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    Managed Simple Service PHP

    It has been estimated that up to 80% of the top 10 million websites are using PHP as their server-side language. Considering this, the Managed Simple Service PHP is a very important piece of the Managed (V)Servers at nine.ch. But the service comes in a lot of different shapes and forms. This article should give you an overview.

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    That was the TechTalkThursday on 2nd March 2017

    Our first TechTalkThursday in 2017 yesterday made for a great start to this year’s TechTalkThursday series. On this occasion, two fascinating talks and a great number of interesting discussions were held in a relaxed atmosphere.

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    Welcome Simone Glinz

    We are delighted to welcome Simone Glinz as a new Linux Operations Engineer at nine.ch today!

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    Network Architecture at nine.ch

    The implementation of a network across multiple locations and with various customer groups requires not only the right equipment, but also the right architecture. In this article we want to give an overview of the network architecture at nine.ch.

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    Our Experiences with Ceph - Part 1

    At nine.ch, since 2014 we have operated a Ceph Cluster as storage for a part of our virtual servers. Since its introduction we have had both positive and, unfortunately, negative experiences. We would like to share these here and tell you a little more about our journey from a “simple” Ceph Storage with rotating discs to a purely NVMe cluster.

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    Service-Oriented Architecture at nine.ch

    Service-oriented architecture, better known as SOA, is a widespread architectural principle in IT. Put simply, individual infrastructure components are implemented as separately encapsulated services. Appropriate interfaces are provided to allow the services to communicate with each other. The resulting benefits include loose coupling, scalability and easier deployment.

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    Update Management with upd89

    With nine.ch as an industrial partner, Ueli Bosshard and Philipp Christen have realized their bachelor thesis on “Orchestration of security updates for Linux server systems” in the spring semester 2016. In this guest post, they give us an introduction to the problem and the solution they came up with.

    Managing updates is fairly easy for a normal user. The operating system shows a notification that an update is pending, the user clicks “Install”, and they’re done. They may need to reboot the system, but that’s it. And this still works well with two, three or five systems. But what happens when you have dozens or hundreds of systems to manage all at once? Or if configurations vary and the latest version of each installed application and service is not allowed on every system?

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    EuRuKo 2016 in Sofia

    This year’s European Ruby Conference EuRuKo was held about a bit more than a month ago in Sofia, Bulgaria. High time for a short summary.

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    Management for Colocation Customers

    nine.ch is now offering management for Colocation products: The new products are called Managed Router and Protected OOB and support our customers in managing their own hardware in our data centres. This enables customers to manage their servers on their own, while simply delegating network management to external professionals.

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    TechTalkThursday on 27 October 2016

    Our last TechTalkThursday of this year took place last week on Thursday and featured exciting presentations and lots of interesting discussions with both new and familiar faces.

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    New Managed Cluster at nine.ch

    We have reworked and expanded our Managed Cluster and are looking forward to cater customers who are looking for a highly available cluster product with geo-redundancy.

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    Is the Internet of Things possible with nine.ch?

    The Internet of Things (IoT) denotes a technology with “intelligent objects” which support people in their activities and are intended to make life easier without being distracting or conspicuous. It concerns the interconnection of physical objects with a virtual representation.

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    TechTalkThursday in October at nine.ch

    To make sure, that the autumn is not quite so dreary, we would like to invite you to our next TechTalkThursday on 27th October 2016. We have again interesting topics and exciting presentations.

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    Cloudservers New at nine.ch

    In addition to our well-known Managed Server, Root Server and Colocation products, we have now expanded our range to include Cloudservers. These are particularly suitable for customers who, for example, want to quickly connect different entities or who constantly change their requirements for their server.

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    nine.ch successfully recertified in accordance with ISO 9001:2015

    nine.ch’s strong focus on excellent and customer-oriented services as well as the operation of high-availability managed platforms requires the ongoing and sustainable adaptation of internal processes and quality management. To effectively incorporate this continuous improvement process in the company, we have been running a total quality management system for three years now. Thanks to the successful ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2013, it was also shown that the processes are in place and comply with all requirements of the internationally recognised standard.

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    Server Migrations at nine.ch

    In this post we would like to take the opportunity to look at the topic of “Server Migrations at nine.ch” and explain why they are necessary, how they are implemented at nine.ch and what kinds of things our customers should be aware of.

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    A Different Type of Backup - Backup Storage for Root and Cloudservers at nine.ch

    Backing up and versioning your data is a task often underestimated by those operating their own server. Loss of data can have a tremendous negative impact. At nine.ch, we offer a central S3-compatible backup cluster for our Root Server and Cloudserver customers. Data is saved with multiple levels of redundancy and can also be uploaded in encrypted form.

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