Ned McClain

Contributions

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Three Reasons Not to Use AWS Elastic Load Balancing 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 a busy football stadium points you to a parking spot, the load balancer is responsible for finding web servers with extra capacity and sending web requests in their direction.   09/25/2013 - 15:44 Blog Post
Cisco VPN Monitoring Script This script allows you to monitor the status of your site-to-site VPN tunnels - essential if you depend on this technology! 05/08/2012 - 15:20 opensource
Drupal shoutbox_rules module AppliedTrust developed and contributed the shoutbox_rules module for the Drupal project.  This module allows non-developers to do things like send emails or text messages when shoutbox messages are posted. 05/08/2012 - 14:54 opensource
PHP APC Monitoring Script Nagios/Icinga plugin for monitoring the APC opcode cache for PHP - a key ingredient for LAMP stack performance.  The apc.php status script (which ships with php-apc) must be installed and accessible. 04/10/2012 - 18:36 opensource
Slides from DrupalCamp Colorado Trent and I had a great time in our session at DrupalCamp Colorado this morning - special thanks to Greg Knaddison fromDrupal Scout for presenting with us!!  The session slides are available here! 06/12/2011 - 10:08 Blog Post
New Tools for Web Site Performance In April of 2010, Google officially announced that web site speed is an important ingredient for ranking search results. 11/22/2010 - 10:31 Blog Post
Off-Cloud Backups All successful NASCAR drivers wear their five-point seat belts and helmets, even though they hope to rarely need them. Likewise, you can't be a successful system administrator without a healthy respect for backups. Don't want to bother with backups? 11/09/2010 - 14:51 Blog Post
A Gentle Infrastructure Monitoring Reminder The fine folks at Twitter Engineering recently posted about the performance issues they have had over the holiday weekend. Since Saturday, the site has been slow for users and API calls. While AppliedTrust hasn't (yet) made the leap to Twitter, we recognize how important it is for delivering World Cup news. I give Twitter Engineering tons of credit for being so transparent about the details of the problem - they say: 07/06/2010 - 11:57 Blog Post
AppliedTrust Goes Drupal! This month, AppliedTrust re-launched our web site on the CMS called Drupal. 06/30/2010 - 17:21 Blog Post
An IT lesson from the BP disaster Sadly disasters happen, and when they do there are often valuable lessons to be learned. Unfortunately, poor IT infrastructure will limit the lessons the oil industry can learn from this incident. 06/04/2010 - 09:26 Blog Post

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