SmarterSelect operates its service on cloud servers and storage provided by Rackspace one of the top cloud providers in the US. We employ a distributed server architecture that is scalable to handle any load. We monitor the performance of our application and servers with NewRelic, a leading supplier of cloud and application monitoring technologies. If NewRelic detects a server or application issue, our development and support teams are immediately notified. Additionally, NewRelic provides CPU and storage data for capacity planning purposes (e.g. when to add more servers, etc.).
We operate a dedicated database server to store all application and user data. This server has a live, redundant backup server that is continuous being updated with any database changes in case of a failure by the primary database server. A copy of the database is encrypted and archived nightly in cloud file storage at a remote Rackspace location. File attachments (e.g. transcripts, resumes, photos, etc.) are also stored in cloud file storage provided by Rackspace. Inherent in the cloud file storage is that each file has three replicas that are written to three separate storage nodes with dual power supplies.