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You may think that ninety-nine cents won’t get you far these days. After all, it would only get you about a third a gallon of gas, enough to drive 10 miles in a 2014 Nissan Sentra. It can get you further than you’d think, though, on the web. Since cloud servers are so incredibly efficient, they’ve made it possible for us to create small, 99-cent/month Cloud VPS solutions.
The pressure on healthcare providers, plans, and clearinghouses is mounting. Data Privacy Monitor reported in June 2014 that HHS (Health and Human Services) enforcement was expected to increase, per a comment made by a legal official at a local meeting of the American Bar Association held in Chicago.
An innovative company recently contacted us for a hosting plan. The firm is a technology and customer service provider to the specialty pharma industry. They needed an architecture that would maintain the regulatory compliance of their new web marketing program for custom drug solutions.
Electric self-driving cars, Suborbital space flights, cloud computing, content delivery networks, and 3-D printing. All of these tech concepts were seen as extraordinarily innovative when they were first introduced to a mass audience. Although some so-called “new” technologies have actually been in development by various parties for years, once they start to go mainstream, we are easily skeptical: “Is this really as huge as the public and the press want to think it is,” we wonder, “or is it just hype?”
Like Windows or iOS, Linux is an operating system. As such, it serves as an interface between a computer’s hardware and the applications operating on it. Unlike the aforementioned competitors (proprietary software created by Microsoft and Apple), Linux is free and open source. It was created using a kernel developed by Linus Torvalds while he was attending the University of Helsinki in Finland.
I’m going to let you in on a little business secret: customers care about customer service. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Customer support software company Zendesk sponsored a research study in 2013, conducted by independent research outfit Dimensional Research. The findings were based on surveys of 1046 people, in response to the customer support they received at midsized businesses.
In the early days of the Internet, the only option if you wanted to have a website was to use your own dedicated server to host it. Quickly, a more affordable and widely accessible option emerged: shared hosting, which simply allowed the sharing of a single server by a number of different companies. Dedicated and shared hosting met the needs of many organizations, but a middle option was desirable so that costs could be reduced (similar to shared) while customization and control could be maintained (similar to dedicated). The concept of virtualization, via a virtual private server (VPS), gradually became a popular way to structure a server.
In the first part of this two-part series, we discussed advantages and disadvantages of the two major operating systems used for hosting: Linux and Windows. The basic differentiation was that Linux is open source, more widely available, and usually much less expensive; but Microsoft is necessary for coding with .NET & ASP. After discussing the pros and cons of each OS, the first part took a closer look at Windows VPS hosting (specifically with Windows Server 2012 R2).
When determining which VPS hosting package is best for your business, the first choice you will need to make is which operating system (OS) is right for you. Windows and Linux are the two major candidates since most companies choose to host with one of those two options (although FreeBSD is another popular choice that we offer).
The following article is part of Atlantic.Net’s “Real World Scenario” series, which outlines common concerns expressed by customers via true-life (anonymous and edited) interactions between our hosting consultants and clients.