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Posted by: John Masterson, Modwest Co-founder A few weeks ago, I tried to explain to my brother one of the differences between Modwest and a lot of other hosts. After failing to succinctly describe the advantages of our web hosting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Modwest Blog
If you are like most people, you spend a few minutes almost every day tediously plucking spam messages from your inbox, and occasionally, a real message from the spam folder.Now there's a new option for our hosting customers to help... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2010 at Modwest Blog
Mark, it certainly isn't a part of our business model to have a hardware failure every 6 months. We've been working towards the more redundant system described in the blog post but have not yet conquered all the technical issues. We're closer, but not close enough today unfortunately! Thanks for bearing with us.
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2009 on Storage Server Issue: What Happened at Modwest Blog
Earlier this year, we deployed another MySQL database server ( for our shared hosting customers. It's a beast of a machine, and still has lots of horsepower to spare. In fact, compared to, it's roughly 4x more powerful and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2009 at Modwest Blog
Hi -- we've updated the topic to be clearer about the fact that everyone can stay on their existing plan if you prefer. The switch is optional.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2009 on A Hint of Things to Come at Modwest Blog
Oh one further thought -- I don't think Russ meant to praise any aspect of our technical server-wrangling efforts. We did our best to maintain frequent, honest communication throughout via our toll free number and public status page at and I think this is the aspect of this unfortunate event he was intending to highlight at
Toggle Commented May 27, 2009 on Storage Server Issue: What Happened at Modwest Blog
Dana, thanks for your candid comments. Our current conclusion is that the problem related to a bug in the LSI controller driver mixed with Solaris' poor handling of that bug, resulting in the entire data store being inaccessible. There may have been another way to overcome it, but after 10+ hours of work to do so, we opted to reinstall to OS as advised by Sun. Interestingly, a subsequent reboot after recovery caused the data to become inaccessible again; so something's seriously wrong with that machine. The additional unavailability time was associated with transferring the data. 500GB of digital movies might transfer in a few hours on a fast network, but millions of small files are a different scenario. Even though everything goes down (including google!) from time to time, this interruption was far too long for everyone's liking, and we are now working on updating our server architecture to minimize any such disruption in the future.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2009 on Storage Server Issue: What Happened at Modwest Blog