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Current Network Status

Oct 02 2005
All is well on the western front. The FCS box is still booming and our hop count went down 2 clicks thanks to QWest backbone change.
Mar 08 2004
We made it! So much has changed around here. Sorry it took so long to post an update. We built our forums with our new SiteSoft version2 so we haven't updated this page in a while. Check out our forums for the latest info. Since our last update we have added a brand new server to our network. It's in a mack daddy data center in Henredon, Virginia. That makes an official coast-to-coast server. In addition, we've included a dual RAID drive for a live real-time data backup. Two drives working as one. Kinda romantic in a way. PLUS!!! it's a dual-processor, Pentium 4. We're talking fast too. And to top all this off! drum-roll please, we've bought a brand name. The same great metasphere service will come in a slicker package. Can't wait to tell you about it. It's still hush-hush for now. We've secured the name, just waiting on an ancient magical japanese turtle to open the cosmic gate of creation so we can get a parking voucher. Stay tuned.
Oct 16 2003
Flash Communications Server box has been patched and upgraded . This necessary maintenance has provided greater platform security and stability for our FCS customers.
Oct 15 2003
Flash Communications Server box is being patched and upgraded beginning at 11:00 pm EST. This maintenance will provide greater platform security for our FCS customers. A notice will be posted when this upgrade is complete.
June 3 2003
Server back-up complete.
May 4 2003
We upgraded our Flash Communicatimons Server from 1.0 to 1.5. System was restarted and FCS upgrade has been verified and tested. The upgrade took 14 minutes of downtime for our Win2k box. Our Windows server is a dedicated Flash Communications Server. All servers are online and fully operational.
April 7 2003
Monthly Client Backup completed. If you need a copy of your archive contact us.
April 2 2003
Our SSL Security Certificate was renew today. We will continue to provide the SSL tunnel into our system with a digitally signed certificate through Thawte. The ceritificate is for our domain Licensed users can access their website through using an SSL tunnel.
March 8 2003
Monthly Client Backup completed. If you need a copy of your archive contact us.
March 6 2003
We patched our Sendmail last night. The patch fixes the new security flaw sendmail was reporting. Thanks to the open source community for discovery and a fix. More info can be found at
Feb 2 2003
We've doubled our Flash Communication Server (FCS) license capacity thanks to a new partner. We will continue to offer our customers a strong FCS hosting solution.
Dec 20 2002
Gotta love Apache. Here's an apache benchmark done on our Linux server today. We asked apache to take 1000 simultaneous requests for our home page. This is equivalent to 1000 people clicking on a link to at exactly the same time. Here's the results from our test. Note that our server recieved and completed over 500 of these requests in half a second. Not one lost connection. Cheers to Apache.
Benchmarking (be patient)
Finished 1000 requests
Server Hostname:
Server Port:            80
Document Path:          /index.html
Document Length:        15377 bytes
Concurrency Level:      1000
Complete requests:      1000
Failed requests:        0
Broken pipe errors:     0
Total transferred:      15788727 bytes
HTML transferred:       15446687 bytes
Requests per second:    136.37 [#/sec] (mean)
Time per request:       7333.00 [ms] (mean)
Time per request:       7.33 [ms] (mean, across all concurrent requests)
Transfer rate:          2153.11 [Kbytes/sec] received
Connnection Times (ms)
              min  mean[+/-sd] median   max
Connect:        2   388  977.5     12  3030
Processing:    11   626 1045.8    192  3313
Waiting:        6   626 1045.8    192  3313
Total:         11  1014 1321.5    329  3410
Percentage of the requests served within a certain time (ms)
  50%    329
  66%    453
  75%   3039
  80%   3121
  90%   3207
  95%   3289
  98%   3335
  99%   3365
 100%   3410 (last request)

Dec 16 2002

We have made significant amendments and upgrades to the FTP server on our Win2K server. While we strive to perform this service during off hours, we were compelled to perform this service patch in 'prime-time' For our Flash Communication Server clients who were inconvenienced by this, we apologize. We hope the added security and stability will make the sacrifice worthwhile. We feel that we have solved the major issues we were facing, and it is our hope that no further mantenance of this type will be required.

Dec 5 2002 renegotiated our bulk lease via QWest. We doubled our monthly requested capacity to continue fast reliable OC-3 bandwidth.

Nov 28 2002

Metasphere climbed the ranks today. It's now considered a 6 of 10 for PageRank Importance with Google. Yeah! see our Marketing Database for tips and tricks we used to raise our PageRank. A higher PageRank can result in a higher search engine placement. We were focusing on versus Strangly, these two domains have different PageRank values. See google PageRank for more information. One noticeable difference right away was in the Google directory. We climbed 3 rungs in the hosting section. This section sorts by PageRank.

Nov 19 2002

Metasphere is soon to be available as a standard module. We will be porting some of our favorite tricks to CPAN soon. Most of the features are Linux dependant, but we've got some Windows tricks up our sleeves too. We are very proud to be porting a module to CPAN. If you write perl and haven't used CPAN before oh boy. Grab your hat fellas. CPAN is pure open-source beauty at its finest. CPAN And if you're strickly Windows, check out ASPN's Perl Package Manager (PPM). It's a well done attempt. Win32's CPAN-esque PPM comes with their standard Perl install.

Nov 12 2002

Our Win2k box is now running Apache. It's Apache2 and it's working great with our Flash Communications Server Package. Our Linux box is getting a RAM upgrade this evening. In the morning, RedHat Linux will be running 1 GIG of RAM. ImageMagick user's rejoice.

Oct 22 2002

In the works... We're looking into PostgreSQL. Benchmarking much faster than MySQL.
  • MSServer supports 1000 simultaneous connections
  • PostgreSQL supported 32 simultaneous connections
  • MySQL supported 101 simultaneous connections

  • Oct 18 2002

    Apache mod_perl benchmark test results. Mod_perl is an Apache extension which acts as a turbo boost for Perl. Our first Mod Perl Bench Mark Testing was done last night. The results are incredible out of the gate. We look forward to installing a custom mod_perl bin in your server account. Stay tuned for more information.
    ImageMagick TestPerl: Mod_Perl:
    CGI Apache request without mod_perl
    took=39.25 seconds
    to spider 500 cgi requests 
    from our server.
    CGI Apache request with mod_perl
    took=5.50 seconds
    to spider 500 cgi requests 
    from our server.
    HTML requests with mod_perl
    took=3.34 seconds
    to spider 500 pages 
    from our server.

    Oct 17 2002

    MySQL was rebuilt and activated.

    Oct 12 2002

    mod_perl is now active on our system. Apache was recompiled. runs RedHat Linux with Apache and Windows 2000 Flash Communication Server. We offer our customers a full-time OC3 Connection. We do our own DNS lookups and are registered with InterNic as a name server. We provide a full-tilt root access box with extensions including: perl, ssl, php, imagemagick, perlmagick, ghostscript, real media audio/video, flash communication server, sql, postgreSQL, mod_perl and so much more. Our goal is to provide a focused developer-friendly network for owners developers, and webmasters looking to stay at the fore-front of cutting edge web technology. Metasphere is a strong supporter of the open-source movement with a diverse range of people, skills and knowledge. Become a part of today!

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