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The Advantages of SSD (Solid State Drives) in Servers and Web Hosting

Solid state drives are the latest development in hard drive technology. If the name sounds familiar, that may be because it sounds very similar to its predecessor HDD or hard disk drive. Both types of hard drives are the nonvolatile storage on a computer, smartphone or tablet. This is the data that does not get wiped when the device turns off. Hard drives store data such as files, pictures, videos and other hard data saved on the device. Physical advantages SSD (Solid State Drives) are vastly superior to HDD (Hard Disk Drives). Their physical composition is most evident of this. With…

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Taking the Buffet Approach to Cloud Computing

Few organizations survive without trial and error. What may work well today may not work tomorrow. While it is possible to build educated guesses on market fluctuations, no one knows the future. Uncertainty may be the reason companies have invested in a buffet style cloud computing approach. Why are organizations not focusing on one single approach? Development Life Cycle Changes Over 71% of cloud companies focused on DevOps, according to a RightScale study. This focus of DevOps, a combination of development and operations, is not to only build software. Instead DevOps looks to support that software through its natural life…

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Statistics Show Businesses Don’t Really Know What to Look for in an Email Scam

Email scams continue to plague businesses no thanks to most of those emails looking far too convincing. While it’s true that many fake emails look like they’re from official sources, statistics keep reminding us that personnel in businesses still can’t tell any difference. Recently, McAfee did a study showing only 3% of those surveyed correctly identified an email scam. This means 97% of all businesses will likely be fooled this year once again. The implications of the above are sobering, yet you still have some clues available to help you scope out the fakes. Your best bet is just being circumspect about all…

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Spoofing: What It Is And How It’s Used In An Email Scam

Email spoofing is the use of a fake sender address in an email message. It is used by email scammers to hide the origin of their message. By modifying the “from”, “reply” and “return path” fields of the email header, they can make the email appear to be from someone else. This is easy to do because SMTP protocol, which is commonly used in email, does not have authentication. The use of a counterfeit email address goes beyond merely hiding the identity of the sender. It is often used to perpetrate an email scam, where the sender assumes the identity of a…

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Speed Thrills – The Next Generation of SSD

“It wasn’t until I went to college and I got my first motorcycle that I understood the thrill of speed.”   -Vin Diesel Google wants to give your business a gigabit fiber connection to the Internet backbone, and Comcast is rolling out a claimed 2Gbps fiber network in Atlanta. In addition to these fiber offerings, the ever evolving DOCSIS specifications—already supporting 300Mbps (megabits per second)—will soon see speeds rivaling, or even topping, current fiber offerings. Besides pure network speed, the last few years have seen an explosion in connected devices with more devices now actively connected to the Internet than there are people on Earth….

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Serving the World Wide Web

In our 12+ years of being in business, we have learned a ton about data center technology and other emerging tech. Starting now, we will be sharing much of that information on an ongoing basis here on our new blog. To start things out, we just wanted to reiterate who we are and what we do. Please subscribe to our blog and check back for weekly updates. From our “about” page… NON NEGOTIABLES More than uptime, redundancy and advanced technology, our strength relies in our people, our principal and our culture. We believe that performance is not only doing some…

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Servers vs Peer-to-Peer Networks for Small Businesses

Small businesses generally use one of two types of computer networks. These are the peer-to-peer network or the server-based network. For the very small business with up to about five computers, peer-to-peer is often used because they are inexpensive to set up. The employees using these computers typically work in close proximity and interact frequently. Connecting their computers together in this way allow them to conveniently share files and to use shared devices such as a printer. The Problems Of Peer-To-Peer However, even with as few as five computers (clients) on a peer-to-peer network, difficulties often arise. One of these…

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Server Hosting: Where Do You Keep Your Data?

Client information, inventory, finances, accounts receivable, sales transactions, employee records, marketing projections, and information derived from analysis are just a small sampling of the kinds of data that businesses use to keep their operations going. Data is the life blood of a business yet you wouldn’t know it by the way many of them store their data. Data doesn’t seem to get the kind of respect that money does. Businesses (and people for that matter) have no difficulty understanding the importance of keeping their money in a bank rather than stuffing it in a desk drawer or convenient closet. Yet…

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Server Hosting: Can a Butterfly Put You out of Business?

There is a reason why meteorologists can’t predict the weather months in advance. It’s chaotic. This means that although it is readily modeled with the help of computers, it is highly sensitive to the smallest of inputs. Tiny inputs like the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in one area, can lead to a tornado weeks later on a different continent thousands of miles away. This disproportionate cause and effect chain is called the butterfly effect. The term was coined by Edward Lorenz who was a meteorologist, mathematician, and a pioneer of chaos theory. In unstable or chaotic systems, small inputs…

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SAN (Storage Area Network) Global Market Sees Uptick

According to a recent report from IT-Online, the global market for SAN (Storage Area Network)equipment grew three percent in 2014, to $2.5 billion. After a decline in 2013, demand returned for equipment built to handle the server-to-storage-array of data center traffic, the report stated. The fourth quarter of the year saw growth of two percent, totaling $669 million and the demand for 16G and high performance solid-state drive storage increased. Infonetics Research’s director of data center, cloud, and SDN, Cliff Grossner, stated that it’s a market with a bright future, as 2x25GE ports begin shipping this year and a new era of cloud…

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