Archive for January, 2014

Small Business Server Backup Strategy Framework

Published on January 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm by iWeb Technologies in: Web Hosting Articles


Use this framework when starting your backup strategy, or for help when setting up a cost-effective strategy with a iWeb hosting expert.

The framework consists of four main elements, to approach separately, plus approaches to restoring your entire server. Good server backup services offer the flexibility to address each of these framework elements separately, using file exclusion to pick only the folders and files you want to back up. That means a good backup strategy can not only save your data from being lost, it can save you money every day.

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Retail’s big data evolution

Published on January 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm by Internap in: Web Marketing Articles

This article was originally published on the Internap blog. Read the original article here.

The amount of data collected at every part of the supply chain has steadily increased, enabling retailers to make extremely informed decisions about what to sell, when to sell it and who to sell it to. The science of collecting these vast amounts of data and trying to draw meaningful conclusions falls under the term “big data.” This vast amount of information quickly becomes complex, unruly and difficult to store; and it’s nearly impossible to extract meaningful insight using traditional databases and computational techniques. The ability to compare Apple iPads to orange t-shirts in a meaningful way is a recent development, and this kind of knowledge is more than power – it’s profit.

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How I reduced data center costs by 60%, increasing capacity by 100%

Published on January 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm by Gustavo Franklin Nóbrega in: Web Hosting Articles


The quick answer:  I moved my website from a big data center in the USA to iWeb, and virtualized every server with XenServer. Here’s how my team and the iWeb sysadmins did it.

I work at eSapiens Internet, a small IT company that runs a social network in Brazil. Today we have around 500,000 unique visitors per day, and 250,000,000 page views per month. Keeping all our web servers and databases servers running well together is not an easy task.

Before October 2013, we had more than 30 dedicated servers connected by a 1Gbps network and a few shared iSCSI storage volumes. All these servers ran CentOS with nGinx above it. Backend web servers ran php-fpm and backend database servers PostgreSQL.

All services were very well configured and we were getting the optimal performance that a dedicated server could provide. But we still thought this might not be the best solution we could get, so we looked to a new solution, which I’ll describe now.esapiens
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