Avoid Website and Server Failures

A website is like any “machine.” Its server must be attended to on a regular basis to ensure it’s in good “running order.” If you’re not maintaining the server health and performance, you could be setting your own stage for disaster.

by David Northcutt

Websites have many facets to their operation including modules, services, and components. If you’re not actively managing these facets and keeping the server platform up to date, you are putting your website and server at great risk for failure.   

A website is like any “machine.” Its server must be attended to on a regular basis to ensure it’s in good “running order.”

When was the last time you reviewed your server log files? How many warnings are on the verge of becoming a catastrophe, because you haven’t had the time to keep on top of what’s going on with your server?

Proactive monitoring of server log files is necessary to identify risk for potential failure points. In fact, the only way to prevent server failure is to watch for warnings and to make adjustments as identified.  

Is your system overloaded? Have you considered clustering your database or load balancing your web server?  

Sometimes it takes reorganization of data and infrastructure to greatly improve your website operational efficiency. Other times, it takes simple server and application tuning on an ongoing basis to keep your website functioning the way it’s supposed to.

Are you managing your Operating System? Does your server have the latest patches and updates to keep your website running at its peak performance?   

It doesn’t matter if your website and databases are running on a Unix or Windows platform, if you’re not maintaining the server health and keeping up to date with the latest security patches you could be setting your own stage for disaster.      

So what do you do when you simply don’t have the time to manage your server let alone the budget it takes for a full IT staff? How can you keep your focus on the core of your business and not worry about tedious administrative functions?

Website owners can now rest easily knowing that there are a team of certified technicians and engineers standing by ready to manage your servers, at a fraction of what it costs to maintain an entire IT staff.   The nTier Engineer provides virtual IT services to make sure that you stay proactive, never waiting for an incident to occur, and always keeping a step ahead of failure.

The nTier Engineer provides ongoing server management, installation and configuration support for applications, and server performance support regardless of your server platform and applications.