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Warning, Your Current Web Host Probably Can’t Do This (and why you must have it)

Warning, Your Current Web Host Probably Can’t Do This (and why you must have it)
April 16
14:23 2014

Let’s face it – moving from one server to another is a real pain.

No one likes having to migrate data, tweak settings, and debug a new server.

The problem usually occurs when you outgrow a platform like a Virtual Private Server or a Dedicated Server. Migration pains also pop up their head when you want to switch web hosts. Maybe you have faced some of the following issues in the past?

Migration Pains

  • Migrating databases (usually one by one)
  • Migrating email accounts (usually manual process and you LOSE emails)
  • Migrating data
  • Migrating SSL certificates
  • Migrating server settings such as CRON jobs
  • Debugging the entire process one issue at a time
  • Realizing you left data on your old hosting platform which is now kaput

Real issues and real problems…

Unfortunately, ALL of these problems eat one commodity you don’t have an unlimited amount of… time.

Why You Should Eliminate the Term ‘Migration’ From Your Vocabulary.

The term migration is going to become an ancient term to you shortly… you see, I’ve found a solution that solves migration issues like the ones above.

This solution allows you to start small and go big, really BIG.

As a small business owner, IT Manager, or even a huge company, you need to put in place a system that allows rapid growth (and even downsizing when appropriate).

The real true issue with migration is TIME.. because time is COSTLY. Consider the following time factors that eat away your profit margins.

  • IT Workers Hourly Salary
  • Downtime / Overtime Pay
  • Frustrated customers who walk away from your website while your website or service is undergoing ‘maintenance’
  • Abandoned shopping carts due to an improper migration

Time is money.

The Solution: Your Web Host Can’t Do This

That is unless… you choose Webair.

So what am I bleating on about?

To get a realistic example of how migration can happen without unnecessary downtime or issues with configuration, we spoke to Sagi Brody, the Chief Technology Officer at Webair.

Sagi BrodyInterview with Webair’s Sagi Brody
To get a realistic example of how migration can happen without unnecessary downtime or issues with configuration, we spoke to Sagi Brody, the Chief Technology Officer at Webair.

Can you explain a scenario where the above would occur?
Customers typically start out with a single server which handles all services related to running a website such as the actual web server (ie Apache), the database (ie MySQL), and possibly other services like Memcache or redis for caching. As the traffic to the site grows, the server may become overloaded at which point the natural upgrade path is to increase the server to higher specs. Once the customer has maxed the potential specs of a single server or instance, they’re forced to move services to another server. The logical next step we recommend is to move the database to its own server or instance. This is fairly simple and is an easy way to add more horsepower to the setup.. However, as traffic continues to grow the servers again will become a bottleneck and this is where it can start to get tricky. The next step may be to load balance multiple web servers and or database servers. This is the point where many host companies reach a wall. Many simply do not provide a fully managed scalable load balanced solution, and many who do, cant do it well. This occurs because the complexity of the setup is greatly increased when load balancing is introduced. This is primarily centered around properly synchronizing the configuration and content between the servers in a way that is compatible and efficient with the application the websites are running.

However, the above configuration is fairly typical for Webair clients and we take full ownership and management of the entire environment. This includes infrastructure components such as the web servers, database servers, load balancers and firewalls configured in a redundant manor, cloud storage to share data and configuration between web servers, and CDN directly integrated into the customer environment. We will manage and monitor the entire ecosystem and ensure that it is setup in a manor which is complementary to the customer’s applications. We will also troubleshoot the entire stack if issues arise and quickly isolate it. if it’s determined there’s a problem with the customer application we’ll zero in on the exact issue and provide suggestions for quick resolution.

Please explain the management aspect and what does it look like?
Our managed hosting platform is standardized enough so that our entire team can easily manage large customer clusters and at the same time allows for flexibility so that it can be modified to suite specific application requirements. This enables us to not have to re-invent the wheel for each customer with custom scripts or patch works of configurations that are unfortunately seen far too often with other’s solutions. The power of the solution comes from its flexibility and automation. Furthermore, the managed platform used to host complex customer clusters is the same platform used for a single cloud instance or server. This means we can grow customers from 1 server to 100 without any major changes to software, file structure, or even IP addresses.

Here is a look at our EZPanel showing the interface customers use to manage clusters and even single instances.

EZPanel

What has Webair done in regards to the migration concern that many face?
There really are NOT many hosts out there that will OWN the entire infrastructure and configuration as mentioned. Rackspace does it and maybe 1-2 others… On the other hand there ARE hosts that do provide management, but only of single or dual cPanel servers.

You don’t find many hosts out there that have a combination of GOOD cloud infrastructure , automation software, and the willingness to own and manage a large clustered environment like this.


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