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Encryption in the Atlantic.Net Cloud Platform

Derek Wiedenhoeft October 25, 2017 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

The Atlantic.Net Cloud Platform encrypts customer data stored at rest by default with no additional action required by the customer. This is accomplished through industry standardized encryption mechanisms.

Atlantic.Net believes encryption of customer’s data at rest shouldn’t be an optional feature and is now a requirement of all computing. That’s why our world-class encryption is implemented in a transparent manner, with no further need for configuration by the user.

Key Features
  • Data is automatically encrypted prior to being written to the disk.
  • Data is encrypted using Advanced Encryption Standard 256-bit (AES-256). This encryption standard is the only publicly accessible encryption cipher approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) for top secret information.
  • Each encryption key used to encrypt data is itself encrypted with a set of master keys.

Note: Encryption of data stored at rest is an important part of a broader data security strategy and
should not be considered the only mechanism for securing data.

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My business is starting to grow, and my bank says I need PCI compliance – Where do I start?

Adnan Raja October 3, 2017 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

PCI compliance is the leading industry standard for secure handling of payment card data, and is generally required for businesses accepting credit, debit or other payment cards, as well as the companies that supply them with services, software and hardware to process those payments.

The Payment Cards Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (SSC) was formed in 2006 by five leading credit card companies, and sets security standards which provide the assurance which underpins payment processing arrangements and partnerships. For this reason, it is very common for banks to require businesses to demonstrate PCI compliance when they are handling sensitive customer payment data.

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Content Delivery Networks – What They Are and Why They’re Powerful

Derek Wiedenhoeft September 30, 2017 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

One of the most important factors impacting web performance has nothing to do with the technology itself, but where it sits on the planet. Greater physical distance between a server and client (the user) can slow down the rate and reliability of even the most performant service. Content delivery networks (CDNs), seek to solve this issue by getting the servers closer to the site visitors, customizing the delivery to suit individualized worldwide position. A content delivery network is a vast collection of cache servers that leverage geolocation to determine where a website’s content is delivered from.

Reducing latency is one of the most important reasons that content delivery networks are used. The closer the data is to the end-user, the faster it can be sent to them. For services that depend on real-time, continuous data on a global scale, CDNs are critical.

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Bandwidth Concerns: Finding E-commerce Hosting Solutions as a Small Business Owner

Derek Wiedenhoeft September 30, 2017 by under PCI Hosting 0 Comments

Of all the important steps that need to be taken in order to successfully run a small business, it may be the backend operations that are the most confounding. That’s because all web hosting isn’t the same. Depending on the specific kind of website and business you are developing, you’ll have certain requirements that need to be met by your hosting provider in order to achieve the performance levels you need to be successful and to meet any regulatory rules that might exist in your industry.

There are some features that are a must have if you’re looking to launch an e-commerce based business. By following some simple guidelines during your search, you can quickly narrow down the list of viable hosting solution candidates. Dedicated hosting with managed services or managed cloud hosting can cover most of your needs, but let’s explore why they make the most sense for your e-commerce business.

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What is a DDoS and how do we prevent our business from being attacked?

Derek Wiedenhoeft September 7, 2017 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have been happening for years, but have become steadily more prominent among enterprise IT considerations. This is in large part due to the increasing amount of damage inflicted by DDoS attacks, which is caused by both the increasing power and sophistication of the attacks, and also the critical importance of IT systems availability to enterprises.

A DDoS attack is a coordinated flood of traffic or data sent from many computers and internet connections to a single destination system in order to overwhelm it. The attack can be made against different parts or “levels” of the network, taking up all of the connections, bandwidth, or processing power available. DDoS attacks can cause a general system failure or take down a certain application or service.

There are approximately 2,000 DDoS attacks every day, according to Arbor Networks, and research suggests that roughly one in three downtime incidents are caused by them. The cost of that downtime is severe, but the cost of restoring system functionality can be even higher. Additionally, there are indirect costs, such as to reputation, and lost staff time. The Ponemon Institute estimates that the average cost per incident, not including reputational damage, is over $125,000.

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Cloud Database Hosting for Small Business: Why It’s Ideal

Adnan Raja August 25, 2017 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

If you’re talking about innovation and competition in the modern economy, you will inevitably wind up talking about the subject of data. It’s no secret that we rely on data for everything whether it be strategy or tactics. This, of course, leads us to the topic of “big data” which for the past decade has been touted as the difference maker in a business’ ability to gain a better understanding of the complex factors, including customer behaviors, that are contributing to a business’ success or even failure.

Of course, simply collecting the data isn’t the whole story. There are infrastructure concerns that need to be met when implementing large databases. You need somewhere to keep your database. Not only that, but the hardware needs to be up to the task of handling the processing power required to run the database and allow it to be accessible. Many small businesses are turning to Cloud Hosting as the solution that fits their needs best.

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I Need a Web Hosting Solution for My Small Business. How Do I Choose?

Derek Wiedenhoeft August 25, 2017 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

You’ve just started your own business and things are going well. Most likely, you’ve been growing steadily at the local level. This means most of your success has been thanks to word of mouth, existing networks, and direct orders of your product or service. This is relatively sustainable for the short term, but there inevitably comes a time where you exhaust these local networks and need to move on into new markets where you may not already have a foothold.

In the age of an overwhelmingly digital focused economy, gaining these footholds and reaching untapped audiences means developing a web presence. In 2017, it isn’t news to business owners that it’s very difficult, if not almost impossible, to succeed without a web presence of some kind. Staying competitive, reaching consumers who do their research primarily online, and advertising is just some of the reasons why executives agree that every small business needs a website.

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How Secure is the Cloud?

Adnan Raja August 12, 2017 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Organizations migrating to a new IT environment, such as the Cloud, should always give serious consideration to the security of that environment. But how secure is the Cloud? If you don’t know exactly what piece of hardware your private data is found on at a given time, how do you know it is secure?

For those relatively new to Cloud, the first thing to be aware of is that while some of the tools and methods used to secure a network and data in the Cloud are different, the basic principles are the same as for any other environment. The next thing to know is that because the Cloud runs in data centers staffed by experts in Cloud services, data stored in the Cloud is “probably more secure than conventionally stored data,” according to Quentin Hardy, former Deputy Technology Editor of the New York Times[i].

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How to Upload files with Monsta FTP

Derek Wiedenhoeft August 4, 2017 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Introduction

Monsta FTP is a popular web-based FTP client you can use to manage your website files through your browser. It is commonly installed on the server for which you are trying to access files, and then you will navigate to its web UI to manage your files. It can also be used to connect to other servers that support FTP/SFTP so you can manage other remote servers.

Prerequisites

  • An Atlantic.Net Cloud Server with a web server and PHP 5.3+ support. We will be using our LAMP server for this tutorial, since it already has Apache and PHP installed.
  • An FTP account on the host you are trying to access. If you are going to be accessing your Atlantic.Net Cloud LAMP Server, you can install an FTP service or you can login via SFTP with your admin credentials.

Installing Monsta FTP

  • To get started, log in to your Atlantic.Net Cloud LAMP Server via SSH (Windows | Linux).
  • To download Monsta FTP to your server, you have one of two options:
    • Navigate to the download page of Monsta FTP and download the client onto your computer. Unzip the contents to your desktop, and then upload the folder mftp and all its contents to your web space. This will typically be the home folder of your web space where the front page of your website resides (in a LAMP server, it would be /var/www/html).
    • On your Atlantic.Net Cloud Server, download the file directly from Monsta FTP
      wget -O mftp.zip https://www.monstaftp.com/downloads/mftp.php

      and then unzip the file

      unzip mftp.zip

      Once unzipped, move the mftp directory into your web directory

      mv mftp /var/www/html
  •  You’ll then open your web browser and access your install from http://www.yourdomain.com/mftp. If you have not yet set up a domain for your server or do not have one, you can access your site via its IP address: http://203.0.113.20/mftp.

Connect to your FTP server with Monsta FTP

When you access your Monsta FTP install after upload, it will look similar to the image below.

Monsta FTP Login Screenshot

To connect to an FTP server, enter the domain name or the server IP address where it says Host. The Port number will normally be 21 which will be set by default. Note: If connecting via SFTP, make sure to select the SFTP/SCP tab. The host will normally be the same server you installed it on, but it can be any server that allows FTP/SFTP access.

Next, enter your username and password into the Username and Password fields. Once you’ve entered all of this information, click the Connect button.

After Monsta FTP connects, your screen should look similar to the one shown in the image below.

Monsta FTP File Listing Screenshot

Transferring Files

To upload a file to the remote server, either open your desktop file manager and drag a file or folder onto Monsta FTP, or click the icon in the bottom toolbar, which will open a menu with options to upload a file, folder, or zip file.

You can select multiple files and folders at once to upload.

To download a file from the remote server to your desktop or device, click or select the file or folder to download, then click the icon in the bottom toolbar to start the download.

You can also click+drag or CTRL/CMD+click to select multiple items and download them as a zip file.


Safety in Redundancy: Why It’s Important to Have Multiple Backups

Derek Wiedenhoeft August 3, 2017 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

Everyone is familiar with the idiom, “it’s better to be safe than sorry.” It’s a good general rule to operate under, and that is certainly the case when it comes to the safety of your data. Whether it’s the files that make up your website or a database with sensitive information, it’s critical to your operations that there is always some way to restore your data so that you don’t suffer from excessive downtime, or worse, be noncompliant with certain regulatory agencies depending on the industry you operate in. Yes, your backup solutions, or lack thereof, could be putting you at risk of being in violation of some laws.

If your business operates within the healthcare industry and creates electronic medical records, there are specific requirements in place regarding not only the storage of EMRs but also where you back up these records. These requirements can be found in the HIPAA Security Final Rule: the Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Specifications. There are certain backup elements that must meet contingency plan standards.

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