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Types of Hosting Servers

Glenn July 22, 2012 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

If you just spent the last few months creating or redesigning a website, the last thing you want to experience is any sort of downtime caused by overloading the server from an increase in your number of site visitors.  When it comes to hosting services, there are three basic options to choose from.  Understanding the differences between the platforms can allow you to make the best decision for your specific business’ needs.

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Cloud Storage Encryption & Healthcare Data Security

Glenn July 19, 2012 by under HIPAA Compliant Hosting 0 Comments

For a long time, data security has been a major need in the healthcare industry, but as Cloud hosting gains more and more traction, healthcare providers are starting to take advantage of it to keep their data secure.  As a whole, the healthcare industry is very conscientious about data privacy and some of these issues can be addressed through cloud encryption and cloud key management.

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Integrating Key Management & Cloud Management Solutions

Joel June 2, 2012 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Data encryption can be achieved in more than one way, but it is the encryption key management that remains a challenge for many companies hosting resources in the cloud.  It can be incredibly easy to suddenly have hundreds or thousands of keys that need managing.  In fact, the entire information technology industry accepts that cloud key management is critical to the security and encryption in the cloud.

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Avoiding Compliance Issues when Moving to Cloud Hosting

When companies plan to move their existing IT services to a private cloud, security and compliance issues can seem a bit daunting.  However, a move to the right cloud-based system with a respectable Cloud Hosting provider could actually reduce your compliance exposure.  A private cloud does not have a public address and is connected directly into your existing corporate network via a secure connection, such as a VPN (Virtual Private Network).  Therefore, only people inside your corporate network can access those services.

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Five Cloud Computing Myths

Adnan Raja November 18, 2011 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Separating the myths from the facts of cloud computing is a good place to start when you are trying to figure out the best solution for your business.  Let’s take a look at five popular cloud computing myths and the realities behind them so that you can make intelligent and informed decisions about the cloud.

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Making mass data storage in the cloud a reality

Glenn October 1, 2011 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Until recent years, cloud-based mass data storage was impractical because of prevailing internet connectivity speeds, and the lack of robust management options for remote storage and access to large amounts of data. Since most if not all companies had their primary IT infrastructure in-house, cloud-based storage required immense throughput and was considerably less responsive than local storage options. In addition, the cost of running a suitable data center meant that cloud storage was economically unviable for most common cases.

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Enterprise Checklist: How to Best Utilize the Cloud

Adnan Raja April 7, 2011 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Some factors to consider when deciding if cloud hosting services are a good fit for your business

1) Determine which IT activities take up most time and money

An internal audit is the first step in transitioning to cloud services. You need to understand where your IT budget is going, but more importantly, where your IT staff feels overwhelmed. Cloud-based resources are not necessarily a replacement for an internal IT team; some tasks and functions can be done more effectively by people on-site. But in many cases, tasks like server maintenance, security patching, and backup/recovery can be made part of a cloud services package and free up your IT staff to help with other tasks on-site.

2) Talk to a cloud services provider to see if your needs can be met by cloud-based services.

It may seem like this step comes too early, but we find that many customers – and potential customers – don’t really know about recent advances in cloud hosting capabilities. For instance: security, data privacy, plan flexibility and price have all changed significantly in the past few years, and only a professional Cloud Hosting resource like Atlantic.Net can give you the most current information.

3) Determine the potential time and cost savings of moving some or all of your computing resources to a cloud-based solution.

This cost-benefit analysis will be unique for your company, your desired slate of services, and the comparative costs of doing it all in-house. The numbers are necessary but not sufficient for the decision, as you can see in step 4.

4) Assess the risks and necessary changes to current procedures.

This last point is an intangible one; you need to decide how open your company culture is to cloud services and to decide the costs, if any, of changing the way you do business. Any big change in business services and business culture will involve an adjustment period. Only you can decide if cloud services are the right fit for your company, but a detailed look at the financial consequences of a change, together with a discussion with current cloud provision experts, can make sure you’re deciding based on the best information available.

Contact Atlantic.Net to discuss the financial and technical benefits of a shift to Cloud Hosting – it will give you the information you need to make an informed decision about what IT strategy is best for the future of your company.

Atlantic.net offers an array of services including managed, dedicated and HIPAA compliant hosting solutions – contact us for a consultation today.


The Cloud is a Cost-Effective Option for Disaster Recovery

Adnan Raja March 5, 2011 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Cloud hosting makes for easier recovery after any type of accident

Disaster recovery is all about trade-offs: you need to find a cost-effective solution that is always active and makes it as easy as possible to recover your data and restart your business if something bad happens. Of course, “something bad” covers quite a range of events, and could be applied to a lost laptop, a server crash, a break-in, a fire at headquarters, or a larger disaster like the recent earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.

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Cloud computing risks in comparison to other data options

Adnan Raja January 22, 2011 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Cloud Security Concerns

In speaking to customers over the years, we’ve noticed that one of the most common concerns about cloud computing or IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is the fear that transmitting your data and storing it offsite will expose you to security breaches or other risks. We should be clear: cloud computing does involve some risks. Any time you transmit or store data, there’s the chance that something will go wrong. But we believe very strongly that in comparison to other data storage options, including in-house hardware and networks, cloud computing offers the best security and ease-of-use. To explain this idea, we want to make two main points:

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