WEBAIR Systems Administrator Joe Mulieri doing BIG things for local Long Island Veterans.
WEBAIR Systems Administrator Joe Mulieri doing BIG things for local Long Island Veterans.
It’s no secret that disk speed has been an issue in cloud hosting environments. Large sites, databases, and other disk critical applications have instead remained on dedicated servers.
Dedicated servers present their own problems, though. Dedicated servers are:
• Slow to setup
• Require more man hours to maintain
Quite simply, the slower I/O of most cloud compute platforms brings many databases and I/O intense apps to a crawl. Since the inception of the cloud, limitations of cloud I/O architecture has been a roadblock to I/O heavy applications.
The benefits of migration to a cloud compute environment are numerous, and until now, most IT managers charged with managing I/O intense applications have steered clear.
The reasons for choosing the cloud to host your applications has been a no brainer for most company IT department heads. Almost all of us are familiar with the top 3:
1. Cost Savings
3. Load Bursting
Now, you can add a fourth item to the list:
4. Insanely Fast I/O
Thanks to a relatively new technology, I/O is no longer an issue in a cloud compute environment. That is if your hosting provider has the ‘right’ technology in play.
The truth is, 99% of all cloud compute providers simply don’t have the resources to provide a cloud using the right technology.
You see, it’s not cheap.
Most cloud compute platforms are designed to not care about disk I/O. Mass storage is the name of the game. Most cloud providers tout mass storage as being a big bonus. If all you require is a huge amount of cheap disk space and simple HTML page delivery, these providers are perfect. However, if you care about performance, these are not the providers for you.
Fusion-io is a new PCI card that provides incredible I/O performance when meshed with a cloud compute platform such as VMWare.
One such provider has been able to merge the stability and flexibility of VMWare with Fusion-io to create the perfect cocktail of speed and functionality. It’s called the FusionCloud and launched recently by Webair.com
To find out a little more about this perfect cloud compute mix of both hardware and software I sat down with Sagi Brody from Webair.com.
Chris (FindMyHost): Good afternoon, Sagi. Can you tell our readers a bit more about the FusionCloud?
Sagi (Webair): FusionCloud is a revolutionary cloud computing service designed to provide the fastest possible IOP/s and lowest latency to applications running in the cloud. IOP/s (Input/Output operations per second) is a measure of how quickly programs can read or write data to its storage medium – typically disks. Traditional cloud services are limited in their abilities to provide fast IOP/s performance thus hindering the use of specific applications in the cloud. Examples include busy database clusters, big data analytics, and file servers. Users wanting to move these applications into the cloud are therefore unable to do so or forced to spread the applications between multiple less performing cloud servers which causes considerable operational overhead, complexity, and higher costs.
FusionCloud provides more IOP/s and lower latency in a single cloud server than is achievable in most modern physical hardware configurations. This enables users to move those applications into the cloud and provider better performance than they experienced prior with more redundancy and scalability.
Chris: This sounds almost too good to be true. Can you elaborate on what the actual Fusion-io PCI card is? I know our readers are techies and would love to hear more.
Sagi: Webair’s FusionCloud service is built using the fastest possible solid state disk technology. Specifically, FusionIO PCI-X cards are utilized in our SANs for reads AND writes. FusionIO cards use the same solid state flash memory found on SSD disks. However unlike the SSD disk, they bypass the server’s disk controller which was never meant to operate at such high speeds and now cause bottleneck. Instead they connect directly to the PCI bus unleashing the full potential of the hardware. Even though SSD and FusionIO cards both utilize similar flash memory, a single FusionIO card can deliver performance at least 10-15x that of an SSD disk.
Chris: Can you give us some comparisons on the actual speed difference between a traditional cloud platform and the FusionCloud? The readers would be interested in some hard numbers so they can compare.
Sagi: Sure – Webair has been able to integrate this technology into its cloud computing platform so that each cloud server is guaranteed at least 10,000 IOP/s in a redundant and scalable way. To compare that to traditional disks, a server with a single SATA disk cannot achieve more than 100 IOP/s. A 10 disk SAS array would yield no more than 1,500 IOP/s. Furthermore – Webair FusionCloud utilizes redundant SANs that can provide these high IOP/s numbers at extremely low latency and in a redundant fashion so that the loss of a physical card or disk would not cause any downtime or degradation of service for the users.
Chris: Pretty amazing. What kind of disk storage and replication options are available to FusionCloud customers?
Sagi: The configurations are highly customizable. Users can mix and match storage tiers to applications within their cloud servers so that the correct technology is utilized for each use case. Therefore, they only need to purchase enough FusionCloud storage for their high IOP/s uses and can utilize our SAN storage or cloud storage for the their other needs. Each of these storage tiers is redundant by default, includes built in snapshots, and offers multiple options for off site or global replication.
Dedicated servers are more difficult and more expensive to maintain than a cloud environment.
Many have been hesitant on moving I/O heavy applications and platforms to the cloud due to slow performing disk speed. Webair’s FusionCloud solves the problem traditional cloud platforms face concerning slow performance through creative use of hardware and software.
Webair provides IT directors the best the cloud has to offer mixed with state-of-the-art disk speed to form the perfect cocktail of performance and reliability.
To learn more about FusionCloud and Webair, please visit: www.webair.com/webhosting-cloud-fusion.html
Founder/CEO FindMyHost, Inc.
Webair Increases Network Resiliency & Capacity
Webair increases NY1 datacenter network resiliency and capacity via the installation of a new building POE (point of entrance) connected to LightTower’s diverse fiber network.
Webair’s Carrier Neutral Cloud and Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure is perfect for Disaster Recovery. Directly connect your existing physical infrastructure regardless of location to Webair’s Cloud. Establishing connectivity is simple through Webair’s network which reaches over 1000 providers.
Webair cloud servers come with a private network (VLAN) which can be merged into your existing physical network. This allows for seamless integration and the ability to control your servers as if they were local. Share and move IP addresses between physical and cloud environments and use existing hardware firewalls, load balancers, and routers with cloud servers.
Configuring Webair Cloud servers to mirror and take over for physical servers is easy!
In fact, all traffic can automatically be diverted to Cloud servers in the event of downtime in the physical environment. Private clouds can be configured inside Webair’s Cloud to provide you with a truly physically diverse and segregated cloud solution. Contact our sales department to learn more about Webair’s custom cloud disaster recovery options.
Any Webair Cloud Servers can be configured to directly connect to any of the THOUSANDS OF PROVIDERS at the locations above. Additionally physical routing infrastructure such as routers, switches, and even servers can be merged to cloud infrastructure to provide a truly customized topology to meet your business needs.
Webair’s Carrier Neutral Cloud services currently supports the following physical cross connects:
Webair, a leading provider of Cloud Hosting and Managed solutions, announced the release of EZPanel Mobile, the newest addition to its highly popular EZPanel Control Panel provided to all Webair clients. With EZPanel Mobile, clients can instantly create and deploy cloud servers, configure SMS alerts for particular events, monitor and manage all aspects of their accounts and even chat with a technician in the datacenter 24/7 right from their smartphone.EZPanel Mobile provides you with powerful tools and support you need to centrally manage your account. Clients can deploy IaaS resources, manage colocation space, and fully control managed cloud, physical and load balanced servers.
“With the addition of EZPanel Mobile, our customers can easily and conveniently manage all their hosting resources from its user friendly interface, from server reboots and database management to monitoring bandwidth and storage right their phone or tablet,” said Sagi Brody, CTO of Webair.
All of the features from the web based version are available in EZPanel Mobile, including one-click WordPress and Magento installs, ability to create or modify MySQL databases, management of crontabs and DNS zones. Its easy to use management interface integrates with a number of Webair’s existing service offerings including Cloud Storage, FusionCloud, CDN services, and dedicated servers.
EZPanel Mobile was designed with ease of use in mind, written for iPhones, iPads, Androids and other mobile devices providing full control of your infrastructure anywhere, anytime.
Webair is a leader in managed hosting solutions, including Managed & Secure Cloud Infrastructure for companies of all sizes and is recognized as a global leader in the industry. Webair offers a variety of Hosting services including Public, Private & Hybrid Clouds, Dedicated Servers, Colocation, CDN and Video Streaming Solutions. Headquartered in New York, operates an international network of data centers located in New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and Amsterdam.
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Webair CTO Sagi Brody featured panelist at Hostingcon 2013 in Austin Texas to discuss Development Hosting. Discussions included opportunities for setting up development hosting, and the best tools available. Developers and hosts discussed the importance of stacks, balancing development, test, stage and production sites, and handling team and source code management. It was a great success and many participants walked away with knowledge and tools to become successful in development hosting.
We are happy to announce that an updated version of our Webair VSYS hosting platform has been released. We have put a lot of testing into the updated platform and hope that our customers will take advantage of the updated features.
Here are some of the highlights of this release of Webair’s VSYS hosting platform:
We will continue to offer our customers an impeccable level of service along with an underlying platform that offers increased levels of security, reliability and performance.
Webair is committed to the FreeBSD Operating System and the open source community as a whole.
Please contact us with any questions.
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Any man who must say ‘I am the King’ is no true king.
- Tywin Lannister, Game Of Thrones (via parislemon)
The 2002 NYC Amateur Champion, and third team All-American at the University of Richmond, Turned Pro in 2003 and has won numerous Professional Golf Tournaments all around the World. Joe’s Most recent victory was 2011 Gosling’s Invitational in Bermuda. Joe played on various tours Including the Canadian Tour and Tour De Las Americas, among many others.
Joe recently Competed in the 2012 Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational against some of the world’s best. Joe has also hosted television shows on The Golf Channel and has written articles for several golf publications. As one of Webair’s Brand Ambassadors Joe feels the support that Webair.com brings will catapult him all the way to the PGA Tour. Lets go Joe!!!