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API Updates: Retrieve Dedicated Server Status on Demand

Monday, July 29th, 2019

LuxSci’s secure REST API enables LuxSci’s customers to automate account management activities, send secure email messages and secure texts, download custom reports, integrate their web sites with LuxSci WebMail using single sign on, and more.

As frequently happens, at LuxSci, we have added some more features to our API at the request of current customers.  These are two new API calls related to dedicated servers.  With these calls, you can take inventory of all of the dedicated servers that you gave with LuxSci (be that one or 20 or more) and then request the current status of each one.  Additionally, we have updated our API documentation guides.

API Updates

New Functions

The API has two new functions for accessing information about dedicated servers. In order to use these functions, you will need to ensure that the configuration that you are using has the “Dedicated Servers – Servers Report” access control permission enabled.   LuxSci’s API is designed with security in mind – existing configurations do not have permission to use significantly new/different features that are added over time until you explicitly grant such access.

Reports:  All Servers

The first new command returns a current list of add dedicated servers assigned to your account.  For each server this includes information such as the server name, unique Id, amount of RAM, number of CPU cores, etc.  This is all static information; information not directly related to the current health and uptime of your server.

Report: Server Status

For any particular server in your account, you can request the server status.  In addition to the static information about your server that you get from the all servers report, the server status report also includes the current values of:

  • If the server is up and responding.
  • How long since the server was last rebooted.
  • The 1-minute, 5-minute, and 15-minute server load averages (divided by the number of CPU cores the server has).
  • How much RAM and SWAP space is available and used.
  • How much network bandwidth has been used in the last 15 minutes, inbound and outbound.
  • Information about all mounted disks: How much space they have, how much is free, and what the current percentage I/O load is.
  • How many email messages are in your outbound email queues.

Accessing the Application Programming Interface

To start using the API, customers should first review the API documentation.  Then, proceed to the API section of your LuxSci account administration pages and create a configuration and assign what types of functions your API configuration should be permitted to perform.

If you have questions, please contact LuxSci support.

Understanding Cloud Servers

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

There is a lot of talk about Cloud Storage, Cloud Computing, Cloud Servers, and related things that can be accomplished in the pervasive land of distributed, abstracted computers.

Cloud = “Someone Else’s Computer”

LuxSci offers the option of running on dedicated servers in the “cloud”, in addition to the more common options of running on shared server(s) and on physical dedicated servers.  However, this all begs the questions:  “What exactly is a cloud server?”, “How powerful is it?”, “How reliable is it?”, and “When is a Cloud Server a better solution than a Physical Dedicated Server?”

What is a Cloud Server?

Here we answer those questions for you. 

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Maximizing Delivery Speed and Reliability for Large Scale Email Marketing

Monday, September 8th, 2014

You need to send millions of messages to your large opt-in mailing list over the upcoming holiday season.  You need these messages to go out pretty quickly and to not get blocked by your recipient ISPs so that the maximum number of your (potential) customers get your marketing messages and thus you can maximize your conversion rates on these messages.

This is a common scenario that we see, often from customers who have been using another provider that is excessively expensive, where delivery is sluggish, and/or where their messages are getting blacklisted or grey listed by their recipient’s systems.

Here we will share with you our standard prescription for solving this delivery dilemma once and for all.  There are multiple important factors involved, each of which will contribute to your success.

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HIPAA-Compliant Web Sites: Requirements and Best Practices

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

We are approached frequently by webmasters and site designers asking for clarification on or guidelines for using ePHI in web sites that must be HIPAA compliant.

While we have discussed previously what makes a web page secure in general and also what in particular makes a web site HIPAA compliant, it seems that a concise recommendation that spells out what you should and should not do with web sites in shared and dedicated environments would be particularly useful to many.

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Affordable Dedicated Servers and Cloud Offerings

Friday, January 17th, 2014

LuxSci has a history of helping businesses with mission-critical needs by providing highly customized solutions on dedicated server(s).  These are fully-outsourced, high-performing, reliable, and private instances of LuxSci’s email, web hosting, and SecureForm services, managed and supported by LuxSci.

Recently, the physical server has grown out of the price range of our customers whose situation and/or budget require a dedicated environment.  Server providers are consolidating towards more powerful physical servers and cheap Cloud servers.

In response, LuxSci has expanded its dedicated offerings to include ones that are significantly less expensive.  We now have 3 types of dedicated server offerings, starting from $100/mo and with no long-term contract:

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