Author: Sam Guiliano

Turning on the LAMP: The Clapper for Developers

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

What is LAMP, and how can you use it to light the way of development with a simple hand motion?

  • What is LAMP?
  • Platform vs. Stack
  • Operating System – Linux
  • Webserver – Apache
  • Database – MySQL
  • Scripting Language – PHP
  • One-Click LAMP: The Clapper for Developers

Clap On! Clap Off! You may remember the jingle for the “as seen on TV” product The Clapper, a sound-activated electrical switch that captivated the imagination with its simple brilliance. Just as you can turn on a lamp with that simple hand motion of bringing your hands together, you can turn on a LAMP Cloud Hosting with the simple hand motion of clicking a mouse button.

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PostGIS: Case Study of France’s Mapping Agency

Sam Guiliano November 4, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

What is PostGIS, and how is it used? Let’s take a look at the basics of this tool, how it is used by a major mapping group, and how to seamlessly adopt it yourself.

  • PostGIS – What Exactly Is It?
  • Case study – Institut Géographique National
  • Fast Access to PostGIS

PostGIS – What Exactly Is It?

GIS stands for geographic information system. This type of software is used to organize a dataset via geographical components so you can see the information within space. Essentially, you can request data from a database and have the information presented as a map. This tool may initially sound like it’s only useful for special cases, but datasets often contain critical geographic components, explains Margaret Rouse in TechTarget. Sample applications include meteorology, understanding sales volume in various regions, population assessment, and land-use analysis.

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The Rise and Success of Docker

Sam Guiliano October 26, 2015 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments
  • The Unlikely Rise of Docker
  • Why Okta Developers Love Docker
  • Biggest Hurdles of Using It

The Unlikely Rise of Docker

In 2014, a startup called Docker started to gather an incredible amount of attention. The momentum started building in March 2013, when the company’s founder, Solomon Hykes, introduce the technology at the developer conference PyCon in a keynote presentation entitled “Lightning Talk: The future of Linux Containers.” By the end of last year, the wellspring of excitement for Docker had reached a fever pitch – with enterprises including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, HP, Dell, Red Hat, and VMware all clamoring to join forces with the company, which then had just 70 employees.

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9 Preventable WordPress Mistakes to avoid

Sam Guiliano October 20, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

It’s easy to make mistakes in any area of business. The key, really, is to avoid as many of them as we can and to make corrections along the way.

When someone gets started with WordPress, they typically are enticed by the simplicity and speed of the CMS (content management system). You really want to slow yourself down a bit if you are racing to get the site online. You don’t want it to be vulnerable to hackers, not have the right plug-ins, or suffer from poorly organized content.

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LAMP vs. WAMP: Why do Startups Prefer LAMP to WAMP?

Sam Guiliano September 24, 2015 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments
  • LAMP vs. WAMP: What’s the Difference?
  • Affordability
  • Security
  • Smoother Operation
  • Flexibility
  • Use within Enterprises?
  • One-Click LAMP Cloud Hosting

LAMP vs. WAMP: What’s the Difference?

A LAMP or WAMP stack is four pieces of software that are used in combination for open source web development. Components include:

  • L/W – Linux/Windows, the operating system
  • A – Apache, the Web server
  • M – MySQL, the database management system
  • P – PHP, Python, or Perl, the scripting language.

A common variation of this Web stack is a LEMP or WEMP Cloud Hosting stack, which replaces Apache with Nginx. You will also frequently see the term WAMP, which replaces Linux with Windows.

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Why is Everyone Using Docker?

Sam Guiliano September 16, 2015 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

Docker has been a huge focus of IT conversation lately because it both boosts the number of applications you can power with the same servers and simplifies packaging and shipment of apps.

  • Why the Rush to Docker?
  • Docker’s Relationship with LXC
  • Pack-and-Ship-Friendly
  • Summary & Conclusion

“Docker’s literally incredible. I’ve never been able to setup server networks for clients so quickly.” – tweet from Linux sysadmin Oliver Dunk, Jul 21, 2015.

Last year, Docker was one of the technologies that really got everyone’s attention, kind of exploding onto the scene with many businesses starting to use it for the first time – including three major financial institutions, according to Docker VP James Turnbull. It’s amazing to think that banks, of all organizations, were willing to adopt version 1.0 of an application since security is so paramount to them.

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Survey Says: How 267 Developers Use Node.js

Sam Guiliano September 9, 2015 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

When a survey was completed earlier this year by 285 developers in 52 nations, 267 of them said they use Node.js. Let’s look at why it is used, who these developers are, and how their companies are benefiting.

  • Why do developers like this runtime environment?
  • Survey: Who are these developers and how are they benefiting?
  • One-click deployment of Node.js

Why do developers like this runtime environment?

Here are five main reasons why coders like Node.js:

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Benefits of WordPress Cloud Hosting: About WordPress in the Cloud

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

Why do WordPress and the cloud work so well together?

Content management systems (CMS’s) are now fundamental to website development. WordPress has proven especially popular. Originally designed as a blogging platform, people quickly started to realize it could be used to create entire sites. It is now used for 75 million projects (websites and blogs) worldwide. It is incredibly easy for users to make their site their own:

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Q & A: HIPAA Compliant Report Writer Control System

Since we focus so much on the healthcare industry, we regularly receive questions from HIPAA covered entities and their tech partners looking for compliant hosting services. We were recently contacted by a customer interested in encrypted storage, remote access, Web (Apache) and DB (MySQL) servers for a HIPAA-compliant report writer control system (RWCS).

Here is an excerpt of our interaction, sourced from the real transcripts. (Note: Anonymity is maintained, and any intellectual property or other sensitive details are omitted.)

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