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Data & Heat

Posted on October 19th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Cool placeNowadays you can expect to find data centers in the most peculiar places. Cargo containers, old bunkers, at the bottom of a coal mine, even six miles off the coast of Suffolk. One place I would never have thought of is under a cathedral!

Finland did it again. Currently there is an operational data centre beneath the Uspensky Cathedral, in Helsinki. The server rooms are located in a former World War II bomb shelter. Why - one would ask. Well, for a couple of reasons.


The Great Firewall of China

Posted on October 14th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in

Golden ShieldHere, in WebSitePulse, our Customer Service representatives have heard one question over and over again:

“Why can’t my site/server be accessed from China?”


Site Speed - It Matters!

Posted on October 12th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Website speedWe are all obsessed with speed. Just today the elevator in my building got me thinking how often we get nervous with the slightest changes in our every day routines.

It usually takes the elevator around 12-15 seconds to get me up to the 4th floor. All of a sudden, the elevator door began malfunctioning, and as a result it now takes me 15 seconds to get to the 4th floor, and another 5 for the door to open. After a couple of days I began to think that the stairs are not such a bad option. Now, imagine that this is your website. People are used to getting the information they need when they need it. When your site gets slower and it takes 10-20 second for a page to load, people tend to get nervous and find an alternative route to get what they want.


Quick Tips on Website Maintenance

Posted on October 8th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Website maintenanceWhen are you performing your next website maintenance? It is night time, yes? Well, let us give you a few pointers on how to do it more smoothly.

Any intentional website downtime requires that you consider 4 main parties - your partners, your current and prospective users, and the search engines. Luckily, the tips below cater to all three.


Facebook Down

Posted on September 24th, 2010 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Facebook is downFacebook was down – this is the news making the headlines today. Quite unexpectedly for both the Facebook team and the millions of users, the social networking giant went down yesterday from 2.30 p.m. EST and recovered around 6 p.m.  resulting, in their own words,  in “the worst outage we’ve had over four years”.  The failure was also immediately detected and confirmed by all of the locations in our monitoring network.

The reason for the outage was a series of problems involving an automated system designed to verify configuration values in the cache and replace invalid values with updated values from the persistent store. An error sent system into a feedback loop that only cutting traffic to a database cluster and rebooting the site could solve.