03 Mar

How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site

This is a guest post written and contributed by CloudFlare.  CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants.

CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, is excited to announce our partnership with Sprocket Networks! If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, our value proposition is simple: we’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats.

Today, hundreds of thousands of websites—ranging from individual blogs to e-commerce sites to the websites of Fortune 500 companies to national governments—use CloudFlare to make their sites faster and more secure. We power more than 65 billion monthly page views—more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined—and over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through our network.

Faster web performance

CloudFlare is designed to take a great hosting platform like Sprocket Networks and make it even better.

We run 30 data centers strategically located around the world. When you sign up for CloudFlare, we begin routing your traffic to the nearest data center.

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As your traffic passes through the data centers, we intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on our servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before we check to see if they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly.

CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money, and decreases the load on your servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, CloudFlare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.

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Broad web security

Over the course of 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) we track on the Internet (see the chart below). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.

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CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about our approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the CloudFlare community. We analyze the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.

In time, our goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given our scale and the billions of different attacks we see and adapt to every year, we’re well on our way to achieving that for sites on the CloudFlare network.

Signing up

Any website can deploy CloudFlare, regardless of your underlying platform. By integrating closely with [Your Company Name], we make the process of setting up CloudFlare “1 click easy” through your existing [Your Company Name] [control panel] dashboard. Just look for the CloudFlare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud. That’s it!

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We’ve kept the price as low as possible and plans offered through Sprocket Networks are free. Moreover, we never charge you for bandwidth or storage, therefore saving you tons via reduced bandwidth costs.

For site owners who would like to take advantage of CloudFlare’s advanced offerings, we also offer a ‘Pro’ tier of service for $20/month. The ‘Pro’ tier includes all of the ‘Free’ tier’s offerings, as well as extra features like SSL, full web application firewall and faster analytics.

We’re proud that every day more than a thousand new sites, including some of the largest on the web, join the CloudFlare community. If you’re looking for a faster, safer website, you’ve got a good start with Sprocket Networks, but the next step is to join the CloudFlare community.

You can sign up now for this free service by logging into your cPanel Control Panel and clicking on the CloudFlare icon.

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06 Aug

The Benefits and Threats of Moving to the Cloud

By: Ninja@s3c

What is the cloud, anyway?
The term may be new, but the concept certainly is not. Throughout the history of computing, IT organizations have been using their own infrastructure to host applications, data, servers etc. Now most of them are renting the infrastructure, with remote servers to host their application or data. Organizations called service providers exist especially to provide, manage and maintain the infrastructure on which their client organization’s application or data are hosted. The client organization gets access controls to manage their applications and data hosted on the remote server. This is the main idea behind cloud computing.

More precisely, cloud computing is a method of accessing, delivering and managing IT services over the internet. Network resources are provided to customers on demand. As a customer, you need not own infrastructure, you just have to just rent or pay for what you use to your cloud service provider.

Benefits of Cloud computing:

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The organization may get benefit in terms of reduced cost, online support to flexibility. However, the major benefits can be summarized as:

Location Independent: As a customer, you need not worry about where your data is hosted. You can access and manage them from virtually anywhere in the world. All you need to be is to be connected to the Internet.

Low Total Cost of Ownership: Since you use the service provider’s infrastructure and resources, you are exempted from the cost of setting up your own.

Pay-as-per-you-use: The most appealing thing is the option for pay for what or when you use. That suits well under your organization’s budget.

Support: As service providers host your data on their infrastructure, the onus for maintaining and supporting the client’s request is on them.

Secure and storage management: The service providers securely manage your data, and do have a backup and disaster recovery plan. Therefore, your data is always safe.

Scalability and Sustainability: Service providers have large infrastructure, high-end processors and memory devices that you may rent as per your requirements.

Resources are dynamically allocated between users. Additional resources are dynamically released when needed.

Highly Automated: Your IT personnel do not need to worry about keeping software up to date.

Maintenance: Maintenance of cloud computing applications is easier, since they don’t have to be installed on each user’s computer.

Types of Cloud Computing:

Infrastructure-as- a-Service (IaaS): Infrastructure-as-a-Service gives the customer a virtual server / storage with unique IP address. Amazon web services are an example. The user’s application interface accesses the virtual servers and storage hosted by Amazon to read books online.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS): Platform-as-a-service is services like Software development tools hosted in provider’s server and customers can access them with APIs. The users execute the application in the platforms hosted by the cloud provider through the platform or Application Program Interface (API). Google Apps is an example of platform services.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS): Software-as-a-service model, software along with data resides in providers cloud and end customers can use both on a contract basis from the provider.

Challenges faced by the Organization:
The basic issues that an organization may face can be categorized as the following:

Privacy: You are never sure if the service provider can monitor your data, be it sensitive or not.

Security: Security concerns arise because both customer data and programs reside in the Provider premises.

Availability: The cloud service provider needs to make sure the system is available for its consumers. There are service level agreements (SLA) between the cloud service provider and the consumer that is related to the availability and performance.

The following picture describes how you lose your control over data and other resources as it moves from your dedicated environment to premises of your services provider.

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As you can see, the blocks in green shows the resources under your control, the blue blocks show when you are sharing the resources with your service provider, and finally the orange blocks depict the features under the control of your service provider. If you are hosting data, servers in your environment you have maximum control over them. However, as soon as you are renting out the resources from service providers and finally move your resources to actual cloud, you can’t personally control or manage them. However, the cloud provider gives you access controls through which you can manage and control your data and other resources.

So still some organizations, especially smaller ones, are skeptical about it despite the fact that the cloud is much more cost effective for them. Rightly so, because they may have concerns about the following:

Accessibility issues: Organizations may face problems with accessing resources from the cloud if some communication outage happens due to attacks such as denial of service and distributed denial of services.

Authentication issues: There is a chance that due to some TCP/IP related attacks like IP spoofing, RIP attacks, ARP poisoning and DNS poisoning in which routing tables can be altered, organizations may not be sure of its trusted machines’ authenticity. For more information on these types of attacks, check out the CCNA security course that’s offered by Intense School.

Data Verification, tampering, loss and theft: While on a local machine, while in transit, while at rest at the unknown third-party device, or devices, and during remote back-ups.

Information transmitted from the client through the Internet poses a certain degree of risk, because of issues of data ownership; enterprises should spend time getting to know their providers and their regulations as much as possible before assigning some trivial applications first to test the water

Data segregation: Data in the cloud is typically in a shared environment alongside data from other customers. The cloud provider should give evidence that encryption schemes were designed and tested by experienced specialists.

Recovery: A proper recovery and backup plan should be in place. Any offering that does not replicate the data and application infrastructure across multiple sites is vulnerable to a total failure. In addition, the timeframe within which restoration will be complete is a concern.

Physical access issues: Both the issue of an organization’s staff not having physical access to the machines storing and processing a data, and the issue of unknown third parties having physical access to the machines.

If we summarize, these are some top potential threats of cloud computing that must be thought about instead of moving to the cloud blindly. The Cloud Security Alliance identifies following potential risks in the Top Threats to Cloud Computing V1.0 research report:

  1. Abuse and Nefarious Use of Cloud Computing: Cloud providers offer their customers the illusion of unlimited computing, network, and storage capacity. There are registration processes where anyone with a valid credit card can register and immediately begin using cloud services. By abusing the relative anonymity behind these registration and usage models, spammers, malicious code authors, and other criminals have been able to conduct their activities with relative impunity.

Cloud computing providers are actively being targeted, partially because their relatively weak registration systems facilitate anonymity, and providers’ fraud detection capabilities are limited. Criminals continue to leverage new technologies to improve their reach, avoid detection, and improve the effectiveness of their activities.

Examples: IaaS offerings have hosted the Zeus botnet, Infostealer Trojan horses, and downloads for Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF exploits.

  1. Insecure Interfaces and APIs: Cloud computing providers expose a set of software interfaces or APIs that customers use to manage and interact with cloud services. The security and availability of general cloud services is dependent upon the security of these basic APIs. From authentication and access control to encryption and activity monitoring, these interfaces must be designed to protect against both accidental and malicious attempts to circumvent policy.

Reliance on a weak set of interfaces and APIs exposes organizations to a variety of security issues related to confidentiality, integrity, availability and accountability.

Examples: Anonymous access and/or reusable tokens or passwords, clear-text authentication or transmission of content, inflexible access controls or improper authorizations, limited monitoring and logging capabilities, unknown service or API dependencies.

  1. Malicious Insiders: This threat is amplified for consumers of cloud services by the convergence of IT services and customers under a single management domain, combined with a general lack of transparency into provider process and procedure. For example, a provider may not reveal how it grants employees access to physical and virtual assets, how it monitors these employees, or how it analyzes and reports on policy compliance.

The impact that malicious insiders can have on an organization is considerable, given their level of access and ability to infiltrate organizations and assets. Brand damage, financial impact, and productivity losses are just some of the ways a malicious insider can effect an operation.

  1. Shared Technology Issues: Often, the underlying components that make up this infrastructure (e.g., CPU caches, GPUs, etc.) were not designed to offer strong isolation properties for a multi-tenant architecture. To address this gap, a virtualization hypervisor mediates access between guest operating systems and the physical compute resources. Still, even hypervisors have exhibited flaws that have enabled guest operating systems to gain inappropriate levels of control or influence on the underlying platform. Attackers may focus on how to affect the operations of other cloud customers, and how to gain unauthorized access to data.
  1. Data Loss or Leakage: There are many ways to compromise data. Deletion or alteration of records without a backup of the original content is an obvious example. Unlinking a record from a larger context may render it unrecoverable, as can storage on unreliable media. Loss of an encoding key may result in effective destruction. There is damage to one’s brand and reputation and a loss could significantly impact employee, partner, and customer morale and trust.
  1. Account or Service Hijacking: If an attacker gains access to your credentials, they can eavesdrop on your activities and transactions, manipulate data, return falsified information, and redirect your clients to illegitimate sites. Your account or service instances may become a new base for the attacker. With stolen credentials, attackers can often access critical areas of deployed cloud computing services, allowing them to compromise the confidentiality, integrity and availability of those services.
  1. Unknown Risk Profile: Versions of software, code updates, security practices, vulnerability profiles, intrusion attempts, and security design, are all important factors for estimating your company’s security posture. Information about who is sharing your infrastructure may be pertinent, in addition to network intrusion logs, redirection attempts and/or successes, and other logs. When adopting a cloud service, the features and functionality may be well advertised, but what about details or compliance of the internal security procedures, configuration hardening, patching, auditing, and logging? How is your data and related logs stored, and who has access to them? What information if any will the vendor disclose in the event of a security incident?
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05 Mar

Have You Outgrown Shared Hosting?

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The advancement in technology has enabled the majority of businesses, both small and large, to significantly rely on technology resources to enhance their outputs and improve their competitive advantage. An element of technology resources that modern businesses are using is web hosting. The most commonly used type of web hosting is shared hosting. In shared hosting, a web hosting provider uses one dedicated server to support numerous websites that belong to different clients. Although different businesses will share one server in shared hosting, they have safe and secure access to their websites. Despite the benefits that you may be gaining from using shared hosting such as its affordability and its efficiency, there is need for you to know when is shared hosting not enough.

When Is Shared Hosting Not Enough

You may consider shifting from shared hosting to other types of web hosting such as cloud hosting or a Virtual Private Server when you have a significantly large website that not only has a high degree of traffic but also has specialized requirements. Such a website will require you to improve your hosting infrastructure in order to enhance the reliability, performance, security and scalability of your website, which cannot be achieved using shared hosting.

Shared hosting is not enough when you constantly experience performance problems that are associated by sharing a server with heavy users. Performance problems in shared hosting are often caused by limited storage space. The incapacity of your website to function optimally as it is expected to due to constant outages may mean that your website visitors are not having pleasant experiences. When this occurs, it is a clear sign that shared hosting is not enough for your business and it may be time to identify other better, more reliable and scalable, dependable and efficient types of web hosting to use for your business.

 

 

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07 Feb

What Distinguishes Cloud Hosting from Shared Hosting?

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The 21st century has witnessed the greatest shift in terms of production, lifestyle and more importantly, in how organizations and businesses transact their businesses and how they search, store and retrieve information. Information as a resource has been so essential for the success of modern organizations such that these organizations are investing millions of dollars in efforts to keep their information safe while making it easy to access and use. It is in the background of this that organizations are presently investing in web hosting. There are varied types of web hosting and among them is shared hosting and cloud hosting. So, you may be asking, what distinguishes cloud hosting from shared hosting?

Differences between Cloud Hosting and Shared Hosting

Shared hosting, which is the most commonly used form of web hosting allows multiple web sites to operate by utilizing one dedicated server. The element of sharing makes shared hosting more affordable compared to other types of web hosting. Although various websites share one server, the accessibility of each website is tightly regulated and therefore, security of the sites is assured. Nevertheless, the security flaws and vulnerabilities of websites compromise the security of other websites sharing the same server.

One aspect of shared hosting is that users are limited to a fixed quantity of physical space, which more often than not, generates capacity challenges, rampant downtimes and reduced performance. It is this aspect that mainly distinguishes shared hosting from cloud hosting. Cloud hosting is similar to shared hosting only that it has virtualized infrastructure that has enhanced scalability, which allows you to easily and effectively increase or reduce memory and even swap hard drives without the risk of interfering with the operations of the site and without data loss.

Shared hosting is most beneficial for your business if you are just starting out and when you may not have sufficient financial resources to run your own server. However, you may find that shared hosting is not enough and seek out other types of web hosting such as cloud hosting that are guaranteed to offer you increased reliability, enhanced scalability, better security and infinite performance. Your ultimate choice of the type of web hosting to use for your business will be determined by your needs and expectations in regards to web hosting.

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19 Dec

What Are The Attributes Of Cloud Servers Over Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated Servers, bring another level to the technology world and for gamers it is and can be a network paradise. A cloud server does not have as many tools that you will have to be concerned about. The virtual attribute of a cloud server is one of it’s greatest benefits, and the portable network system is what draws businesses to the cloud server. A network that can be run remotely or locally is what the gamers want as well.

The hardware is simple for the server and the great news is not much changes with a dedicated server, which is another terrific feature. The cloud server brings the advanced technology into the simple world of web hosting, and the endless possibilities of what a virtual system can accomplish. Cloud servers, give you flexibility if you want a month to month plan, and the option to try it out first to see if it is the best option for you.

Web hosting, provides gamers the opportunity to be apart of a virtual process that gives networking the edge that some in web hosting are still considering. Many hesitate with cloud servers, because of the unknown process of how it all works on the virtual level. Dedicated servers, enhance the network with effectiveness, and the use of the old hardware, therefore these types of servers really help your business to thrive.

Sprocket networks provide colocation, dedicated servers, cloud based hosting, and managed services, the services and the growth this company has experienced is extraordinary. The network company not only provides servers but also are skilled in other network areas for the consumer. What is so fantastic about Sprocket networks is the other hosting services they have available. It is apparent that customer satisfaction is essential when you look at this networking company.

The data center that the Sprocket network system is able to provide gives the client everything that the center has to offer. Additionally, the quality of the services are the same at each data center. The technology is not compromised you will still get the same level of connectivity and support from every location.

With every service the features will vary based on what you are looking for, the options that are available and the plans. The wonderful part of this network company is  the innovation to customize the services you are looking for. Which gives you the cutting edge you want to experience in this advanced world of technology. Most plans are divided by geographical location therefore you can look in your region and find what is being hosted.

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21 Nov

What cloud computing really means

There are certain names given to things that tell you exactly what that thing is or does without explanation.  The term “cloud computing” has become a buzzword that projects a lot of meaning…or no meaning at all.  You see, the trouble with a buzzword is that it can be misleading and ambiguous – giving the computer layman/novice/techno-idiot a false sense of security.  Wouldn’t you kill for a chance to hear someone give you a straightforward, honest, non-technical answer to the question, “What does cloud computing really mean?”

Cloud Computing for Dummies

Here is the definition from Dummies.com on their “Cloud Computing” page:

“Cloud computing has four essential characteristics: elasticity and the ability to scale up and down, self-service provisioning and automatic deprovisioning, application programming interfaces (APIs), billing and metering of service usage in a pay-as-you-go model. ….This flexibility is what is attracting individuals and businesses to move to the cloud.”

Blah, blah, blah!

I read this definition to my 82 year-old Mother who understands the basics of email and Skype but has trouble transferring photographs from her digital camera to her computer.  I got a blank stare.  Then I asked my son, a computer science college student and employee of Apple, Inc., to explain it in the simplest terms possible so that his Grandmother would get it…he failed.

I Googled the phrase “simple cloud explanation” and found my search was like searching for the Holy Grail.   Why is it so difficult to use plain English to inform and educate people about the computer world without resorting to jargon and hyperbole? Today, I’ve decided, I’m going to imagine that I’ve met an alien from another planet and he inquired about cloud computing.  Here is what I might tell him.

The “Cloud”

The term “cloud” refers, essentially, to a service that is delivered to a customer via the Internet.  More specifically, the cloud is where a service is delivered (i.e., email services like Gmail and Yahoo) to customers who do not own the hardware (“the mechanical, electronic… devices comprising a computer system, as the CPU, disk drives, keyboard, or screen.”) or software (“Programs used to direct the operation of a computer…”) that provides the services to them.  In other words, one rents or leases the services and has them delivered through the Internet to their personal computer or server (“Provides and organizes access to these resources for other computers linked to it.”) remotely.

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Cloud computing involves multiple numbers of computers, hardware, software and servers to give customers what they need remotely without the customers actually having to own or run the hardware or software themselves.  Some other examples of computing in the cloud that you are likely to be using everyday are:

  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Netflix

Netflix and YouTube are perfect examples of computing in the cloud; millions of people simultaneous streaming, uploading video files and downloading movies onto their computers, laptops or TVs without having to purchase additional software or hardware.

Cloudy With a Chance of….

The beauty of computing in the cloud is that computers can be added or removed without disturbing the operation of the cloud and the user doesn’t need to know a thing about computer technology in order to take advantage of it.  Large corporations like Amazon and Google have decided to move away from the traditional way they manage their operations and data and have moved up to the cloud.  Cloud computing is at one’s disposal whether you are sitting at your desk at home or carrying your laptop halfway across the world…the cloud is always hanging over your head.  Simple?

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14 Nov

What is cloud computing?

There is a lot of buzz circulating around the Internet and offline about “cloud computing,” with most big tech companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon all switching over to cloud services and referencing that most of their data is “in the cloud.” So, what does it all exactly mean? What is cloud computing and how can it help us in the future? And, why should you care about the importance of cloud services?

Where did cloud computing come from?

Whether you believe it or not, the idea of using computing in the cloud originated way back in the 1960s. You know when you’re drawing all of those old school diagrams to convey ideas at meetings and use “cloud” symbols? Well, that’s essentially where the idea of cloud services came about, as scientists wanted to make sharing data easier and more convenient.

However, it wouldn’t be until 2006 during a conference about search engines that the term “cloud computing” would be mentioned and Google’s Eric Schmidt making the term popular with mainstream media. Beforehand, it wasn’t known as cloud technology while companies like Amazon and Salesforce were investing in the infrastructure.

Since then, major technology companies and newly funded start-ups alike have started to build cloud infrastructure to make sharing data across different computing platforms easier, computer storage faster and bigger, as well as many other tech services better overall. Today, the cloud has become ubiquitous in standard online usage, making it a powerful force in the current economy.

What does cloud computing do?

Essentially, it helps store and transfer data in a more convenient fashion. The National Institute of Standards and Technology writes about cloud technology as being a service for “…[E]nabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources…” This includes networks, servers, and even applications.

If you use predominately Apple products right now, you’re probably familiar with their iCloud service. This is a type of cloud service which allows you to access all of your files and data from all of your devices via the Internet or other connectivity services. Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and many other technology companies provide the same services, too. In fact, Google has developed a laptop that works exclusively with their cloud technology called the Chromebook!

Simply, cloud technology takes out the need for lots of bulky, expensive hardware that would normally connect devices and data together. Instead, cloud services use a collective source of computers and the Internet (similar to hosting services), allowing us to allot resources elsewhere.

Why should I care about cloud services?

Cloud computing is integral to the future of technology and many other industries because of how inexpensive and convenient it is. Smaller budgets can utilize the cloud to make sure they’re staying up to speed with competitors and don’t have to invest in huge pieces of equipment in the long run. Cloud services are also becoming increasingly safer and faster, making older methods near obsolete. This ultimately means most businesses will have to adapt to cloud technology altogether eventually.

Who is creating the future of cloud computing?

As corny as it sounds, you are creating its future! Businesses looking to update their tech infrastructure and stay competitive are creating the demand for more cloud services. Also, you have probably started to hear a lot of talk about big data and its importance for businesses with lots of customer and company data.

Cloud computing plays a major role in big data because it helps lessen the expenses and allows for all sorts of companies to invest in big data analytics and management. As time progresses, cloud technology will only become more advance and budget friendly.

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23 Oct

3 Types of Cloud Hosting Services

The pace of technological development has left many managers struggling to come to grips with the changes. In particular, many business owners and executives find it hard to understand how cloud hosting works. It is actually very important to know as much as you can about this topic because this can give your business an edge in today’s competitive landscape.

Cloud hosting services can basically be categorized into the following: public, private, and hybrid. In this article, we’ll look deeper into the three options to help you make the best decision:

  • Public cloud hosting – also referred to as “shared cloud”, this option is provided over the internet by third parties. Public clouds are popular among small to medium scale businesses that are looking to minimize costs while having access to the latest technology at the same time. It is also an obvious choice for companies that require virtual collaboration and/or are developing an application code. The downside of this option is related to security. In addition, you’ll have very little control over the technological infrastructure that powers the service.
  • Private cloud hosting – this is also known as the “enterprise cloud” and it is mostly used by larger companies with complex requirements. The service is deployed over a centralized datacenter or an organization’s intranet. Private hosting is an obvious choice for companies that handle sensitive data and require a high level of security.
  • Hybrid cloud hosting – because of the pros and cons related to both public and private clouds, some innovative companies have decided to combine the best features of both. So here is where hybrid clouds come into the public. The service is efficient because it can segregate the various parts of your business on different security platforms. For example, if you want to use a SaaS application but require a high level of security, a private cloud inside the firewall can be arranged. You’ll also get access to a virtual private network (VPN).

The increasingly complex environment in today’s business world means that business owners, executives, and technology managers need to utilize all the tools at their disposal. Don’t get left behind. Cloud hosting enables you to collaborate effectively, minimize costs, and enhance efficiency. These are the characteristics that can help your business survive the next generation of technological development.

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18 Oct

Linux Based OS vs. Windows-Based OS

There have been many debates about which operating system is better for hosting: Linux or Windows.

The argument can be confusing for a person who has limited background knowledge on the topic. The truth is that the choice should ultimately come down to your IT intentions. If you cannot afford to hire an expert to make the decision for you, read on. In this article, we’ll take a look at the features associated with Linux-Based and Windows-Based OS so you can make the right decision.

Windows-Based OS

The Windows-Based OS can run Active Server Pages (these are scripts that run dynamic websites). It also works with SQL databases, which is an important feature. This is because SQL is one of the most popular and most powerful databases available today. The Windows-Based option is ideal for new and intermediate administrators. The interface is user-friendly and the design is simple.

One downside with this option is price. It costs several thousand dollars to use this operating system on your server. Additional features such as remote admin programs, ASPMail, ASP Encrypt, and firewalls will cost extra. With that being said though, there are several features that make getting the Windows OS especially worthwhile.

These include:

  • SQL Server Database
  • Access Database Support
  • ASP Support
  • ASP.NET Support
  • Compatible with PHP and MySQL
  • IIS Web Server

Linux-Based OS

The Linux-Based OS is the low-cost solution in the hosting industry. The core platform of the Linux system was created by a community of developers who made it available to everyone. Because of its open-source nature, some parts of it are continually being customized by users to fit their needs.

However, there are also downsides in using Linux-Based OS. It is much harder to administer compared to Windows because it can only be used through remote shell access. It doesn’t contain buttons that you can simply click on to initiate commands. Some developers prefer Linux for this exact reason though. It gives them much more control over the server compared to Windows.

Here are additional features you can expect from a Linux-Based OS:

  • Apache Web Server
  • PHP and MySQL Support
  • Chmod File Permission
  • Mod Rewrite Support

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12 Sep

Cloud Computing, Managed Hosting, Dedicated Server Hosting

You may be aware that web hosting is of different types such as Cloud Hosting, dedicated Server Hosting, Shared Hosting and Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting. If you are the webmaster or business owner running a web site, it would be your priority to simplify web hosting issues. Yet this simplicity does not mean insecurity. Each webmaster prefers sites to be hosted on secure, fast and reliable servers.

Web page inaccessibility can kill your business. It’s better to take time out of your busy schedule and consider shifting your site(s) from traditional servers to the more secured ‘Cloud-Based’ and dedicated servers.

Cloud computing is a new ‘client-server’ technology which is developed to access data from multiple devices connected online. In this type of dedicated server applications are placed in a ‘Cloud’ without the help of local computers or web servers.

There are several benefits of using cloud hosting services. You can easily scale up and maintain resources with the help of cloud computing. It has made it simpler to terminate bottlenecks and single point failure cases. It handles API calls in an easy and convenient manner and offers you SNS and SQS in order in order to distribute notifications and messages. With using RDS, S3 and SImpleDB, you can manage, share and distribute your data in the form of a simple database. You may host your websites on EC2 instances as well.

Cloud hosting ensures enhanced availability while eliminating worries of setup, hosting and maintenance.

Another option for hosting your web sites is Managed Hosting. This plan is good for those who do not have much technical knowledge and want a professional team to manage things. It contains all the main features of adedicated server.

Nowadays people are moving from self-managed server hosting to Managed Hosting because they don’t need to worry about the repair and maintenance tasks for their websites. It offers a large bandwidth and provides huge space to host your websites.

Now let’s turn to dedicated server Hosting. It is a type of hosting which lets you store and host a website on special servers dedicated for this task and you, as a web developer or administrator, would be in charge and make rules for hosting web sites.

dedicated server hosting is named so because it provides complete access to their servers. It’s unlike other hosting plans like Shared Hosting where you get access to only selected and limited resources. It is a powerful computer which works as a network server for only one account or domain name. In other words, it is an exclusive and rental use of a computer which provides above-mentioned services. As the server is not shared with anyone else, you as a client have full control on selecting hardware, operating system and application software. You may also get server administration services provided as add-on for your package.

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