Find out who is eating your traffic?

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.

Get closer to your clients with CloudFlare

I get phone calls often asking about CloudFlare. What is CloudFlare? The biggest part of CloudFlare, apart from the cool features to protect your website from a range of online threats from spammers to SQL injection to DDOS, it is about getting closer to your clients in global perspective, maybe in terms of online business connectivity.

Not too much of words to describe how your site can get closer to your clients, here’s a comparison on how with and without CloudFlare enabled.

With CloudFlare enabled, your website content are distributed to 28 data centers around the world. CloudFlare CDN automatically caches your static files using their edge nodes so these files are stored closer to your visitors while delivering your dynamic content directly from your web server. CloudFlare then uses a technology called Anycast to route your visitors to the nearest data center. The result is that your website, on average, loads twice as fast for your visitors regardless of where they are located.

You’ll be able to see the exact speed benefits and savings with your personalized CloudFlare analytics report at CloudFlare portal if you are a subscriber. On average, a website on CloudFlare loads twice as fast for its visitors, sees 65% fewer requests and saves 60% of bandwidth.

Most importantly, it costs as little as $15 /month for a site on CloudFlare Pro subscription at Vastspace. In business perspective, it’s bang for the buck.