environment footprint.

Thanks to our privileged relationship with Microsoft Canada, iWeb services and products with Windows and SQL can only improve over time!

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