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PHP Memory Exhaustion | A common cause of the WSOD (White Screen of Death)

If you are experiencing issues with your PHP based website in Cloud Sites, and are seeing the “White Screen of Death” the first thing you will want to check is your php_errors.log file which is located within the logs directory of your website in FTP.

By default, php errors are logged to that file unless otherwise specified by your application.

A very common PHP error is the “PHP Fatal error: Allowed memory size of XXXXX bytes exhausted” error.

Fortunately this is a relatively simple issue to fix.

Rackspace Cloud’s default PHP memory is set to 32M. Some plugins or themes may require more memory than this to process.

To increase the PHP memory you will need to edit the .htaccess file within your /web/content/ directory (or create a .htaccess file if it does not already exist) and add the following line of code towards the top of the file:

php_value memory_limit ?M

Replace the ? with the amount of php memory you wish to allocate. We recommend increasing it to 64M unless more is necessary.

Keep in mind that more php memory will NOT make your website run faster. Too much php memory may actually make your website run slower. The php memory value is how much memory your application is requiring to load each webpage.

So as you can imagine, if your application is requiring upwards of 128M of memory just to load a single webpage it probably won’t load very quickly. 😀

Rackspace Reduces Cloud Files Storage Price by 33%

Cloud FilesTM, powered by OpenStack®, provides easy-to-use online storage for files and media. Cloud Files integration with Akamai’s CDN allows you to serve your content globally, giving you high-speed delivery of content to your site and faster page loads for your site visitors. With pay-as-you-grow pricing, you only pay for the amount of storage and outgoing bandwidth you actually use. Cloud Servers customers will find that using Cloud Files is easy and seamless.

Cloud Files can be an excellent storage solution and is well suited for a number of applications:

  • Backups or archives of your data – For example, you can configure backup images of your Cloud ServersTM
  • Image or video streaming
  • Secondary or tertiary, web-accessible storage for your data
  • Developer-friendly cloud storage with an open API that makes it easy to build applications

Cloud Files Growth: Passing Savings to You

We are pleased to inform you that we are reducing the monthly price of Cloud Files from $0.15 per GB per month to $0.10 per GB per month for US cloud accounts. The growth of Cloud Files, now one of the largest storage platforms in the cloud, is giving us the economies of scale that allow us to reduce costs and pass savings to you.

OpenStack® Object Storage Is Thriving

While Rackspace originally contributed the code for Cloud Files “Swift” that became the OpenStack Object Storage, today there are over 170 companies and over 3,000 people that are involved in the OpenStack ecosystem. At present, Cloud Files is based on the OpenStack Object Storage Essex release which includes code contributions from a global community of developers, software companies, hardware vendors and service providers.

It’s a great time to check out all the new features that we have added to Cloud Files for your next project. Cloud Files is ideal for corporate websites, test/dev environments, ecommerce and SaaS solutions. Features that you might be interested in include: HTTP Compression, Large File Support, SSL Delivery, CNAMEs, CDN Video Streaming, Expiring Objects & Temporary URLs, and Static Website Hosting & Object Versioning. Here are two examples of customers using Cloud Files to power their business:

  • Streaming Media: Dubset uses Cloud Files to power its rich media site
  • eCommerce: Prepara uses Cloud Files to serve static files and images to handle huge ecommerce traffic on the cloud

If you need more than 100 TB of data stored in Cloud Files, please contact us for special pricing. Also, remember you can always contact Support to send us your data by mail using Bulk Import. If you have any questions regarding Cloud Files, don’t hesitate to give me or my sales team a call.

Rackspace Cloud Pricing

Rackspace Cloud is the de facto leader in cloud hosting. Make no mistake, and you would find them to be the most cost-effective solution AND the best supported cloud offer. No joke.

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Rackspace Cloud Pricing

1. Cloud Servers – $0.015 / Hour

But that’s just for the Cloud Servers which is priced at $0.015 / hour or $10.95 / month, no matter what you choose for the system, Linux or Windows. You manage, monitor, and secure the system yourself.

rackspace cloud servers bandwidth pricing

Cloud Servers bandwidth pricing

2. Cloud Files – $0.15 / GB / Month

State of the art programmable cloud storage for online data hosting / retrieval at comet speeds, Cloud Files is priced at $0.15 / GB / Month.

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Cloud Files bandwidth pricing

3. Cloud Servers with Managed Service Level – $0.135 / Hour + $100 / Month

This is the ultimate Cloud Servers plan with Managed Service Level which is priced at $0.135 / hour plus $100 / month. It includes the simple Cloud Servers plan and the Cloud Files plan. Rackspace manages, monitors, and secures the system for you.

rackspace cloud servers bandwidth pricing

Cloud Servers bandwidth pricing

4. Cloud Sites – $149 / Month

Cloud Sites is like their classic Dedicated Hosting in the cloud. It’s fully managed with a worry-free SLA. Current pricing starts at $149 / month. It includes the simple Cloud Servers plan and the Cloud Files plan. Rackspace manages, monitors, and secures the system for you.

rackspace cloud sites pricing

Cloud Sites pricing

5. Cloud Load Balancers – $0.015 / Hour

Load balancing solution on-demand, Cloud Load Balancers starts at $0.015 / hour.

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Cloud Load Balancers pricing

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Cloud Load Balancers bandwidth pricing

More Facts

  1. Cloud Servers (Managed Service Level) and Cloud Sites are mutually exclusive. You can’t order both at once.
  2. Bandwidth costs vary by product.

Rackspace Cloud Priority Maintenance

We will be performing a critical maintenance on Friday November 4th, 2011.  Because of this maintenance’s scope, this process is different than our usual process for routine maintenance windows.

This maintenance will begin on Friday, November 4th at 10:00 PM CDT (4:00 AM BST) and complete on Saturday, November 5th at 6:00 AM CDT (12:00 PM BST).

The maintenance will impact customers utilizing Cloud Servers, Cloud Files and Cloud Sites.

During the maintenance window, we will be performing an upgrade to our entire Cloud infrastructure.  Please note that throughout this time there will be no access to your Control Panel or the Cloud API.

Multiple systems within our infrastructure, including internal support tools, will also be affected. As a result of these infrastructure improvements, our ability to provide support will be limited until maintenance completion. We do not expect this update to result in any downtime to the Rackspace Cloud production environment, only to the management tools and API.

For real-time updates please visit the Rackspace Cloud Status page.

If you have any further questions concerning this maintenance, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our support team, via chat or via ticket.

Best Regards,

Rackspace Hybrid Hosting – Dedicated Managed Hosting + The Cloud

In order to optimize the performance, security and scalability of your infrastructure, it is critical to have the right compute platform supporting each element of your hosted solution.

Rackspace offers a complete portfolio of compute platforms as well as Hybrid Hosting to make them all work together seamlessly.

Hybrid Hosting means you get the best of both worlds: Dedicated Hosting for mission-critical applications, plus the flexibility and fast provisioning delivered by the Cloud.

Whether you require Dedicated Servers and Cloud Servers operating independently for different workloads, or a seamlessly integrated architecture for bursting extra compute cycles, Rackspace Hybrid Hosting allows you to mix and match compute platforms to best suit your needs.

Benefits of Hybrid Hosting

  • Enables the right fit between application needs and compute platform
  • All your hosting is under one roof
  • All bandwidth used between Rackspace Cloud and Dedicated Managed Servers is secure and provisioned at no additional cost
  • Backed By Fanatical Support

How does it work?

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Rackspace Managed Private Clouds

This is for those that want the cloud, but not the headaches or IT management and need more security and support.

Built on dedicated, branded servers running VMware, these environments are protected by your dedicated Rackspace firewalls. They are designed to provide you with the best of both Cloud and Managed Hosting. So, the most important benefits of the Cloud-resource and budget optimization with rapid scaling up or down – can be had with the higher security and improved reliability of a Rackspace Managed Hosting Solution.

Our Managed Private Clouds are an even more secure and reliable approach to public Clouds.

And the best part is, you don’t have to invest in or build and manage your own Enterprise class private cloud to make it happen. We make it happen for you from the data center, to the network, to the VMs. All the nonstop work – purchasing the components and licenses, configuring your Private Cloud, patching operating systems and troubleshooting issues whenever they pop up – is taken care of on our end.

All you need to do is decide if one of our three recommended configurations will do the trick for you. Or if you want a built-to-fit solution based on your specific needs, we can do that too. Our around-the-clock Fanatical Support will take care of the rest.

The Smart Way to Scale

  1. Rapid VM provisioning makes scaling easier.
  2. Purchase custom configured VMs as you go and pay for them only when they’re turned on.
  3. Dedicated network and host machines provide added security.
  4. Automatic recovery keeps your up and running by providing redundancy.

Rackspace Hosting Announcing Hybrid/Cloud Connect General Availability

Rackspace continues to reinforce its leadership role as the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud industry by providing our Channel Partners with a complete portfolio of compute platforms‚ ranging from Dedicated Hosting to Private Cloud to Cloud and Email & Apps Hosting.

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Cloud Connect in the US. Through mixing-and-matching compute platforms in a “hybrid” scenario‚ Cloud Connect provides you the ability to link these multiple platforms into a seamless compute solution.

This new service provides you with the opportunity to engage with existing and new clients by creating the best configuration and optimal compute solution for their unique business needs.

Important Definitions
  • Hybrid Hosting: A single customer using multiple Rackspace platforms (i.e. Dedicated Hosting‚ Private Cloud‚ Rackspace Cloud‚ Email & Apps)
  • Cloud Connect: The linking of multiple Rackspace platforms (with an F5® load balancer or ASA firewall) into a seamless compute solution (i.e. Dedicated Servers + Rackspace Cloud)
Ideal Cloud Connect Configuration
  • The minimum configuration for Cloud Connect should be at least 5 servers in total between Dedicated and Cloud devices
Use Cases
  • Scalable Web Apps:
    • Dedicated Hosting with high performance‚ fully configurable gear for supporting predictable load
    • Leverage the Rackspace Cloud for spikes in load and scale storage on demand
  • Test‚ Development & Production:
    • Develop‚ test and stage on scalable‚ fast-to-deploy Cloud Servers
    • Promote directly to the Dedicated Hosting production environment
    • Scale up massively for full scale load testing‚ pay only for the time you’re testing
  • SaaS‚ VAR or Web Developer:
    • Mix-and-match Dedicated and Cloud Hosting to best support your customers’ individual needs and usage patterns
    • Connect Dedicated and Cloud to enable multi-customer central management of your SaaS application
Cloud Connect Key Benefits
  • Enables the right fit between customer application and compute platform
  • Provides a private‚ isolated link between Rackspace Cloud and Rackspace Dedicated environment‚ utilizing an F5 Load Balancer (LTM 1600 or higher) or Cisco® ASA firewall (5510 or higher)
  • Provides existing Dedicated and Cloud server service levels

Rackspace Cloud Servers (Cloud VPS) for Windows is out of Beta!

Rackspace Cloud: Last week we formally launched Cloud Servers for Windows and opened the doors for new customers. We only released Cloud Servers for Windows after a successful, strenuous beta program that thoroughly tested the product. Over two thousand customers, just like you, provided critical feedback that our developers expertly addressed. This feedback loop ensured that we had the right features in place and allows us to back our Windows offering with an industry leading SLA.

If you’re a .NET developer, small-to-medium sized business, or IT administrator, spinning up new servers takes little time and cost as little as $0.08 per hour. Watch a quick video to see how easy it is to create a Windows Cloud Server.

You can learn more about Cloud Servers for Windows, including pricing information, online at our website.

Save $25 on Rackspace Cloud Servers Hosting with Promo Code

Crucial Update: This coupon code as well as the $25 discount promotion will be ended by March 18th, 2010 by Rackspace Cloud. If you are still making up the mind to sign up with them, now is the time.

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The cloud of Rackspace, the world leader in dedicated server hosting, Rackspace Cloud is running a promotional campaign at present to offer $25 discount on their premium cloud infrastructure, Cloud Sites to all new hosting clients. To enjoy this offer and get the referral discount, simply use their exclusive Cloud Sites promo code:

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And enter the code in the Promo or Referral Code box to claim it when you are signing up with them. Here are some reviews of Rackspace Cloud to help you decide.

Quick News: RackSpace Cloud finally launched!

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Mosso has been the pioneer of Cloud Hosting. One and a half year after the acquisition of Mosso by RackSpace, RackSpace has finally come out with its own branded cloud hosting based on what Mosso has achieved: RackSpace Cloud.

You can find a slightly more detailed report at here. Should you want to know more, here’s some Mosso and RackSpace cloud reviews and a cloud sites coupon code: (Code Hidden) you can use to sign up with the cloud sites plan for $25 off.

What is Cloud Hosting & Cloud Computing? Definition of Cloud Web Hosting Defined

how cloud computing worksCloud computing has been the latest buzz word ever since last year 2008, promoted by large Information Technology companies such as Google, Microsoft and IBM. It’s very similar in nature to grid computing (An alignment of individual computers serve virtually as a single one, providing combined computing resources) though more focused on the way of consumption rather than the infrastructure itself.

The biggest Cloud is the Internet itself. It is a form of computing that supplies resources as a service to the consumers (enterprises or individuals) and that is paid for in the manner of utility such as electricity. This way, traditional sunk cost of building a huge self-supporting IT infrastructure can be avoided and users only pay for what they use as they go and exit freely. The actual physical infrastructure is created and managed by experienced hands who run and support it as well as the computing buyers.

It’s much like the on demand allocation of computing resources such as CPU time, network capabilities and digital storage with flexibility in scaling. The whole system frees the users from learning and managing all this stuff.

Cloud hosting, or cloud web hosting, similarly, backed by large clouds of computing devices or a cluster of servers, supplies hosting resources such as data storage, network bandwidth and CPU usage and bills the customer in the way of utility. With a cloud host, we only pay what we use and never have to worry about how this cloud stuff is accomplished in the back stage. We don’t have to worry about any of the technical aspects such as load balance and security, nor the hardware performance (CPU, RAM, hard drive, etc.), nor the chores such as device repair or replacement. We just consume and enjoy the results – the hosting resources – and use them to feed our websites and applications.

In simple words, any of the websites hosted on a hosting cloud or cloud based hosting should have the potential to spread its computing needs across the entire cloud, introducing the following benefits:

  1. Instantly available resources from the pool (not restricted by any single physical server at all) to be allocated to where it’s most needed.
  2. High scalability enables easy and fast scaling in resource consumption, either manually or automatically.
  3. Sudden website usage surge will not be a problem at all because the burden is evenly spread across the entire network.
  4. High availability and great reduced failure risk because the cloud works as a whole and any integral piece of hardware in it is dispensable. The failure of any one of them will not affect any of the hosted websites at all.

One of the most prominent players in the current cloud hosting market is Rackspace Cloud.

$25 Rackspace Cloud Coupon and Referral Code for Rackspace Cloud Sites Hosting

mosso cloud hostingCrucial Update: The promo code (Code ID=134) as well as the $25 discount promotion will be ended by March 18th, 2010 by Rackspace Cloud. If you are still making up the mind to sign up with them, now is the time.

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Mosso (now Rackspace cloud) is probably the only hosting business that’s completely on a monthly subscription model, no discount incentives or whatsoever to lure you into yearly contracts, enabling its customers to leave anytime they want.

After some talk with Rackspace cloud, Shanghai Web Hosting is delighted to present our readers with a special Rackspace Cloud coupon code or referral code for the Cloud Sites hosting plan:

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This permanent Rackspace referral coupon code will guarantee a $25 discount (rebate / refund after full payment) from the first month at Mosso, now the RackSpace Cloud hosting. Just enter the code in the Promo or Referral Code text box when supplying your credit card details.

You don’t need to worry about the refund policy as well, because you can still qualify for a full refund for the 1st month after using this coupon code for Rackspace Cloud Sites.

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To know why Rackspace cloud is unique, read our article about Rackspace cloud and the coupon or read a few customer reviews.