The Week in Website Performance News

This Week in Website Performance is a weekly feature of the blog. It summarizes recent articles about website performance. How to make your web site better, how to improve your users experience when they come to your website and how to optimize the overall experience. Why? Because your friends at care.


How to get high performance computing from the cloud

Author: Nick Booth

This article offers several helpful pointers and tips to consider when it comes to using the cloud to give your computing power an extra boost, such as when to buy HPC in the cloud, tools and management options, and what to expect for the future. The final pointer is most valid: the commoditization of computing will obviate the need for HPC as all high performance workloads will eventually run in the cloud.


How to improve the performance of your website with APC and memcached

Author: none listed

The article outlines two techniques that can lead to improved website performance: 1) APC, which stands for Alternative PHP Cache, is an open source solution that caches the output of compiled PHP code and stores the result in shared memory for improved performance, and 2) Memcached, which stores arbitrary data such as strings and objects that come up as a result from API, database calls, etc, and which also lead to improved performance. The article walks the user through installation of both APC and memcached in as little as 10-15 minutes on a Linux VPS.


Delivering Zero-Rated Traffic

Author: Jason Thibeault

Zero-rating is the practice used by an increasing number of mobile data providers of giving their customers free access to certain applications or websites rather than charging against their allotted quota of data. It’s great marketing and more and more mobile data providers are getting on the bandwagon. For instance, earlier this year T-Mobile launched the “Music Freedom” platform, which allows subscribers to listen to as much audio as they want from their favorite audio streaming provider without touching their monthly T-Mobile data allowance. The implications of ZRT are significant for content providers since suddenly more and more people will want to consume certain types of content. As ZRT trends grow, CDNs will need to become “future proof” and equipped to deliver the most requested reserved IPs at scale.

How GE Is Using Big Data To Drive Business Performance

Author: Bernard Marr

This article provides an overview of GE’s initiative as a major leader in the use of Big Data. In recent years the corporate giant has expanded its Big Data vision by laying the foundations for what it calls the “industrial internet,” which will fuel the next generation of Big Data. The industrial internet is a subset of the Internet of Things and will serve to include all the data-gathering, communications, and analysis done in industry so that every aspect of that industry is “smart” and connected. According to the author, the industrial internet implies that “every aspect of an industrial operation [is] to be monitored and tweaked for optimal performance, and reduce down-time – machinery will break down less often if we know exactly the best time to replace a worn part.”