Migrating Router Analysis to Dediserve
After using Dediserve for almost a year for other projects, I decided to move my “most important” website, i.e. my startup Router Analysis to Dediserve. Router Analysis had previously been running on a shared VPS while I waited for the company and site to take off.
The move to Dediserve was flawless. I setup the server taking advantage of their newly deployed SSD architecture and IPv6 connectivity, opened a ticket to get my site migrated and within a short time it was done. I am always highly impressed with how friendly and helpful the people at Dediserve are.
Router Analysis recently released a couple of important documents including the Enterprise Edge Router Upgrade Guide and the Cisco ASR 1000 Testing Results, these two documents started bringing in a good amount of viewers.
Yesterday we released our first “product review” where we took a switch that came in for the Gigabit Aggregation Test and did a short review of the unpacking, installation, configuration and a bit of testing: The Edge-Core ECS4610-50T Review.
The Design of the SONN Website Network
I am now going to go a bit further in depth about how the network of SONN sites is setup, if you have any questions please drop me a note!
The main site, www.sonn.com is hosted on a pair of ESXi machines co-located with Hurricane Electric in Fremont California (USA). One of the ESXi machines is turned down and will turn up in the event that something happens to the main one. This is mainly to conserve power and be green.
Other sites such as crush.org, idle.net, dougstepsout.com and hearingdude.com are also hosted on the same infrastructure.
Crush.org gets the most hits out of all of the sites, about 7k unique visitors and 30k page views a month (yes… not a lot). Crush.org uses MaxCDN for images and is behind a caching reverse proxy that is behind Cloudflare.
Cloudflare has been good to me, the outages have been limited and the price can’t be beat ($0). Before Cloudflare and the reverse proxy, I would run into funny spawning issues with Apache2 (I am not that great of a sysadmin). Now everything is very nice.
There are a few other sites behind Cloudflare including idle.net which has only a few visitors.
For Router Analysis, I am using Dediserve behind Incapsula. Previously I hosted Router Analysis on a inexpensive shared VPS and had numerous issues with site performance. Even after I put Incapsula in front of Router Analysis, I still saw issues.
I tried using Incapsula for crush.org but I ran out of bandwidth very quickly. I also have my fathers Gold Country History site Doug Steps Out behind Incapsula.
If I was going to compare the two platforms, Cloudflare vs Incapsula, it would be hard. They both seem to provide good information, with a slight edge to Incapsula with their weekly status emails.
Past the SONN websites, there are DNS servers (one of which runs at Dediserve), a VoIP network (Part hosted at Dediserve), Mail Servers and other random bits. Most everything is available on both IPv4 and IPv6 which is important to me as I have been involved with IPv6 for the better of 15 years.