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One of the greatest features of being consulting IT infrastructure engineers is that we have the opportunity to see, touch, and experience a wide variety of technologies and their successful (and sometimes, not so successful) application. We have the opportunity to solve problems that have never been solved before. And, every once in awhile, we make mistakes that provide good lessons. It's our hope that sharing some of these experiences will better our community as a whole. We hope you enjoy it!!
If your company is subject to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), you are probably aware that the PCI Security Council released version 3.0 of the PCI DSS on November 7. This version of the standard goes into effect on January 1, 2014, and version 2.0 will be retired on December 31, 2014. Has...continue reading
Having a strict password policy is an IT security best practice. If users are allowed to use weak, easily guessed passwords, their accounts could be compromised, and if a user account with administrative privileges is compromised, then the whole site becomes compromised.
By default, Drupal doesn't have...continue reading
In this 24x7 world of websites and applications, downtime is not an option. Organizations must deploy multiple web and application servers so that a single failure doesn't interrupt business operations. In order to take advantage of multiple servers, a web load balancer is required. Much like a parking attendant at...continue reading
Disasters happen. Sometimes circumstances leading to a disaster are within our control, but more often they are not. It is wise for businesses of all sizes to plan ahead for scenarios in which IT services become either limited or unavailable. With a good business continuity and disaster recovery plan, businesses can...continue reading
High availability architecture and optimization for websites can involve many variables. To help cut through the noise, here are some of the top suggestions for improving the availability of your website.
Repeated HTTP requests on a web server can consume system resources and slow down everything...continue reading
A Payment Card Industry Report On Compliance (PCI ROC) is required if your organization can be defined as a Level 1 Merchant, or may be required if your organization has recently suffered a security breach in which cardholder data was compromised. This detailed assessment of the cardholder environment is used to...continue reading
With the booming popularity of cloud computing, it was inevitable that organizations would begin to move toward Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) companies to host their Payment Card Industry (PCI) infrastructure. In response, companies such as Amazon, Rackspace, and FireHost, among others, are offering PCI-compliant...continue reading
With Drupal 8 on the horizon, it's time to start thinking about the practical side of converting a module. This post will detail a very basic conversion of a hook_menu entry to a route controller. The base module to convert will be a hello_world module with three page callbacks, the latter two of which do not have...continue reading
Yes! Database design is one of the most important factors to keep in mind if you’re concerned with application performance management. It’s one of the main factors that will determine how fast your application can read and write information to the database. By designing your database to be efficient in each call it...continue reading
Computer security incidents are unpredictable and always seem to occur at the least opportune time. However, with a little preparation and vigilance in the face of a security incident, the following steps will help you calmly assess the scope of compromise and ensure you’re well positioned to handle response,...continue reading