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Find out who is eating your traffic?

February 21, 2015, Written by 0 comment

When you click….wait, click again….wait again, click again and again….argh… 🙁 Sound familiar? That’s the sound like somebody has ran out of Internet bandwidth.
There’s a lot of things can drain out the capacity of that pipe that connects your web service to the Internet. It could be your bad neighbours on your network, or it could even be malicious application or services are running on the same network. The problem can get so bad that some customers will toss out their computer and buy a new one.
However, many web hosting subscribers are not aware this can be avoided and the problem could lie with your web host network setup. If you have noticed there’s a characteristic and pattern of this network hiccup, and it always happens on a specific period daily, maybe during wee hours?

If this is the case, your web server might be relying on a single network cable to perform all the tasks which includes internet, back-end management and backup. Yes, you hear me, it’s done on one single cable where your public internet traffic and backup traffic co-existed.

This poses 3 serious issues;

1. All your stored information is transmitting publicly during backup. This increases the risk of exposure on personal data.

2. The other serious event, backup traffic has clogged up your traffic to the internet. Generally speaking, backup traffic volume is much higher compare to the genuine internet traffic. When this happened, connection to your website becomes slow or inaccessible.

3. Since backup traffic uses the same network cable for your internet connectivity, the consumed traffic might have included your backup traffic. Which means, your consumption might be way lesser than what you were billed.

Vastspace segregates traffics into internet traffic, backup traffic and management traffic on three network segments. Each segment has at least one network cable for each kind of traffic.

martin

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