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Cold Fusion Hosting The 5 “S”s for Success July 29, 2000 Presentation by Christine Pascarella Virtualscape S#1 Starting out Who hosts CF? How do you find a CF Host? What to look for? Getting your site live! Server Management Technical Support Questions to ask yourself….

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cold fusion hosting the 5 s s for success

Cold Fusion HostingThe 5 “S”s for Success

July 29, 2000

Presentation by Christine Pascarella

Virtualscape

s 1 starting out
S#1 Starting out

Who hosts CF?

How do you find a CF Host?

What to look for?

  • Getting your site live!
  • Server Management
  • Technical Support
identifying a cf hosting company what to ask your host yourself
Questions to ask yourself….

What is the role Cold Fusion on your site?

Do you require special Cold Fusion tags, features, etc.

What type of assistance do you need? (programming, design, management)

Is your site mission critical?

Identifying a CF Hosting Company(What to ask your host & yourself)

Questions to ask your provider

  • What type of technical support do they offer?
  • What is their experience with Cold Fusion?
  • What version of CF are they running?
  • What databases do they support?
  • Do they perform keyword monitoring?
s 2 statistics
S#2 - Statistics
  • What are they?
    • Web server logs, Cold Fusion logs
  • What tools are available?
    • Webtrends, Live Stats
  • How logs tie into scalability.
slide5

How to use Statistics

In a Shared Environment

  • The importance of raw log files.
  • Looking at log reports.
  • Knowing your traffic flow.

Dedicated Environment

  • CF log analysis.
  • Performance Monitoring.
  • # of Concurrent Connections.
  • The importance of testing remotely.
  • Keyword monitoring.
s 3 scalability
S #3 - Scalability

How Scaleable is your application?

  • Database issues
  • Session Management
  • Sending Email (CFMail)
  • Load Balancing & Failover
database scalability
Database Scalability
  • When is the right time to make a change?
  • Moving from one database to another.
  • Is the database slowing you down or is it your code?
  • Optimizing your database queries to increase performance.
session management
Session Management

NT Servers - Where to store your variables?

1) Registry

2) ODBC connection to SQL Server

3) Session management independent of Cold Fusion.

cfmail
CFMail
  • How much mail are you sending out?
  • Sharing vs. dedicated mail servers.
  • Benefits of queuing.
  • The SPAM test (formatting properly).
slide10

Server Clusters - Web Farms

Advanced Server Hosting

  • Multi-server environment
  • Insurance that site will always be available
  • Load balancing and redundancy
  • Failover options
  • Higher cost of entry and maintenance
s 4 security

S #4 - Security

  • How Secure is your application?
  • SSL, PGP
  • Identifying Security Holes, security scans
  • Firewalls, VPNs and Point-to-Point
ssl pgp
SSL & PGP
  • SSL - just for e-commerce?
  • PGP - how to implement it.
  • Using CF to encrypt your pages.
finding security holes
Finding Security Holes
  • BugTraq (popular mailing lists)
  • Security Scans
  • Realtime security monitoring
  • Security Officers (staff)
firewalls
Firewalls

Firewall functions:

  • Packet filtering
  • Port lockdowns
  • Screening policies
  • Secure remote server administration
s 5 speaking to your host
S #5 Speaking to your Host

Make sure you have a good relationship.

Let your host know your plans.

Get advice on your approach.

summary
Summary

The 5 S’s of Success

  • Starting Out
  • Statistics
  • Scalability
  • Speaking to your host
  • Security