Many organizations know the benefits of centralized file storage on shared drives, and more latterly the convenience of cloud storage like Dropbox and Google Drive. But did you know that the benefits of consolidating and managing information centrally also extend to servers? And to the websites and applications they serve? They do. And they are critical in virtualized environments where computing and storage are separated.
Want to make yourself stand out in the department? Need to prove yourself during an internship? Here’s the single most powerful way to make your website, application or database more robust. Save your company from lost time, revenue and business - then take the credit!
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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.
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It’s snowing since Monday in Montreal, and it makes us want to give you gifts! Instead of having one christmas day, there will be 31 at iWeb! Since every customer is different, we are offering several packages, which we wish will give you happinness for the holiday season. You can find free firewall, servers with Windows included, a cluster of 6 servers managed by our elves our technical team for $499 $399 and even more.
Here’s a short description of our packaged gifts we’re offering for you:
- Budget Server: One P4 2.4Ghz with 3000GB bandwidth for $69
- Performance Servers: Dual Xeon at $159
- Peace of Mind package: a free firewall with this package
- Windows server: a Dual Core Celeron with free Windows
- Bandwidth intense server: bandwidth, more bandwidth and even more bandwidth for only $199
- Mac Server: a Mac Server for $169? yes yes, $169 for a Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM and 10000GB bandwidth
- Free Control Panel: We are offering a free control panel for all our clearance servers, wow!
- Cluster Web: A cluster is usually expensive. For the month of December, we are offering it for only … $399. There must be a typo? No, it’s only $399
- Reseller Offer: 24 servers for $936 per month. I repeat, 24 servers for $936 per month.
Santa Claus comes very early at iWeb since we already have snow and he’s feeling at home in our data centers. He won’t be there in January, take advantage of our offers today.
Did you know that the Jinn and Lumiva clusters host the emails of more than 12000 domains? These 2 clusters process more than 2 millions of emails everyday, and store 40 million emails (1.2TB storage space)!
To improve performance for all customers using those 2 email clusters, we have annonced the acquisition of a Sun 7410 Unified storage unit in December 2008. After several weeks of tests and tuning, we are ready to get this unit into production.
In a few days, we will begin the online transfer with the email migration of our own domain iWeb.com.
A second step is planned in which the Jinn and Lumiva clusters will be migrated to a set of better performing servers. This migration will be done in several seamless steps, and without service interruption for our customers. You can follow the evolution of this step-by-step migration by following the system status or via Twitter (@iWebStatus).
If you have more questions or comments for this performance upgrade on our Jinn and Lumiva clusters, don’t hesitate to leave a comment and we’ll gladly give more details.