The emergence of programming-based hosting environments allows for the rapid development and testing of customized Web site applications. Most dependable and experienced Web hosting service providers, like Webhosting.net, are now providing specialized hosting for programming-based environments such as “Ruby on Rails”.
Ruby on Rails itself is a dynamic, open source programming language that focuses on simplicity and productivity. Ruby, unlike other programming languages, has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to author. In brief: Ruby is a high-level programming language, that is interpreted like Python, Perl and Tcl/TK. Not unlike Smalltalk and Java, it is object-oriented, and is rapidly gaining acceptance through U.S., Europe and Japan. Ruby has been described as the successful combination of: Smalltalk’s conceptual elegance, Python’s ease of use and learning, and Perl’s pragmatism.
Ruby has become extremely popular because it is easy to learn, open source and has very rich programming libraries. Ruby programming is also very easy to extend and has very few bugs. Most importantly, the programming language has a large and active support community. These factors makes Ruby very popular.
Ruby also provides programmers with an application called Embedded Ruby, or ERb. ERb allows programmers to put Ruby code inside an HTML file. ERb executes Ruby code that is embedded in HTML documents. Because ERb works in tandem with advanced Web server technology, it makes sense to choose the most advanced service provider that specializes in offering the most coordination between such services. Webhosting.net fulfills this role. The service provider has achieved success in developing one of the best Ruby on Rails environments for its clientele.
Ruby on Rails, based on Ruby, is an extremely productive Web application framework. It reportedly allows programmers to develop Web applications 10 times faster that possible with a typical Java framework.
Ruby on Rails also speeds application development time since its does not require code compilation and allows for a programmer’s developed code and database schema to become the base configuration. Rails is packed with features that make programmers more productive, including metaprogramming. While other frameworks require extensive code generation to be done by scratch, metaprogramming techniques used by Rails actually leverage programs to write others programs. This increases program writing speeds.
Also other Web development frameworks such as .NET or Java force programmers to write pages of configuration code. But if programmers follow suggested naming conventions in Rails, such levels of configuration are not necessary. Another differentiator is that Rails can automatically create the “scaffolding”, or temporary code used in the early stage of application development that helps get a program up quickly and allows you to determine how major components of the program will function. Rails also creates simple automated tests that programmers can ultimately extend. The framework also provides supporting code called “harnesses” and “fixtures” that make test cases easier to write and run. Ruby can then execute all automated tests with a simple utility.
Most importantly for programmers, the Rails framework provides multiple modes for testing and deployment. Rails gives programmers three default environments: development, testing, and production. Each behaves slightly differently, making a programmer’s entire software development cycle easier.
With such advantages, it is no surprise that Ruby is as popular as it is, and is offered by advanced service providers such as Webhosting.net. Webhosting.net offers the Ruby on rails hosting framework through its Jelastic cloud hosting product.
Colocation offers advantages for enterprise customers
Webhosting.net offers colocation services to its enterprise customers. Colocation is a service where physical space and bandwidth are made available for rent. Colocation facilities provide space, power, cooling, and physical security for server, storage, and networking equipment. Colocation services connect such equipment to a variety of telecommunications and network service providers, with minimal cost and complexity.
Webhosting.net’s colocation service, provided on a contractual term basis, provides enterprise-class customers with lockable rack cabinets or cages for server equipment, AC power with redundant battery-based uninterruptible power supply (UPS), and network connectivity to a wide selection of telecommunication carriers. As part of its colocation service, Webhosting.net also provides cooling, physical security and real-time network and equipment monitoring.
Enterprise-class customers reportedly benefit from colocation because it provides a predictable and operational expenditure model that does not involve building out an internal telecommunication architecture. Colocation allows enterprises to access additional capacity as quickly as needed, very inexpensively. Colocation thus frees up capital for enterprises that can be invested in core business initiatives that drive increased competitiveness and business growth. Indeed, colocation allows organizations to free up IT staff to focus on more strategic business initiatives that drive innovation and value-generation for business, especially large, sophisticated IT organizations that are opting for a colocation option over expending valuable resources on tactical infrastructure operations and maintenance.
The reality is that colocation services provided by experts such as Webhosting.net offer a high level of technological superiority through the provision of redundancy over internal solutions. As an example, colocation provides access to redundant power capacity, to more physical space when required, and to experienced IT professionals.
Redundant systems also translate into greater uptime. Webhosting.net’s colocation uses redundancy to protect mission-critical applications and data against possible impact from single points of failure such as power, HVAC and network failures. Webhosting.net’s certified technicians monitor network and IT infrastructure to ensure smooth operation and optimum performance. Physical access security ensures that only authorized personnel gain access to secured data center facilities. Webhosting.net’s colocation facilities also provide benefits since they are typically built to withstand disasters and facilitate data recovery in the event of major emergencies.
Webhosting.net excels at colocation provision due to the infrastructure that the service provider leverages. Webhosting.net offers enterprises a high-availability data center environment for mission-critical systems, without all the complexity, cost and risk of building and operating their own in-house facilities. Webhosting.net’s hosting operations are based in Miami’s NAP of the Americas. NAP of the Americas is a carrier-neutral facility backed by a consortium of over 100 major carriers ISPs and other telecom companies.
A next-generation carrier-class facility, utilizing the most advanced networking standards in the world, the NAP of the Americas features at its core an efficient, high-speed, parallel cross-point switch fabric. This fabric has a capacity of up to 178 million packets per second of throughput. In addition, edge switches provide gigabit-speed connectivity to a meshed 128 Gbps core chassis peering fabric.
This connectivity, in conjunction with excellent technical and financial benefits, makes Webhosting.net’s colocation services an important consideration for most major businesses. All enterprise IT departments should therefore assess whether colocation services are an excellent fit for both their Web hosting and cloud application requirements.