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. Read more
Website migrations can be scary, but they don’t have to be. Here are 5 steps for making your moving experience as seamless as possible; starting from knowing what you need to back-up, and finishing with full DNS propagation and your new hosting solution going live. Read more
This week’s 30-minute session was with Doug, the Nexcess data center facilities manager, covering everything you need to know about mission critical environments. He began by saying that maintaining reliability and security for mission critical environments is… mission critical. He then took marker to wall to expand on that.Read more
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
Time 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
In 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
Choosing 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
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.