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Aug 23, 2016
For those that have as little as a casual awareness of the private cloud, its benefits stand out immediately. Flexible, powerful, easy-to-use, global, and cheap, cloud services have had a transformative and measurable impact on businesses for a number of years. We can thank marketing efforts as well as visible elements of consumer technology all around us for that general awareness. The limits of public cloud There is more to the story, however, because there are times when a business needs more than what the… Read More
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Jun 8, 2016
Some weeks ago, we were treated to a pair of stories that would probably win the “Darwin Award” version in the category of internet hosting. First, an anonymous administrator at an unnamed hosting provider shared his story in an online community of how he allegedly committed a powerful command that wiped out the sites of all of its 1,535 customers. It turned out to be a highly shared prank, but it also served as a cautionary tale that reminded the hosting community (and customers) to… Read More
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Nov 16, 2015
Effective system administrators look for every advantage they can get. The basic skills that make a system administrator successful are tangible, and you can see many of the basic requirements in job postings. What job listings typically don’t cover are the rules that can make or break system administration: careful note taking, attention to detail, comfort with project work, planning, and prized technical skills. To help system administrators take that next step, we’ve put together seven prime rules to help them prepare for the worst,… Read More
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Jan 12, 2015
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) arrived last week in Las Vegas and with it came a tsunami of wearables, gadgets, high tech backpacks, and tech toys of all kinds.  CES is one of the biggest shows on the tech scene, and though not every product makes it to the general market, it is a leading indicator of things to come.  The tale of this tape is that after a sputtering start and a bit of overselling, the Internet Of Things (IOT) is actually here.  Gizmos… Read More
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Dec 23, 2014
If 2014 showed us anything, it’s that the cloud is beyond any sort of hype at this point. There’s no denying it: What’s happening out there is that just about every significant emerging technology in the game today is truly best framed around the cloud. Thus 2014 was a big year in the cloud’s ever-evolving story, and it’s becoming more obvious with each passing day that we are in a golden age of cloud technology. Cloud platforms have become the de facto choice for businesses,… Read More
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Oct 21, 2014
No matter who you are, I think we can all agree on one thing: Bad hosting is mind-numbingly frustrating. You depend on these hosted environments to support your lifeblood, your brand, your critical systems, and then an outage occurs. Or a slowdown. Or another technical issue that interrupts your service. Flaws in configuration or a bottleneck in your infrastructure are quickly exposed when traffic spikes and you're left without a functioning application or website. As anyone who’s tried relying on a shared hosting environment can… Read More
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Oct 7, 2014
The tech industry is notorious for marketing fluff.  From the beginning, cynics dismissed the term "cloud" as marketing hype. Even within the walls of a company where I once worked that now sells themselves as cloud innovators, the term "cloud" was laughed at. Those cynics haven’t gone away; they’ve just adapted because audiences continue to struggle with what’s hype and what’s real.  Meanwhile, analysts witness how the hosting industry struggles with true delivery on the cloud’s promises – companies encounter difficulties, lose control and never… Read More
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Sep 9, 2014
The age of big data has just given us an accidental insight in the wake of a recent significant earthquake in California.  It turned out that data points from fitness trackers out in the public indicated how many people were awoken during the 3am Bay Area quake. That was a little bit of a peek into the future of the internet of things and an even bigger peek into how big data can open to doors to unexplored insights. Now, the finding that an earthquake… Read More