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From Storage Closet to Data Center: Transitioning to the Cloud (A True Story)

It really is true – the most successful businesses often have surprisingly humble beginnings. Take, for instance, the Buckley Jolley Real Estate Team based in Livingston County, Michigan. The 10-employee business relied on Chris Jolley, the tech-savvy son of co-owner Karen Jolley, to maintain the company server and perform nightly backups of the data. When Chris Jolley decided to leave the company, his final task was to find his replacement.

Every night, Chris would stay late to back up the company’s server, which was located in a storage closet on the second floor. On a weekly basis he would back the server onto a hard drive, and on a monthly basis he would place backups on an older server safely stored away in another part of the office.

Clearly, Chris spent much of his time maintaining the server infrastructure, and his coworkers did not have the time available or knowledge to perform such tasks in his absence. So, Chris contacted a local cloud hosting company for a solution. He had the company’s data transitioned to the cloud with a managed cloud server hosting plan, and thus the Buckley Jolley Real Estate Team was able to streamline their day‐to‐day IT routine.

If you are considering moving to the cloud, consider cloud hosting from Atlantic.Net. Our data center facility offers state‐of-the‐art systems, guaranteed power, temperate/humidity control and security. Our cloud servers provide a 100% guaranteed network uptime, and the hardware and infrastructure is protected by a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

If your company maintains client data, such as tax returns and Social Security numbers, Atlantic.Net has you covered. Our data center is fully audited and SSAE 16 (SOC 1) TYPE II certified.

Is your server still being housed in a dusty closet? Consider moving your data to the cloud today with a cloud server from Atlantic.Net. For a quote and a free consultation, contact us at 1‐800‐521-5881.

Some Benefits of Managed Server Hosting You May Not Have Considered

A large corporation often has the money, time and employees available to maintain an internal server’s infrastructure. However, if you are the average business owner, it is highly likely that you do not have access to such copious resources. The concept ofmanaged server hosting may initially appear intimidating and confusing, but utilizing such a plan is often much more sensible than running your own network.

One of the largest benefits of managed server hosting that is often overlooked is its inherent security. The company in charge of hosting your server will continuously maintain the equipment and debug the applications as necessary in order to keep your website protected against viruses and unauthorized attacks.

In addition to offering superior security measures, managed server hosts will routinely back up your hard drives. This keeps the information on your website accessible as necessary, should there be a corrupted file or loss of critical data.

Although initially it may appear that using a managed server is an expensive option, clients using this type of hosting will actually save money in the long run due to the fact that they do not have to worry about hiring another employee (or team of employees) to maintain the infrastructure. The money saved can then be invested in expanding the business even further.

If you find yourself hesitant to commit because you believe your business will grow over the next few months, no need to worry – most managed hosting plans come with an easily accessible interface that allows the user to upgrade or downgrade their bandwidth allowance with a few simple clicks.

Lastly, operating system and software updates are always taken care of by the administrators, so you can rest easy knowing your infrastructure is up-to-date.

Atlantic.Net offers a variety of award‐winning managed server hosting solutions customized to fit your personal needs. To learn more about how we can help you with a customized hosting solution, contact us today for a free consultation.

Advantages of Managed Cloud Server Hosting for Small Businesses

If you own and/or operate a small business, you know that having a web presence is essential, but maintaining it can put a lot on your plate.  Sometimes it is simply better to outsource a task like server management to a cloud server hosting provider and let the experts do their job to help your business.  If your company is considering a managed hosting solution, consider the following benefits this service can offer:

Managed Hosting Reduces Operating Costs

As a small business owner, you already have much to manage and hiring an in-house system administrator to manage your server adds an additional expense for your company.  Unless your business has significant infrastructure and can afford to hire an IT team in-house, it may be more financially feasible to partner with a cloud hosting company to manage your cloud server.  Cloud providers are already equipped with the knowledgeable staff and tools required to successfully manage servers and any issues related to them.

Managed Hosting Can Help You Customize a Solution to Fit Your Needs

Every small business has different needs that make the company unique.  One of the great things about outsourcing your hosting needs to a cloud provider is that you can go beyond the one-size-fits-all approach to meet your specific requirements.  Cloud providers are equipped with the resources to provide you with the best hosting service based on your business’ needs and budget.

Managed Hosting Saves You Time

In the world of business, time is money.  The less time you need to focus on managing your server, the more time you can focus on the core needs of your business.  Let the team of experts at your cloud host handle everything from basic maintenance and server administration tasks to troubleshooting and technical support.

Atlantic.Net’s award-winning Managed Server Hosting eliminates the complexity of managing your server environment and returns focus to your business.  Our certified engineers monitor your hosting environment around the clock to ensure business is up and running 100% of the time.  Contact an advisor at 800-521-5881 or email us at sales@atlantic.net to get started today with a managed server hosting solution for your business.

Managed VPS vs Unmanaged VPS

To break things down a bit, VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting is when a web hosting provider takes one massive server and partitions it up so that it can have several servers on it, each of which can run its own operating system and can be re-booted independently.  Sound simple enough?  So what is the difference between managed VPS and unmanaged VPS?

Managed VPS hosting obviously varies from one hosting provider to another, but if you do not possess a vast amount of technical knowledge and ability, this “hands off” approach is definitely your most feasible option.  If you have little to no experience running or maintaining a server, managed VPS hosting can be very beneficial to you because the web host typically takes care of the software and system updates that you request, and in some cases, even does them automatically for you as they are needed.

With unmanaged VPS hosting, the hosting provider is only responsible for the physical server and the availability of the server.  This means that with the exception of the initial OS installation, the user is responsible for the maintenance, upgrades, installation of software, etc.  If you choose unmanaged VPS hosting, you should be familiar with the operating system and server software you choose to use.

When deciding which hosting option is right for your business, ask yourself these questions:  What kind of applications do you plan to install?  Do you have the technical knowledge of server administration?  Can your business afford to pay for managed hosting so that you can focus your efforts on core business strategies?

At Atlantic.Net, we offer both managed hosting and unmanaged hosting options available to businesses of any size.  Atlantic.Net Cloud VPS is a far superior alternative to the VPS servers, providing full control of your server software backed by dedicated and premium hardware resources.  Our mission is to address your IT infrastructure needs so that you can focus on growing your business.  Call 800.521.5881 today to speak with an advisor regarding the hosting services that are right for you!

Service Spotlight: Managed Hosting

A full-service managed hosting option means your servers are always available

In a previous Service Spotlight, we discussed the advantages of a Private Cloud – i.e. cloud applications running on dedicated hardware. Our dedicated servers allow full client access, of course, but if you want the best ease of use, you should consider Managed Hosting as an add-on to your server package.  Managed Hosting is simply an arrangement by which a service provider like Atlantic.Net can take care of the day-to-day maintenance, troubleshooting and technical support required to keep your servers online. And of course, we’re on-site if anything goes wrong.

Managed Hosting is our way of extending the many benefits of cloud computing to as large a number of clients as possible. One of the great benefits of cloud computing – in fact, the key benefit – is that you don’t have to manage a physical, dedicated server. Instead, you can simply obtain the functions of that server through a cloud interface. However, some businesses are required to maintain their own dedicated hardware, and some simply prefer to know that there’s a dedicated machine assigned to their business. For situations like these, Managed Hosting bridges the gap – allowing you to have a dedicated server without dedicating yourself to monitoring, upgrading, troubleshooting and replacing it.

Some of the key benefits of Managed Hosting with Atlantic.Net are:

  • 100% uptime for your servers with our Uptime Guarantee
  • One hour guaranteed replacement of failed hardware
  • Management and maintenance of server hardware
  • 24x7x365 troubleshooting and support
  • Patches and updates for server OS
  • Bi-weekly security scans to detect any vulnerabilities
  • Unlimited daily secure backup, archiving for at least 1 month

Our dedicated servers use only the best commercial-grade components and can be configured to meet your exact specifications. If pure cloud computing isn’t the right fit for you, we can still provide much of the same support and ease of use, saving you money and freeing you to focus on growing your business.

For a full list of Managed Hosting options, visit our website or contact our sales team at websales@atlantic.net or (800) 521-5881.

Dedicated Hosting, Cloud Computing or Virtualization?

In the world of gigabits and terabytes there is a lot going on – new products are being developed and the plethora of information that you have been told about securing your data as a business owner can be, from time to time, overwhelming. You aren’t the CIO and you don’t employ an arsenal of IT staff to help guide you through the decision of migrating your data into a secure Data Center . You’re inundated with choices and weary of company salesmen who may or may not be trying to over sell you. Every web hosting service has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. It is crucial for every business owner to familiarize themselves with the different types of services a Hosting Provider offers before researching your data center . So how do you know what service is the right fit for your company?  Continue to read and see where you feel your company fits best before signing on the dotted line.
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What is Managed Server Hosting?

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Managed server hosting is a new service that is the future of computing. Simply stated, managed server hosting puts together all the pieces needed to operate a computer server.

Instead of purchasing and setting up a server at your office, hiring additional staff to setup & manage and maintain the server, a managed server is located in our data center and managed by our staff of experts eliminating many of the costs, time, and effort associated with running a server.

Some examples of managed server hosting include:

Managed Server for Web Hosting allows companies to have a web site (www.yourcompany.com) available for their customers to interact with to order products & services, get more information, or get support for an already purchased product. Continue reading

Orlando Data Center Sponsors the Internet And Technology Summit in Tampa Florida

Atlantic.Net sponsored the 2009 Internet and Technology Summit held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday August 25th.  The event was a great opportunity for us to network with technology professionals from Central Florida. It was a great venue to showcase our product information, distribute white papers on “Managed Server Hosting” and “How to Choose a Data Center”.

Atlantic.Net continues to chart out an aggressive agenda for 2009-2010 and looks forward to working with all of the new partners that we have met at events such as these in the coming months.

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Sam G., John R., and Jaima W. at the Atlantic.Net booth.

An Introduction to Data Loss Prevention

This paper serves as a primer on preventing “data loss,” an umbrella term that encompasses two distinct phenomena: system failure and network intrusion.

Firms that fail to protect their data – often proprietary customer information – not only suffer from unflattering news coverage but the often crippling expenses related to churn, Service Level Agreements and project redesign.  A good deal of the fallout from data loss can be prevented with a measure of investment that seems minute in comparison to the risks of remaining vulnerable. Continue reading