Case Study on Server Management for MISTIC

Server Management for MISTIC

Date

Ongoing since 10th March 2020

Client Name

Mizoram Science, Technology & Innovation Council (MISTIC)

Project Type

Cloud Management

About the Client

Mizoram Science, Technology & Innovation Council (MISTIC) is a council set up by the Government of Mizoram in 1985 to encourage and promote science and technology activities in the state. It is functioning under the aegis of Directorate of Science & Technology under Planning & Programme Implementation Department, Govt of Mizoram. It is supported by the State Government and Department of Science & Technology of the Central Government.

MISTIC approached us to do a redesign of their website, which you can read more here. The old website was hosted on a web server owned by NIC. After walking through several options, we narrow it down to DigitalOcean vs Amazon Web Services (AWS). We discussed several pros and cons of both the service, we decided to go for AWS.

MISTIC website is using KurtaiCMS (our in-house CMS). We used AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) for its main webserver and AWS RDS for its database server.

Here is the process of how we set up the server and pointing domains to our server.

  • By default, port 22 is open so that we could access it through SSH.
  • We set up an instance of AWS EC2 and configure port 80 and 443 (HTTP and HTTPS) to be accessible from anywhere.
  • After we did all the webserver setup, we request NIC to point the domain to our server IP.
  • After successful pointing of domain, we set up an SSL certificate.

 

We planned to use CloudFare services for performance and security purposes, but since we do not have full access to the domain (mizoram.gov.in), we decided not to go with it (note: the premium plans of CloudFare support subdomain sites).

We perform two quick performance check on the servers on a daily basis. We ensure that there will be no server failure as we also optimized our codes to make minimum requests to the servers.

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