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Brad
Brad

Brad is Director of System Operations at Nexcess. With over a decade in systems administration, he oversees out internal systems and was the author of The Definitive Guide to Magento 2 Optimization. Few systems at Nexcess escape his insight. When not monitoring our hosting infrastructure or upholding PCI security standards, Brad celebrates life with his family and plays a mean game of Puerto Rico.

Modern web applications are large, complex, and resource-intensive. The methods of hosting these applications have changed drastically as as result. It is no longer ideal to simply host a modern web application on a Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP (LAMP) stack, as doing so will severely limit the performance capabilities of modern web applications.   A web application stack is […]

September 26, 2019
By Brad

What is a PCA Compliance Audit? Unlike a PCI assessment, which merchants can perform themselves, a PCI DSS audit can only be performed by a qualified security assessor (QSA). If you’re facing an audit, then you’re likely a large store doing so voluntarily, or a smaller merchant ordered to undergo one because of a recent […]

September 23, 2019
By Brad

Four years ago, we expanded our European hosting services to include Amsterdam, arguably one of best-connected cities in the world. Now, we’re bringing the scalability and versatility of Nexcess Cloud to our Amsterdam data center!

September 04, 2019
By Brad

Having a PCI compliant store requires the sustained efforts of both yourself and your hosting provider. Although there are no shortcuts, choosing a credible web hosting provider is an effective place to start. Even so, most PCI requirements can only be met by you, the merchant. Read on to learn more about the dividing line […]

September 02, 2019
By Brad

Hosting providers are not made equal. Classic server methods of hosting have now diverged into a mix of alternate data center types, each of which falls under the singular heading of ‘data center’. This can make finding the right type of data center architecture for your business a tricky proposal – especially if you’re unsure […]

October 18, 2018
By Brad

The question of whether you can store credit card information within Magento comes up a lot here at Nexcess. The answer to this question is unfortunately not very clear when looking for an answer elsewhere including on the Magento website. To clarify the answer to this question, there are a few things that need to […]

March 30, 2012
By Brad

APC (Alternative PHP Cache) is an opcode cache for PHP that works very well to speed up page loads when used on servers running Magento. There are many opcode caches available (APC, accelerator, xcache, etc) which can be used with Magento, but we will be focusing on APC here as it along with eAccelerator are […]

March 25, 2011
By Brad

In the Magento 1.4 release, the memcached backend configuration has changed. There are now more options listed than in previous Magento versions. Some confusion has resulted in how to configure memcached in this new version as the previous configuration for memcached no longer works resulting in the Magento site failing to load if used. Documentation […]

December 13, 2010
By Brad

The PHP open_basedir directive is a security feature within PHP that allows you to specify which files PHP is allowed to be opened. With open_basedir, you specify the directory tree or trees that PHP can open and PHP will not open anything outside of these directories. There are negative side effects in relation to system […]

March 31, 2010
By Brad

To help increase the speed of Magento page loads as much as possible, it is recommended to use the Memcached support built within Magento. Memcached is a high-performance memory object caching system that is designed to speed page loads on dynamic content websites. Magento supports Memcached for caching many objects, but it is not enabled […]

March 22, 2010
By Brad
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