Friday, 7 December 2018

Cloud Storage, Web Hosting, Hosting Reviews, Web Hosting Learning

Cloud storage is an industry term for managed data storage through hosted network (typically Internet-based) service. Several types of cloud storage systems have been developed supporting both personal and business uses.

Personal File Hosting


The most basic form of cloud storage allows users to upload individual files or folders from their personal computers to a central Internet server. This allows users to make backup copies of files in case their originals are lost. Users can also download their files from the cloud to other devices, and sometimes also enable remote access to the files for other people to share.

Hundreds of different providers offer online file hosting services. File transfers work over standard Internet protocols like HTTP and FTP. These services also vary in:

◈ storage capacity and network bandwidth quotas
◈ network transfer speeds supported
◈ price (some are free or ad-based, while others are based on data usage)
◈ the software interface (some are browser-based while others utilize dedicated application clients)

These service work as an alternative to home network storage systems (such as Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices) or email archives.

Enterprise Storage


Businesses can utilize cloud storage systems as a commercially-supported remote backup solution. Either continuously or at regular intervals, software agents running inside the company network can securely transfer copies of files and database data to third-party cloud servers. Unlike personal data that is generally stored forever, enterprise data tends to quickly grow obsolete and backup systems include retention policies that purge useless data after time limits have passed.

Larger companies can also use these systems to replicate large amounts of data between branch offices. Employees working at one site may create new files and have them automatically shared with colleagues in other sites (either locally or in other countries). Enterprise cloud storage systems typically include configurable policies for "pushing" or caching data efficiently across sites.

Building Cloud Storage Systems


Cloud networks that serve many customers tend to be expensive to build due to the scalability requirements for reliably handling large amounts of data. The decreasing cost-per-gigabyte of physical digital media storage has helped offset these costs somewhat. Data transfer rates and server hosting costs from an Internet data center provider (ISP) can also be substantial.

Cloud storage networks tend to be technically complex due to their distributed nature. Disks must be specially configured for error recovery, and multiple geographically-distributed servers must typically be managed to cope with the high bandwidth requirements. Network security configuration aspects also require the expertise of professional who command relatively high salaries.

Choosing a Cloud Storage Provider


While using a cloud storage system brings advantages, it also has downsides and involves risk. Selecting the right provider for your given situation is critical. Consider the following:

◈ Cost. Vendors charge fees for at least their more advanced service offerings. Service plans may be divided into tiers according to usage, with penalty fees charged if you exceed the specified quotas. So-called "free" services can place serious restrictions (quotas) on the amount of data which can be stored in or accessed from the cloud. Carefully consider your storage needs before locking into a subscription: Buy enough capacity and capability to support you and your organization, and try to avoid long-term contracts that can cause serious issues later when your needs grow.

◈ Usability. Cloud storage systems should make working with remote data almost as easy as data on your local hard drives. Test out carefully both the user interface (browser or separate application screens) and responsiveness (network latency ) of a vendor's system looking for major time-wasting usability limitations that sap your productivity.

◈ Reliability and Reputation. Even a free cloud storage service can be costly if it suffers from frequent downtimes, loses or corrupts data, or has had past security incidents. Research the service providers you are interested in for reputation and their brand quality before committing to one. Consider also using a vendor's trial subscription before committing to a long-term investment with them (and do not load any particularly sensitive data onto a service during trial periods).

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

There is no doubt that cloud computing has revolutionized the world of information technology. Moving to the cloud is a choice that every business that is serious about scaling up must face. A critical step is understanding the right cloud computing model; for example- the difference between public cloud and private cloud. If the next step for your small business is to move your IT infrastructure to the cloud, this blog will explain the choices available to you and what they entail.

Cloud Hosting, Hosting Reviews, Hosting Learning, Web Hosting

First, what is a ‘Cloud’?


Many businesses are still not quite sure what the ‘cloud’ is and how important it is for a modern business. ‘Clouds’ are virtualized data centres that are made available or shared to meet the dynamic demands of any business application that wishes to plug into it. As everything here is entirely virtualized, cloud computing can be more efficient and valuable in terms of cost than regular, physical data centers.

What are common reasons that companies use the ‘Cloud’ for?


To set up and manage;

◈ Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Tools
◈ Human Resource Management Tools
◈ Collaboration across different geographies
◈ Business Analytics, etc.

Businesses do this in 3 main ways:

1. Through the ‘Public’ version of the ‘Cloud’- also known as ‘Public Cloud’:


In a ‘Public Cloud’ model, services are rented out by the Cloud provider over the internet to the public on a pay-as-you-go model. In other words, if you, as a small business, require cloud computing services, you can partner with a cloud service provider that will be responsible for the set up, upkeep and management of the data center and services for you, freeing you from having to purchase, manage and maintain all the infrastructure yourself. As you can gather, most companies who favour a public cloud do so to save deployment time and management complexities. Unlike the popular opinion of public cloud services, security breaches are in fact quite rare.

Who are the top Cloud providers in the industry right now?

◈ Amazon Web Services
◈ Google Cloud
◈ Microsoft Azure

All 3 offer a 1 year free trial of services.

Other notable providers include OpenStack, IBM, Oracle and Cisco.

2. Private Cloud/Enterprise Cloud/Virtual Private Cloud:


Unlike a public cloud which is available over the internet, services through a private cloud will be made available only behind a firewall to your employees. You can think of it as a highly virtualized cloud data centre provisioned inside a company’s firewall that you can control and customize to fit your needs.

Cloud Hosting, Hosting Reviews, Hosting Learning, Web Hosting

Exclusivity is the defining characteristic of the Private Cloud set-up. The services are for the dedicated use of a single organisation. As you can guess, however, this model will need to be managed with your own internal resources. Servers, storage and related infrastructure will be owned and paid for by your organisation.

How do you benefit with a Private Cloud?


◈ Private Clouds are best suited for organisations that have unpredictable computing needs such as government and security organisations. Private Clouds are preferred for their robust security and greater flexibility compared to a public cloud set-up.

◈ Since you have the infrastructure, you have greater control than in a public cloud and can control how you deploy applications on the infrastructure.

◈ You can also expect lower latency  as services are used only within the organisation

Monday, 3 December 2018

WordPress Hosting is, in most cases the ideal hosting for WP websites. Not only does it provide great performance owing to the fact that it is configured to be highly compatible with WordPress, but it also provides a range of WordPress management features. This makes it very easy for website owners to manage and maintain the website without having to allocate additional resources to do the same. Although different hosting providers provide different features, we will talk about the benefits of WordPress Hosting.


◈ Highly compatible with WordPress
◈ Enhances the performance of WP websites.
◈ WordPress is pre-installed to provide a plug and play environment for developers.
◈ Automatic WordPress updates to keep you up to date all the time.
◈ Cloud-based hosting infrastructure that provides a high level of scalability.
◈ Automated backups using CodeGuard.
◈ Daily malware scanning and security with SiteLock.
◈ Pre-installed plugins that make your job easier
◈ Managed services that take-up WordPress maintenance.

To get a better understanding of the benefits of WP Hosting, let’s look at them individually in detail.

1. Performance:


Every software will have its own system requirements that determine how efficiently the software will function. With that in mind, even WordPress as a software has its ideal system requirements. WordPress Hosting ensures that the hardware, firmware, and software configuration is highly compatible so that it runs efficiently.

Having a system that is compatible ensures that you do not run into performance issues and system freezes. If the system does not function properly, the hosted website may crash, or temporarily be out of service which will have serious implications on the website’s authority and visitor’s experience.

2. WordPress is Pre-Installed:


Developers who take up WordPress projects regularly would love this feature. With WordPress pre-installed, you have no need to spend time downloading and installing the CMS on the server. You just purchase the plan and begin developing the website. This saves a lot of time and you never have to worry about compatibility issues.

3. Automatic WordPress Updates:


Another important benefit for WordPress Hosting is automatic WordPress updates. Every update that is released comes with a bunch of improvements and bug fixes. If your instance of WordPress hosting is not up-to-date, not only will you lose out on these essential improvements and bug fixes, but also become more susceptible to external security threats. The automatic update feature of WP Hosting ensures that you are covered on this front.At times, the website you are hosting is not compatible with newer versions of WordPress. Although this scenario is very rare, it still persists. In such cases, turning off automatic updates is just a switch flip away.

4. Cloud-Based Hosting:


One of the biggest benefits of WordPress Hosting plans is that the hosting is Cloud-Based. Which means the advantages of Cloud Hosting are cascaded to the WordPress Hosting. These advantages include scalability at the click of a button and a high level of reliability as there is no single point of failure. Moreover, we integrate Varnish Cache within this Cloud-based environment that has the potential to increase your website’s speed by 1000%.

5. Great Security and Backup:


Our WordPress hosting packages provide the option to include premium website security and backup tools. One of them being CodeGuard, which automatically takes website backup periodically so that you have enough restore points in case of a disaster. The other tool that our WP Hosting contains is SiteLock. This software regularly monitors the website for malware and security threats and notifies you to take necessary action. SiteLock can also be configured in order to deal with security threats automatically in case of an encounter.

6. Pre-installed Jetpack Plugin:


Plugins form a very strong base for WordPress development. Any task or functionality that you can imagine can be made possible with plugins. Our WP Hosting plans integrate certain essential plugins such as Jetpack plugin. This plugin can be used for a variety of functions including provisioning of WordPress themes, lazy loading, marketing services such as analytics, automated social media and SEO tools, Payment gateway integrations and high-end security for your website.

7. Managed Services:


Another very useful advantage is the inclusion of managed services. What this means is that the WP Hosting team takes care of dealing with all your website maintenance tasks. Without managed services, you as the website owner are responsible for taking care of the WordPress maintenance which requires resources.Managed services include a barrage of activities like scalability of hosting resources such as CPU, RAM and storage space. As your website grows, you will need more hosting resources to handle the incoming traffic load.

This can be easily done by the managed team without you having to worry about the specifics.
Another example of managed services is the optimization of the WP Database. The WP Database holds all the important information of your website such as pages, posts, form entries, cookies, plugin settings, theme settings etc. As your website grows, this database becomes bulky. Bulky WP databases are usually slow and need to be optimized so that they do not affect the overall speed of the website. The managed hosting team takes care of this on their own without you having to intervene.

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