June 25th, 2014 - by Ilya Sidorov
About Ancient Origins
Ancient Origins was established in 2013 with the goal of investigating, understanding and explaining human origins, and reconstructing the story of our beginnings through an exploration of lost civilizations, sacred writings, ancient places, unexplained artefacts, scientific mysteries and more.
Ancient Origins has experienced rapid growth over a short period, expanding rapidly to become one of the top ‘pop archaeology’ websites in the world, with more than a million views per month. It is also the only website in its category that combines the most up-to-date scientific research with alternative and out-of-the-box perspectives.
With such rapid growth, Ancient Origins expressed an urgent need to know precisely what is happening with their server from instant to instant – including if the server is down, the response time from different parts of the world, if the database server is running properly, CPU and memory usage and so on. This was due to several occasions when their articles ‘went viral’, causing the server to overload and crash – the result was a website that was down at the same time as it was experiencing a large influx of new visitors, potentially putting them off returning to the site again.
‘Before deciding on using Anturis’ services, we had looked into multiple different solutions to suit our needs. None of them provided us with all the benefits that we required at a reasonable price, so we were delighted when we came across Anturis – an excellent service at a reasonable cost. Anturis offered us the following important benefits: easy installation, 'at-a-glance' views of our IT infrastructure, cPanel integration, a complete set of monitors for all basic server components, and great parameterization of monitors’.
Anturis has also provided exceptional support, consisting of knowledgeable technicians who have always responded promptly to our issues to make sure they are resolved as fast as possible,’ says Dr Ioannis Syrigos, Head of Ancient Origins.
Once Anturis was set up – through an easy installation process - Ancient Origins were able to monitor every single subsystem of their IT infrastructure in real time: CPU, memory, web server, mail server, database, etc.
Ancient Origins has experienced a number of occasions when something has gone wrong with their site, such as traffic spikes overloading the CPU, memory, or database server. Anturis immediately alerted them through email or SMS. Ancient Origin’s sysadmin was then able to proceed with appropriate actions, such as tweaking the settings to achieve optimal running of the website. Furthermore, they were able to see when they needed to upscale their server to cope with increased traffic.
‘Thanks to Anturis, we have now achieved optimal server performance and a flawless run of our site. We always feel like we have an ‘on call’ technician watching every movement of our site and letting us know the instant something occurs outside its regular functioning. We highly recommend Anturis for a business of any size’, says Dr Syrigos.