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Linux Cloud Hosting vs. Windows Cloud Hosting

Adnan Raja July 21, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

When you spin up a cloud server, a basic and immediate question must be answered first: should you use Windows or Linux? Let’s compare the operating systems, both based on popularity and with a thorough discussion from experts on both sides of the aisle.

  • Which Server OS is Winning?
  • Is Linux or Windows Server Better, Though?
  • 1 – Functionality
  • 2 – Stability
  • 3 – Specific Application to Cloud
  • 4 – Datacenter Cost of Ownership
  • 5 – Enterprise-Grade Data Protection
  • 6 – Datacenter Equipment Requirements
  • 7 – Support from the Developers
  • 8 – Enterprise Authentication
  • Developer-Friendly Cloud VPS

Which Server OS is Winning?

Typically, when people think about the two top operating systems, they think of the client-side rivalry between Microsoft’s Windows and Apple’s OSX. However, on the server side, things are a little different: instead of a battle between huge tech corporations, it’s a battle between two tech approaches. Windows Server represents the proprietary side, and Linux represents the open source side.

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The Internet of Things: A Cloud Frontier That’s Being Settled Today (Part 2 of 2)

Sam Guiliano July 19, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Go to Part 1 <<<

  • Let’s Make Some Magic with the IoT (continued)
  • Internet of Things Too Powerful for Cloud?
  • The Ability to Process Data in All its Diversity
  • Different Types of Standards
  • Security in the IoT
  • The Automation of Things
  • Cloud VPS to Fuel Your IoT Transition

Let’s Make Some Magic with the IoT (continued)

Cloud technology was designed for an Internet of Things world, argues Jamie Carter of TechRadar. The structural approach to computing makes it much easier to achieve interoperability between many different devices and systems, a feature that becomes increasingly complex but nonetheless fundamental as the IoT expands.

Cloud has been growing incredibly as businesses have shifted from entirely Windows environments to Mac and mobile, according to CSID chief innovation officer Adam Tyler. He adds that the technology will become even more prevalent as the Internet of Things continues to build.

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How to Install Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Ariel Beltre July 16, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments
Verified and Tested 7/16/2016


Plesk is a commercial web hosting platform released under Plesk Inc. Plesk is a cross-platform control panel compatible with both Windows and Linux operating systems. In this article, we will be going over how to install Plesk on your Windows 2012 server.


A Server with Windows Server 2012. If you do not have a server already, why not spin up aWindows Cloud server from Atlantic.Net in under 30 seconds.

A Plesk license. For more information on purchasing a Plesk license please visit

Alternatively, you can complete this article with the 14 day trial license.

Getting Started!

First, we want to start by logging into the server with administrative credentials. Once you have logged into the server download the Windows Plesk installing at:

When you click on the link the installer will be automatically downloaded. When the download is completed double click on the .exe file. Once done you will be presented with a pop-up. Click YES and you should be presented with the image below:

Installing Plesk on Windows

Example of Windows Installer


You should now be directed to the Plesk login window in your browser. Login with the administrative credentials for your server.

Installing Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Screenshot of Plesk login page


At this point, you should be presented with the “Install and Update Parallels Products” window. Click on “Install or Upgrade Product”.

Installing Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Example of the “Install and Update Plesk” window


Click on the checkbox next to Plesk. Make sure you select the latest stable version from the drop-down and click Continue.

Installing Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Install or Upgrade Plesk


Next, you will be directed to the “Select Installation Types For The Products” page. Installation type should be full. Make sure the “Preview Components Selection” box is checked and click Continue.

Installing Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Select Installation Types For The Products


On the next screen select the components you wish to install and click Continue.

Installing Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Install Or Upgrade Plesk


After that provide the administrator password you want to set for Plesk. The other fields should auto populate. You do not need to edit these fields as they are taken by default by the Plesk installer. Click Continue.

Installling Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Plesk Base Packages


The Plesk installation should now be started.

Installing Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Plesk control panel installation


When the next screen pops up informing you that the installation was successful click on OK.

Installing Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Plesk 12.5.30 installation


You should now have the following page as shown below. If you prefer you can add or remove other components from this page.

Installing Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Add/Remove Components


Next step is to visit the following URL in your browser. Use the credentials you set while installing Plesk to access you account.


Installing Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Plesk Web Login


You will now be presented with the “Parallels End-User License Agreement” page. Check the box to agree to the terms and click Agree to move along.

Installing Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Parallels End-User License Agreement


Click on the option that best describes what you will be using Plesk for. Once done select your interface and then click OK.

Installing Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Plesk Interface Installation


On the next screen, you will be prompted to provide the hostname of the server. Once you have edited the hostname field you will be asked to change the default administrator password. Click OK to proceed.

Installing Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Administrator Preferences Page


When you reach the next page please provide the requested information. Once done editing the required fields click OK.

Installing Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Administrator Information


Finally, the next screen will prompt you for your license key. If you have your license key you can add it on this page. If not, you can start your 14 day trial license period.

Installing Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Plesk License Key


Congratulations you have installed Plesk on your Windows 2012 server. We hope this article assisted you with the installation. Thank you for following this How-To!

How to Use OpenSSH to Connect to Your Linux Server

Angel Leon-Glass July 1, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments


This how-to will show how to use the OpenSSH program to connect one Linux server to another via command line. It’s a very simple process that requires little know-how, but can be useful for many projects. Normally, on Windows, you would just use the software PuTTY to connect through SSH, but this isn’t available for Linux devices.


  • Root/administrative access to your server.

Installing OpenSSH

With most versions of Linux, OpenSSH already comes installed for client and server side. To make sure it’s installed on both ends, we will first run an install on both sides. Run the following commands to install the server and client software needed:


sudo apt-get install -y openssh-server openssh-client

CentOS/Fedora (Fedora uses ‘dnf’ now, but will still install with ‘yum’):

sudo yum install -y openssh-server openssh-client


sudo pkg install openssh-server openssh-client


sudo pacman -S openssh

Once OpenSSH is installed, make sure the service is running. You can check if it’s running with the following:


service sshd status


systemctl status sshd

Connecting to an External Server

At this point, you’re ready to connect! Normal syntax for connecting with OpenSSH is as follows:

ssh <[email protected] or [email protected]>

Once you connect to your external device, you’ll see the following which is the RSA negotiation between both devices to ensure you’re connecting to the right host:

The authenticity of host '69.28.xx.xx (69.28.xx.xx)' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is 75:98:a9:3d:f8:e7:48:bf:05:c9:1b:ea:xx:xx:xx:xx.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes

You can choose to add this RSA key permanently to your SSH configuration so this external host is permanently stored with this key. This is normally seen as fine unless you’ll be modifying the SSH configuration of the external host frequently. This will prevent people with malicious intent from impersonating the server you’re connecting to or from performing ‘man-in-the-middle’ attacks.

Warning: Permanently added '69.28.xx.xx' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.

Afterwards, you will be prompted for the password of the user you logged in as. If you didn’t specify a user, it will automatically log in as ‘root’.

[email protected]'s password:
Last login: Mon Apr 25 06:25:43 2016 from 209.208.xx.xx

Enter the password for your user and you’re good to go!

The Internet of Things: A Cloud Frontier That’s Being Settled Today (Part 1 of 2)

Sam Guiliano June 22, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

The cloud and Internet of Things are often referenced in conjunction. The IoT is considered an application of cloud computing by many. While the Internet of Things does require the cloud to operate, its scope and power will have a major impact on how cloud computing develops.

  • Deep Connection between Cloud and IoT
  • Big Data of Things will Empower the Cloud
  • Let’s Make Some Magic with the IoT
  • Harnessing the Internet of Things with Cloud Servers

Deep Connection between Cloud and IoT

Every January, one of the biggest tech events in the country is held in Las Vegas: the Consumer Electronics Show. As expected for the 2016 event, there was an increasing amount of cloud discussion among companies and attendees. The majority of new electronic products, ranging from vehicles to kitchen appliances, are integrated with the cloud. Gradually the technology is becoming more ingrained throughout industry and, in turn, throughout our lives.

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How Do We Prevent Hacking on the Cloud Through Authentication?

Failure to adopt two-factor authentication (2FA) or multifactor authentication (MFA) can be a major and costly mistake for those using cloud services. Adding security can make it less likely that you get hacked. Here are some tips to incorporate 2FA or MFA into your business.

  • Could Hacking End Your Business?
  • Factors to the Rescue
  • How Does 2FA Work Exactly?
  • 2FA in Action – 3 Steps of Access
  • Trusted for Years

Could Hacking End Your Business?

Getting hacked and potentially bankrupted is one of those things that, like a car crash or an illness, can seem to be an unlikely threat until it happens to you. The figures for small business, though, are incredible: one in five small businesses get hacked each year, and 60% of those that do are bankrupt within six months. In other words, a scary percentage of small businesses get hacked each year, and for the majority of those that do, it’s “game over.”

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Like Marty McFly, You Can Future-Proof Your Business Using Cloud and Other Tools (Part 2 of 2)

Adnan Raja June 10, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

<<< Go to Part 1

  • Improve Your Mobile Stance
  • Bring Your IT Abreast of Time
  • Cloud: It’s Not as Ambiguous a Choice as it May Seem
  • Human Future-Proofing
  • Ready for the Future?

Improve Your Mobile Stance

You need your business to be empowered, or you won’t get very far – and in some ways, you won’t even be functional. Just look at Marty McFly. Realizing he didn’t have any plutonium in 1955, he and Doc Brown had to connect a lightning rod to the flux capacitor in order to get back to 1985. For all Marty’s future-proofing, getting his father to win the affection of his mother, the progress he needed was impossible without a new solution for an old time-travel problem.

Just like Marty needed lightning (and hurry to deliver it, Doc Brown!), you need mobile. Yes, of course mobile is hardware rather than a basic resource, but this part of your business is so increasingly important that focusing on it really will fuel your business’s success.

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Like Marty McFly, You Can Future-Proof Your Business Using Cloud and Other Tools (Part 1 of 2)

Adnan Raja June 9, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Marty McFly showed us how to future-proof our own lives when we use time machines. Now it’s up to us to future-proof our businesses through cloud and other new technologies.

  • What is “Future-Proofing” a Business?
  • Beyond Tech: Future-Proofing as a Business Ultimatum
  • Looking at the Future More Broadly
  • Updating Your IT
  • Tip #1: Simplify
  • Tip #2: Purchase Assuming that You Will Grow
  • Adopting a Cloud VPS to Embrace the Future

What is “Future-Proofing” a Business?

Suffice it to say that Marty McFly ran into some problems in 1955. The character, played by Michael J. Fox, accidentally drew the attention of his mother and distracted her from his father. Before he went Back to the Future, McFly was in danger of overwriting his own existence! The only answer for him was to rapidly future-proof the world of 1955 so that when he returned to 1985, he would still be alive and well.

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Could Cloud Computing Cure Cancer?

Angelina Jolie used genomic sequencing to learn that she was highly likely to eventually develop breast cancer, allowing her to make an informed decision and get a double mastectomy. However, celebrities aren’t the only ones who can benefit from advanced genetic analysis – which is now much more affordable and accessible thanks to projects such as the Collaborative Cancer Cloud.

  • Angelina Jolie: Survival through Personalized Cancer Data
  • Expediting Healing with the Collaborative Cancer Cloud
  • Spinning Up Your Own Cloud VPS Server

Angelina Jolie: Survival through Personalized Cancer Data

Angelina Jolie was told by her doctors in 2013 that she had a problematic variant of the BRCA1 gene that put her in an extremely high-risk category for breast cancer. In fact, it meant that her likelihood of developing the disease was a whopping 87%. Understanding how very real the threat of cancer was for her simply because of hereditary factors, Jolie opted to get a preventive double mastectomy – which effectively nullified her chances of getting the illness, dropping her to just 5% susceptibility.

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5 Ways Cloud Big Data Solves Business Challenges

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

Over the first half of this decade, big data grew massively in business. During the second half of the decade, we’re seeing a global migration of big data to the cloud. Here is why that transition is happening.

  • The Early Days of Big Data
  • Why are cloud data analytics now pivotal?
  • #1 Argument – More open-source-friendly
  • #2 Argument – Strong focus on ease-of-use
  • #3 Argument – Collaborative approach to analytic challenges
  • #4 Argument – Cloud a good place to assess cloud
  • #5 Argument – Most reasonable location for data pipeline
  • Onward & Upward

The Early Days of Big Data

Every company likes the basic idea of using big data to their advantage. That’s why there has been such a surge to adopt tools to do so. Look back a half-decade ago, and we see enterprises from retail to insurance to telecom all taking forward steps with these initiatives. Those were essentially the early days on the big data frontier. The experiences of those firms, and the developing services of their providers, bolstered the understanding of big data and how companies can work through obstacles.

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