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In the Wake Of Another Hurricane Sandy, Will Your Website Survive?

Author: Diana Rozenblum, ABT Internet

November 15,2012




   
 

Keeping Your Website Out Of The Dark

Trees are not the only things that fell hard during Storm Sandy’s travels from Florida to Maine. Massive outages meant a huge downturn in visitors to websites all along the East Coast, and not only because millions of internet users lost power, but because the very source of those sites lost the juice that makes them run. Servers all along the East Coast shut down during the past two weeks, wreaking havoc on businesses, their operating systems and their websites. Floods were to blame for the generators

The Week AOL’s Huffington Post Went Dark

Datagram, one of the largest data centers on the East Coast, was flooded by the heavy rains brought in by Hurricane Sandy. As a result, websites including the Huffington Post and Gawker.com went dark in the eye of the storm.

Being Prepared Pays Off

Some sites were more prepared. In a post by Buzzfeed’s Matt Buchanan, "Elements of BuzzFeed's site and many story pages are back online, thanks to a Content Delivery Network (CDN), Akamai, which hosts the content at servers distributed around the world.” Although Akamai worked great for the fast growing Buzzfeed, other viable choices are available.

The Art Of Staying Alive

Keeping your website up and running in the event of a blackout, flood, or other event is possible with a little planning. There are several options to consider that can protect your website. When Akamai was founded in 1998, the internet ran at slower speed and the idea behind using CDN was to increase network speed by decreasing the distance from the server disseminating information to the user.

Redundancy Can Be a Very Good Thing

Load balancing is a technique used to divert large amounts of traffic from one server to another. It can also be used when a server is down, to direct traffic to a server located in an unaffected area and thereby keep the website up and running without interruption.

Floating on a XEN Cloud

Migrating all your hardware into a virtual machine allows you to stay connected wherever you are. Xen offers an open source virtualization platform that powers public clouds such as Amazon Web Services and Rackspace Public Cloud. In the 9 years since it’s inception it grew to be the world’s largest and reliable cloud. Internet connection specialists work with Xen to migrate all your hardware, so you can move it to the cloud. All the information on your hardware system is cloned on the XEN cloud. This allows you to maintain your software not only in times of crisis, but also on run software on outdated hardware systems.

Up and Running

Being prepared is the best way to avoid a repeat of the disaster that befell websites like the Huffington Post. While Storms like Sandy do not come around very often, local power outages, inclement weather conditions, and other factors can affect a web hosting environment. Being prepared can save you time and money. 

 

   Diana Rozenblum is a technology writer for abt internet

 




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