Author: Sam Guiliano

Advantages of Having a Cloud VPS Server Rather Than Buying Your Own

Sam Guiliano March 25, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Increasingly, business is moving from the physical servers of onsite data centers to the virtual servers of the public cloud.

  • Away from On-Premises
  • The Need for Change in Business
  • 11 Advantages of Cloud VPS Servers
  • Switching Your Business to a Cloud VPS

Away from On-Premises

The era of companies having their own data centers is quickly drawing to a close. As business increasingly finds its technological home in the cloud, IT departments are having to rapidly adjust. In fact, nearly 2 in 5 small businesses (37%) have completely transitioned to the cloud. There is a lot of growth ahead, though. According to a 2014 report from Intuit, 80% of businesses will be cloud-based by 2020.

There has been a recent trend in which businesses are shifting from capital expenses (CAPEX), the realm of an on-premises datacenter, to operating expenses (OPEX), the realm of public cloud computing. OPEX is the route that more and more companies choose – especially since month-to-month and even moment-to-moment agility has become so valuable to business. Plus, cloud allows you to cut your power usage by optimizing your server efficiency.

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What Linux Distro Should You Use? The Best Linux Distributions

Sam Guiliano March 18, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

What are the best Linux distributions? Let’s look at four distros that we feel are the best available for general needs – secure, stable, and reliable.

  • About Linux
  • Best Linux Server Distros for You
  • Flavor #1 – Ubuntu
  • Flavor #2 – CentOS
  • Flavor #3 – Debian
  • Flavor #4 – Fedora
  • Deploying Your Linux Server

About Linux

As an operating system (OS), Linux is software that allows programs and the user to access the computer’s hardware and perform tasks. The OS sends directions from a program to the central processing unit (CPU), for example. Once the assigned work is completed, the CPU gets the data to the OS for transfer back to the program. The OS is like a mediator.

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Docker Net Worth: Why Docker Was Valued at $1 Billion Last Year

Sam Guiliano February 26, 2016 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

In April 2015, Docker was valued at $1 billion. Why is that? Of course, Docker is not just a trend. What’s so remarkable about this containerization technology? Why is the company worth so much?

  • Growth of the Company
  • Value of the Company
  • 5 Reasons Docker is Worth $1 Billion
  • One-Click Docker

Growth of the Company

Docker adoption has been growing rapidly. In fact, a study of 7000 businesses found that adoption of Docker rose 400% between September 2014 and November 2015.

The study, from infrastructure monitoring group Datadog, showed that Docker had almost none of the market in fall 2014 but was running on 6% of the servers tracked for the report by November. Interestingly enough, this open source software is particularly popular among enterprises: over half of firms with more than 500 hosts have used Docker, at least in testing environments.

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8 Docker Features for IT Management

Sam Guiliano February 19, 2016 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

Docker’s adoption has more than doubled since a year ago. Here is a look at its growth and top features that many companies will find useful.

  • Growth of Docker Astronomical
  • New Docker Release: Main Features for IT Management
  • One-Click Docker for Immediate Use

Growth of Docker Astronomical

Have you heard the news? Many people certainly consider Docker useful, and it is also one of the trendiest tools in IT. Hence, its adoption and use are growing incredibly. In February 2016, Docker reports that its 400,000 registered users have a total tally of 2 billion pulls – that’s four times as much action as the technology had seen in February 2015. The data comes from the Docker Hub.

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Elasticsearch Distributed NoSQL Database – What Is It and Should You Use It?

Sam Guiliano February 2, 2016 by under Dedicated Hosting 0 Comments

Are you trying to decide whether or not Elasticsearch might be right for your company? Here is a look at its benefits.

  • What is Elasticsearch?
  • Features
  • One Programmer’s Perspective
  • Strong Elasticsearch Hosting

What is Elasticsearch?

Elasticsearch is a full-text, distributed NoSQL database. In other words, it uses documents rather than schema or tables. It’s a free, open source tool that allows for real-time searching and analyzing of your data. People appreciate this system because it allows you to run metrics on your data immediately, so you can understand it right away, on an ongoing basis.

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Why Redis Has Become So Popular (Hint: It’s Fast & Open Source)

Sam Guiliano January 25, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Why is Redis becoming such a popular key-value data store? Here is a look at the many reasons it’s succeeding.

  • Basic Strengths of Redis
  • Built for Speed & Languages
  • The Crowd Says Yes
  • In-Memory Processing for Media
  • Leaderboard Delivery
  • Redis-Ready Cloud Servers

Basic Strengths of Redis

Redis is a data structure server. As a key-value data store, Redis is similar to Memcached, although it has two major advantages over that option: support of additional datatypes and persistence.

Those two features may not immediately appear “major,” but they really do set this ecosystem apart. Persistence allows you to treat Redis as a legitimate database rather than an unstable and temporary cache. If you reboot, Memcached information is lost; but Redis data remains.

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A Two-Year Ansible Case Study

Sam Guiliano January 8, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Are you interested in finding a new configuration management system? Here are some thoughts from one system administrator’s two years of experience with Ansible.

  • The Search for Easy Configuration
  • Why Ansible over Chef, Puppet & SaltStack?
  • Uses
  • A Few Tips from Experience
  • Cloud from Infrastructure Experts

The Search for Easy Configuration

If you are trying to figure out which configuration management system would work best for you, you may have SaltStack, Puppet, or Chef on your list. We all develop our comfort zones with certain tools, and it can sometimes be a little confusing to figure out which of a variety of environments is best.

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A Brief Look at Salt

SaltStack, or simply Salt, is a configuration management system used by many people to make managing servers and configuring software much simpler.

  • Why is Salt Useful, and How is it Unique?
  • How to Install Salt
  • Establishing Your Master & Minion
  • Getting Salt Up & Running

Why is Salt Useful, and How is it Unique?

Yes, SaltStack Is a configuration management system – but since that term is a little dense, it helps to think of it as a tool that solves specific problems. Basically, it comes in handy when you have more than one server. Without anything to help manage your entire system, you have to log into each machine independently to perform whatever functions you want on each server. Typical tasks you might need to do would be rebooting it or seeing how long it’s been on. You also might want to install a program and set up the configuration to meet your own needs. Or you might want to create additional users and establish their privileges.

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October CMS Review: October CMS vs. WordPress & Others

Sam Guiliano December 10, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

WordPress is certainly the overwhelming favorite when it comes to content management systems. However, October certainly deserves consideration, especially given its rapid rise in adoption over the past 12 months.

  • Popular Options
  • Skyrocketing Upstart
  • Why Use It, Though?
  • From Consideration to Action

Popular Options

Looking for a content management system (CMS)? WordPress is, of course, incredibly popular. As of December 2, 2015, 43% of websites in the Alexa top 10 million use a CMS, according to W3Techs. Of those that do have a CMS installed, here is the market share for the top ones:

  • WordPress – 58.7% market share
  • Joomla – 6.5%
  • Drupal – 5.0%
  • Magento – 2.9%
  • Blogger – 2.7%

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Quarter of all Websites Use WordPress

Sam Guiliano November 24, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

WordPress is extraordinarily popular, and that’s only becoming truer over time as it now backs one out of four websites. In celebration, WordPress.com gets a makeover.

  • Huge Milestone in WordPress Growth
  • Admin Interface Released
  • New Script in Town
  • One-Click WordPress Cloud Hosting

Huge Milestone in WordPress Growth

One out of every four websites that are currently online were developed using WordPress, according to an analysis released earlier this month by W3Techs. It’s behind 25% of all sites, representing 59% of the ones that use a content management system.

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