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Some companies are still reluctant to outsource their server management although there is many benefits one could get from hosting companies such as iWeb.
Les Affaires newspaper has recently published a special report (in french) about servers for businesses that was talking about, among other things, iWeb’s services. The newspaper used, as an example, the case of a Montreal based company, Logiweb, which is really grateful to have outsourced its server management to iWeb : “Our objective, by using iWeb as a partner, is to focus on our specialization, which is the optimization of human ressources management, and to leave the other tasks to the experts“, explains Yves Forget from Logiweb.
Among the benefits of outsourcing, there is of course the advantage of being able to rely on experts, but also to avoid the hassle of finding qualified workers and to avoid paying for costly hosting infrastructures within the company. “Our servers at Logiweb costed us many thousand dollars in equipment and time. However, as for the servers we use for our customers, iWeb offers cost-effective services which allowed us to save on the initial investment“.
The Infoworld magazine also reported the case of the Bazaarvoice website who, having outsourced the management of its infrastructure, is able to manage its IT operations with only two employees out of a total of 200.
Furthermore, web hosts such as iWeb offer redundant services and a secure environment, far away from disasters. Logiweb story of a fire in their offices really well illustrates this situation : “Fortunately, all the servers who served our customers was in iWeb datacenter. We were therefore able to continue to offer all our customer a service without interruption even though our building was on fire !”
According to Infoworld, the fact that hosting infrastructures are increasingly complex also invites companies to outsource. Considering that the success on the Internet is sometimes unpredictable and that the demand for resources can quickly gain momentum, it is necessary for companies to adapt to the demand, and hosting companies are in a better position to help. Also according to Infoworld, promotional sites used over a short period of time are also a growing market whose needs are met effectively by hosting companies.
In conclusion, the benefits to outsource Web sites hosting are numerous, and we won’t hide the fact that we suggest iWeb datacenters to do it !
Last week-end, iWeb moved its headquarter in a new building in Nuns’ Island, Montreal. The Sales, marketing, accounting departments along as manager’s offices are now under the same roof. It is the third headquarter of iWeb?s history.
The building also includes a 12,000 square feet datacenter set to host servers in colocation and those square feet are selling like hot cakes.
Here’s a few pictures of the new place.
The building is circled by trees and we are certainly planning to get out there and listen to the singing birds while eating on the grass.
Security is not an option for us, there is almost ten doors requiring an access card before entering office.
The datacenter is wide and bright.
Bagels and muffins were waiting for us in the kitchen, but we are still waiting for a cofee machine.
Office spaces are so wide that people at the other end seem really small.
Some took the opportunity to clean up their desks. Menus from restaurants nearby our old office were sent to the recycle bin.
We have many windows which is great since summer has finaly arrived !
Shutdown Day 2008, which is intended to raise awareness about the dangers of computer extended use, will occur on may 3rd and iWeb is proud to be part of it by providing the necessary infrastructures for this day to run smoothly. You can now close your computers without any concern.
Even if the event organizers say that stopping the activities of our datacenters would generate an economy of energy equivalent to 111,659 boilers heating at the same time, it is our duty to stay online. The only solution we found so everyone could shutdown their computer is to keep our servers up and running.
”Shutdown Day is extremely thankful to iWeb Technologies, the leading Internet hosting and infrastructure solutions company from Montreal, for generously donating the necessary infrastructure and bandwidth for the Shutdown Day campaign event for the year 2008“, says Ashutosh, co-founder of Shutdown Day.
Computers all over the world, be assured that iWeb will always be a safe place to those whose owners would like to take a day off.
Photo : poloballs (Flickr)
There are catastrophes that could be avoided. Even if we already showed you that a server will sometimes work when completely submerged, water is generally not welcomed into a datacenter, as demonstrated in the video from an unknown center, at the end of this post.
Of course, iWeb’s servers are well protected against water floods. None of them are located in basements. Our datacenters are equipped with many drains and they are simply not situated in risk zones.
I had a bad experience back in the 90?s, when it rained on my modem because of an open window and it lost some of its 14,400 bps. However, this can not happen to iWeb’s datacenters since there are no windows (neither in my office, but that’s another story).
So the risks are so small that really, it’s a non-issue. We just wanted to share these images with you so you can laugh or cry.
Always ready to broaden its horizons, iWeb is flying to Europe with nine other businessmen from Quebec for a Trade Mission, between march 28th and april 5th. The purposes of this trip is to establish contacts with european decision makers, but also to show how we can get things done.
The mission is organized by the Young Chamber of Commerce of Québec (RJCCQ):
?In a globalized business world, we are really happy to offer to ten young businessmen from Québec the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the European Union Model, to seize commercial opportunities, and to build a solid relation with european partners. The european market is perfect for Québec companies, and we believe that, after this mission, these ten businessmen will have the necessary skills and knowledge to help them conquer this market.? says Martin Thibault, RJCCQ president.
iWeb counts many european clients, and this trip is a great occasion to consolidate the company presence in those countries.
You can read the RJCCQ press release (in french) on the CNW website.
P.S. feel free to invite us if something is organized in Hawaii!
Over the past few years, the exponential increase in the volume of spam has forced email service providers to apply increasingly aggressive filtering solutions which sometimes exclude legitimate emails. In order to reduce the chances that your emails are perceived as spam from major suppliers such as Yahoo, Hotmail, Google or AOL, please make sure your server meets the following qualifications :
1) A valid “PTR” Record (Reverse-DNS) is configured on your IP address.
A PTR Record is essentially the hostname that is shown when a reverse lookup query is done on an IP address. This type of query is always done by default and the result is shown in email headers. Having a configured or customized PTR record will help giving your server more credibility when sending emails.
An optimal PTR record would be the server’s principal hosted domain.
You can have your Reverse DNS configured or changed by opening an assistance request with our system administration team.
2) The email addresses: abuse@
Feedback loop is an email address used to report spam abuses for a certain IP address. This address is abuse@ and/or postmaster@. AOL asks that these account exists and that they accepts emails.
3) A “TXT” DNS entry that contains a valid SPF record is configured for the domains hosted on your server.
By default, anyone can send emails from any domains by spoofing email addresses. A SPF record will restrict the IP addresses or hostnames allowed to send e-mails from the domains it will be configured on.
You can generate a SPF record by using the OpenSPF Wizard.
By having the two conditions above met, the verifications made by the email service providers are likely to determine that your IP address can be trusted and will refer to other criterias to verify wether a specific email is considered unsolicited.
If you wish to know more about how email delivery works and ways to raise your delivery rate, you can review the following website: http://www.saas.nsw.edu.au/solutions/dns.html
Do not hesitate to contact our team if you have any questions or require assistance.
iWeb’s new website completion is coming really soon. Until then, let’s take a look at another new product that will be available in the near future : Private dedicated servers racks.
A Private Dedicated Server rack allows you to grow your business trouble free having your servers physically installed next to each other in your very own private space for maximum efficiency.
Depending of the kind of dedicated server your want to host, your private dedicated server rack can hold from 12 to 48 servers. Use multiple private dedicated server racks to host hundreds of servers.
If you have any question about this new product, do not hesitate to contact us !
Here is a new piece of our website to be launched : Google Adwords credits.
It’s a fact, iWeb will soon offers to its new customers Google Adwords credit in order for them to promote efficently their website. With Google Adwords, your ads appear as a complement to the results of a Google search. You reach a very specific audience and depending on the relevance of your keywords, clicks on the ads have a good chance to convert.
Stay tuned for other pieces of our new website to come.
You might have heard that iWeb was rebuilding its website. What’s planned is a new design, new products, new offers… well, almost everything is new.
Just to tease you and to put some pressure on ourselves in order to accelerate the completion of the site, we will present, until the grand opening, a weekly screen shot of the site featuring a sample of a new product.
Let’s begin with Mac servers. Yes, from March 2008, iWeb will offer the possibility to get Mac Mini as dedicated servers.
Packaged with up to 2000GB of traffic and a remote reboot port it has everything you need for a rocking web presence. Use it as a web server, mail server, dns server, mySQL server or even as a Ruby on Rails development server with the new Leopard OS built in Rails.
Make it your backup server for your important files, a fully loaded web hosting server with iTools, an instant messaging server with Jabber, a Quicktime streaming server, a DNS server with or anything else you can think of. The server version of Leopard even supports everything you need to develop Apache 2, Ruby on Rails, Tomcat 5, Java VM and WebObjects 5.4 out of the box!
The price structure of Mac servers needs to be confirmed, but the price should be fixed between 119$ and 149$ per month. Be in the five first persons to pre-order a Mac Mini and get a 25% rebate ! Contact our sales department at this email address to benefit from this great deal.
Human 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) :
On the other side, Pingdom magazine regrouped some photographs of network cables arrangements made by techies with an artistic side :
At iWeb, we are not really cable artists, but we’re still organized…
Who said the web hosting industry was just rational and mathematical ?