RAID 1 vs RAID 5

Recently, I had to decide between RAID 1 and RAID 5 for a server deployment related to a mission critical application. This app had a considerable amount of writes compared to reads. While reading up on RAID I came across this good site (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID) Although

To RAID or not to RAID

I was setting up a server for one of my clients. This app is not mission critical, does not require high availability, is mostly non-critical analytics & reporting tool. My client wanted me to keep costs low while building the server, hence, was against setting

Filezilla to the rescue

Recently I had to ftp a lot of files to a dedicated server that I rented at iweb.com. I started by using the inbuilt ftp command in windows and soon realized it was not meant for large complex jobs. After looking at various options I

Buying vs renting

Do you have a dedicated server for your website/blog? Planning to get one? The one question you will face is whether to rent or buy one. I faced the same dilemma when I was about to setup my own dedicated server. After careful analysis and

Fiddling with Fiddler

Fiddler is a very useful tool for capturing network traffic. I use to primarily to debug issues with web servers. It has a simple to use two pane interface. The left pane will list all requests and the right pane will show associated data for

Useful Network Tools

In my job I require a lot of tools. I came across this last year and has been very useful to me. Based on my experience and need, I have created some tools that are useful for everyone. Some of the tools are:1) Ping –

Server Headers Tool

Use this free online tool to check the HTTP headers returned by a web server. You can specify either domain name, URL or IP address of the web server.