Author: Adnan Raja

How to Reduce Your PCI Scope When Accepting Payments

Adnan Raja October 28, 2017 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

Accepting credit card payments can greatly boost your business’s bottom line, but it comes with an immense responsibility. Anyone paying attention to the news knows how ubiquitous credit card breaches and hacks have become, with Target, Home Depot, and now even Equifax — a premier U.S. credit bureau — falling victim to data breaches that compromise precious cardholder and personal data.

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My business is starting to grow, and my bank says I need PCI compliance – Where do I start?

Adnan Raja October 3, 2017 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

PCI compliance is the leading industry standard for secure handling of payment card data, and is generally required for businesses accepting credit, debit or other payment cards, as well as the companies that supply them with services, software and hardware to process those payments.

The Payment Cards Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (SSC) was formed in 2006 by five leading credit card companies, and sets security standards which provide the assurance which underpins payment processing arrangements and partnerships. For this reason, it is very common for banks to require businesses to demonstrate PCI compliance when they are handling sensitive customer payment data.

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Cloud Database Hosting for Small Business: Why It’s Ideal

Adnan Raja August 25, 2017 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

If you’re talking about innovation and competition in the modern economy, you will inevitably wind up talking about the subject of data. It’s no secret that we rely on data for everything whether it be strategy or tactics. This, of course, leads us to the topic of “big data” which for the past decade has been touted as the difference maker in a business’ ability to gain a better understanding of the complex factors, including customer behaviors, that are contributing to a business’ success or even failure.

Of course, simply collecting the data isn’t the whole story. There are infrastructure concerns that need to be met when implementing large databases. You need somewhere to keep your database. Not only that, but the hardware needs to be up to the task of handling the processing power required to run the database and allow it to be accessible. Many small businesses are turning to Cloud Hosting as the solution that fits their needs best.

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How Secure is the Cloud?

Adnan Raja August 12, 2017 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Organizations migrating to a new IT environment, such as the Cloud, should always give serious consideration to the security of that environment. But how secure is the Cloud? If you don’t know exactly what piece of hardware your private data is found on at a given time, how do you know it is secure?

For those relatively new to Cloud, the first thing to be aware of is that while some of the tools and methods used to secure a network and data in the Cloud are different, the basic principles are the same as for any other environment. The next thing to know is that because the Cloud runs in data centers staffed by experts in Cloud services, data stored in the Cloud is “probably more secure than conventionally stored data,” according to Quentin Hardy, former Deputy Technology Editor of the New York Times[i].

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Can You Learn HIPAA Compliance in 5 Minutes?

With anything that’s complex and multi-faceted, it is not always easy to explain it to others. Oddly enough, it sometimes seems especially difficult to convey ideas when we are highly trained in the subject. We start to take the broader, basic-to-intermediate knowledge we have for granted, glossing over it as we focus at a higher level. Conversely, when we are learning about something new, it helps when we can get simplified, “boiled-down” essentials without any unnecessary legal jargon or other distractions. Well, here is an attempt to get to the essence, a Quick-Start Guide of sorts for HIPAA compliance that should only take you another 270 seconds or so to read. Forgive the lack of transitions from here forward – nuts and bolts only!

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Study: Cloud Beats Dedicated Systems on Availability

Adnan Raja October 16, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Availability is one of the biggest concerns of information technology chiefs. The NIH ran a study comparing availability of cloud and dedicated machines. Cloud won.

  • Availability Among Top Three CIO Concerns
  • Availability: Cloud Hosting vs. Dedicated Servers
  • Cloud for Fast Processing of Huge Datasets

Availability Among Top Three CIO Concerns

Unfortunately for CIOs, there are many aspects of their role that can be stressful. For a survey featured in CIO magazine in 2015, 276 CIOs and other top IT leaders discussed the elements that can give them the most trouble; and the top three were security, availability, and making the right hires.

Let’s look specifically at the issue of downtime; in other words, the need to optimize availability.

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Why One CIO is Pleased with the Cloud

Adnan Raja September 24, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Like many other top IT executives in the public and private sectors, a CIO at the National Institutes of Health, Alastair Thomson, is guiding his agency’s staff toward the cloud.

  • Science is Getting Bigger
  • Big Data Fueling Push toward Cloud at NHLBI
  • The Power of Invisibility
  • Hello, I’m Available
  • Security as a Priority

Science is Getting Bigger

Science is ballooning. According to two bibliometric researchers, Ruediger Mutz of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Lutz Bornmann of Germany’s Max Planck Society, the amount of published science is growing at 8-9% per year. “That equates to a doubling of global scientific output roughly every nine years,” explains the British journal Nature. “Bornmann and Mutz find that global scientific output has probably kept up this dizzying rate of increase since the end of World War II.”

Publication is of course not the only way science is growing, as CIOs at science-oriented organizations are reminded on an everyday basis by the scope of their projects. The data used for research used to be discussed in terms of megabytes, then gigabytes. Today, it’s typical for a project to be working at the level of terabytes or petabytes.

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Vendors Bolstering Thin Clients to Account for Cloud-Hosted Desktops

Adnan Raja September 8, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Vendors such as IGEL Technology, HP, and Dell are boosting their support for cloud desktops to be used with their thin clients. This trend shows how manufacturers are having to keep pace as cloud becomes increasingly prevalent.

  • Thin Clients Move to Embrace Cloud
  • Thin Client OS Issues: Altra Federal Credit Union’s Experience
  • Thin & Zero Clients Expand Support of Protocols
  • Blast 2.0
  • Gartner: 38.4% IaaS Growth in 2016

Thin Clients Move to Embrace Cloud

In this increasingly cloud-based world, the makers of thin clients are modifying them so that their customers can seamlessly take advantage of cloud-hosted desktops and software.

The extent to which the business world has implemented desktops and software delivered through cloud hosting has expanded in recent years, with companies increasingly wanting to have third parties take care of managing the infrastructure. Meanwhile, the thin client market has been struggling, especially because low-end PCs have grown closer in cost. In order to stay in the game and get the attention of desktop virtualization companies, thin client heavy-hitters, including Dell, IGEL, and HP, have taken steps to support cloud-hosted desktops.

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How to Achieve Operational Excellence in the Era of Cloud Hosting

Adnan Raja September 6, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

In the age of cloud hosting, as it’s increasingly adopted by enterprises, chief information officers can struggle to maintain operational excellence. Here’s how to deliver consistency with OE as you adopt cloud.

  • Challenges of the Multiple-Vendor Cloud World
  • Knowing What You Mean by “Operational Excellence”
  • Partner with the Provider so You Can Achieve OE
  • Governance of the OE Plan
  • Protecting Your Partnerships
  • Choosing a Strong, Secure Cloud Hosting Partner

Challenges of the Multiple-Vendor Cloud World

In 2016, the business world is benefiting from an increasingly broad variety of cloud tools; and the extent to which they are being adopted continues to grow. For information chiefs in enterprises with sizable on-site app hosting infrastructures who are in the process of adopting cloud more aggressively, you are going to face some threats to the continuity of strong computing operations. In a multi-vendor hosting scenario (i.e., that of cloud), on-site ways to check systems, strategize for disaster recovery, process transactions, manage system modifications, and schedule tasks are a few examples of the many IT responsibilities that can become unexpectedly complicated. Leaders both in business and IT will often not think it’s necessary to pay as much attention to these elements in the expanding cloud climate. However, everything must be integrated in some manner, and with the multi-cloud or multi-vendor situation which is becoming so common, it’s challenging for the quality of operations of your IT services not to suffer.

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Is Cloud Hosting the Future of Business?

Adnan Raja August 29, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

It’s often difficult to tell if a technology is really taking hold, or if news of its trendiness is mostly industry chatter of businesses that are invested and trying to sell their biased perspective. Is cloud the future, or is it just hype?

  • What is Cloud Computing or Cloud Hosting?
  • How Fast is the Rise of Cloud, Especially IaaS?
  • Pros & Cons of Cloud
  • Strong Cloud Hosting for Your Business

When you search for “cloud computing” on Google, you get 74 million results. Compare that to “dedicated server,” which has only 569,000 results. That gives you a sense of the massiveness of this tech concept. Of course the cloud transcends the datacenter to be a major topic in consumer computing, such as iCloud storage, as well.

To what extent, though, does cloud go beyond being a trend? Is cloud hosting the future of business? Let’s look at what cloud computing is; forecasts on its growth; and pros and cons of this form of computing.

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