The Impact Of A Slow Website Is Bigger Than You Think

No one likes an unresponsive website, but how slow is too slow? A second? Ten seconds? You might find it surprising that waiting even 500 milliseconds can convince a user to take their browser elsewhere. If you want to know just how important it is to have a snappy site, best to take advice from the largest players on the internet.

Executing a Physical To Virtual Transition

Over the last couple of days I’ve been discussing some of the aspects of a project I’m involved with. Today is the third and final part. I’m now planning the transition of physical systems to the new virtual environment that we’ll be installing.

Choosing A Hypervisor

One of the big decisions that always comes up early on in any physical to virtual, or P2V, project is choosing a hypervisor. In the project I’m working through with a client, this was an early sticking point as we contemplated which option would best suit the needs of a rapidly changing business.

HP Moonshot And The Future Of Servers

HP’s Technology at Work day-long event is filled with interesting insights, and it’s definitely worth heading along to the Sydney event next week if you have the chance (quite aside from the potential to win an HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 if you head along). Of the various ideas presented in the opening keynote at Melbourne, the one that has kept me musing all day is HP’s Moonshot web server line.

Turn An Old Computer Into A Do-Anything Home Server With FreeNAS 8

You’ve heard the word “server” thrown around a lot, but it’s usually in the context of websites or big companies that have a lot of data to store. In reality, a server can be just as useful in your home. In this guide, we’ll walk through how to create your own home server out of an old or cheap computer that can do all your downloading, streaming and backup tasks 24/7.

Start A Simple Web Server From Any Directory On Your Mac

Mac: You need only one tiny command to start a web server from any directory through OS X’s terminal. If you’ve got a website lying around and need to test it out, this is possibly the fastest way to make that happen.

Does 99.999% Uptime Really Matter?

It’s the gold standard of service-level agreements (SLAs): something being available 99.999 per cent of the time (or ‘five nines’, as those in the trade often call it). But does it really mean anything?

Samba 4.0: What Happens Next?

After almost seven years in development, Samba 4.0 was officially released in late 2012, adding Active Directory domain controller features to the popular interoperable file server solution. So what happens now?

Why We Use Multiple Hypervisors

Choice of hypervisor is often presented in terms of a religious war, with a dominant faith (VMware) constantly doing battle with a range of rivals (Hyper-V, XenServer, Oracle and others). Yet the reality is more complex: many organisations will run more than one hypervisor simultaneously.