VISI's Virtual Dedicated Server Brightens Service Lighting's Future

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After years of being dissatisfied with their server performance, Service Lighting came to Minnesota's largest managed hosting provider for help.

What used to take 45 minutes to generate a data feed and would undoubtedly crash our server every time now takes 20 seconds with zero impact on our site's performance. You cannot fabricate these kinds of results. VISI knocked it out of the park. We are very pleased with their level of expertise and could not have done this without them.

VISI announces a case study showcasing its success in turning Maple Grove-based Service Lighting's website into a hassle-free aspect of their business. After years of being dissatisfied with their server performance, Service Lighting came to Minnesota's largest managed hosting provider for help.

"Trying to administer the server proved to be more of a distraction from our core business and presented us with performance and reliability issues that we weren't staffed to handle," said Paul McLellan, Vice President at Service Lighting.

VISI recommended that they move to a two-tiered architecture where the ColdFusion web layer was de-coupled from the backend MySQL database layer and deployed on separate virtual servers. With growth in mind, the two-tiered architecture allows the company to scale either their web or database servers. Through the use of a load balancer and clustering technologies, scaling out, rather than scaling up, provides a cost effective and stable way to grow their web presence.

With VISI's Virtual Dedicated Server (VDS) based on VMWare, Service Lighting has experienced no server crashes, no need to restart their server, and dramatically faster web page loads. McLellan quantifies the results of their move. "What used to take 45 minutes to generate a data feed and would undoubtedly crash our server every time now takes 20 seconds with zero impact on our site's performance. You cannot fabricate these kinds of results. VISI knocked it out of the park. We are very pleased with their level of expertise and could not have done this without them."

The newly released case study is available on VISI's web site at http://www.visi.com/business/businesscasestudies.aspx.

About VISI:
Founded in 1994, VISI is Minnesota's largest locally owned cloud computing, data center services and provider. VISI serves 10,000 business and residential customers throughout Minnesota with products and services including a world-class SAS 70 Type II colocation facility in St. Paul, Minnesota. The company provides a full range of robust Web and application hosting services, first-rate Internet services and support, and personal, expert advice. To learn more about VISI, call 612-395-9000 or visit visi.com.

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