Imagine you are a part of a fast-growing tech start-up. You are working hard day and night to create awesome things. And it’s obvious that you are dealing with GBs of data every day which is stored on your server. What would happen if one day your server shuts down? Even imagining this is a nightmare.
Servers are the cog in the wheels of the IT industry. Maintaining sanity of the servers is a crucial need of the hour, this is where the role of system admin is very crucial. We at ColoredCow were lucky to foresee the severeness of this issue from its early warnings and thus our system admins came up with the solution to segregate the environment on the server.
Somewhere in the midst of our goal to make things happen and the execution, we realized that we had taken some shortcuts. These shortcuts, though beneficial at their time by helping us ship things faster, would no longer contribute to our sustainability. In fact, if not taken care of in time, these would have definitely lead to a negative impact and in the worst case, the complete shutdown of what we’ve built. That is too deep but it was the reality. We needed to correct the situation and do things the way they should be.
We have been using AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for hosting all our projects. We realized that the following loopholes in our processes would take us down:
Apart from the CPU burst, all other problems were foreseen. These could’ve been a huge barrier to our growth since CodeTrek is taking shape and we’re starting to get traction and value out of it. We decided to go with a new server which will host our projects for testing purposes and keep the Production box only for coloredcow.com. This reduced the load on our primary server. We migrated all our test projects to the new box and removed them from the Production. We then implemented a user management module on both the boxes. This helped us managing users and put restrictions on them for accessing/modifying server configurations and other projects as well.
The absence of user management leading to an uncontrolled server access.
User authentication and authorization gateways on our servers. An administration module that grants read-write privileges to a user for projects.
Linux system administration,
Users and groups,
Tech infrastructure is one of the pillars of a company. One should take special care to set this up right.Vaibhav Rathore