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Remote Desktop Service for Cloud VPS Users – A Real World Scenario with RDP Tips

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Often businesses that set up virtual private servers (VPSs) want to use remote desktop protocol (RDP) to access the server from a PC or other device. This tactic allows them to interact with the Windows operating system installed on the VPS. The speed and security with which remote connection can be accomplished are enhanced using a cloud service from a trusted provider. Continue reading

Is Windows Server VPS Right for You? A Look at a Cost-Effective Alternative to Dedicated Servers

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Many businesses are too sophisticated and have reliability needs that go beyond shared hosting but want to cut the costs associated with a dedicated machine. For these organizations, a virtual private server (VPS) is the right choice. Many of these businesses also want a Windows environment, rather than Linux, for their back end. The best option to meet those needs is a VPS running on Windows Server 2012 R2. Continue reading

Using VPS and Other Methods to Keep Your Local Computer and Data Away from Algorithms and the NSA

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Fast Company recently covered a story about a blogger named José Casanova who claimed that he had hacked Kayak to get cheaper plane tickets. It turns out the word “hacking” was used loosely by Casanova. What he really did was log on to a virtual private network (VPN) so that the online travel agency would be incapable of tracking him accurately. Continue reading

Why the Days of VMware Are Over: Multiple Benefits from Hyper-V Case Studies, and Free Alternatives (Comic)

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VMware has been dominant in the world of virtualization for years. However, competitors have been gradually chipping away at its lead among hypervisors. Between 2008 and 2013, Vmware has lost 8% of its market share to Microsoft Hyper-V (dropping from 64% to 56%, while Hyper-V advanced from 20% to 28%). Continue reading

Healthcare IT – A Decision Maker’s Guide to Cloud Computing and Managed Server Hosting

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This document explains the difference between dedicated, virtual, public cloud, and private cloud hosting environments; along with essential information that healthcare professionals may require.

We introduce the concept of virtualization, its many benefits, and the reasons why it effectively contends with dedicated hosting services. Virtualization has created new possibilities and opportunities for the healthcare segment of technology. Healthcare IT professionals specializing in virtualization technologies have recently found more attractive and lucrative opportunities, especially with the new Healthcare Reform and healthcare IT initiatives introduced during the Obama administration.

Virtualization is the technology behind cloud computing, and it makes a vast pool of network resources a genuine possibility.

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Dedicated Servers versus Virtual Private Servers

Choosing VPS vs. dedicated: different methods for your global reach.

Choosing VPS vs. dedicated: different methods for your global reach.

Dedicated servers and virtual private servers (VPSs) are two common hosting options for those companies too large or complex for shared hosting. Hosting clients typically wonder about the limitations of a VPS and whether it is worth the reduced cost to choose server virtualization over a dedicated server. Let’s briefly review exactly what makes a server virtual or dedicated before surveying a few basic differences.

Dedicated Server & VPS: definitions & hosting usage

You may have a general idea of what dedicated servers and virtual private servers are. However, a quick overview of these two terms will ensure it’s clear exactly how these two types of servers differ.

A dedicated server is a server that is charged with one particular task; hence the term dedicated. A dedicated server might be used to host your site, for instance, or an individual application. A server might also be dedicated specifically for email, for DNS purposes, or for gaming. Of course, you might choose to use a server for a number of different functions. The bottom line as a hosting customer, regardless of the technical definition of a dedicated server, is that the machine is fully available for your use.

When you use a dedicated server for hosting, you’re renting an entire server – the actual piece of hardware – from a hosting service. As long as you follow the guidelines within your hosting contract, you are able to customize the server any way you like. Other than limited access by the hosting staff for routine maintenance and to assist you as desired, you’re the only one using the server; it’s unavailable to other customers.

A virtual private server, as you can imagine, gets a bit more complicated. A VPS is a virtual machine (VM) that functions as its own server within a hosting environment. A virtual private server runs on its own instance of the operating system. On that OS, applications can run specifically within that section of the physical hardware. Virtualizing servers allows more than one operating system to be active simultaneously on the same server. Applications are also allowed full independence.

In a hosting environment, your VPS exists on the same physical machine as other companies/accounts; it has this feature in common with shared hosting. However, like shared hosting, VPS involves much stricter lines of demarcation. Operating with your own OS through virtualization means that your security is enhanced and you have much greater freedom to meet your needs by modifying the parameters of the VPS.

Dedicated versus VPS – Cost

VPS hosting is significantly less expensive than dedicated hosting is, simply because you do not need the full physical hardware with a VPS. The primary reason a VPS is selected for hosting is because it is a more budget-conscious choice.

Keep in mind, because a VPS only has access to a portion of the resources of the server, many customers prefer dedicated servers for their power. However, when VPS servers utilize a cloud hosting model (as ours do), they are optimized for scalability. In other words, with the advent of cloud technology, a virtual server is much better prepared for peak loads and rapid growth.

Dedicated versus VPS – storage & speed

Choosing a virtual private server, regardless of whether it uses a cloud model or not, is not standardly prepared for the same amounts of storage space and traffic as a dedicated server is. Clearly dedicated servers make sense for those who want to specify a particular type of machine with certain components and attributes they can preestablish. With a dedicated server, parameters are hard and fast, and you can add additional dedicated servers as needed.

VPS servers involve multiple accounts running on individual hard drives simultaneously. Naturally, access by a number of different hosting customers can decrease the speed and reliability of a site. You will also run out of room more quickly on a VPS server.

However, it’s again worth noting how virtual private servers that use cloud hosting differ from typical VPS offerings. In the past, a VPS was like a piece of the whole pie that was the physical server (which is still the case in non-cloud VPS environments, although features such as bursting and swap space allow some leeway). In that way, although a non-cloud VPS was not a physical server, its capabilities were physically limited.

With access to the cloud, though, a VPS can now scale easily, on demand, to meet the needs of a growing business. Adding additional storage and power is as simple as clicking a button in your administrative panel. Granted, VPSs are not for everyone. Because a VPS does not constitute a physical server, those in need of certain customization capabilities will want to choose dedicated hosting.

Dedicated versus VPS – selecting a host

Trying to decide between a dedicated server and a virtual private server can be tough. We hope that picking out a quality web host does not need to be nearly as difficult. At Atlantic.Net, we’ve been in business since 1994. With almost 2 decades of experience, we know you’ll be satisfied with whichever of our solutions you choose.

By Kent Roberts

Virtual Networks and Cloud Server Hosting

Virtualization, the process of making applications available on virtual storage, is a technology that is growing at an incredible rate within the IT industry, and has taken a step towards merging with cloud computing to improve upon the already established reliability of cloud networks.  This merge represents a very important development within the cloud hosting industry, but its benefits may not be readily apparent.

With virtualization, your cloud server can be accessed not only by two individuals on opposite sides of town, but also to those on opposite sides of the country or even the world.  This is perfect for large corporations that have headquarters around the globe, and thus are on different work schedules.

While the initial impression of cloud server hosting may lead to a little wariness due to the belief that it is an unsecure environment, a virtual network actually helps to isolate the systems running through the provider’s data centers, thus filtering out unwanted and potentially dangerous traffic.

Perhaps the most critical benefits of a virtual network are its increased performance and maximized resilience.  When a system is virtualized, it has a specific amount of resources dedicated towards it.  Without virtualization, applications will be left to battle one another for available resources.  Additionally, ensuring that resources are used proportionately helps to improve the overall performance of the infrastructure.

Even though it is a fairly new technology, virtualization provides numerous benefits that simply cannot be ignored. Atlantic.Net offers affordable dedicated virtualization hosting solutions that are custom‐built to your individual needs.  To see what our engineers can do for you, call an advisor today at 1‐800‐521-5881.

Hosting Your Web Application in the Cloud

A web application is a program that can be accessed by users over the Internet.  These applications are coded in a browser-supported programming language such as Ruby on Rails and can be accessed through browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer.  Web applications come in a multitude of varieties with an even wider range of purposes, from WordPress to e-commerce software.

Companies are increasingly hosting their applications on cloud servers.  Because physical servers are very difficult to scale and have significant upfront and long-term running costs, the cloud is a perfect solution.  Cloud servers are virtualized, meaning that they are abstracted from underlying physical hardware, and are hosted in data centers that are cost‐effective, shockingly fast and incredibly secure.

It is clear why physical servers are becoming a thing of the past for application hosting; cloud servers can be created, cloned, backed‐up, moved, upgraded or even destroyed in just minutes.  Additionally, cloud servers are incredibly scalable, meaning users can purchase more or less server space as they wish.

An Atlantic.Net cloud platform allows users to build, test, and deploy cloud servers in just seconds, and with live technical support available 24/7/365, you can rest assured that your application will run securely and reliably at a price perfect for your budget.  To learn more, contact us today at 1‐800‐521-5881.

Microsoft Hyper-V or VMWare?

When choosing the right hypervisor for your enterprise environment, it is essential for IT managers to know which features are most important, the pros and cons of each of the technologies, and the appropriate implementation methods.  Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware should be examined thoroughly and rated on factors such as performance, scalability, and ease of integration with the company’s existing system.

One of the main differences between Hyper-V and VMWare is that Microsoft wants virtualization, cloud, and datacenter management to be an extension or expansion of the current infrastructure, while VMware wants the vCloud Suite to be completely separated and isolated infrastructure.  VMware is looking to create a completely isolated ecosystem that consists of a collection of machines with different capabilities working independently, making up the features within the infrastructure.

Lately, Microsoft’s Hyper-V has become a formidable competitor to VMware, especially with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.  A few years ago virtualization was seen as the final destination, but now it is clear that this technology is a building block to the more agile, responsive world of cloud computing.  IT leaders care about deploying a platform that is reliable, stable, cost-effective and easily adaptable to changing business needs, which is what Microsoft Hyper-V delivers.

Atlantic.Net understands that each business is different and needs a specific virtualization hosting solution to fit their needs.  Both Hyper-V and VMWare are rather effective visors, and are two of the most popular platforms in the server virtualization market.  Atlantic.Net’s dedicated Hyper-V virtualization hosting puts a thin layer of software between the dedicated server hardware and the operating system (OS) that allows multiple instances of an OS to run, unmodified, on a single physical dedicated server at the same time.  Atlantic.Net also builds and deploys affordable, custom dedicated VMWare virtualization hosting solutions to ensure enterprise-level performance with ease of use, convenience, flexibility and security.  Call 1-800-521-5881 to speak with an Atlantic.Net advisor today about the virtualization hosting solution for your business!