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Since 2009, I have offering website services. It started out with helping small business get online using Microsoft’s now defunct Office Live Small Business. It was a simple HTML editor, very dated layout/designs, built in email integration and a sharing docs area. Once I got whiff that Microsoft was going to do away with the services, I quickly scrambled to look for a new website solution. That’s when I stumbled on to Lisa Irby’s 2CreateAWebsite.com. It was from her blog, that I learned about WordPress.org and the premium WordPress themes. I became obsessed all about WordPress and was immediately taken in.
I started my web business slow, offering web development and web hosting services for WordPress. I had chosen several web hosting companies but I quickly learned that “basic” shared hosting wasn’t going to cut it, if I was going to provide quality, premium managed services. I revived my Linux skills from my Computer Science Days in college and started to deploy virtual servers on Linode.com. I was using NGinx based servers and it was incredibly fast!
Long story short…or is it?
When clients started to hit major traffic spikes, my servers would crash! I had to stay on top of my servers. What I eventually did was migrated the higher trafficked sites on to their own virtual servers, but the crashing of servers persisted. One client was re-tweeted by a major book author who had over tens of millions of followers. The site was getting overloaded with ten thousand visitors within 15 minutes…
I looked for solutions but ever major web hosting company advised the only solution was to create a cluster of load balanced servers to spread the work load among several servers versus one. I was excited to build the new configuration. Then I realized, that even with a clustered hosting environment, I still had to manually monitor to make sure the traffic spikes wouldn’t over load the servers. It was still a “pre-defined” set up with static boundaries.
The answer? Rackspace Cloud Sites. A cloud architecture that is a clustered of finely turned, load balanced servers, that “automatically” scales. Yes, automatically. Also, the cloud hosting platform was integrated into Rackspace’s entreprise level network that served the Fortune 100. When I found the solution, I quickly migrated my customers and have never experienced any down time since.
It’s important to note, I actually used Cloud Sites prior to Linode but wasn’t fully educated on the difference between a cloud environment and a virtual server. So glad I learned and made my adjustments.
From there I created ReadiPress – Fully Managed WordPress hosting and now, we have Koomohost – a Cloud Hosting service for all Linux web applications. The idea is to provide quality and professional web hosting solutions for everyone.