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Nginx, SSL & php5-fpm on Debian Wheezy

I decided to take a break from my love affair with Apache and set up a recent development project on Nginx. I’ve seen nothing but good things in terms of speed and performance from Nginx. I decided to set up a LEMP server (Linux, Nginx, MySQL, PHP), minus the MySQL as it’s already installed on my VM host server, and plus SSL. Here’s the full setup tutorial on Debian Wheezy: Step #1 – Installing the packages apt-get install nginx-extras mysql-client apt-get install php5-fpm php5-gd php5-mysql php-apc php-pear php5-cli php5-common php5-curl php5-mcrypt php5-cgi php5-memcached MySQL can be installed into the mix with a simple: apt-get install mysql-server […]

By | October 11th, 2014|Development, Hosting, Linux, MySQL, MySQL, PHP, PHP, PHP Articles, VPS|0 Comments

95th percentile billing explaination

95th percentile billing commonly misspelled as “percential” is a method used by some NOCs to change for bandwidth. The system is simple and essentially discards the top 5% of your traffic peaks, and then uses the next value down as your bandwidth rate. 5% of a month is 36 hours. This might sound like a bit of a scam, because you’re being billed for bandwidth consumption that you may not have used, but it’s not difficult to get it to work for you. If you’re hosting a site where a lot of content is downloaded, it may be better to go for bandwidth billing. A client’s content server uses about 8,000GB transfer per month and shows a 95th percentile of 34mbit/sec. It’s certainly cheaper to pay for 8,000GB transfer over 30+mbit/sec dedicated. […]

By | September 17th, 2008|Internetworking & Routing, Technology|0 Comments

Linux virtualization, vmware, xen, hosting, and squeezing the most out of your resources

I’d guess that 90% of hosting providers ‘oversell’. This essentially means that should they have 1,000GB allocated, they might offer 15 packages of 100Gb to 15 of their customers, banking on the fact that no one will fully use their 100GB allocation – Selling 5 Virtual Machines with 256MB RAM on a 1GB host, assuming that no one will use their full RAM allocation. This is bad, because you’ll generally be able to confirm that you’ve been allocated the resources, but nonetheless benchmark tests will show that you’re just not getting them, and your environment will be sluggish and unresponsive. This is the same as airlines selling 110 seats on a 100 seat plane. When that 101st paying customer does show up to claim his seat, he’s stuck without a flight. The general consensus is that a VPS is a cheaper and lower-grade option than a dedicated service, however VPSs have a number of indisputable advantages over dedicated servers and I’m going to discuss why almost all the dedicated machines I manage are hosts for a range of VPSs. […]

By | September 14th, 2008|Hardware, Internetworking & Routing, Linux, Technology|1 Comment