Archive for the ‘Industry Trends’ Category

Tony Anderson
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May 3, 2016
The low end hosting industry took a couple of black eyes this past week when stories circulated around the web over the accidental loss of customer information. It didn’t happen just once, it happened twice. It all started with a post on Server Fault , where an unidentified user called Bleemboy asked: "I run a small hosting provider with more or less 1535 customers… All servers got deleted and the offsite backups too because the remote storage was mounted just before by the same script (that is… Read More
Tony Anderson
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Apr 26, 2016
The abuse of the word "cloud": A brief history Does anybody host anymore or are we all just supposed to act like we only sell cloud now? If you follow the general trends in the hosting/cloud industry, you would have to believe that hosting is becoming extinct, as everyone is “cloud washing” (the purposeful, and perhaps deceptive attempt by a vendor to rebrand an old product or service by associating it with the buzzword “cloud”). Let’s pick a couple of examples where the word “hosting”… Read More
Kami Haynes
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Apr 22, 2016
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks aren’t infamous for their sophistication; however, they’re increasing adaptability warrants a fresh look at the evolving anatomy of these dynamic threats. What is a DDoS attack? A DDoS attack is an attempt to consume one or more finite resources on a target computer or network of computers. These attack vectors block genuine users from accessing the network, application, or service and exploit detectable vulnerabilities. What are the types of DDoS attacks? Although there is a broad spectrum of types… Read More
Emil Sayegh
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Mar 28, 2016
A cautionary tale has emerged in the realm of Amazon’s cloud services, and it is filled with the consequence of technology choice versus business benefits. This is a lesson that all start-ups, SMBs, and mid-sized enterprises should heed and learn from. Online storage provider Dropbox has confirmed that it is pulling up its stakes that had been firmly set in the AWS environment, and leaving AWS. Each day, Dropbox has served nearly half of a billion users around the world with access to file storage… Read More
Emil Sayegh
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Mar 24, 2016
Public health, education, high-tech farming and agriculture, seismic data collection, oil exploration and production, clean energy generation and management, transportation, and disaster management are examples of the many industries that require intense computing resources, often in rural America. SMBs in rural areas, just like in the major cities, are becoming increasingly reliant on cloud services as part of their core operations. Collecting, distributing, and updating information is maximized when widespread coverage, reliable connectivity, and proximal computing power are available. Take agribusiness for example: agriculture and food… Read More
Emil Sayegh
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Feb 9, 2016
Finding the right place for your apps to live is like shopping for real estate, with choices between owning, renting, and hybrid models. Owning your own home is like owning your own data center. Alternatively, a hotel lets you use as many rooms as you need without much of a commitment, which is like parking your applications in the public cloud. And hybrid clouds are somewhere in the middle. Owning a Data Center and Owning a Home Running your own data center is similar to… Read More
Emil Sayegh
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Jan 4, 2016
Originally posted on the WHIR.  Perspective is always important when picking technologies to base the future of your company’s IT on. Technologies go through generations of improvements along multiple dimensions before they reach true ubiquity. Take the disk drive as an example. First built in 1953 by IBM, each new generation of disk drives replaced larger, more sensitive, and more cumbersome devices. The cost also dropped precipitously with every generation. Not many people remember, but the earliest drives were usable only in the protected environment… Read More
Emil Sayegh
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Dec 30, 2015
2015 was a year of transformation and growth for the entire IT industry, and the cloud was the poster child for that transformation. 2016 is sure to be filled with even more new cloud opportunities and advancements. Now that the industry is realizing the customization and control that enterprise needs, we have gotten a peek at the world that Nicholas Carr saw in 2003, when he said IT doesn’t matter, and then in 2008 when he predicted the big switch. IT has completely transformed and… Read More