Virtualization is a funny business

Tag: , , — January 29, 2007 @ 6:21 am

I was just reading Liam Eagle’s blogpost on SWSoft and Parallels. Apparently, Parallels, the developer of the Parallels Desktop — a hardware virtualization software on Windows, Linux and Mac — has actually been under a new management for three years. Who is the new owner? SWsoft, home of popular virtualization (Virtuozzo) and server automation (Plesk) […]

Fast Domain Name Resolution with OpenDNS + Local Cache

Tag: , — January 25, 2007 @ 7:36 am Comments 8

Domain name resolution is a very important building block of the Internet today. It translates domain/host names into IP addresses, so your browser would know how to reach this page (okay, I know it is more complicated than that, but…) At the same time, a slow or broken DNS system can be very frustrating, even […]

Media Temple and Its New MySQL Containers

Tag: , , — January 20, 2007 @ 1:34 pm Comments 2

Media Temple, home of the Grid Server which I wrote about here, has just posted an excellent post on their blog, titled Anatomy of MySQL on the Grid Server. It Acknowledge MySQL issues in the current grid server platform. Talk about their old load balancing system for MySQL, and why it did not work. Discuss […]

Setting Up Part-Time Web Cluster with Amazon’s EC2

Tag: , , — January 18, 2007 @ 5:34 am Comments 3

What do you do when you have regular traffic spike? Say, for once a month, traffic increases 3 fold for 12 hours after your company sent out the monthly news letter? Your current web server barely copes with regular load. Do you go out to buy 2 more dedicated servers just for that 12 hours […]

Running Drupal with Clean URL on Nginx or Lighttpd

Tag: , , — January 17, 2007 @ 7:36 am Comments 33

First of all, my previous post on Nginx vs. Lighttpd for a small VPS seems to be a “hit”. Thanks to Glenn for submitting it to, which got picked up by a few bloggers. Got around 1,000 unique visitors on the day where the post went live, which I guess is pretty good for […]

Nginx vs. Lighttpd for a small VPS

Tag: , , , — January 10, 2007 @ 4:41 am Comments 56

I have been using Lighttpd for almost a year and Nginx for a month on my servers. I know that they were created to be massively scalable, solving the C10k problem. However their asynchronised-IO model and small memory foot-print also make them suitable as alternative HTTP servers for memory-limited VPS. Alternative = Anything but the […]


Tag: , — January 8, 2007 @ 1:23 am

I have been an almost-daily user of, and I have previously written a short review about it almost 5 months ago. Since then, Josh of contacted me about their update, so I think I shall write another short review about it.