Rackspace Handled the Outage Well (IMO)

I should probably state for the record that I might be a little bias on this one because I currently serve as a member of the Client Advisory Board at Rackspace and provide feedback on various aspects of their hosted email applications.  But, as I am sure a lot of you realized today, there was a disturbance in the force.  Rackspace experienced an outage today and as a result, a lot of … [Read more...]

Kudos to the Planet

Yesterday The Planet Datacenter experienced a widespread outage that affected literally thousands of clients around the world.  Since our network is housed at The Planet our clients experienced a brief outage.  The details of the outage still aren’t for certain, we know that it had to do something with a router that was not functioning correctly.  The timing for this outage could … [Read more...]

Google Container Data Center Tour

I thought that it was pretty interesting that Google posted these tours of their new container data center storage facilities on YouTube.  If you are a nerd like me and you look at a Data Center Tour like others would a trip to Disneyland, you will love this… I got a kick out of how advanced this data center is laid out, and all of the research and planning that went into it, pretty much … [Read more...]

Extremist Websites Using US Hosts

This is a practice that has been going on for a while now but is just starting to get some attention.  Apparently some of these Muslim extremist websites that are touting anti-American sentiments are actually using web hosting infrastructures located here in the United States.  I personally know of at least two other incidents similar to this where websites were being hosted that were … [Read more...]

GoDaddy Denial of Service

I was just reading on WHIR this morning about GoDaddy’s most recent denial of service that brought down several thousand of their clients websites yesterday.  In their response they noted that even though it was several thousands of websites, it only represents a small percentage of their clients. This is one of the downsides to bargain website hosting in my opinion.  Granted, any … [Read more...]

Data Loss Dooms Journalspace

I was just reading a post on Data Center Knowledge this morning about a blog hosting service that I had actually heard of, Journalspace, who is apparently shutting their doors after they apparently lost all of their clients data due to one of the poorest backup strategies I have every heard of.  This is yet another glowing, bright red & blinking example as to why you get what you pay for … [Read more...]

Mailtrust Advisory Board

I am going to be on the Mailtrust Customer Advisory Board for the next 6 months.  I was talking w/ one of their representatives today about how Mailtrust’s Noteworthy product is probably my most favorite SAAS solution on the market!  I didn’t really realize how handy the webmail interface was because I usually download everything into Outlook when I am in the office or onto my phone when I am on … [Read more...]

Wal-Mart Website Issues

I was out of state visiting family over the holidays but still managed to catch wind of this one on CNBC black friday.  It appears that Wal-Mart's website went down due to heavy traffic and slow pageload times. There are no estimates as to how much revenue was lost during the outage but with wal-mart.com being the 21st most popular website on the web, you can assume that it's … [Read more...]

Valuation of Annual Accounts

Several  times my partners and I have played around with the idea of acquiring a smaller hosting company that was for sale on the open market.  We have the infrastructure to accommodate several times over the number of clients we currently have and purchasing a smaller company seems like a logical choice for us to quickly grow our client base.  One of the concerns we have about … [Read more...]

Hosting Locations of Busiest Websites

Being a partner and co-founder of a managed hosting company, Pleth Networks, I try to stay up with what's going on in the industry.  I stumbled onto Netcraft this morning and found this hosting research data pretty interesting.  Notice how big a piece of the pie our datacenter, The Planet, has in comparison to the competition. I wonder sometimes if our clients even realize that their … [Read more...]