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Data Center Risk Factors and Recovery

October 4, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

When something goes wrong in a data center, their disaster recovery plan kicks in. A good disaster recovery plan aims to reduce data center risk to zero by implementing a range of redundancies and protections. To do that, it’s important to first walk through the data center risk factors out there.
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DNS Records: Everything You Need To Know

July 17, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

What to Know about DNS Records

How does a browser load a web page? It uses a phonebook. Not an old-fashioned leatherbound book, but a service known as DNS and each page of that DNS “phonebook” are what are known as DNS Records.

In other words, when you look for nexcess.net, your computer looks in the DNS “phonebook”, finds the number for the site, and connects you to it. Of course, the whole process is much quicker, and faster, than this.

This article looks at what DNS records are, the different types you’ll find, and why they’re incredibly important for the success of any website. Read more

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Why Time To First Byte (TTFB) Isn’t as Important as You Think

July 11, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

Why TTFB isn't as important as you thinkTime To First Byte (TTFB) is the time it takes for a web server to respond to a request. It’s a metric reported by several page speed testers, and is often quoted as a primary means for measuring how fast a site is. The idea being that the faster a web server responds, the quicker a site will load.

However, numerous groups have found that TTFB isn’t that important. When looked at in isolation, the figure provides an appealing way to grade your site or hosting provider, but when looked at in conjunction with other metrics, there seems to be a disconnect. This is especially true with regards to SEO rankings and improved user experience. Read more

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What Are Data Center Tiers Explained

July 3, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

The Definitive Guide to Data Center TiersIn the world of data centers, reliability is one of the most important factors. The more reliable you are, the more likely clients are going to want to use you. After all, who wants a data center that isn’t online?

Luckily, The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) published a standard for data centers defining four levels in regards to their reliability. The aim was that this standard would then be able to inform potential data center users about which center is best for them. While brief, the standard laid the groundwork for how some data centers would manage to pull ahead of others in the future. Read more

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How to Choose a Data Center Location: Best Practices and Strategy

June 14, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

How to Choose a Data Center Location Best Practices and StrategyChoosing the right data center location can feel as though it’s one of the most important decisions you’ll make when taking your business online. On top of the sheer volume of choice, you also have to confront some very real performance requirements.  A good choice means an optimized web environment capable of reaching your entire audience. A poor one means an unstable connection and efficiency problems. So how do you choose a data center location? Read more

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3 Key Takeaways from IRCE 2018

June 8, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

3 Takeaways from IRCE 2018

We’ve just returned from IRCE 2018. Between the marketplace and the sessions, there was a lot happening. eCommerce and marketing professionals from around the world were in attendance, and everyone seemed to have something to bring to the table.

However, throughout the show, we found that three things seemed to be present in almost all of the conversations going on.

Here are what we think were the three main takeaways from IRCE this year.

 

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Posted in: General, Magento

What is Auto Scaling?

June 5, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

What is Auto ScalingOne of the most significant advantages of cloud computing and hosting is its ability to scale quickly and meet last minute needs. Server provisioning speeds vastly surpass those of traditional hosting solutions, meaning package upgrades can be applied almost instantaneously. Auto scaling takes this flexibility to the next level, but what exactly is it? Read more

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