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Blade Server – thin, fast, and power plus space saving. That is how we can describe about this popular brand new server. Yes, blade server has become more and more famous with its pluses as described in my first sentence additionally with other great features it offers.

Cooling Capability
The first great thing about blade server is that it has cooling capability, which is actually really needed for blade server as it is requiring higher attention in this matter. During operation, electrical and mechanical components will usually produce heat.

However, with blade servers, its enclosures reduce heat by using fans. Blade is actually designed to produce less heat. But still, you need to ensure that the room temperature is cold (air-conditioned) as if it gets too hot, there will be automatic shut down.

Rack Based and High Density

Besides its cooling capability with its fan, blade server is also rack-based, meaning that you won’t spend too much space for servers. Being rack based, it can include up to 60 servers in the rack. So it is really space saving. And as you may have known, blade enclosure itself can hold multiple blade servers.

A blade server is sometimes described as server with high-density. Usually used in servers clustering, it is able to do any single task like sharing files, serving and caching web pages, encrypting the SSL of Web communication, trans-coding web page contents for smaller display, or even streaming audio and videos.

Less Cables, Less Structure Maintenance, More Availability Concentration
This must what you’ve been searching for, having less downtime. How? Well, blade servers allow more processing power in less rack space, simplifying cables and reducing power consumption.

When you decide to switch into using blade servers, you can reduce up to 85% reduction in cables for blade installations over the regular tower servers. With less cables, administrators can concentrate more on ensuring higher availability rather than spend time managing the infrastructure.

Networking Ability
Besides, blade server is also great for networking. Each blade server mostly has one or two local ATA or SCSI drives. And when it’s not enough yet,  blade servers can connect to a facilitated storage pool – Network Attached Storage (NAS), Fiber Channel, or iSCSI Storage Area Network (SAN) for additional storage.

So, as you’ve read, the benefits of using blade servers is not only the ability of it to consolidate placing tens of servers in a single chassis, but also additionally from the other advantages including the ability to associate with other resources (like storage and networking equipment), which is manageable through single interface.

~Gabrielle~

March is near and St. Patrick’s day’s around. Well, who doesn’t know about that famous Irish day? Everybody’s Irish on this day. Everybody goes green on March 17. It is the national Irish holiday to memorize one of the patron saints of Ireland, St. Patrick. However, besides those huge celebration, what more have you known about this famous Irish day, which has been celebrated by many western countries all over the world, either Irish or non-Irish?

Something You Might Need to Know about St Patrick

St. Patrick was a patron saint known for converting the Gaelic Irish, who were mostly Pagans, to Christianity and for driving snakes from Ireland. And as you have known, St. Patrick was quite successful at converting. Through active preaching, he made important converts even among the royal families. And now, he was remembered and hugely celebrated throughout the world on March 17.

But Why March 17th?

It is because it was the day St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, still in Ireland.

HOW HUGE IS THE CELEBRATION?

It was normally celebrated in Ireland. But as the time goes by, the famous St. Patrick celebration spreads all over the world, celebrated by either Irish and Non-Irish. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th and everybody is Irish on March 17th.

Wearing Green and Shamrocks

Green becomes the color of St. Patrick’s day as green is the color of spring, the color of shamrock, and the color connected with hope and nature. Green has also been a color used in the flags of several revolutionary groups in Ireland. Additionally, the shamrock  becomes the symbol of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day due to the natural abundance of clover plants in the country, but largely due to its strong association with Christianity.

Attending Parades

Parades are an important and the most waited activity in the St. Patrick’s day. In all western countries all over the world, starting from Ireland, Canada, Australia, US, England, and many others parade on St. Patrick’s Day. The parades are done by having Irish soldiers in the English military who do march through the city with their music. There is no enough fun without parades! So, every country that celebrates St. Patrick’s day will have great parades for the people to attend.

Cooking Irish Recipes

What’s Paddy’s day (a nickname for St. Patrick’s day) without Irish recipes to add more joy to it. And don’t worry! There is a wide range of Irish recipes for St. Patrick’s day for you to enjoy with your loved ones, either family and friends. You can try the Irish main dishes, Irish side dishes, Irish bread recipes, potato irish recipes, cookies, dessert, cake recipes, or others like cornet beef and cabage, Irish coffee, pasta with Irish bacon and broccoli, apple and barley pudding, etc.

I am sure you will find it very joyful and meaningful day to celebrate. So now, get yourself ready for the celebration!

~Gabrielle~

Ajax describes a large group of web technologies used to implement  web applications to communicate with the server in the background without any interference to the the page current state. But more than considering the description only, do you know that it offers you benefits that are hard to reject? Have you realized what makes AJAX so special?

Well, first of many pluses, AJAX has four basis of web standards and you’ll have no worries as they are well defined and supported by all major browsers. Using AJAX, web masters are able to create better, faster, and more user-friendly web applications. The four based web standards are JavaScript, XML, HTML, and CSS. Besides it is based on four web standards, Ajax also offers you with three faster capabilities. Check these out!

Connection

This must be something everybody’s looking for, faster connection. And yes it is. With AJAX, no necessity to connect the web page to server everytime. AJAX saves time for the interaction between web pages and server to improve the speed and functionality.

It also allows web page to request for smaller bits of information rather than request for the whole pages  to reload repeatedly. Surely, it results on speed increase as well. AJAX technology is based more to web browsers than to web server. Using this, you will not worry about connection and speed.

Updates

Updates are always important and that’s another stuff AJAX helps you. Whenever you’d like to update your website database, AJAX provides you with a unique feature to reduce time consumption. How? Honestly, other web languages will require you to update the database entirely everytime contents updates are necessary to be done.

However, with AJAX, you just need to spend time only on the contents updates that are required to be done. It sounds impossible but trust me that AJAX is able to select the contents that requires any updates only. It allows users to have easier process when they would like to update their websites.

Response

Another thing you should know and proud of Ajax is that it is capable to allow faster responses to any inputs even when changes are not done in the server. It responds quickly to inputs, which is definitely more responsive, although the application itself has not changed on the server side.

And what is unique about AJAX is it has the ability to reload section of pages individually without any difficulty. This is a user friendly advantage that users may benefit from. This benefit also enables users to get faster functioning of the websites.

So briefly, have you realized what makes AJAX so special by now? I am sure you have…

~Gabrielle~

Recently, it has become a bigger and bigger question on why small web hosting companies seem to treat and care for their customers better and nicer. Is it really so? Or, is there something behind it?

What Makes Smaller New Hosts Sound Better?

Well, to be honest there is one big thing that small web hosts can do while large hosts may not – personalized services and custom web hosting plans. Of course many people won’t reject this kind of offer. You get whatever you’d like to have. Just request them and they will provide it for you! A custom web hosting plan or your own personalized service is not impossible to get.

Additionally, small web hosting companies also seem to pay attention to each of their customers far more than large hosting companies. Why? Just imagine! To compare, in small hosts or new ones, you might be just one of their fifty to a hundred customers while large web hosting companies have around 100,000 customers or even more. It is not because large hosts do not care for you but more to that their attention is divided for much larger number of clients.

Smaller or new web hosts will more likely to do an extra mile for you. Even better, everything they do, they do it for you – like transferring your website manually or installing certain software you need for your website. That is because as they just start up their business and giving whatever their customers want will help them a lot in growing their name and popularity in the web hosting world.

However, Still Large Hosts Win One Step Forward…

Small and new hosts sound better? Then i’ll let you know that large hosts have better advantages. First, large hosts can offer their web hosting services for reasonable prices than the smaller companies as they are experienced on estimating and calculating their budgets and revenues well to provide the best service with very affordable prices and quality hosting.

And what is more important is they will be there everytime you need them, around the clock technical support (24/7). Whenever you’d like to ask questions or there is any issue with your website, you can always contact them either with chat or ticketing support. You don’t know when you’ll need a support for inquiries or solutions so better to have one that provides you 24/7 technical support you can contact anytime.

Next, you get more disk space and bandwidth. They don’t limit your growth, they don’t charge you everytime you need more resources, and you don’t need to ask for more as they have given you large amount of resources. All have been provided in the web hosting plan you purchase with them. You can grow your online home without limitation.

Also remember that large hosts are more stable and experienced as they have already been in the business for many years. They know how to run their web hosting business successfully. And when you have even very complicated issues, they are experienced to solve it well as they have known how to do this and that in the business for years.

So, figure out wisely which one you’d really like to choose for your important online presence success. The decision is absolutely in your hand.

~Gabrielle~

In the first month of this fresh new year of 2009, I am here again to report the uptime record for January 2009. Before I go with the details, you can have a look at the table below. They represent the average uptime and critical time during January 2009 in all of our servers for FTP, HTTP, MySQL, SMTP, and POP services.

Service % Time OK % Time Critical
FTP 99.991% 0.009%
HTTP 98.996% 1.004%
MySQL 99.989% 0.011%
SMTP 99.990% 0.010%
POP 99.979% 0.021%

FTP Service
FTP, important issue! It is needed when you want to upload your files into your websites. So, I clearly understand that you will find it annoying to find your FTP unaccessible. Anyway, our January’s FTP service uptime record showed that we reached 99.991% “okay” time and only 0.009% critical time reported. We gladly report that we met what you’ve expected.

HTTP Service
We also realize HTTP service is also significant for your website. We understand how inconvenient for you if your website is unaccessible by your visitors, especially when your site is critical and very important for your business.

For HTTP service in January, we reached 98.996% uptime and 1.004% critical time reported. We are really sorry that we didn’t meet 99.99% uptime guarantee for HTTP in January. It was caused from our scheduled maintenance to improve the performance of our servers for your further satisfaction.

MySQL Service
MySQL service is very important for dynamic website with MySQL database. As database records your customers’ registration data, e-commerce data, or archived materials; it is crucial to have the service available.

In January 2009, our MySQL service was 99.989% up and 0.011% critical time only. It means we actually have a rounded 99.99% uptime for MySQL service and we are glad that we met your expectations.

SMTP and POP Service

E-mails service is very important as with e-mails, you contact and get contacted by people. In delivering e-mail services, we report two records, SMTP and POP services. For SMTP service, we delivered 99.990% uptime and 0.010%. We are happy that we didn’t disappoint you in delivering the service.

And for POP service, we performed 99.979% uptime and there was 0.021% critical time in January for POP service. It showed that our okay time for POP was around 99.98% last month and we regret that we performed 0.02% critical time rather than just equal to or less than 0.01% critical time as there was regular maintenance to provide better performance in the future.

Last, we’d like to thank you for your kind understanding, patience, and loyalty towards our service and also we thank you for the time you have spent to read this uptime record. We’ll be back again next month as usual for February 2009 uptime.

Regards,
Gabrielle