Archive for the ‘Industry Trends’ Category

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Nov 4, 2014
It’s true; the internet really is out to get you.  Everything from compromised hosts to foreign intelligence agencies are probing the internet for weaknesses.  It’s important, especially in light of recent events like the POODLE, Sandworm, Shellshock and Heartbleed exploits, to keep your servers up to date and patched.  However, it is equally important to invest in your own peace of mind and security by protecting your servers with a hardware firewall. Firewalls tend to be a little misunderstood, so to remedy that issue, let’s… Read More
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Oct 31, 2014
Searching for the right hosting provider is like going trick or treating. Sure, most houses have what you’re looking for, but you can’t tell which houses have the good stuff until you take a look around and see what everyone has to offer. Of course, there are some differences. When searching for the right hosting provider, there’s a near-endless number of “houses” to visit, and the stakes aren’t just a bag full of candy; they’re your entire business, application, database or web presence. Knowing that,… Read More
Emil Sayegh
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Oct 27, 2014
There’s a myth going around about the Cloud, luring companies in with promises like “Everything will just work,” “It will be so much cheaper,” “It’s absolutely reliable” and so on. “The Cloud is right for everyone,” it says. However, for every company lured in by that siren song, you’ll hear just as many moving entirely to the Cloud and crashing against the rocks. This can be devastating, especially to smaller companies, or startups with limited time and means. Throughout all of my travels and discussions… 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 17, 2014
Researchers at Google recently announced a vulnerability in SSLv3, one of the protocols used for web traffic security.  They have dubbed this exploit ‘POODLE,’ an acronym for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy. SSLv3 is an older protocol, and has largely been replaced by the newer TLS protocol family.  However, older browsers that do not support the TLS family of protocols rely exclusively on SSL. When presented with a TLS connection, browsers like IE6 will propose that the connection use SSLv3, and most servers will comply.… Read More
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Oct 14, 2014
On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, iSIGHT Partners and Microsoft announced a Zero-Day vulnerability named “Sandworm” found in all versions of Microsoft Windows and Windows Server 2008 and 2012. The vulnerability has been exploited in a small number of cyberespionage attacks against NATO, energy companies, a US academic organization and many others. Microsoft has since created a patch and released it as one of their security updates (CVE-2014-4114.). The status for Codero customers: Managed Services: Your servers have been or are currently being patched against this… Read More
Emil Sayegh
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Oct 14, 2014
There are a number of analogies trying to explain how the cloud works. Sure, none of them are perfect, but they do help us understand a band of technologies that are largely metaphors themselves. So to get a better understanding of cloud hosting's benefits and functionality, let’s sum up some of the most popular analogies, and see what we can learn starting with perhaps the oldest: the power grid analogy. The cloud is like a power grid Say you have a building far out in… 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