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CloudLinux – A Better Solution for Web Hosting

This is a guest blog entry from Kerstin Demko, part of the CloudLinux Managment Team.

Mindraven is committed to providing shared hosting servers that have a limited number of clients per server. That’s to make sure you are not stuck sharing resources with hundreds of other clients on the same server. Now they go even further with a shared hosting solution that assures that your site is going to be running fine and won’t be impacted by other customers on the server. Sign up for the new CloudLinux shared hosting offer!

On a shared hosting server there are many other customers hosting their websites on the same server and you are sharing resources with your neighbors. Sometimes, unpredictable issues can slow server performance or worse – cause a complete outage of the server.

It is becoming more common for a typical web server to see more complex and diverse websites with many different configurations, web applications (like blogs, shopping carts, forums) and software loaded onto it. This ever-increasing complexity sets the stage for one single, poorly configured site or a site that suddenly gets popular, to bring down the whole server. That means your neighbor on the server can potentially impact your website performance.

That’s why Mindraven now offers CloudLinux shared hosting server. CloudLinux prevents one website on a shared server from being able to slow down or take down the entire server, and ensures your website keeps running smoothly.

The heart of CloudLinux is innovative technology called Lightweight Virtual Environment™ technology. It isolates and limits resources to a specific process or customer and creates separation between websites on a shared server to prevents one website from affecting its neighbors.

Essentially CloudLinux “crash proofs” the shared hosting account by creating separation and delivers:

  • Increased server capability without increasing risk
  • More efficient and stable server
  • Reduced impact of unpredictable events like load spikes that can take down or slow down a server
  • A greener solutions by better utilizing existing infrastructure

To learn more about CloudLinux visit www.cloudlinux.com

Is your managed server really managed?

Recently I took on a new client for what started out to be a simple request of upgrading from an early MySQL 4 release to the latest MySQL 5 release. While it started out simple, it wasn’t meant to be.

The client had been with the hosting company since 2003. They have a dedicated, managed server with their hosting company. Hosting company details that their managed servers include OS updates, which was perfect for my client since they really weren’t tech savvy and just wanted a powerful server for their very active domain.

After poking around on the server preparing to upgrade to MySQL 5, I noticed that they were still running Fedora Core 2, which was released back in 2004. Now you’d think since this was a managed server, that the OS would be something a bit more up to date. The host’s response to this was that the customer never asked for the OS to be upgraded.

Seriously? That was the whole point of the managed server. The client didn’t even know what flavor of Linux they were using, let alone when new updates or security patches were available.

Word to the wise, if you are on a managed server and just assume that your host is going to keep the OS up to date with the latest updates and security patches, I’d check with them to find out. You might just have to put in that request for them to do so.

Antidoc – how I live you!

I spend most of my days inside several linux terminals. I do the majority of my development in Vi, read my email in pine, etc. I always hate getting word documents since I’d need to transfer them to my Windows box and view them. Not anymore, antidoc to the rescue.

I know this has been out for awhile, but it’s new to me and really just made my day. This allows me to read the document inside a linux terminal window:

[bash]
antidoc word.doc | less
[/bash]

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