Author: Adnan Raja

10 Things Your Hosting Company May Not Tell You

Adnan Raja July 15, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

When you’re searching the market for a cloud solution, make sure you ask vendors for the whole story. As we all probably already know, not all cloud servers are created equal. It is highly recommended that you look beyond marketing claims and search the fine print and ask the right questions. Here are ten critical points you should bring up when talking to potential providers, especially because they probably won’t bring it up first.

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Common Mistakes Made During Cloud hosting Migration

Adnan Raja July 1, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

  • Cheaper Rather than Better
  • Throwing Out Traditional Equipment
  • Failing to Make Applications Cloud-Ready
  • Not Taking Big Data Into Account
  • Assuming All Clouds Are the Same

Cheaper Rather than Better

In the above video, Atlantic.Net CEO Marty Puranik notes that companies have been more focused on cheaper solutions in recent years, especially given the impact of the Great Recession; but excessive focus on price is a mistake. All of the great advancement that humanity has achieved arose from a focus on better rather than cheaper, he stresses.

Having tunnel vision for anything but the price is just one of the mistakes made by organizations when they migrate to the cloud. Tech reporter Jeff Bertolucci talked about typical problems that arise in his InformationWeek article “10 Cloud Migration Mistakes to Avoid.”

Four of the errors that he highlights are throwing out traditional equipment, failing to make applications cloud-ready, not taking big data into account, and assuming all clouds are the same.

Throwing Out Traditional Equipment

Many organizations don’t know exactly what to do with their hardware once they switch systems over to the cloud.

“A common mistake that enterprises make is either to throw out their old hardware or pay someone to remove it,” said Bertolucci. “[Since] the market for used IT computers and gear is north of $300 billion, … enterprises should try a hardware exchange to recoup some IT budget cash.”

Failing to Make Applications Cloud-Ready

Often companies don’t perform the testing to see how they might need to adjust applications for optimal cloud server hosting performance. Recognize that you may need to make some tweaks in order to get the most out of your new environment.

Not Taking Big Data into Account

We are constantly reminded in the technology press that big data is extraordinarily valuable. However, transferring cumbersome apps and huge amounts of data can be tricky. Some firms even mail their disks to the hosting provider, says Bertolucci.

“Another thorny issue is finding the most affordable way to sync on-premises and cloud environments,” he adds. “The bottom line: Pre-move preparation is the best way to achieve smooth cloud migration.”

Assuming All Clouds Are the Same

Finally, you want to be aware that there really is no “the cloud.” Cloud computing is an infrastructural approach that is implemented in different ways by different providers.

For example, Puranik explains how Mellanox technology helps us keep prices 30-40% lower than the competition while delivering about twice the performance.

Atlantic.net offers managed, dedicated and HIPAA compliant hosting solutions – contact us today for a consultation.


Customer Surveys in the Cloud

Adnan Raja June 26, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Once you’ve got your website up and running, don’t neglect the user perspective of what they really think of your website. If you are barely comfortable with your own website development and the idea of creating forms, branched surveys, and check box fields are daunting for you, then I’ve found a few solutions here that may ease your pain.

Google Consumer Surveys


Google Consumer Surveys - Google+ - Website satisfaction by Google Consumer Surveys -- for free… | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it
From plus.google.com

Website satisfaction by Google Consumer Surveys — for free

If you are like most business owners, you know how important a healthy online community is …

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Users will be asked to complete a four-question satisfaction survey. Surveys will run until they have received 500 responses and will start again after 30 days so you can track responses over time. This is currently limited to US English visitors on non-mobile devices.

You are initially provided with a standard set of survey questions and you can customize them depending for an extra cent per question. For those of you in the UK who don’t have access to the survey tools, you can customize your own through Google Forms. Google Forms is a drive app feature that you can embed into your website and I found the perfect article to explain this feature and a few new bonus applications by Med Karbach.

10 Great Tools to Integrate with your Google Docs


10 Great Tools to Integrate with your Google Docs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it
From www.educatorstechnology.com

One very recent update is an increase of cloud storage capacity to 15GB usable across Gmail, Drive, and Google Plus. It is quite obvious that Google is trying to outsmart its immediate competitor Dropbox and I think Google is successful in its strategy so far.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Med Karbach has curated for some interesting apps that are integrated into Google Drive and which you can install right from your Google Drive interface.

I personally make use of Poll Daddy for some of my WordPress cloud hosted website installs. The added bonus of this type of plugin on your website, is that you create community interaction on your website.

4 Ideas for Crowd-sourcing Content Creation and Promotion – Business 2 Community


4 Ideas for Crowdsourcing Content Creation and Promotion - Business 2 Community | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it
From www.business2community.com

You hear a lot of this talk these days about crowd-sourcing — the idea of using a large online community to complete tasks as diverse as compiling an online encyclopedia (thank you Wikipedia!)

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

These days, myriad survey tools are available to help you reach out to your audience and get feedback. One of my favorites is PollDaddy, which is easy to use and can be directly integrated into WordPress.

 

For other one-click applications like WordPress and other great services, like our affordable cloud hosting and HIPAA compliant hosting, please visit aAtlantic.Net.

 

By Juliana


How to make a VPN

Adnan Raja June 11, 2013 by under Dedicated Hosting 0 Comments

Many companies use VPN’s or Virtual Private Networks that use gateways and secure servers in order to provide a more secure and private connection to the internet. If you want to be able to surf the internet without the prying eyes of your IP provider then check out the following websites.

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“Hey, You, Get Off of My Cloud” and Other Hosting Jokes

Adnan Raja June 6, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

3 Private Cloud Benefits (per VMware)… & Jokes

Mick Jagger always wanted his own cloud. Keith Richards was always hanging out on the couch at the end of his cloud, scaring away all the ladies. Finally, the web hosting world has a cloud available for Jagger. So… What exactly is the private cloud, and why might it be a good thing for the Rolling Stones and everyone else?

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Is your IT department up to speed?

Adnan Raja May 21, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

To start things off here is a great blog which describes various facets of cloud computing: All those definitions you never really wanted to understand.

The Basics of Cloud Computing | Proforma Blog


The Basics of Cloud Computing and Is your IT department up to speed?

From www.proformablog.com – May 17, 3:04 AM

Commonly mentioned in both the technology and marketing business sectors, the cloud is a concept that was originated in the 1960’s.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Briefly mentioned above are Iaas, PaaS, and Saas. These are the three most important aaS options but by no means are these the limit of this space. Additional aaS options include Network (NaaS), Storage (STaaS), Security (SEaaS), Data (DaaS), Database (DBaaS), Test Environment (TEaaS) and so on.

However, software development, networking and infrastructure are changing all the time, for example, Adobe’s recent announcement of focusing their whole business model moving forward onto the cloud. The lines between these various services hosted in the cloud  are beginning to blur.

Platform-as-service offerings blurring lines between cloud packages


Platform-as-service offerings blurring lines between cloud packages | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it

From www.pcadvisor.co.uk – May 16, 11:53 PM

Cloud-based infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is for renting storage and compute capacity from a service provider, delivered via an Internet connection.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

But recently, Gartner researcher John Rymer, who closely tracks the PaaS market, says the lines between IaaS, SaaS and PaaS are beginning to blur. You have platforms (PaaS) like WordPress, who are also Hosting on their infrastructure (IaaS), like WordPress.com and that would be a simple example. Creative suites and SaaS will soon adopt streaming services which will also bring them into the web hosting world.

The great thing about Software as a Service, or (SaaS) is its ability to free up your individual processing capability so that you can focus on the management side of your project. Whether it’s a business, or a sideline, paying for usage of cloud computing services is undeniably the efficient way to move forward wherever you can adopt these workflows. However, a recent article suggests that IT individuals may not necessarily be aligned with the business focus, and their personal fear of remote services may conflict with what could be good for the business.

IT’s Attitude Problem


IT's Attitude Problem -- InformationWeek | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it

From www.informationweek.com – May 17, 12:04 AM

Few of our 446 respondents will change their IT strategies as a result of the cloud. That spells lost opportunity.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

This means IT is either inept at communicating why it does what it does (including resisting the cloud) or fundamentally misaligned with the needs and priorities of the organization. Especially with attitudes like “I don’t trust the cloud, why should I put it in place for anyone else” and similarly bizarre statements. This brings up an interesting question for your IT resources: Are they really up to speed on advances in cloud hosting?

Atlantic.net offers managed, dedicated and HIPAA compliant cloud hosting solutions – contact us today for a consultation.

by – Juliana


Check Out These Amazing Cloud Statistics!

Adnan Raja May 13, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

I think I’m suffering from brain overload; not that I’m trying to defeat the object of learning. I just decided to quantify in this article how much storing data on a cloud server affects us. It’s no small thing I’ve discovered, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here at Atlantic we are operating at always increasing our upper limits of capability, redundant internet service and backbone connections, to make sure that we can provide optimum services in the event of peak loads. Here’s 3 articles that allow you to grasp the unseen efforts of data management:

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Being On Call… To Your Website?

Adnan Raja April 29, 2013 by under Dedicated Hosting 0 Comments

Nobody starts an online business with dreams of working twelve hours per day, every day of the week. The goal is to gain more freedom while doing what you love. Sadly, many fail to find success at all. Those who are successful are often constantly on call to their websites. I have found maintaining my own cloud hosted website, and that of my husband’s business site more intense than I could have imagined!

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