Paessler Web Server Stress Tool Helps WCIX.Net Prepare For Increased Web Site Traffic

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The WCIX.Net IT team used Paessler’s Webserver Stress Tool to both efficiently and effectively test 18 servers in eight locations over the Internet at speeds of up to 500 mbps in less than eight hours. The solution allowed the team to prepare for 8,000 simultaneous users downloading 100 MB to 1,200 MB video files for their client’s conference.

Paessler today announced their Webserver Stress Tool helped WCIX.Net’s IT team prepare for a dramatic increase in Web site traffic.

WCIX was called on to host a large volume of downloadable video files for a conference led by one of its clients and needed to find a web server test application to ensure their web servers would handle 8,000 simultaneous users downloading 100 MB to 1,200 MB video files that were encoded at 1 mbps bit rate.

Dennis Nugent, president WCIX.Net, and his colleagues were confident their network could support the high-volume traffic. However, Nugent said, the team thought they would perhaps encounter an issue with the performance of their hard drives and web server software.

Nugent added that, in the past, WCIX.Net’s IT team had tried using two freeware packages as web server test applications and found that neither of them provided the full-scale analysis WCIX.Net required.

Nugent and his colleagues selected Paessler’s Webserver Stress Tool as their web server test application to simulate high-volume usage and identify critical performance problems on their web servers as they supported the heavy conference-related traffic.

The IT team proceeded to evaluate various web server test applications on the market, including Paessler’s Webserver Stress Tool. WCIX.Net selected the Paessler solution, in part, because of its competitive pricing and the “ease of installation” and “operation of the demo software,” Nugent said. The “overriding factor,” however, in the team’s decision to select Paessler’s web server test application was its ability to “quickly test” all of WCIX.Net’s servers, Nugent said.

WCIX.Net’s team members then implemented Paessler’s Webserver Stress Tool into its robust production environment.

Specifically, Nugent and his colleagues installed Paessler’s web stress tool software on a dual Xeon server with 2 GB Ram, Windows 2003 Enterprise operating system, fiber Gigabit card and connected the server via fiber to a Cisco router that was connected to the Internet with multiple gigabit connections. The web servers to be tested were in various data centers -- connected to the Internet via Cisco routers -- and also with multiple gigabit connections. Team members tested web server performance over the Internet at speeds of up to 500 mbps prior to going into production. They also tested servers in Dallas and San Jose, Calif., from their main data center in San Jose and servers in London, Atlanta, New York, and Chicago from their main data center in Ashburn, Virginia.

The WCIX.Net IT team used Paessler’s Webserver Stress Tool to both efficiently and effectively test 18 servers in eight locations over the Internet at speeds of up to 500 mbps in less than eight hours. The solution allowed the team to prepare for 8,000 simultaneous users downloading 100 MB to 1,200 MB video files for their client’s conference.

WCIX.Net, Inc. provides a broad range of business connectivity, Internet bandwidth, IP transit, and secure online backup services to clients throughout the U.S. The WCIX.Net team has provided large-scale Internet connectivity since 1995. The bandwidth infrastructure for WCIX.Net includes multiple cross-connects to Tier-1 providers in major POPs through-out the US, and London.

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Fuerth, Germany, Paessler AG builds cost-effective German-engineered software that is both powerful and easy to use. Its products cover network monitoring as well as testing and are used by more than 90,000 network administrators, web site operators, Internet service providers and other IT professionals worldwide. Freeware and free trial versions of all products can be downloaded from Paessler downloads

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