My Standard Server Setup

Configurations with Rackspace Cloud Servers

Posted 2 years ago by Tom Maiaroto.

I figured I would share my typical web application server setup while I've recently been on the subject of hosting. This is my mission-critical, scalable, redundant, (did I miss anything?) setup. You'll need 5 servers, along with a cloud load balancer, to pull it off with Rackspace. You can use smaller servers to cut down on costs as you see fit, but I typically start with 2GB for a production project. (2x) Web/application servers (I use Nginx if in need of a web server) (2x) Database servers (I use MongoDB) master/slave (1x)... Read More

PaaS on Them

Not so "Enterprise" Ready

Posted 2 years ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So I've been giving some PaaS services a try. To be completely fair I don't want to mention which at this time. I may revisit others to get a more comprehensive comparison but I've been turned off for now. I've been hosting my small side project, Virality Index, on a PaaS to give it a test. The most attractive thing about a PaaS is the zero-config. You launch an instance, attach any databases, etc. and go. You can deploy your code from the command line which is very comfortable alongside Git. Then, it goes into the "cloud" and is... Read More


A very good e-mail app

Posted 2 years ago by Tom Maiaroto.

I'm not typically your e-mail desktop application fan. I really like having a browser tab with GMail open. Or I'll even use my phone. It's convenient and if I lose my computer I know that no one is getting in to my e-mail due to a saved password or due to cache on the hard drive. IMAP helps to resolve some of those concerns, but it's still not a perfect world for security. However, Inky has really caught my attention and I'm glad I gave it a try. I gave it a try because it sounded smart (and I like smart software). It has quite a few... Read More

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