10 February

Enterprise Email Features for Everyone

When you log into MyRSAWEB, you will notice a shiny new look and feel. This mobile friendly up to date look is part of a complete overhaul we are doing to improve your experience when using our self service control panel.

 

 
Your very own Spam freedom fighter

 

 

We all hate receiving spam email but the most frustrating part is not having a way to block it. According to Google 60% of all email is spam which means managing it needs to be automated, unless you have loads of spare time on your hands. Our guess is you don’t and that’s why we have built an advanced spam filter into MyRSAWEB to help fight it. Large companies have always bought expensive anti-spam solutions to help deal with this problem but we believe enterprise features should be available to everyone and have now made these features available for free to all RSAWEB web hosting and email users.

 

 

You now have full control of your email, allowing you to view your last 90 days email in MyRSAWEB and mark messages you no longer wish to receive as spam. You can also resend email to your mailbox should you have deleted it from your computer from your three month archive.

 

 

 Domain administrators can quickly jump between domains to set global spam rules along with advanced administrator functionality.

 

 

Log into MyRSAWEB and look for the new spam filter under the My Account menu.

 

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Web Mail

Web Mail has also been overhauled and we are sure you will enjoy using the new system when on the road or away from your computer. Take a look at the new webmail here.

 

 

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MyRSAWEB account management simplified

 

We have made managing your account with us easier. Through the new My Account section in MyRSAWEB you can view your latest invoices and statements, change your billing details, submit a support ticket and change your email settings. Making self service simple is a passion of ours and we hope to keep rolling out new features each month to make your life easier.

 

 

Forgot your account login details? No problem, simply click here and choose the “lost password” option on the login page. This will allow you to reset your password. Your username is the email address this newsletter has been sent to.

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29 November

Innovative gift ideas to make your work-life easier

We spend the larger part of our week at the office, so why not make that valuable time spent  more enjoyable. Technology enables the amalgamation of lifestyle and career.  We’ve searched the internet to find the coolest gadgets that can help you do just that.

 

Here are some gift ideas that will make you look like a hero at the office:

 

The pen is mightier once again.

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With almost every task in the office going digital, It would make sense that the pen went digital. The innovators at Livescribe have developed a pen that creates an instant editable digital version of your notes on your iOS device(Android version is due next year); what’s more; you can record audio to your notes as well.  The appropriately named SmartPen’s notes can be saved and downloaded later. Watch this video and purchase it at Amazon for $149.99.

 

The Nomad office worker

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As the use of tablets and smartphones increase in the work place, so has the need for a convenient keyboard grown and Cellulon has got it right. The small device displays a virtual keyboard on any flat or opaque surface and connects easily via Bluetooth.  No longer will sticky fingers lead to Stickey Keys. Watch how it works here and purchase it at Amazon for $149.99

 

 

Domo Arigato, Mr Roboto

 

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Double Robotics’ Telepresence Robot may have just made the act of calling in sick, to go to the beach, a more creative one. Double is an easy-to-use robot that uses an iPad for its controls and videoconferencing. Now you can pop in an out of meetings or visit a colleague for a quick chat, from anywhere in the world. A great solution for widely dispersed companies.  Purchase it directly from Double Robotics for $2499

 

 

 

 

An Audible Shiitake

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The Mushroom LED lamp lights up with your touch and can stream music via Bluetooth for your listening pleasure. The shroom lamp is perfect for the desk of a Funghi (or gal). The Mushroom LED lamp can be found here for $42.88

 

 

Smarty Ring

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Eliminating the need to take your phone out of your pocket, Smarty ring allows you to check all updates by merely glancing at your finger. Not only does this nifty little gadget save your phone’s battery life, it allows you to control your phone without touching it. Very handy in meetings or situations where you cannot access your phone. It might not be made of gold but it is waterproof, has a 24 hour run time and a 3 year battery life. For only $175, you can have full control at the tip of your fingers. Buy it here

 

 

21 November

7 amazing gift ideas for this festive season

RSAWEB loves technology and innovation. So for this festive season, to help you skip those long queues, we put together a list of great gift  ideas you can find and purchase online. From simple designs that will add panache, to products that will help you make a more connected home.

This year’s gems to look out for:

 

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Off-the-wall book shelving 

We all are looking for ways to make use of that empty space on the walls of our home and a good bet is always to hang up artistic photos of our family. This stylish and minimalist designed floating bookshelf can add that touch of intrigue and flair to your home. It provides easy access to your favourite books and can double up as a shelf for any other object you wish to display.You can purchase this unit on Amazon for only $12.50 or if you prefer making your own, watch this clip.

 

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Your home, a stone’s glow away from being awesome

Are you on the naughty or nice list? Either way cover your bases by lighting up the runway that is your driveway, so Santa can see it from miles away. At the very least you will be rewarded for making his job easy.  Leave them out in the day and come night time your garden is transformed into an enchanted landscape. These pebbles can be purchased at Amazon. Price on site varies but can be found at the cost of $6.99 for a set of 100.

 

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Blue Monday, Green Tuesday or a Yellow Wednesday.

With Phillips, Hue decide.

The new range of LED light products from Philips are not only energy efficient but allows HUE to set the perfect mood for a romantic night or with strobe light effects, you can party the night away.  The light can easily be changed to any colour via Wi-Fi through the HUE app on your smartphone. It comes in four different product ranges: standard bulbs, downlights, bloom and lightstrips. Check it out here.  The starter kit can be found on Amazon, retailing at $199.97

 

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GOJI Smart lock

A sleek and modern disc finished in brushed metal, with a new-age blue-text LED display. It welcomes users by name and unlocks your front door with your smartphone, but fret not, for those who aren’t prepared to make that bold step to go keyless, you can get programmable e-keys. Get this lock system directly from Goji $245

 

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These lights are alive, with the sound of music

Imagine music that lights up the room. That’s right, light bulbs that double up as speakers. This super-efficient LED not only saves energy but can end up saving your night as well. Connect up-to 8 speaker bulbs and create a different ambiance for each room or make one big party room. This lighting system can be found on BidorBuy, retailing at R5008.27

 

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Solar Powered Pool Purifier makes swimming nearly chemical free

Juggling between the correct use of chlorine, pool shock and conditioners can make it a difficult  job to keep your pool balanced.  This nifty device floats in you pool sucking up the rays from the sun, allowing it to release mineral ions into the water. This ionisation of the water naturally and efficiently controls the micro-organisms growth in your pool, creating mineral water but don’t try and drink it. The Floatron kit can be bought on Amazon for $249.00

 

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Coffee on the Touch and Go

Using your fingerprint to do daily tasks seems like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. But the possibility is here and now. This wonderment, known as the Saeco Xelsis, comes with a digital fingerprint scanner that memorises your coffee preferences; such as strength and amount of froth, for up to six people and a nifty display that shows the name of the person whose beverage is being made. Having fingerprints has never made more sense. Check it out at Phillips for $ 4000

 

 

 

 

29 October

Architecting an ecommerce site – scalability & performance

Over RSAWEB’s years in web hosting we have helped everyone from small mom an pop shops using our shared web hosting platform to big multinationals with our Enterprise Cloud Servers. We’ve helped many customers grow and scale their infrastructure to meet various challenges. Ecommerce provides an excellent challenge where seasonal fluctuations, advertising campaigns, viral marketing, sometimes bad code, mobile apps, affiliate programs and various sources of traffic put varying amounts of strain on the underlying infrastructure.

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The South African Ecommerce market is changing fast with more people getting online and moving past the critical ‘I’ve had 5 years of internet access’ where the internet (in whatever form) becomes part of their daily lives. At this tipping point people are far more likely to purchase online. In South Africa we have 11m+ users online now with 4.5m+ over the 5 years of use mark. The wave is here and more are coming.

 

The Database Bottleneck

Let’s deal with the database first, it is usually one of the biggest bottlenecks and we see customers ordering more servers instead of upgrading their disk. Most customers hit IOP (input/output operations per second) constraints on the hard disks with read & write intensive applications. This can be solved by adding Database servers or simply by deploying faster disk in the form of SSD’s giving ~40x more disk performance than spinning disk. Clever optimising of DB bottlenecks can speed up you application and save cost.

 

The Load Balancer

As your Ecommerce site gets busier you reach the limits of a single server and need to load balance between multiple web servers. A load balancer needs to be able to detect when a webserver fails and when a new server is added into the farm, with no manual configuration, in order to direct web users to a functioning server. Setting up your environment from the start with load balancing in mind saves pain later and enables you to add servers and resources on the fly with little downtime.

 

The Web Server Farm

Cloud Servers are ideal for web content processing and delivery. More can be cloned out or added with a few clicks of a button in our Cloud Control Panel. The configuration of these can be automated with a tool like Chef or Puppet as your site gets busier automating tasks will start to save time and money. An automation tool gives you a consistent mechanism to configure servers each and every time, the benefits of this are enormous. You can stand up a dev environment on our Cloud quickly, test your code changes and then destroy it when it is no longer needed. The key here is that on RSAWEB Cloud Servers you only pay for the hours your server is in use.

 

Caching, CDN & other performance gains

The importance of caching cannot be understated. Cache at each layer of your service but there is a fine balance between too much and too little. Too much means your customers start seeing out of date data and the wrong information in their shopping carts. Too little and your system will grind to a halt with all the background processing when you hit that seasonal spike or a product of yours gets tweeted by a celeb. We recommend tuning the various layers, tuning the MySQL cache’s, run code specific caching like APC if you run PHP, and split out your stats collection onto separate systems, maybe even running alternative Databases optimised by task like MongoDB or Cassandra rather than defaulting to MySQL or SQL.

Content Delivery Networks can offload a lot of the static content, away from your web servers. Our CDN service with multiple strategic POP’s placed in South Africa and globally mean content gets to the eyeballs that need it fast. Google proved that faster delivery means higher conversion and ecommerce is all about conversion!

 

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So what next?

It is important to note that this can all be done quite easily but often fails when there is a migration to this way of thinking from a legacy way of building apps to the newer DevOps dynamic environment thinking. ‘Server hugger’ thinking will cause a project to fail if sysadmins don’t embrace DevOps in the Ecommerce space. DevOps solves many of the current management issues, its where automation prevails and nobody SSH’s into production servers anymore but thats for another post.

Ecommerce businesses typically experience rapid growth in South Africa due to the relatively uncontested landscape and the rapidly growing internet user base. We would love to show you how we were able to use our infrastructure building blocks like Cloud Servers, Content Delivery Network and RSAWEB’s CloudConnect to deliver a Hybrid Cloud service that scales and ensures 100% uptime.

24 October

Massive Free Bandwidth Upgrades for SuperDSL Customers

Free ADSL Gigs for all SuperDSL clients.

 

We are upgrading our SuperDSL capped ADSL packages free of charge, giving you up to 3x more Gigabytes per month at no additional cost.

 

Here is how many free Gigs you will get:

 

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The extra free Gigs go live on the 1st of November and will be added to your account every month. Existing SuperDSL customers will see the extra bandwidth if you log into MyRSAWEB and see your cap size has increased. The pricing has remained unchanged so this one is on us!

You can now enjoy more Internet with less topping up at no additional cost.

 

If you want to add one of our packages to your account you can do this from the MyRSAWEB control panel or from our website.

 

Also don’t forget that we offer some of the cheapest ADSL lines around, so move your line to us and save.

 

We hope you all enjoy the extra free bandwidth.

The RSAWEB team.