Sam Bowling

Sam Bowling

As senior infrastructure engineer, Sam maintains many high availability clusters to ensure prompt delivery of web services and resolve issues within clusters as well as resolve issues with clients that are complex and require in-depth knowledge of Linux and services associated with Linux. He also assist with fulfilling preservation requests, internal operations, monitoring, automation and other various aspects of system administration.

Articles by Sam Bowling

Jul 13, 2014
Sam Bowling

I wouldn’t consider myself a geek personally, but I do have an unhealthy obsession with video games and it is one of my largest personal hobbies. I have most every single video game console from NES all the way up to the latest generation. I also modify consoles as a hobby and have converted an […]

Video Game Hero
Apr 9, 2014
Sam Bowling

I’m sure many of the people reading this blog post have heard about the recent exploit released Monday labeled CVE-2014-0160 better known to the Internet as Heartbleed. Heartbleed is an exploit on OpenSSL version 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f that allows an attacker to pull arbitrary data out of a server’s memory to retrieve various information. How […]

HeartBleed Bug
Feb 18, 2014
Sam Bowling

Got your attention with that title didn’t I? Network neutrality is a hot topic lately in the Internet and there is a lot of misinformation or confusion in regards to the argument, what it is and how it affects you. I want to start this post first by stating that all comments and views in […]

Net Neutrality
Feb 10, 2014
Sam Bowling

  No one can predict when disaster will strike, human, natural, or otherwise. Without a disaster recovery plan in place, businesses could not only lose revenue and data, but potentially go out of business. According to the Ponemon Institute’s Cost of Downtime study, some of the primary sources of downtime reported include: UPS battery failure, accidental/human error, cyber-attack, equipment failure, […]

Infographic Disaster Recovery
May 7, 2013
Sam Bowling

As a system administrator, one of my recurring duties is to work on fine-tuning servers our company and client servers. Fine-tuning allows us to squeezing every possible ounce of capability out of each server so they are utilized to their fullest potential. Due to its popularity as an easy to write and implement language, PHP […]

dump
Jul 20, 2012
Sam Bowling

One of my most often talked about topics is the wonderful world of backups!  Last week I spoke at HostingCon on this very issue, so I wanted to make sure I took the time to let those who were not in attendance know everything that was discussed. I spoke a lot about great information you […]

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Jan 18, 2012
Sam Bowling

If you look at tech blogs or most any technology-related website these days you will see people ranting against two major pieces of legislation that are on the table in American congress – the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, Protect IP […]

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Nov 22, 2011
Sam Bowling

I’ve always been a fan of the winter living in the Chicago land area because like most typical northern cities in the United States you get snow, you get wind and most of all you get the amazing display of Christmas decorations down the Magnificent Mile. When the lights are going up in my mind […]

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Nov 14, 2011
Sam Bowling

Backups are important, even in the filesystem level! I’ve been a Linux user for around 13 years now and am amazed with how progressive the overall experience has become. Thirteen years ago you were using either Slackware 3, Redhat 5.x or Mandrake usually. Being 14 I was one of the “newbies” stuck on Mandrake because […]

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Feb 15, 2010
Sam Bowling

Here at SingleHop we deal with a lot of sites that are heavy in MySQL database usage and over time the dedicated servers end up with so much traffic that their MySQL service gets overloaded. There are many options we here at SingleHop utilize to expand their MySQL service and I’d like to go over […]

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