Shared Linux Hosting

Server Upgrades, Incoming..

It's that time again, server hardware refresh time!

Over the next few weeks we'll be rolling out a series of replacement servers both for our backend systems (our own website, management servers, nameservers, etc) as well as replacements for our cPanel customer-hosting servers.

Details and announcements will be emailed to all affected users in advance of any outage windows, though our goal is to minimize any impact to customer websites and services as much as possible.

System Upgrades

Tonight all client servers for our Shared Linux Web Hosting users have had updates to a number of various software packages to bring them all to the same level. All client servers are now running:

Apache 2.2.16
PHPi 5.3.3
Ruby On Rails 2.3.8

No major client-side changes or updates are expected to be required due this minor upgrade.

Apache 2.2.15 and PHP 5.3.2 Upgrade...

This afternoon all client servers for our Shared Linux Web Hosting users are being upgraded to Apache 2.2.15 and PHPi 5.3.2... Each server will be down very briefly for a few seconds while Apache reloads. No major client-side changes or updates are expected to be required due this minor upgrade.

All Servers Upgraded...

This evening all client servers for our Shared Linux Hosting users were upgraded to Apache 2.2.14 and PHPi 5.2.11.. these were fairly minor upgrades (from previous 2.2.x and 5.2.x) so no configuration or major modifications were required. Downtime for each server was measured in seconds while the Apache services were restarted.

How we determine resource limits

Shortly after posting today's news regarding our upgraded web hosting plans I received an email from a client inquiring just how we determine the amount of resources to include with each of our plans.

This was doubly cool for me, because:

Ruby on Rails Now Available

Effective immediately all shared linux hosting accounts here at Pure Energy now support Ruby on Rails! All clients can now create a rails application from within cPanel (cPanel -> Software -> Ruby on Rails) and begin developing and deploying their applications using the rails platform.

Currently available (System Wide) Ruby Gems Include:

actionmailer (2.2.2)
actionpack (2.2.2)
activerecord (2.2.2)
activeresource (2.2.2)
activesupport (2.2.2)
cgi_multipart_eof_fix (2.5.0)
daemons (1.0.10)
fastthread (1.0.1)
gem_plugin (0.2.3)

Upgrade to Apache 2.2 Complete

Apache/2.2.10 (Unix) Server at Port 80

Such sweeter words have never been spoken by our servers. Okay, so maybe I'm being just a little overly dramatic, but the simple fact is, the jump from Apache 1.3.x to 2.2.x has been something we've been putting off for various reasons for so long that it was beginning to feel like it would never happen. This morning that situation was resolved, and we are happy to report that everything has appeared to go smoothly.

Apache 2.2: Today

The previously discussed upgrades to Apache 2.2 will be occuring this morning. Downtime for each server should be 15-20 minutes at most. We will post a follow up to the news section once the update is complete.

SiteBuilder: The Easy Way to A Beautiful Website

Today we're happy to announce the immediate availability of SiteBuilder for all of our Shared Linux Web Hosting clients at no additional charge.

Apache 2.2: Coming Soon

Ever since early in the year it has been a goal to get all servers upgraded to the "latest and greatest major branches" of software... we started by introducing PHP5, then MySQL5, and now, finally, we'll be moving all servers over to Apache 2.2.x to replace the current 1.3.x lineup. We had actually looked at making this jump back when we first implemented PHP5 in January, but some glitches that cropped up during the testing phase left us well, concerned, and ultimately we decided to put the upgrade off a bit longer.

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