How to setup & optimise MongoDB on public cloud servers

Long gone are the days when MongoDB was the ‘new kid on the block’. These days, MongoDB has evolved to become the go-to solution for many people who are leaving relational databases behind. In this article I’m not going to make the argument for why you should use MongoDB over {insert other NoSQL database}, or […]

Storage management with automatic periodic snapshots

A while ago, we introduced the ability to take snapshots of a drive. This is a very handy feature that allows you to quickly and efficiently save drive states even on live systems. Thanks to ZFS, snapshots will only consume the delta between the current state and where the snapshot was taken. This means that […]

How to securely use BitTorrent Sync for backups

A while back I wrote a guest post on BitTorrent’s blog about how to use BitTorrent Sync as an alternative to cloud storage services, such as Dropbox and Box. This post is an expansion of that post that provides more clear step-by-step instructions on how to securely deploy BitTorrent Sync. Security notes Since the focus […]