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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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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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Load Testing: Asking the Right Questions, Part 2

January 31, 2018 0 Comments RSS Feed

In this short series, Kevin Schroeder explains how to keep your website on the rails with proper load testing. Kevin owns consulting firm 10n Software, LLC, and has written several testing frameworks for Magento, Gmail, Twitter, and other applications.

Welcome back to Asking the Right Questions, my three-part series about all things load testing. Part 1 showed how to use entropy to make your load tests better predictors of performance.

Now, onto two types of load tests, I’m typically asked to perform for clients: sizing validation and concurrency validation.

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