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Crunch Time 

It’s three months into the project, interface design is coded and integrated, backend development is completed, QA testing is done and it’s time to push the site up to the production server for final testing and launch.

Will this launch go smoothly?  Will the site work exactly as it did in the development environment?  Will the client be happy?  Read more

The Heart of the Web

A datacenter is a truly beautiful place. However, like a geode, it can be hard to see the beauty from the outside, so lets take a look inside, shall we?

Within the fortified, bland walls of a datacenter, is a thriving ecosystem. A datacenter can really be thought of as a ‘heart’ of the World Wide Web. Without the servers in a datacenter, the Internet would not exist as we know it.

Once you’ve made it passed a multitude of security systems, you will find before you rows upon rows of ‘cages’. In most cases, these cages are locked fences around racks, or stacks, of servers. In the best datacenters, you will find each cage with its own air-conditioned system, blowing in cold air and sucking out hot air, to keep the servers healthy.

Each of these racks can be holding around 40 (1U) servers. Some of these servers will be housing 10+ websites/applications, while others will be just a piece of a much larger server infrastructure. Each of these servers is connected to ISPs, and possibly switches, routers, load balancers and firewalls. (Hopefully in a N+1 redundant format!).

Within each of these servers you will find RAM, HDDs, RAID Controllers, NIC, power supply, and CPUs. And, if we go deeper, we will find Operating Systems such as Linux and Windows.

Behind the scenes you will find massive backup generators, with enough power and fuel to keep the datacenter pulsing in the event of unforeseen disasters.

It is easy to overlook all the pieces that come together to form one of the most important structures in our society – datacenters. They are the backbone of the web, and thus for many, the backbone of a business and way of life.

Wonders of The Wonderful World Wide Web

Happy Friday everyone! The World Wide Web, or Internet, as I will hereon refer to it as, is a truly amazing place. Many people use it everyday as an integral part of their lives. In fact, if you are reading this on ZeroLag.com, I personally GUARANTEE you have used the Internet at least once!

Whether you use it everyday, or this is your first exploration into the Internet, (I am flattered you stopped here to begin your journey!) there is a lot about the Internet that many people either do not know, or have not stopped to fathom. What follows are 4 questions on the Internet and the facilities that provide the Internet, with information that will blow your mind.

How many active websites are there on the Internet (As of March 2012)?

A) 443,000                B) 364,654,235,123             C) 644,275,754
(Source – http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-03-08/tech/31135231_1_websites-domain-internet)
(Answer – C)


Which of these items is equal in weight to the entire Internet?

A) Strawberry           B) Titanic                               C) Mount Everest
(Source – http://news.discovery.com/tech/how-much-does-the-internet-weigh-111103.html_
(Answer – A)


What % of the Internet has Google Indexed in its search engine?

A) .004%                    B) 27.6%                                C) 98.97%

(Source – Eric Schmidt, former CEO Google – via news.disocvery.com)
(Answer – A)


What % of all electricity used in the US in a given year, is used by Datacenters?

A) .77%                      B) 2.2%                                  C) 14.7%
(Source – NyTimes, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/technology/data-centers-using-less-power-than-forecast-report-says.html?_r=0)
(Answer – B)

Now that you are armed with information on the Internet that few are privy to, I encourage you to venture forward and spread your knowledge with the world!  Please share in the comments below any other outstanding facts about the Internet you have!