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Building a WordPress virtualization solution using LXD/LXC containers

WordPress hosting is hot, and if Google Trends is anything to go by, it’s only getting hotter with each passing day. Most web hosting providers now offer specialized WordPress hosting packages, and some even focus exclusively on WordPress hosting.
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Metal as a Service (MaaS) – Is it for you?

Metal as a Service (MaaS) – Is it for you?

Setting up a server can be time consuming. It involves installing an operating system, setting up networking, configuring various services and securing can take up to 2 hours per server. But what if you can deploy servers in a few mins? That’s what you can do with the open source tool called “MAAS”. (more…)

How to setup WordPress high availability using open source software

How to setup WordPress high availability using open source software

Every webmaster in this world wants their sites to load fast, and never go down. But, many get dissuaded by seeing the high costs for enterprise grade high availability solutions or cloud hosting costs.

Well, what if you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve high availability? (more…)

Automated provisioning in an LXD/LXC server virtualization solution using API

Automated provisioning in an LXD/LXC server virtualization solution using API

I like instant coffee. Why? Because its “instant”! No waiting around. Fast feels good, especially when it comes to using services such as telephone services, web hosting, etc. For instance, in VPS hosting, customers now expect their accounts to be provisioned as soon as they place an order. To make this possible, VPS providers are now increasingly turning to automated provisioning solutions. (more…)

Building a server virtualization infrastructure with an Nginx web application gateway

Building a server virtualization infrastructure with an Nginx web application gateway

On 24th Sep, 2015, ARIN (IP registry for North America) announced that there were no more free IPv4 addresses. It meant that the already scarce IPv4 addresses became even more difficult to obtain. This prompted many web hosts and website developers to look at alternate solutions to host new websites. (more…)

How we setup a high density server virtualization system

How we setup a high density server virtualization system

As a server management company, we are often consulted by online service providers for a variety of business decisions – which technology to use, what hardware to deploy, how to keep the system profitable, etc. Profitability of a hosting company or an IaaS provider directly depends on the number of customers that can be supported on a given infrastructure. For instance, if a technology enables putting 40 customers on a server, that can otherwise hold only 30, it can deliver better ROI (Return on Investment).

Virtualization is the de-facto method by which hosting providers and IaaS companies deliver multi-tenant hosting. Of these technologies, some offer greater server density than others. For example, container virtualization technologies such as OpenVZ can achieve a higher server density than true virtualization hypervisors like Xen or KVM. It’s then not a surprise that hosting businesses that cater to retail market often choose container virtualization systems. (more…)

How we gained over 500% improvement in web site speed using LXD/LXC and HHVM

How we gained over 500% improvement in web site speed using LXD/LXC and HHVM

It is no news that Google and other search engines consider site speed as a ranking signal. Studies show that even customer confidence is severely affected by factors such as slow site speed, un-secured web sites, etc. So, web masters all over the world now consider site speed as a critical factor in their business. (more…)

How to setup high density VPS hosting using LXC (Linux Containers) and LXD

How many VPS should I put in a server? As part of our hosting support services, we often get this question from VPS hosting providers. We’ve seen that anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 times the normal server capacity is safe depending on how the server is managed.

As a rule of thumb, only about 10% of VPS customers really hit their resource limits frequently. By moving these top 10% heavy users into a single low density server, VPS providers can pack up to 2.5 times the normal number of customers in the rest of their servers. (more…)