Snapt Blog

6 MINUTES

Hosted Edge vs Cloud: the battle for latency and security

by Iwan Price-Evans on Cloud • October 14, 2021
We talk a lot about the importance of cloud computing and moving infrastructure into the cloud for better performance and availability on a global scale. However, with expectations for application performance continuing to rise and people connecting in more remote places than ever, some businesses need to do more than simply maintain a cloud presence – they need to consider the benefit of setting up a hosted edge environment. A hosted edge can provide a massive reduction in latency, translating to a huge improvement to user experience, more conversions, more revenue, and better customer retention. However, the edge is often harder to secure than a core network, and more variable than the big public clouds. Can businesses enjoy the latency advantage of the edge with application security they can trust?
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7 MINUTES

The Most Shocking Thing About Facebook Group's Outage

by Iwan Price-Evans on High Availability • October 5, 2021
What's the most shocking thing about Facebook Group's outage, which took Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp offline on October 4, 2021? The millions of missed messages? That it took around seven hours to identify and resolve the problem? The estimated $50 billion wiped off Facebook's value? No, the most shocking thing is that it took until now for this to happen.
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6 MINUTES

The Role of ICT and the Tech Sector in Sustainability

by Iwan Price-Evans on Cloud • September 21, 2021
With climate change and resource shortages increasingly dangerous problems for our planet and society, it's important that we continue to increase efforts to live and work more sustainably. One of the key opportunities we have comes in the form of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) which are at the forefront of our technological innovation. The tech sector can play an important role in driving sustainability by enabling lower energy and resource use.
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8 MINUTES

How We Optimized HubSpot Website Performance and PageSpeed Score

by Iwan Price-Evans on Tips and Tricks • August 26, 2021
HubSpot is a great platform for sales and marketing teams. Unfortunately, the HubSpot CMS does little to help marketers and web developers to optimize their websites for a fast user experience, short page load times, and a good Google PageSpeed score. The CMS backend is relatively slow (with a server response time as high as 1.5 seconds), and exposes few native options for developers to improve on some of the biggest bottlenecks. We overcame the performance limitations of HubSpot's CMS backend and optimized our HubSpot website by using our own product – Snapt Aria ADC – to accelerate the HubSpot website with automatic caching, minifying, compression, rewriting, and SSL offloading. We also replaced most of the HubSpot template and style framework with Tailwind CSS. Altogether, we took our PageSpeed score from 20 to 95.
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2 MINUTES

Snapt launches Nova 2 for improved user experience

by Iwan Price-Evans on Press Releases • August 24, 2021
Nova 2 brings a more responsive user interface, enhanced security, and clear real-time data for users of the next-gen cloud-based ADC.
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3 MINUTES

Delivering the digital banking disruption

by Iwan Price-Evans on Security • August 10, 2021
Digital transformation is rapidly changing industries across the globe. Banking faces perhaps the biggest transformation of all. 
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9 MINUTES

Why Google Page Speed is important for your business

by Iwan Price-Evans on Performance • July 29, 2021
When it comes to websites, many designers focus on an attractive look and feel and a user experience that is easy to use and matches the brand expectations of the company. However, functionality is always the most vital aspect of any web design—and one area that should never be overlooked is the speed factor. You could argue that website performance is the most important factor because no matter how pretty or functional a web page is, if a user has to wait too long for all the elements to load, then they will probably take their browser elsewhere.
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4 MINUTES

Creating a load balancer for Developers (and why we use our own ADC)

by Iwan Price-Evans on DevOps • June 16, 2020
Developers building business-critical applications need an IT environment that allows them to work quickly and securely. This means having reliable web servers that are always available and protected. However, in the agile world of modern application development, they can’t always wait for the IT team to set up and configure load balancers and ADCs for them. They need their own solutions, and they need them to be tailored to their own needs. When we developed Snapt Nova, we were our first customer. Our development team uses Nova themselves (the process known as "dogfooding") to provide load balancing for Nova development and deployment. This post is about what developers need, how the right load balancer or application delivery controller (ADC) can support and empower developers, and why Nova might be the best load balancer for developers – or, at least, why our own developers seem to think it is.
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3 MINUTES

Orchestrated ADCs Simplify Management and Scalability

by Iwan Price-Evans on Scalability • June 11, 2020
As your business grows and adapts to changing market conditions, especially during these volatile times, the demands on your cloud IT infrastructure become increasingly complex. Your web servers and critical business applications need to be not only resilient but also flexible enough to handle fluctuating traffic patterns in real time. Centrally orchestrated Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) simplify these management challenges and enable dynamic scalability across any cloud environment.
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