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How to Install Plesk on Windows Server 2012

Ariel Beltre July 16, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments
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Introduction

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.

Prerequisites

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

A Plesk license. For more information on purchasing a Plesk license please visit http://www.odin.com/products/plesk-automation/how-to-buy/

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

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How to Use OpenSSH to Connect to Your Linux Server

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

Introduction

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.

Prerequisites

  • Root/administrative access to your server. If you do not have a server and need one, Atlantic.Net offers reliable cloud hosting options.

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:

Ubuntu/Debian:

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

FreeBSD:

sudo pkg install openssh-server openssh-client

ArchLinux:

sudo pacman -S openssh

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

CentOS/Fedora/FreeBSD/Ubuntu/Debian:

service sshd status

ArchLinux:

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!

Thank you for following along with this how to on connecting to your Linux server with OpenSSH. Learn more about our affordable cloud hosting solutions and be sure to check back with us again for updates and further tutorials, like How to SSH to Server via Linux.


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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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

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  • 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 Server 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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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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Why the Cloud is Now Central to Business Computing

Adnan Raja May 11, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Big companies used to be unsure about the security of cloud. In 2015, there was a noticeable shift as enterprises became increasingly convinced that the safeguards of cloud providers trumped those of their own in-house datacenters.

  • From Worried to Confident
  • Changing Perception Fueling Rapid Cloud Growth
  • Cloud in a Single Step

The affordability and easiness of cloud computing have really never been in question. That’s made it hugely popular among startups and other SMBs, while enterprises have been skeptical about the risk of moving more of their data and systems off-site.

However, times have changed, after big companies began to realize they were falling behind and making their market position vulnerable through their aversion to cloud. Enterprise cloud started to really gain steam in 2015, according to Kevin Kelleher of Time.

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Six Day-to-Day Truths About Cloud

Adnan Raja May 3, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Previously, companies were unsure about cloud. Now, adoption of the technology in business settings is rising steadily, thanks in large part to the success of the consumer cloud. Here are stats and interesting facts.

  •  Trust in Cloud Rising Fast
  • Growth of Cloud – Stats
  • Six Day-to-Day Cloud Truths
  • Cloud Really Can be a Breeze

Trust in Cloud Rising Fast

Mobile devices and touchscreen PCs are a big part of the past decade of computing, but an even more significant advance is the rise of cloud technology. However, that road hasn’t been easy. The majority of enterprises used to be unsure about using cloud because they wanted their own server, with their own security precautions. Plus, they worried about integration between on-premises and cloud systems.

Everything is different following the success of the consumer cloud. Basically think about whatever files you used to store on your own computer but now keep at a distance. Examples include YouTube for videos, iTunes for music, and Instagram for photos. Cloud is part of our daily lives.

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How Can Cloud Computing Make Your Business More Productive?

Sam Guiliano April 27, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Everyone in business management wants to leverage the best possible tools to complete tasks simply and affordably. Cloud is such a strong tool for business that failing to fully adopt it has cost the US government billions of dollars. Cloud isn’t just about cost, though. There are many different ways in which the cloud enhances productivity.

  • Cloud: avoid at Your Own Risk
  • A Multi-Billion-Dollar Improvement
  • Why is Cloud Good for Productivity & Growth?
  • Even Faster Cloud

Cloud: Avoid at Your Own Risk

Anyone in business, especially those who own or manage a company, always wants to use the best, most robust tools at a friendly price. One example is cloud-computing environments.

Cloud computing is becoming more prominent all the time, in some cases to the point of being the standard. As an example, industry analysts expect an incredible 90% of mobile traffic to be handled through cloud applications in 2019, up from 81% in 2014, notes Forbes. That may sound like a small amount of growth, but not when you consider that cloud traffic is projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 60% between 2014 and 2019.

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What are the Signs that a Company Should Move to the Cloud?

Sam Guiliano April 20, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Companies are increasingly moving to the cloud, with 95% now using at least one cloud-based service. Let’s look at three top benefits and how to gauge if it’s time for you to migrate.

  • Is Cloud Worth it?
  • Cloud Benefit: Peace of Mind
  • Cloud Benefit: Scalability
  • Cloud Benefit: Cost
  • Is it Time to Migrate?
  • The Question of Cloud

Is Cloud Worth it?

Did you ever get asked to an event related to cloud and felt unsure if it would be a waste of your time? It’s easy to see the cloud as irrelevant if you have your IT systems already established. The essential thing you need to understand is the extent to which cloud might benefit your business: will it be worth it?

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