This is going to be a quick and dirty part 4 for my VPS Series… It’s been 7 months now since VMinstall has been running on CloudWays with a DigitalOcean VPS. And at this time (knock on wood), I’m comfortable saying my WordPress is optimized. But a lot has happen since the VPS case study I posted in November and I want my readers to know about my experiences (good or bad). You see, it just wasn’t the dream I thought it was going to be after moving VMinstall off shared hosting to a VPS, I admit, I was very frustrated with… [Read More]
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This Data Storage Server is BAD News for Big Storage! I think you’ll agree with me when I say, “There’s never enough storage on-hand for backups, archives, file shares and virtualization…” Ever since I unboxed a QNAP I’ve been obsessed with how amazing they are. I love technology and QNAP Turbo NAS Rocks! And not just because it saves $1000s. Imagine a data storage server that can be used like a Swiss Army Knife to solve your storage problems at home or the office… But before I get ahead of myself…let me give you a little more information about QNAP,… [Read More]
Which is a better cPanel alternative of a VPS – Cloudways or ServerPilot? I’ve been looking for a new hosting solution for VMinstall.com and I thought I would share my research in a series of 3 posts. This is part 2 and covers Cloudways. Enjoy! Cloudways Review: Before we dig into this review let me quickly give you a recap how my other test (Part 1) is going with ServerPilot + DigitalOcean + WordPress. Here’s what I tested and reviewed: Creating a DigitalOcean account and server droplet. Creating a ServerPilot account and linking it to a DigitalOcean droplet. Creating an App,… [Read More]
How to install WordPress on a cloud server like a Pro and cut seconds off Page Load time in the process. My shared WordPress hosting has really been a problem lately so I’ve decided to replace it with a dedicated virtual private server (VPS). This is part 1 of a 3 part series of posts I’ve written to share my experience choosing a VPS for VMinstall.com. Let’s go… ServerPilot Review: Before we dive-in let’s review who should use this guide: Are you tired of playing the hosting discount price game where ‘ONLY’ new or introductory purchases get a discount? Are… [Read More]
My quick and dirty review of Project Photon. I was very happy to read this week on virtualization news about a new project from VMware called Project Photon. Why was I happy? Well, because a couple of posts back I wrote about why VMware admins should learn OpenStack. And how Linux admins don’t prefer vSphere. I don’t have any proof to support my assumption except for my experience working with Linux Admins and hearing their complaints. When I saw Project Photon I smiled because I thought I just might be on-target about a Linux admin disconnect with VMware… I’m sure most VMware… [Read More]
Is Docker buzz worrying you? Years ago I had a guy on my team who had a cool saying for any time someone would get worked up about something. He would tell them… Keep your shoes on! Keeping Your Ops Shoes On Let’s face it, there’s always going to be something new coming along to change our world and we need to just adapt and learn to roll with the punches. Docker will not replace virtualization just like VMware has not replaced the need to buy hardware. In fact, if anything, it will just give creative Ops people more opportunities… [Read More]
Bullet Proofing Storage! My body still cringes when I remember the moment I heard the news…”The storage crashed!” It was 4 years ago (2010) when I lived through a large-scale outage that was caused by a SAN failure. Which BTW, according to experts, “Should have never happened”, but it did. For 7 straight days my team and I orchestrated the recovery of nearly 500 virtual servers that vanished when the storage crashed. Needless to say, it occurred during peak business hours. And hour after hour as we brought servers back online, I had the dreaded task of sending email updates to… [Read More]