Author: Adnan Raja


All businesses should have a business continuity plan (BCP), especially companies that rely on IT infrastructure to support or operate their business model. A business continuity plan is a predefined business process created to document and demonstrate the planning undertaken to prevent a disaster scenario occurring.  The BCP also documents and demonstrates the process of how a business will recover from a declared disaster scenario. The disaster could be caused by any number of scenarios; typical causes may be user error, hardware failure or a natural disaster.

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Top 5 Biggest DDoS Attacks, and What Hosting Companies Learned

For businesses that rely on their websites for revenue or as their customers’ main gateway to information, there’s nothing more frightening than the threat of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Revenue lost, service interrupted, brand identity marginalized, trade secrets or customer data stolen; it really does sound like the worst-case scenario. Some companies hope that they are too small to be noticed by hackers, others that their size alone implies they must have ample security to survive a DDoS attack. Both ways of thinking are horribly misguided, as has been proven time and again.

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Who Uses DDoS Attacks and Why?

If your business has ever suffered through a Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attack, it’s was likely experience you haven’t forgotten, as much as you might like to. For your website, a DDoS attack is like being paralyzed – your website becomes unable to respond to the simplest request, your online store is completely unusable by paying customers, everything that makes your business go suddenly grinds to a halt like you’re stuck in the world’s worst traffic jam.

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Why Do Biotech and Pharma Need So Much Computing Power in the Cloud?

For industries like biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, the true power of cloud computing is its ability to push the limits of computer processing to solve the greatest problems of today and tomorrow.

Both biotech and pharma firms are under intense public and governmental scrutiny and are tightly regulated. They also regularly use massive amounts of data as they trial new products, new cures, and new solutions. What does the inside view of a biotechnology or pharmaceutical firm look like in the cloud? It’s a massive environment that is harnessing every technology available to change the world. Let’s take a closer look at how biotech and pharma firms harness the power of cloud computing.

Biotechnology and Cloud Computing

Simply put, biotechnology is the ability to use biomolecular and cellular processes to improve ourselves and our surroundings. In biotech circles, there are three big goals driving current research:

  • Heal the World – finding treatment and cures for diseases and disorders
  • Feed the World – feed the world’s hungry
  • Fuel the World – find newer/cleaner energies and reduce our environmental footprint

Change occurs exponentially in biotechnology. When breakthroughs happen, there are surges in computation, processing and data collection seldom seen in other fields. If a consumer products company suddenly invented a better version of its best-selling widget, it would simply hire more staff, increase the size of the widget factory, patent the new widget and start taking in the profits. Biotech doesn’t work that way. Everything is tightly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). When biotech companies want to branch out in new directions or tackle new projects, they can’t just shuffle departments around – compliance is critical.

Few industries are more involved in Big Data than biotechnology. While the term might only have been born in the last 10 years or so, the biotechnology industry has been wielding Big Data’s power for decades. A perfect example is the Human Genome Project. Begun in 1990, the project spent a decade identifying all the genes of a human genome and cost about $3 billion. Today, using cloud technology to break computations down into more digestible processes with multiple systems at work at the same time, a human genome can be parsed in roughly 26 hours.

But genomics is just one example of why biotech requires and consumes so much computing power.

A second is the crowdsourcing of the industry’s research and development capabilities. Between Facebook, Twitter and other social media resources, biotechs have a staggering number of avenues to collect data on diseases and treatments. Online communities are perfect places to acquire real data from real people and translate it into Big Data that can be used to narrow down the scope of an affected population, leading to faster solutions.

What does the cloud mean for biotech? The rapid ascension of four key attributes:

Performance: The ability to crunch big numbers is essential to the innovation and breakthroughs that biotechnology thrives on. A lab’s ability to acquire hardware and massive data centers no longer define how quickly it can put together tests and trials. Even small firms can compete on a level playing field with scalable cloud-based processing power.

Connectivity: How many thousands upon thousands of hours have been wasted watching attachments eke their way from one email address to another as scientists attempt to share their work? The longer timelines of working with technology that was fine for the other 99% of the world, but morbidly slow for scientists with huge data sets. When sharing files works as quickly whether you’re in the next room or halfway around the world, your lab stays connected to counterparts and colleagues worldwide.

On-demand infrastructure: Perhaps the biggest gamechanger for biotech is the ability to replicate whole components of the lab in the cloud computing environment. No need to invest in new local hardware or software – simply purchase some cloud-based computing power or storage.

Flexible provisioning: This is a fancy term for preparing a network to offer new services to new users. Labs can enable colleagues in other countries to emulate their research and findings without sending a single package through the mail.

Pharmaceuticals and Cloud Computing

For pharmaceutical companies’ research and development, time is of the essence.. Just like biotechnology firms, pharmaceuticals have multiple regulations they have to adhere to, such as HIPAA and HITRUST rules, but the cloud environment can allow them to outperform regulatory mandates while also enhancing efficiency, speed, and collaboration.

Tasks like clinical research and drug research and development are among the most important reasons why pharmaceutical companies belong in the cloud. Both use enormous computational power to parse and analyze giant chunks of data. The logic is simple: The faster you have the numbers in hand, the faster you can find a new solution to an old problem.

Considering that only about 1 out of every 5,000 drugs actually makes it to the market, and those drugs that do make it can take up to 10 years for a drug to be rolled out and the total R&D cost can exceed $1 billion, the ability to increase speed and efficiency in the pharmaceutical arena is enormous.

Working in the cloud not only enhances the strength of your computational power, it also augments your ability to collaborate on an unprecedented scale. Employees of a pharmaceutical research firm are not academics locked away in some ivory tower. Instead, they are scientists who need input from a host of colleagues around the world including research labs, biotech companies and institutions of higher learning. The collaborative power of the cloud allows such researchers to share their information and their findings around the world and around the clock without fears of slow transfer times or security breaches.

Economics, as stated above, are always a factor in drug R&D, but the cost can be mitigated with the scalability factor of the cloud. Instead of investing in software for a one-time use that won’t be needed once research is concluded, pharmaceutical companies can engage the cloud’s Software as a Service (SaaS) to use what tools they want when they want to use them, then immediately stop paying for services and software they don’t need once the job is done. This is known as a plug-and-play solution and can include desktops, infrastructure and even the use of A.I. algorithms to engage the process at critical points.

The clinical trial sector of pharmaceutical research is one expected to rise 11.5% by 2021.  Increased computing power and HIPAA compliant cloud database hosting are absolutely necessary for this niche to thrive. Data in the form of imagery, lab work and statistical analysis takes up massive amounts of storage that would threaten to crash or severely limit a common server. Those concerns, and the fear of losing data altogether, are assuaged by the benefits of the cloud.


While businesses ponder whether the move to the cloud is the right one for them, the cloud is the perfect spot for pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms of all kinds. With its ability to scale up or down, offer software and infrastructure as a service, promote worldwide collaboration and, most importantly, crunch enormous data sets, HIPAA compliant servers in a cloud computing environment is proving to be just what the doctor ordered.

Is the Cloud a Good Fit to Host Your Augmented Reality Project?

Adnan Raja February 16, 2018 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

When you hear ‘augmented reality,’ you might initially think about the first-down marker that overlays the field on any televised football game. The markers have become so ubiquitous that you almost forget the players can’t see them when they’re diving for the extra yardage.

If you’re under 25, ‘augmented reality’ might conjure memories of Pokemon Go instead.

But let’s take augmented reality beyond the realm of masses converging on shopping malls and college campuses in search of non-existent pocket monsters, beyond the overlays on a football field, beyond the technology giants like Apple and Google who are bringing augmented reality to our daily lives, and consider the niche players. Plenty of industries, like construction, have the vision to layer an augmented world on top of our own to give architects, engineers and customers a look at what could be before the job is built.

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How to Choose the Best Cloud Hosting Platform for Your Analytics Software

Adnan Raja February 12, 2018 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

You could ask 50 different CEOs why they are moving their businesses to the cloud and get 50 different answers. But one of the biggest reasons we’re seeing so much migration to the cloud is because of the exponential growth in data being gathered, stored and analyzed across the economy as a whole.

Most businesses already have complex, dedicated analytic software in place well before they move to the cloud. This analytic software assists employees in making decisions on marketing, advertising, customer retention, supply chains, packing/shipping, warehouse management, delivery routes, human resources and more.

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HIPAA Ignorance Is Not Always Bliss – Why You Need to Understand HIPAA

Adnan Raja January 22, 2018 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

Written by Orlee Berlove, Director of Marketing at OnPage

American law has the well-known doctrine that ignorance of the law is no excuse. Simply put, a person who is unaware of the law may not escape liability. For HIPAA, this means that even if a hospital is unaware of HIPAA’s requirements on a subject, the entity can still be liable for violating HIPAA statutes.

At the same time, lacking knowledge of HIPAA can cause practitioners as much hassle as ignorance could. Not knowing what HIPAA allows can lead to bizarre and painful demands as well of employees. For all involved, HIPAA ignorance is not bliss.

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How Is the Cloud Enabling Artificial Intelligence?

If you’re a science fiction fan like me, the term “artificial intelligence” recalls entities like HAL-9000, Skynet, the Cylons, and the fact that these creations have a bad habit of rising up against their creators and trying to kill us all.

While artificial intelligence (A.I.) has struggled to gain footholds in other niches, it is finding its place in the world of cloud computing, a sort of revolution within the revolution that could rapidly change the face of businesses using cloud computing solutions over the next few years.

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The Need for WordPress Migration Plugins

In the 21st century – the Age of Information – most processes, products, and methods today are built to make technology intuitive for users. Modern hardware and software require minimal user intervention. However, somehow, even after 14 years, WordPress has resisted certain intuitive, user-friendly changes. WordPress migrations, in particular, have faced this criticism.

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