Author: Adnan Raja

HIPPA Compliant Hosting Hangout with Gabriel Murphy

The hack of Anthem, the second largest health insurer in the United States, cast a huge spotlight on the protection of electronic medical records. Announced in February 2015, the breach compromised 78.8 million user accounts, all of which were stored unencrypted.

To put that number into perspective, the largest breach of 2014 (which, like Anthem, is widely believed to be the work of security researchers sponsored by the Chinese government) was that of Community Health Systems in Tennessee, an incident in which “only” 4.5 million patients were affected.

Although experts and consumers are concerned that health data should always be encrypted, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) does not explicitly require encryption. That is the topic of an article by Elizabeth Snell for HealthIT Security: “Should HIPAA Regulations Require Data Encryption?”

Snell argues that while insurers and other healthcare entities do not legally have to encrypt, “this does not mean that facilities can simply ignore this particular security measure because they find it time consuming or costly.” She details how legislators around the United States are working to pass measures so that encryption is no longer optional.

We explored the topic of HIPAA compliance in the first episode of our Google Hangout on Air (HOA) series (see the video above). The HOA featured Internet entrepreneur and development technologist Gabriel C. Murphy, who has cofounded four Internet companies and been a thought leader in the hosting industry since 1997.

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HIPAA Compliant Hosting Hangout with Gene Geiger

Much of the focus on healthcare technology is on its dark side, the potential that the information will be hacked. That’s a reasonable concern, especially given the gigantic exposure of user data at Anthem, which many security experts now believe originated with government-sponsored IT security researchers in China.

Well, here’s the light side: healthcare technology is saving lives – as demonstrated by a recent Information Age article by Bryan Lewis of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI): “How Big Data is Beating Ebola”. VBI is a firm that specializes in computational epidemiology, which essentially means that they study data related to epidemics to better control the spread of disease and determine the degree of success achieved by public health efforts.

In order to properly understand how the disease might spread, VBI designed a virtual model containing populations that were each assigned adjustable characteristics. The virtual geographic environment was fed information including race, sex, age, typical family arrangements, travel between different areas, and gatherings – essentially a predictive analytic model on a worldwide scale.

The synthetic data “was created in such a way that it mirrored actual census, social, transit and telecommunications data patterns from the targeted population,” explained Lewis.

The resultant sophisticated system allowed VBI to help improve the response to the disease and minimize its death toll, which exceeded 9000 as of January 2015.

While the Anthem hack reminds us that technology with patient data must be incredibly secure, the positive impact of computing on healthcare is truly remarkable. We must build systems that improve the effectiveness of healthcare while never forgetting the security concerns when handling protected health information (PHI).

The second episode of our Google Hangout on Air (HOA) series (see the above video), featured Gene Geiger, one of the founding partners of security and compliance firm A-lign. We spoke with Geiger about the general security climate and compliance with the Healthcare insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).  Atlantic.Net offers a full lineup of SSD Cloud Servers that fully support our full line of HIPPA Compliant Servers.

By Moazzam Adnan


Why the Cloud is Now Central to Business Computing

Adnan Raja May 11, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Big companies used to be unsure about the security of cloud. In 2015, there was a noticeable shift as enterprises became increasingly convinced that the safeguards of cloud providers trumped those of their own in-house datacenters.

  • From Worried to Confident
  • Changing Perception Fueling Rapid Cloud Growth
  • Cloud in a Single Step

The affordability and easiness of cloud computing have really never been in question. That’s made it hugely popular among startups and other SMBs, while enterprises have been skeptical about the risk of moving more of their data and systems off-site.

However, times have changed, after big companies began to realize they were falling behind and making their market position vulnerable through their aversion to cloud. Enterprise cloud started to really gain steam in 2015, according to Kevin Kelleher of Time.

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Six Day-to-Day Truths About Cloud

Adnan Raja May 3, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Previously, companies were unsure about cloud. Now, adoption of the technology in business settings is rising steadily, thanks in large part to the success of the consumer cloud. Here are stats and interesting facts.

  •  Trust in Cloud Rising Fast
  • Growth of Cloud – Stats
  • Six Day-to-Day Cloud Truths
  • Cloud Really Can be a Breeze

Trust in Cloud Rising Fast

Mobile devices and touchscreen PCs are a big part of the past decade of computing, but an even more significant advance is the rise of cloud technology. However, that road hasn’t been easy. The majority of enterprises used to be unsure about using cloud because they wanted their own server, with their own security precautions. Plus, they worried about integration between on-premises and cloud systems.

Everything is different following the success of the consumer cloud. Basically think about whatever files you used to store on your own computer but now keep at a distance. Examples include YouTube for videos, iTunes for music, and Instagram for photos. Cloud is part of our daily lives.

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Cloud Hosting for Small Business: What are the Benefits?

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

In this spinoff of our previous article about general benefits of a cloud server over an on-premises one, we look at the specific key advantages of cloud computing for small business. Then we explore a six-step SMB cloud transition checklist.

  • 7 Benefits of Cloud for Small Business
  • 5-Step SMB Cloud Transition Checklist

7 Benefits of Cloud for Small Business

Generally speaking, cloud computing is a positive choice for business. It’s an especially easy and sensible direction when we are talking about SMBs and startups.

For one thing, the typical issues enterprises might raise related to cloud – particularly integration and security – are minimized at a small business because the systems are less complex and because growth is prioritized over concerns with third-party data protection. Cloud Hosting services actually tend to be a major improvement in security over in-house systems, but that’s more obvious in the context of SMBs.

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The Benefits of Cloud Based Applications: Should I Put My App in the Cloud?

Adnan Raja March 17, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

More and more companies are migrating their apps to cloud infrastructure-as-a-service providers. Here’s why.

  • Cloud as the New Standard
  • 3 Reasons You’ll Choose Cloud
  • 5 Ways Cloud Saves Money
  • SSD Cloud Hosting

Cloud as the New Standard

According to the 2016 State of the Cloud report, more than nine in ten companies (93%) are using some type of infrastructure-as-a-service – basically, a cloud hosting provider for at least one of their applications. The vast majority of large companies (82%) use a hybrid cloud, integrating public and private components.

Public cloud is incredibly popular among organizations of all sizes. Seven out of every eight firms (88%) run apps on a public cloud, while well over half (63%) run systems on a private cloud.

These statistics are obviously compelling on their own, but why is this trend toward cloud occurring? Let’s look at three basic reasons and five financial reasons.

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There’s Nothing to Fear in Migrating to the Cloud

Adnan Raja March 15, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

More and more businesses are adopting cloud infrastructure and services. However, some people still feel a little nervous about the idea of entrusting their data to an outside entity. Let’s look at why companies are taking this route, along with one executive’s argument that cloud is no longer optional but necessary.

  • 87% Either Using or Open to Cloud
  • Why Businesses are Choosing Cloud
  • Why Cloud is a Secure Necessity for SMBs
  • Secure IaaS Cloud Hosting

87% Either Using or Open to Cloud

Cloud is now a day-to-day part of the modern world. Massive, widely used systems such as iTunes, along with websites and databases of all sorts, use the cloud to allow for reliable real-time delivery, with account accessibility from any device.

Although the cloud has become a part of our lives as consumers, many business leaders still remain skeptical about whether it’s the right choice for their organization. That’s clear from the 2015 Pulse Survey by The Alternative Board (TAB), which found that one-third of business owners have not implemented any cloud solutions for their firms. A smaller percentage, 13%, said that they would not explore the technology for use in the future.

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Must-Have Plugins for WordPress Developers

Adnan Raja February 17, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

WordPress is by far the most popular content management system worldwide. Let’s take a look at some of the most important plugins for developers.

  • Popularity of WordPress
  • Most Important Developer Plugins
  • One-Click WP Hosting

The growth of WordPress since its inception is mind-boggling, with a skyrocketing rise that rivaled the upward trajectory of Google or Apple or Facebook at their tipping points. WordPress is everywhere in part because there are so many useful plugins to easily expand functionality. However, the search for plugins can be a bit daunting and disorganized since there are tens of thousands of them – 42,945 official ones in the WP catalog at press time.

Let’s review the CMS’s incredible prevalence as well as the plugins that are the most helpful for developers.

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Features to Simplify Your Cloud Hosting Comparison

Adnan Raja February 5, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Which cloud hosting provider is the best option out there? When you look at infrastructure-as-a-service companies, you will find that the public cloud offered through Atlantic.Net is stronger than those of major competitors including AWS, Digital Ocean, Linode, and Rackspace.

  • Cloud Hosting Comparison
  • Features at Atlantic.Net
  • The Choice is Simple

Cloud Hosting Comparison

Every cloud provider out there wants to differentiate itself from the competition. The fact is that some companies try to outperform their rivals primarily through branding and becoming a recognized name rather than by developing a truly higher-quality product. That is why you see a lot of disappointment in many cloud hosting reviews.

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Why Deis and what is it?

Adnan Raja January 12, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Do you want to join the era of open platform-as-a-service? Adopted by Mozilla among others, Deis is one option that combines the strengths of Docker and Chef.

  • Groundwork of Deis
  • DevOps & NoOps
  • Born from Docker
  • Decision to Transition to Chef
  • Hats Off to Heroku
  • Deis on the Rise
  • Commercial Support Now Available
  • Deis Hosting from Industry-Leading Cloud

Groundwork of Deis

If you are a developer, it’s nice to see all the different types of environments and tools that are becoming available to automate the implementation of apps and to manage infrastructural components. With the nuts and bolts handled, it’s becoming easier to really focus squarely on innovation.

One way to leverage new technologies to improve the lives of developers is via a platform as a service (PaaS). This form of cloud computing give them an ecosystem that creates a distinction between the program and the OS.

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