Every now and then you run across a utility that just makes your life easier. Everybody has their tools that they use and has their reasons for using them. Well here are mine. I have compiled a list of my top 10 Network Administration tools. As well, since most IT budgets are tight these days, I tried to limit these to either free or low cost software.
So today I came across something which I think might be useful. By default, Microsoft Windows IIS 6.0 does not have the capibilities out of the box to serve up flash video files (.flv). This is a quick and simple fix that can be taken care of in just about a minute.
Recently, the company I work for decided it was time to make a push into the “Cloud”. We host many web services for many of our customers and all the way up until now, we have always done things the old fashion way of having a dedicated server onsite. Last year we thought outside the building and purchased a server out on Rackspace and so far we are nothing but happy with its performance. This year we make the next move and have decided on the virtual cloud. Our choices after looking at a slew of providers was either Amazon EC2 service or Rackspace cloud. The reasons we went with these two were because Rackspace, in my opinion, is the leading corporate hosting provider available and the service we get from them is second to none; and Amazon is seemingly infinite in size and you can just about guarantee a high level of network availability.
After we started working with both Amazon and Rackspace, our developers were worried about the bandwidth and/or network latency on these servers. They didn’t feel it was up to par and was worse than they anticipated. That was where I stepped in and started running various analysis’s. The rest of this article will print out the details of my findings where you can then make a judgment of your own.