Originally Posted by Prehjan
Kal that is very true
I was just thinking that he/you can link it with a home connected DSL line just so that it will serve the vital business parts of the site when it goes down!
Anyhow...just food for thought.
Good luck with it
But that's my point. There's nothing "vital". People can wait 15 minutes and try again.
What you're saying is that Curt or I should should have dedicate machine running 100% of the time at home on which somehow the dynamic content can be replicated from the live site and kept up to date and that if the main production site goes down that it automatically shifts over to the 'home' site. That's more work than hosting extra redundant servers with the main one.
If it's manual switch over then there's no point: If the server doesn't respond for more than 5 minutes the hosting company reboots it automatically as was done today.
If we're down due to data integrity/corruption problems then the problem would have also been propagated to the backup home server so you're no better off.
EDIT: A home DSL/cable line wouldn't have the bandwidth required either. Never mind the dynamic IP issues. Long story short: By the time you can figure out to get the data pointed somewhere else and get the host tables updated to point traffic correctly, you would have rebooted the main production server hours ago.