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Is your IT department up to speed?

Adnan Raja May 21, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

To start things off here is a great blog which describes various facets of cloud computing: All those definitions you never really wanted to understand.

The Basics of Cloud Computing | Proforma Blog


The Basics of Cloud Computing and Is your IT department up to speed?

From www.proformablog.com – May 17, 3:04 AM

Commonly mentioned in both the technology and marketing business sectors, the cloud is a concept that was originated in the 1960’s.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Briefly mentioned above are Iaas, PaaS, and Saas. These are the three most important aaS options but by no means are these the limit of this space. Additional aaS options include Network (NaaS), Storage (STaaS), Security (SEaaS), Data (DaaS), Database (DBaaS), Test Environment (TEaaS) and so on.

However, software development, networking and infrastructure are changing all the time, for example, Adobe’s recent announcement of focusing their whole business model moving forward onto the cloud. The lines between these various services hosted in the cloud  are beginning to blur.

Platform-as-service offerings blurring lines between cloud packages


Platform-as-service offerings blurring lines between cloud packages | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it

From www.pcadvisor.co.uk – May 16, 11:53 PM

Cloud-based infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is for renting storage and compute capacity from a service provider, delivered via an Internet connection.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

But recently, Gartner researcher John Rymer, who closely tracks the PaaS market, says the lines between IaaS, SaaS and PaaS are beginning to blur. You have platforms (PaaS) like WordPress, who are also Hosting on their infrastructure (IaaS), like WordPress.com and that would be a simple example. Creative suites and SaaS will soon adopt streaming services which will also bring them into the web hosting world.

The great thing about Software as a Service, or (SaaS) is its ability to free up your individual processing capability so that you can focus on the management side of your project. Whether it’s a business, or a sideline, paying for usage of cloud computing services is undeniably the efficient way to move forward wherever you can adopt these workflows. However, a recent article suggests that IT individuals may not necessarily be aligned with the business focus, and their personal fear of remote services may conflict with what could be good for the business.

IT’s Attitude Problem


IT's Attitude Problem -- InformationWeek | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it

From www.informationweek.com – May 17, 12:04 AM

Few of our 446 respondents will change their IT strategies as a result of the cloud. That spells lost opportunity.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

This means IT is either inept at communicating why it does what it does (including resisting the cloud) or fundamentally misaligned with the needs and priorities of the organization. Especially with attitudes like “I don’t trust the cloud, why should I put it in place for anyone else” and similarly bizarre statements. This brings up an interesting question for your IT resources: Are they really up to speed on advances in cloud hosting?

Atlantic.net offers managed, dedicated and HIPAA compliant cloud hosting solutions – contact us today for a consultation.

by – Juliana


Check Out These Amazing Cloud Statistics!

Adnan Raja May 13, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

I think I’m suffering from brain overload; not that I’m trying to defeat the object of learning. I just decided to quantify in this article how much storing data on a cloud server affects us. It’s no small thing I’ve discovered, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here at Atlantic we are operating at always increasing our upper limits of capability, redundant internet service and backbone connections, to make sure that we can provide optimum services in the event of peak loads. Here’s 3 articles that allow you to grasp the unseen efforts of data management:

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Do You Know the Difference between a Gigabit and a Gigabyte?

Eddie March 29, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Many people confuse the terms “gigabit” and “gigabyte” by either using them synonymously or confusing their meanings. While both are units of measurement describing digital data, how much they measure and how they are used are different.  Atlantic. Net clearly explains these different meanings that help to clearly define your cloud server needs.

A Bit

A bit is the most basic unit used in computing and telecommunications. A bit is a binary unit, meaning it can have one of two values: a 1 or a 0. In computers, this value can indicate expressions such as “true” or “false”, “yes” or “no”, “come hither” or “ain’t gonna happen”. (Just kidding with that last one!)

 

A Byte

A byte is 8 bits*. Werner Buchholz, an American computer scientist, coined the term “byte” in 1956 during the construction of the IBM Stretch computer. He deliberately spelled the term differently to avoid confusion with the term “bit.”

 

The Difference

When we need to refer to numbers of bits or bytes as those numbers get larger and larger, we use the prefixes from the metric system (see table below for examples). To distinguish between the two when abbreviating them, the lower-case “b” traditionally represents “bit”, whereas the upper-case “B” represents “byte”.

prefix multiplier bits-to-bytes bytes-to-bits
kilo- (K) 1,000x 1Kb = 125B 1KB = 8Kb
mega- (M) 1,000,000x 1Mb = 125KB 1MB = 8Mb
giga- (G) 1,000,000,000x 1Gb = 125MB 1GB = 8Gb
tera- (T) 1,000,000,000,000x 1Tb = 125GB 1TB = 8Tb

They are also different in how they are used as units of measurement. Bits are generally used when measuring the rate of data transfer. When we talk about network throughput (or, what is often called “bandwidth”) or internal data transfer (such as in describing SATA or USB speeds), we use megabits per second or gigabits per second.

Bytes are generally used when describing data capacity. We measure the sizes of our files and the hard drives that store them in gigabytes and terabytes (and, perhaps soon, petabytes!).
At Atlantic.Net, you do not have to worry about staying up-to-date with confusing terminology because our expert technicians will handle all of the work for you! To learn more about our cloud hosting services, contact our team of hosting professionals today by calling 1-800-521-5881. Right now, we are offering dedicated server hosting plans from just $64 a month every month and no contractual commitments.

 

 

* Fun Fact: 4 bits, or half a byte, is called a nibble. It’s rarely used, but it’s official!

Kind of. In actual usage, particularly in measurements of RAM or hard disk space, the metric prefixes aren’t decimal-based but binary-based. This table shows the differences between these two types of calculations.

prefix decimal multiplier binary multiplier
kilo- (K) 103 1000x 210 1024x
mega- (M) 106 1,000,000x 220 1,048,576x
giga- (G) 109 1,000,000,000x 230 1,073,741,824x
tera- (T) 1012 1,000,000,000,000x 240 1,099,511,627,776x

You can see how that numbering scheme can grow to be confusing!

Difference between a Gigabit and a Gigabyte

Atlantic.net offers managed, dedicated and HIPAA compliant cloud hosting solutions. Contact us today for a consultation.





VPS Hosting – Cheap VPS vs. Quality VPS

Eddie December 31, 2012 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Your website is a valuable asset to your business, no matter the size of your company or the industry you are in.  Your website may be used to direct potential leads to a contact form, sell products online, or simply as a marketing tool to convey business presence online.  Whatever the purpose of your website, choose a hosting provider that can give you the hosting services that you need, at a price that your business can afford.

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What exactly does uptime mean in the cloud hosting industry?

Eddie December 14, 2012 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

What is uptime?

The dictionary definition of uptime constitutes the time during which a piece of equipment, such as a computer, is functioning or able to function.  In terms of cloud hosting, uptime is defined as the percentage of time that your server or website is active and able to function during the course of a year.  For example, if a Cloud Server has an uptime average of 99.5%, this means that for all but 1.83 days per year, you can expect that your website/server will remain active.

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