When things get hectic, Cloud computing to the rescue!

February 25, 2010

Nothing’s worse than trying to use someone’s website when you absolutely need information right now, and it’s unavailable. Last semester when attempting to figure out where the heck my classes were located, the school’s website was crippled by the influx of new freshmen that were trying to do the same. Imagine over 20,000 people trying to access this site at the same time, and because of this, the site is rendered practically useless.

We’ve had customers of ours face all sorts of hardships with their sites. Whether they’re featured on a popular TV show, or they’ve seen an unprecedented rise in traffic due to such sites as www.digg.com and www.Slashdot.org (commonly referred to as the Digg effect, or being ‘slashdotted’ <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slashdot_effect> ) it’s often difficult to get a new dedicated server online quickly enough to mitigate this effect. Imagine that instead of tens of thousands of college students, its tens of thousands of dollars! Quite the predicament, right?

Not a problem though! Cloud computing to the rescue! CloudLayer computing instances are able to be rapidly deployed to provide additional resources should they be required. Even better, if you only anticipate a short burst, you can grab a few up, use them while they’re needed, and then toss them, all while only being billed by the hour! With cloud computing administrators can quickly react to changing situations. We offer several solutions in our bag of tricks, including Dedicated, Bare Metal Cloud, and CloudLayer computing. With proper planning and deployment, your site can be profitable regardless of the situation. This includes a popular product, blog, or the first day of college.

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February 25th, 2010 at 11:54am

At rackAID, we are working on integration projects so that our clients simply do not have to worry about the slashdot effect. Our goal is to make scaling computing resources transparent to our clients. They can scale out and back as required. Often we find that optimizing a web application's code or database functions can get fix performance problems, but code changes can take time. So as a stop-gap measure or to fill a need, we turn to the cloud.

One of the biggest uses we have is static content servers running lighttpd. We load balance over these and spin them up and down as required.

March 11th, 2010 at 1:10pm

I saw that Pacific Host now has "unlimited" bandwidth. Is this really a good feature?

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February 25th, 2010 at 11:54am

At rackAID, we are working on integration projects so that our clients simply do not have to worry about the slashdot effect. Our goal is to make scaling computing resources transparent to our clients. They can scale out and back as required. Often we find that optimizing a web application's code or database functions can get fix performance problems, but code changes can take time. So as a stop-gap measure or to fill a need, we turn to the cloud.

One of the biggest uses we have is static content servers running lighttpd. We load balance over these and spin them up and down as required.

March 11th, 2010 at 1:10pm

I saw that Pacific Host now has "unlimited" bandwidth. Is this really a good feature?

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