These days, everyone expects sites to be super fast. For instance, Google’s LightHouse audit tool recommends that a page should load within 1.2 seconds.
Yes, 1.2 seconds sound steep, but what if your competitors heed that advice? They are likely to get better SEO ranks, and customer visits. (more…)
In web hosting business, server uptime and speed are the crucial aspects that determine the success of a provider. Signing up for a server administration service usually happens simultaneous to starting a hosting business.
But if your server management company fails to secure or manage your servers properly, it can end up spoiling your reputation. Reviewing the tasks that are covered in server administration is, therefore, crucial before you signup with a company. (more…)
These days you can get a server from AWS or Azure in as little as 15 minutes.
And not surprisingly, many business owners now use a VPS or Cloud instance to host their website or business apps.
The trouble is, these servers are sold as “unmanaged” instances, and the burden of Server Management & Monitoring falls on the server owner. (more…)
A fast server with high uptime – that’s the dream of every web host! But in real-world scenarios, nightmares do happen in the form of an unexpected server crash or a DOS attack to the web server.
To diagnose and resolve server incidents in no time, it is vital to have a server performance monitoring system in place. With an efficient monitoring service, you can prevent server attacks or outages that can be detrimental to your business. (more…)
Imagine that you are in the midst of an Ad-campaign and is dependent too much on e-mails. What if your mail server suddenly goes down and it majorly affects your business? Obviously, you’d be frustrated.
Server uptime is therefore, always the utmost priority in web hosting services. A single prolonged server downtime is sufficient to throw you out of your business. To stay competitive in business, you’ve to ensure 99.99% uptime to your customers.
A 99.99% uptime means a total of not more than 54.84 minutes of downtime in a year. As anything from a network issue to a bad hard drive can lead to a downtime, having an effective server monitoring service is vital to ensure this uptime. (more…)
Docker systems can be used for a wide range of applications, from setting up development environments to hosting web instances.
Live Docker containers that crash often can end up ruining their purpose. As a result, a major concern faced by Docker providers is ensuring the container uptime.
People love fast websites, and so does Google. It’s then no surprise that the top spots in Google search results are occupied by fast websites with high uptime.
It’s a popular belief that using a monitoring tool is a good hedge against preventing or recovering from a downtime. In reality, by the time an alert is received, and help called for, a website would have gone down. (more…)
“Logs from alpha-p3 is missing!”
We were responding to an issue raised by an onsite technician for a data center we managed. System logs from one server was missing in the central log server. It looked like the Rsyslog service that was used for central logging had crashed in the source server, leading to 2 hours of lost log information.
Logs are critical to day-to-day server management and missing logs were an urgent priority issue. Rsyslog service was restarted in the source server, and debugging was enabled to identify what had gone wrong. Looking at the update logs, we noted that the Rsyslog package was recently updated, which pointed to a possible bug. A quick stop at the Rsyslog github bug database confirmed that crashes were reported, and a patch was available. An update was done in all servers to fix the issue. But it still left the question, what if a future update causes a similar crash? We needed a solution to ensure the central logging is resilient to failure. (more…)
The load average tries to measure the number of active processes at any time. High load averages usually mean that the system is being used heavily and the response time is correspondingly slow. The server load is influenced by memory usage, CPU usage, size of swap file etc.
The “number of cores = max load” Rule of Thumb: on a multicore system, your load should not exceed the number of cores available.
There are a few different ways to keep an eye on your servers load. We can monitor the load manually or using monitoring tools.
Virtual Private Servers are the primary choice of customers who can’t afford to buy a Dedicated Server, at the same time need same amount of flexibility and control. This industry is facing a serious threat from Amazon and Windows Azure Cloud Platforms. This article is focused on running a VPS business which can compete with these cloud platforms.
A thorough understanding of the features that end customers looks for in these services and implementing them at much lower price tag is the key for running a successful VPS hosting services. Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. The key features of Azure are: