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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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Cloud Hosting for Small Business: What are the Benefits?

Adnan Raja April 6, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

In this spinoff of our previous article about general benefits of a cloud server over an on-premises one, we look at the specific key advantages of cloud computing for small business. Then we explore a six-step SMB cloud transition checklist.

  • 7 Benefits of Cloud for Small Business
  • 5-Step SMB Cloud Transition Checklist

7 Benefits of Cloud for Small Business

Generally speaking, cloud computing is a positive choice for business. It’s an especially easy and sensible direction when we are talking about SMBs and startups.

For one thing, the typical issues enterprises might raise related to cloud – particularly integration and security – are minimized at a small business because the systems are less complex and because growth is prioritized over concerns with third-party data protection. Cloud Hosting services actually tend to be a major improvement in security over in-house systems, but that’s more obvious in the context of SMBs.

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Advantages of Having a Cloud VPS Server Rather Than Buying Your Own

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

Increasingly, business is moving from the physical servers of onsite data centers to the virtual servers of the public cloud.

  • Away from On-Premises
  • The Need for Change in Business
  • 11 Advantages of Cloud VPS Servers
  • Switching Your Business to a Cloud VPS

Away from On-Premises

The era of companies having their own data centers is quickly drawing to a close. As business increasingly finds its technological home in the cloud, IT departments are having to rapidly adjust. In fact, nearly 2 in 5 small businesses (37%) have completely transitioned to the cloud. There is a lot of growth ahead, though. According to a 2014 report from Intuit, 80% of businesses will be cloud-based by 2020.

There has been a recent trend in which businesses are shifting from capital expenses (CAPEX), the realm of an on-premises datacenter, to operating expenses (OPEX), the realm of public cloud computing. OPEX is the route that more and more companies choose – especially since month-to-month and even moment-to-moment agility has become so valuable to business. Plus, cloud allows you to cut your power usage by optimizing your server efficiency.

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What Linux Distro Should You Use? The Best Linux Distributions

Sam Guiliano March 18, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

What are the best Linux distributions? Let’s look at four distros that we feel are the best available for general needs – secure, stable, and reliable.

  • About Linux
  • Best Linux Server Distros for You
  • Flavor #1 – Ubuntu
  • Flavor #2 – CentOS
  • Flavor #3 – Debian
  • Flavor #4 – Fedora
  • Deploying Your Linux Server

About Linux

As an operating system (OS), Linux is software that allows programs and the user to access the computer’s hardware and perform tasks. The OS sends directions from a program to the central processing unit (CPU), for example. Once the assigned work is completed, the CPU gets the data to the OS for transfer back to the program. The OS is like a mediator.

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The Benefits of Cloud Based Applications: Should I Put My App in the Cloud?

Adnan Raja March 17, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

More and more companies are migrating their apps to cloud infrastructure-as-a-service providers. Here’s why.

  • Cloud as the New Standard
  • 3 Reasons You’ll Choose Cloud
  • 5 Ways Cloud Saves Money
  • SSD Cloud Hosting

Cloud as the New Standard

According to the 2016 State of the Cloud report, more than nine in ten companies (93%) are using some type of infrastructure-as-a-service – basically, a cloud hosting provider for at least one of their applications. The vast majority of large companies (82%) use a hybrid cloud, integrating public and private components.

Public cloud is incredibly popular among organizations of all sizes. Seven out of every eight firms (88%) run apps on a public cloud, while well over half (63%) run systems on a private cloud.

These statistics are obviously compelling on their own, but why is this trend toward cloud occurring? Let’s look at three basic reasons and five financial reasons.

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There’s Nothing to Fear in Migrating to the Cloud

Adnan Raja March 15, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

More and more businesses are adopting cloud infrastructure and services. However, some people still feel a little nervous about the idea of entrusting their data to an outside entity. Let’s look at why companies are taking this route, along with one executive’s argument that cloud is no longer optional but necessary.

  • 87% Either Using or Open to Cloud
  • Why Businesses are Choosing Cloud
  • Why Cloud is a Secure Necessity for SMBs
  • Secure IaaS Cloud Hosting

87% Either Using or Open to Cloud

Cloud is now a day-to-day part of the modern world. Massive, widely used systems such as iTunes, along with websites and databases of all sorts, use the cloud to allow for reliable real-time delivery, with account accessibility from any device.

Although the cloud has become a part of our lives as consumers, many business leaders still remain skeptical about whether it’s the right choice for their organization. That’s clear from the 2015 Pulse Survey by The Alternative Board (TAB), which found that one-third of business owners have not implemented any cloud solutions for their firms. A smaller percentage, 13%, said that they would not explore the technology for use in the future.

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How to Install Java (JRE or JDK) on Ubuntu 16.04

Atlantic.Net NOC March 4, 2016 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments
Java Illustration by Walker Cahall

Java Illustration by Walker Cahall

Verified and Tested 03/4/16


If you had the option to choose between a base model car or a fully loaded model, which one will you choose?

Both cars will take you from point A to point B, but with the fully loaded car you have additional features that can make rush hour a chill hour.

Well, that’s the same concept when we take a closer look at Java. There are two standard types of installations, JRE (Java Runtime Environment) and JDK (Java Development Kit). Like the base model car, JRE enables the ability to create Java Applications for different types of deployments using minimal core tools to accomplish the task. JDK is a fully loaded Development Kit that has everything that JRE has plus additional resources to create/secure Applications and Applets.


You need a Ubuntu server that is configured with a static IP address.  If you do not have a server already, why not spin up a robust and reliable Cloud Server in under 30 seconds.

Installing Java on Ubuntu 16.04

Before we begin, let make sure that the server is fully updated with the following command:

sudo apt update

After your server has been fully updated, you will need to know what version of Java is currently installed or if it is not installed, with the following command:

java -version

Install Java Open JRE or JDK on Ubuntu 16.04

Once you have verified if Java is installed or not, choose the type of Java installation that you want with one the following:

sudo apt install default-jdk
sudo apt install default-jre

One alternative Java install is with Open JRE 7 and JDK 7 and can be installed with one of the following:

sudo apt install openjdk-7-jre
sudo apt install openjdk-7-jdk

Install Java Oracle JRE or JDK on Ubuntu 16.04

Another alternative Java install is with Oracle JRE and JDK. However, we would need to install additional repositories for a proper installation.

sudo apt install python-software-properties
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java

Then, you will need to fully update the system with the following command:

sudo apt update

You can also install previous and newer versions of Java by using one of the following commands:

sudo apt install oracle-java6-installer
sudo apt install oracle-java7-installer
sudo apt install oracle-java8-installer

If you have multiple versions of Java installed on your server, then you have the ability to select a default version. Check your alternatives with the following command:

sudo update-alternatives --config java
This is the output after running the Java Alternative script on Ubuntu 16.04

This is the output after running the Java Alternative script on Ubuntu 16.04

Once you have viewed your alternatives, choose the version that you want by selecting the assigned number, and then hit enter.

Setup JAVA_HOME on Ubuntu 16.04

Since many programs now days need a JAVA_HOME environment variable to work properly. We will need to find the appropriate path to make these changes. With the following command, you can view your installs and their path:

sudo update-alternatives --config java

To edit the environment file use your text editor and edit the following file:

sudo nano /etc/profile

Now that you are in the user profile file, add the following code, along with the Path of your installation from the previous step, to the bottom. ( Example: JAVA_HOME=”YOUR_PATH”)

export JAVA_HOME="/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk-"

Reload the file so all your changes could take effect with the following command:

source /etc/profile

Verify that your implementations are correct with the following command. Confirm :


What Next?

Congratulations! You now have a successfully installed Java on your Ubuntu 16.04 server. Thank you for following along and feel free to check back with us for further updates.

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