Your Desktop Web Hosting? ITSD Offers a Range of Services, Solutions
Way back when, many Lab researchers and groups set up their own Web servers to provide a repository for easily sharing documents, research results and data. But with the growth in size and sophistication of the Web, some of these small sites have evolved into complicated Web services. Not only do the owners spend considerably more time massaging text and graphics into usable information, but they also have to contend with continuous system upgrades and cyber security issues. For those who find themselves overwhelmed by Web duties, several departments in the Lab’s Information Technologies and Services Division provide a range of Web services and hosting options. Here’s a look at those services:
Creative/Web Services (TEID-Illustration@lbl.gov)
Creative/Web services provides:
Business Technology Solutions Group (JRWiller@lbl.gov)
The Business Technology Solutions Group:
UNIX Shared and Dedicated Servers (GMJung@lbl.gov)
A shared Web server is a secured and optimized UNIX system serving content for multiple Web sites. Each user has private content, application and logging directories. This is a low-cost, low-maintenance solution for users who don't want to worry about upgrading operating systems or server software. The hardware, operating system and server software are maintained and monitored by the UNIX Group to provide a hassle-free Web solution.
Some Web sites require a more controlled approach. The UNIX group offers dedicated servers for users requiring the resources of an entire machine all to their own. Some users may have very high security requirements, while others may have a complex Web application that has high memory or CPU requirements. In a dedicated hosting solution, the UNIX group will rack, install, configure, and secure a server for running one or more Web sites for one client. The UNIX group will then monitor the host and provide OS upgrades and support. Additionally, the UNIX group can provide upgrade support and maintenance of the server software (apache, mod-perl, PHP, etc.). Application support, such as analysis of CGI or PHP programs, is generally beyond the scope of dedicated hosting; however, consulting services are available.
In addition to shared and dedicated Web server hosting, the UNIX group
also offers custom hosting and consulting services. Complex Web sites
involving multi-tier application servers, load-balanced servers, and separate
database servers require customized hosting services. Projects requiring
their own enterprise Web server environments should contact the UNIX group
for custom support services. Group or individuals who are unsure of what
services they need, or how to support new or legacy Web services should
contact the UNIX group for specialized Web service consulting.