Guest blog written by Leon Horbach of high-end VR production company Scopic.
In a world that is more characterized by global connectivity than ever before, Cloud hosting providers such as LeaseWeb play vital roles. The seamless transportation of data, in combination with rock-solid security and innovative products, are key factors when making both the private and professional world working smoothly. It was therefore no coincidence that we (Scopic, a high-end virtual reality (VR) production company), teamed up with LeaseWeb in order to accomplish a riveting VR project.
Three years ago, Shaina Prabhakar wrote a blog about her work at LeaseWeb. A lot has changed since then, so let’s take a look at where she is now.
It’s fascinating to see how technology is innovating in ways to help and serve people. Before LeaseWeb, I used to work at a company which manufactured servers and networking devices. During that time I never got to speak to the end users, to see how they benefit from these products. At LeaseWeb I get that opportunity.
After three years of as part of the LeaseWeb Sales team I became the team manager of our Sales Support department. I interacted directly with our customers, learning what they’re looking for and how they like to buy and manage our products. One of the easiest ways for our customers to do this is through our website and Customer Portal. As I hold a degree in Information Sciences, my experience in sales together with my IT skills meant that I was in the unique position to become the Product Owner of our website and Customer Portal.
This is a guest blog by Michiel Steltman, Director of DINL (Dutch Digital Infrastructure Association).
The enormous growth of the online economy in the last two decades has made the Netherlands a strong player in the online world. The AMS-IX, world’s largest Internet exchange, has attracted many carrier neutral datacenters and enabled a substantial hosting industry. Which in turn has attracted major Internet brands. Next to the Rotterdam Harbor and Schiphol Airport our Digital Infrastructure is now Holland’s third main port which made the Netherlands also the digital gateway to Europe. It fuels Cloud as the new style of IT, it enables innovations and startups and it provides a strong base for Holland’s future knowledge- and services based economy.
Algolia is a distributed Search-as-a-Service API that processes more than 4 billions user-generated queries per month. Algolia’s DNA is performance, the service is optimized to reply in milliseconds from any location worldwide while maintaining high availability. Today, Algolia’s co-founder and CTO Julien Lemoine provides details on their architecture, showing how they designed their fault tolerant service and how they use LeaseWeb.
Under the hood
Building a highly available API distributed over 12 regions isn’t an easy process – especially since our users can select the set of regions they want to use. Under the hood, we automatically replicate their data and synchronize any change on all their regions. This approach is really different from a CDN that just keeps a cache of recently accessed data, we guarantee our users that any of the regions they have selected have all of the data locally and can serve their search requests. In other words, all write operations of our users are applied on all their regions, even for a very high load of write operations per second.
XDA Developers is one of the world’s largest mobile software development communities, with over 5 million members from around the globe. This community consists primarily of Android enthusiasts, software developers and testers, who discuss, troubleshoot, develop and share software for Android phones and other operating systems. It takes a lot to keep such a site going smoothly. Today, XDA provides a rare peek ‘under-the-hood’, showing you how they run their website on LeaseWeb infrastructure.
Under The Hood at XDA Developers
Running a website as large as XDA isn’t an easy process – we depend on a web development team here in Philadelphia, plus the fantastic products and serviced offered by our host, LeaseWeb, to ensure the availability and speed of the site that every Android enthusiast knows and loves. Knowing that our visitors are more technical in nature than most, we thought that they might appreciate a look ‘under the hood’ at XDA to see what makes us run.