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Hawk Host Approves Tacos

Posted on Tue Nov 27, 2007 by Tony Baird

Well after having Tacos for dinner I’d like to say Hawk Host is a Taco ready web host. We approve of Taco eating and not just Tacos from places like Taco bell but home made ones as well. In fact home made ones are way better anyways so stick to those. Read More

Subversion and Trac on cPanel

Posted on Sat Nov 24, 2007 by Tony Baird

Well I’d just like to say we’ve started testing a cPanel plugin that will allow us to support Subversion and Trac installs right from cPanel!  Yes you heard that right simple to use SVN along with awesome web hosting you just cannot go wrong.  Right now it is a beta product so obviously it is not polished by any means and is not a standard feature just yet.  But we’re hoping within a few months it will be standard on all our servers. Read More

Apache 2.2.6 + PHP4 suPHP + PHP5 suPHP

Posted on Sun Nov 18, 2007 by Tony Baird

This afternoon we were forced to make an early upgrade on one of our servers to Apache 2.2.6 with the suPHP setup due to memory leak issues relating to Apache and PHP 4.4.7 DSO. Read More

Bosco Hard at Work

Posted on Thu Nov 8, 2007 by Tony Baird

We recently decided to bring our backup duties in house opposed to have storage provided by someone in else in the data center. The big reason for us making this decision was just how slow our backups were becoming as a result bogging down the servers much longer than they should. So we added Bosco the 3x500GB Raid-5 server to be used as our machine to put backups on. It has thus far been up for about 2 days now and has been hard at work syncing our backups once again. So here’s the traffic for bosco over the past 24 hours over the private side of our network. Read More

Lots of Servers Added

Posted on Tue Nov 6, 2007 by Tony Baird

Well, first of all we really didn’t add a lot of servers we simply have updated our server status page. We are now listing not just our cPanel servers but all our other machines that serve various other purposes for us. We felt the need to do this as it felt like we just did not have a lot of servers which is not true at all. We unlike a lot of other hosts were not listing those secondary servers that serve lesser purposes. Right now we now have our DNS servers along with our backup server listed under our server status page. We hope to continue to add other machines to the list but for now we feel this much better reflects our size. Read More

Zend Framework Update

Posted on Sun Nov 4, 2007 by Tony Baird

In August Cody had announced we were now offering Zend Framework as a standard php include. Well some times you forget to update things and unfortunately on one machine we had an older version of the framework running (1.0.1). Thanks to a support ticket we updated that server to the latest version (1.0.2). I’ve also just went ahead and gone through all our other servers confirming they are in fact running the latest version. So if you were having any issues using the Zend Framework they should hopefully now be resolved. Read More

Quad Core Raid-10 Servers

Posted on Mon Aug 27, 2007 by Tony Baird

After successfully upgrading our Mercury server to raid-10 and seeing the dramatic speed increases I’ve been in the process of securing machines so we can get all our old dual Opteron machines upgraded.  This time around we’re upgrading Mars to Quad CPU raid-10 configuration.  Due to the fact in the background over the past few months we’ve been fixing up our internal infrastructure we’re able to upgrade servers on the fly without any noticeable down time.  All our servers have the ability to use others IP’s with a quick command.  This is unheard when it comes to hosts our size or even some big ones rather switch your IP and have you deal with all sorts of dns issues.  This does not just apply to server upgrades either, we can move customers to other servers by request if performance is not up to par. Read More

Better Servers Soon?

Posted on Fri Jul 27, 2007 by Tony Baird

For the past month or so we’ve been evaluating whether it is worth it to upgrade our now very old Dual Opteron 248 based servers.  We currently have one quad core CPU being used in the form of an Intel Xeon Clovertown and it has shown that it destroys our Opterons in MySQL, and web pages serving.  This of course if pretty obvious when you factor in it’s 4 cpu’s vs 2 cpu’s but cheaper for us than what our opterons are costing us!  Now I’m not making any promises yet (it’s on the blog which makes it not official) but we’re looking to upgrade our Dual Opteron 248’s to quad core Xeons in August or September.  That isn’t even the best part about this whole situation, we also have plans of introducing a much better raid system in the form of raid-10.  It should hopefully provide even better performance but it will also mean it will no longer be possible to grab instant backups we’ve generated.  We’ve found that most people rather generate new ones anyways so we’d rather have a faster hard drive system. Read More

Zend Framework

Posted on Sun Jul 8, 2007 by cody

We’re now offering support for the Zend Framework (Latest release, currently 1.0) on all machines and accounts. We will be keeping the framework updated to the latest stable release at all times. Read More

How to Successfully Destroy an Update Email

Posted on Thu Jun 21, 2007 by Tony Baird

We recently sent out a mass customer email about changing our name from Devoted Host to Hawk Host.  The email was great had lots of great content and explained numerous changes we had made over the past weeks or even further back.  It also went on to talk about future offerings, cPanel updates and miscellaneous changes.  It sounded great it was well thought out or so we thought.  We forgot one of the most crucial components of this email our website address change!  So for anyone viewing this post from our email our web site is at http://www.hawkhost.com/.  Of course all our former domains http://www.devotedhost.net/, http://www.devotedhost.biz/  ect. still work.  Read More

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