Author: Adnan Raja

Understanding Hybrid Cloud, with Examples

Adnan Raja August 2, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

As businesses tried to determine whether they should continue to keep their IT on-site or process it with third-party cloud hosts, many ended up choosing a compromise: hybrid cloud.

  • The Hybrid Cloud: What is it?
  • Why do Some Companies Choose Hybrid?
  • Hybrid Doesn’t Always Make Sense
  • Examples of Hybrid Cloud Use
  • Strong Hosting Partner for Your Hybrid Cloud

For the first few years that cloud was becoming prominent, it was praised by IT and finance professionals. However, those who were working with extremely sensitive or mission-critical systems remained reluctant about the technology. What enterprises started to do was strike a balance and adopt the hybrid model, rather than going all-in with either in-house or public systems.

The Hybrid Cloud: What is it?

A hybrid cloud mixes together public cloud hosting from an infrastructure-as-a-service vendor (a company that provides cloud servers) with a private cloud set up internally. In other words, the public and private cloud systems are distinct and established in separate locations, each with their own data centers and specifications. They interact through an encrypted connection which allows apps and information to flow between the two.

It’s critical to understand that hybrid is not one cloud with public and private aspects but two completely different clouds joined together, notes James Sanders of ZDNet. “This allows organizations to store protected or privileged data on a private cloud, while retaining the ability to leverage computational resources from the public cloud to run applications that rely on this data,” he says.

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Linux Cloud Hosting vs. Windows Cloud Hosting

Adnan Raja July 21, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

When you spin up a cloud server, a basic and immediate question must be answered first: should you use Windows or Linux? Let’s compare the operating systems, both based on popularity and with a thorough discussion from experts on both sides of the aisle.

  • Which Server OS is Winning?
  • Is Linux or Windows Server Better, Though?
  • 1 – Functionality
  • 2 – Stability
  • 3 – Specific Application to Cloud
  • 4 – Datacenter Cost of Ownership
  • 5 – Enterprise-Grade Data Protection
  • 6 – Datacenter Equipment Requirements
  • 7 – Support from the Developers
  • 8 – Enterprise Authentication
  • Developer-Friendly Cloud Server

Which Server OS is Winning?

Typically, when people think about the two top operating systems, they think of the client-side rivalry between Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s OSX. However, on the server side, things are a little different: instead of a battle between huge tech corporations, it’s a battle between two tech approaches. Windows Server represents the proprietary side, and Linux represents the open source side.

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Like Marty McFly, You Can Future-Proof Your Business Using Cloud and Other Tools (Part 2 of 2)

Adnan Raja June 10, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

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  • Improve Your Mobile Stance
  • Bring Your IT Abreast of Time
  • Cloud: It’s Not as Ambiguous a Choice as it May Seem
  • Human Future-Proofing
  • Ready for the Future?

Improve Your Mobile Stance

You need your business to be empowered, or you won’t get very far – and in some ways, you won’t even be functional. Just look at Marty McFly. Realizing he didn’t have any plutonium in 1955, he and Doc Brown had to connect a lightning rod to the flux capacitor in order to get back to 1985. For all Marty’s future-proofing, getting his father to win the affection of his mother, the progress he needed was impossible without a new solution for an old time-travel problem.

Just like Marty needed lightning (and hurry to deliver it, Doc Brown!), you need mobile. Yes, of course mobile is hardware rather than a basic resource, but this part of your business is so increasingly important that focusing on it really will fuel your business’s success.

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Like Marty McFly, You Can Future-Proof Your Business Using Cloud and Other Tools (Part 1 of 2)

Adnan Raja June 9, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Marty McFly showed us how to future-proof our own lives when we use time machines. Now it’s up to us to future-proof our businesses through cloud and other new technologies.

  • What is “Future-Proofing” a Business?
  • Beyond Tech: Future-Proofing as a Business Ultimatum
  • Looking at the Future More Broadly
  • Updating Your IT
  • Tip #1: Simplify
  • Tip #2: Purchase Assuming that You Will Grow
  • Adopting a Cloud Server to Embrace the Future

What is “Future-Proofing” a Business?

Suffice it to say that Marty McFly ran into some problems in 1955. The character, played by Michael J. Fox, accidentally drew the attention of his mother and distracted her from his father. Before he went Back to the Future, McFly was in danger of overwriting his own existence! The only answer for him was to rapidly future-proof the world of 1955 so that when he returned to 1985, he would still be alive and well.

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HIPAA 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.

Atlantic.Net is an industry leader in HIPPA Compliant Hosting with a full array of Cloud Servers ready to deploy in under 30 seconds.


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 Server 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 server 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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