The Iconfactory website runs continuously thanks to a powerful combination of Apache, PostgreSQL and Ruby on Rails running on Mac OS X Server. Ruby on Rails has proven its strength and flexibility as the backbone of the Iconfactory and we are pleased to be able to create an increasingly robust user experience for all of our visitors.
All of the web pages at the Iconfactory are designed to be compliant with W3C standards. In order to make this happen we have used XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS 2.0 in the site's development. We fully believe in the importance of web-based standards and strive to promote this philosophy via the design of our site.
We are Apple fanatics and happily admit it. The Iconfactory website purrs like a kitten thanks to the Xserve that handles the millions of hits at the site each day. Apple's superior combination of proprietary hardware and software means that things just work, and maintenance is practically non-existent.
Our faithful Xserves share a server rack with our good friends at Panic in Portland, Oregon. Co-location hosting services are provided by Cogent in the fabulous Pittock Building. Thanks to them, we have plenty of bandwidth to cover the terabytes of data that the Iconfactory serves up each year. So go ahead and download those icons, there are plenty to go around!
Our server has been running continuously since 18.Jan.2013 (119 days).
The current load is 0.01 and memory usage is 32% with 6.7 MB swapped to disk.
The network has sent 2.2 TB and received 97.1 GB of data.
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