As a Ipswich web design agency, we price ourselves in both experience, and applied knowledge with a suite of programming languages, used by both browsers and operating systems. Our Web Developer skills are second to none when it comes to project delivery. There is an exorbitantly significant amount of programming languages available today, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. We have chosen to focus on the most commonly used, the most capable and the most under-valued to be able to ensure all project deliverable is exceeded.
In addition to our programming languages, we also have extensive experience with hardware configuration. Although websites and web apps are used by a web browser, many aspects of web development must be considered to ensure that a; Your site visitors web browser can read your website, and b; The website itself can handle significant traffic, or consistent I/O (input/output) when it comes to your customers adding, editing or deleting data hosted on your web platform.
With server hardware, Data Fidelity has capacity to specify and estimate exact server requirements for your organisation.
Servers, by their very nature, are designed to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; This means although they can (and often do) run operating systems similar to a standard desktop, their hardware is often hardened, with various redundancies in place such as multiple redundant power supplies, RAID controllers & SAS drive caddies. In addition to this, many servers are built to run multiple Virtual Machines (VMs) which each run containerised web apps. A single server can run multiple VMs, however to ensure that all VMs are running at full performance, depending on the web apps installed on the servers will dictate the required processing power of a server to run smoothly.
This is why we recommend using Debian VMs as the operating system can run without a GUI, ensuring servers will run at optimal efficiency.
Desktop PCs are the devices which the end user will use to access, and process information.
Depending on the exact processes that will be running on the desktop, will determine the exact configuration required by a desktop PC.
A simple, cheap low-powered laptop such as a chromebook, serves a purpose as a basic device in which accessing emails, document processing and occasional web browsing such as YouTube or Netflix will not be a difficult task. However, a professional CGI developer who is developing high-fidelity computer animations for film, will need significant graphics processing power, significant RAM, significant CPU power and a significant power supply.
Both use cases are valid and serve a purpose, however Data Fidelity is able to assist with specifying exact system requirements, based on each clients individual use case, to be able to process data efficiently without systems slowing down or crashing. Contact us to specify system requirements for you.
Thin Clients are a type of PC designed to perform a very small number of tasks, more frequently, a singular task or remote access to a more powerful machine such as a remote server.
Thin clients are frequently used in retail or telco environments as point-of-sale computers, or call centre computers; These devices serve a purpose, albeit a very simple, singular purpose. Thin clients are frequently low-powered devices which are not a substitute for a desktop PC or laptop, however, when they are used for a singular task, they are beneficial as their low power also means they are a low cost device. As a web developer, these units are especially attractive when it comes to point-of-sale systems and single-use, cost-effective solutions.
Raspberry Pi & Arduino boards are unique devices which are nothing but a basic logic board, with very low power consumption, which is frequently used directly with project-specific peripheral devices (printers, advertisement displays, sensors hardware, microphones or motors to name a few) to be able to run a simple task.
Raspberry pi & Arduino boards have been used by Data Fidelity to frequently build unique, new to market products when branding or prototyping physical devices which require some form of computing system to handle tasks submitted to peripheral devices.
An Integrated Development Environment, or IDE, is a framework which a web app can be built, debugged, or deployed; frequently used by any and every web developer.
IDE’s have been the tool used to build nearly every web app used today.
Data Fidelity has experience using a series of IDE’s from basic to advanced such as Microsoft Visual Studio, Notepad++ and Eclipse.
Data Fidelity chooses to use Eclipse as its sole IDE when developing projects as it is developed by the Eclipse foundation which is itself a community building an open-source IDE solution.
Android Studio is our preferred development tool when it comes to building native mobile apps.
Windows, the world’s most popular operating system, is what most people have grown up with and are most familiar with.
Windows itself it designed with an easy to understand graphical user interface (GUI) that most can navigate through.
Windows itself has a number of other capabilities such as mapping network drives, automated backups of data folders and files, as well as file sync between networks, locally or remotely.
Linux, as our preferred and recommended operating system, is entirely open source and built on the Linux Kernel.
Although not as popular as other operating systems, Linux is the most resource-light operating system there is, as well as being extremely capable either as a basic desktop PC or Laptop, but also as a server. Most websites globally do in face run on Linux servers.
Linux is our recommended operating system as various Linux Distributions (or ‘Distros’) serve a multitude of alternative purposes. For example, Ubuntu Desktop is a basic, user-friendly GUI which has pre-configured office tools and update packages, whereas Arch Busybox is a Distro which is so lightweight, hardware manufacturers will run their software on Arch (Such as NAS drives, Point-Of-Sale devices or Internet modems).
PowerstoreOS, a server-based operating system developed by Dell, is an operating system which allows for instant deployment of virtual machines, with the capacity to multiply VMs based on CPU load, and infinitely scale up apps based on server load, across more than one machine.
Dell Powerstore units also support All-flash NVMe units for blazingly-fast IOPS. Data Fidelity has experience building apps and hosting them on PowerstoreOS units, specifically, for high-performance, high-traffic websites.
Kubernetes is an open-source program designed to copy & deploy virtual machines, based on CPU load, on open-source technologies and hardware.
Kubernetes is re-branded by Google Cloud (GCP) as an Autoscaling project, however this can be mimicked on self-hosted harware, or also on linux-managed solutions. As an open-source web developer, we always recommend using open-source technologies as they are frequently superior when it comes to security and debugging.
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