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What is MySQL vs. MariaDB vs. Percona

Illustration by Walker Cahall

Illustration by Walker Cahall

Target Audience

This article assumes you have at least a passing familiarity with databases and some of the terminology around their features.

Introduction

Databases back every application, and there are many choices. MySQL has long been a popular open source choice; however, MariaDB and Percona are two major code forks that can replace MySQL with enhanced features. This article offers a broad comparison of the three.

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How To Upload Files with FileZilla

Introduction

FileZilla is a very popular FTP client that has been around since 2001. Uploading and downloading large batches of files couldn’t be made any easier than by using an FTP client like FileZilla.

Prerequisites

– an FTP server that you have valid credentials to. If you need assistance setting up an FTP server, check out our helpful how-to here.

Installing FileZilla

To get started, you first have to download the client version of FileZilla onto your computer. This link will take you to the recommended client installer for Windows. For most basic users, you can stick with the default options during installation.

For Linux and Mac users, the above page also offers a link to download options appropriate to those platforms.

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Dropbox set up for a Linux Cloud Server

Verified and Tested 04/28/15

Introduction

In this article, we will go over how to set up Dropbox via command line on a Linux Cloud Server. Dropbox is an excellent tool for making your files easy to share.

Prerequisites

-Any 32-bit or 64-bit Linux server. If you do not know if your system is 32-bit or 64-bit, follow our guide here, or if you need a secure and trusted Cloud server, consider one from Atlantic.Net.

– You will also need a Dropbox account, which you can sign up for one here.

Install Dropbox on your Linux system

Change to the root of your home directory and download the required files based on your architecture:

The command cd ~ takes you to your login directory which it typically your home directory.

32-Bit:

wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86" | tar xzf -

64-Bit:

wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64" | tar xzf -

If you run the ls -a command, you will see a newly created .dropbox-dist folder.

To start the daemon, run the command:

.dropbox-dist/dropboxd

This computer isn’t linked to any Dropbox account…
Please visit https://YOUR-SPECIFIC-LINK to link this device.

Paste the link provided into your desktop web browser, and then login with your account information. Once logged in, check your terminal again. You should see the following:

This computer is now linked to Dropbox. Welcome YOUR-NAME

At this time, your files are being synced to the Dropbox folder that was created in the home folder of your current user. This can take a while, depending on how many files you have.

Now verify that your files were all synced:

ls Dropbox/

Next we will download the command line management script. This script requires Python, so make sure you have it installed. You can see if Python is installed with python -V

wget https://www.dropbox.com/download?dl=packages/dropbox.py -O dropbox_manager.py
chmod +x dropbox_manager.py

Run the script to review the available commands:

./dropbox_manager.py
An example of the ./dropbox_manager.py for Dropbox

An example of what the ./dropbox_manager.py looks like

That’s it! You can now check the status of your synced files and manage other aspects of Dropbox. Check back to learn more about hosting services from Atlantic.Net, including our HIPAA compliant database hosting.



Businesses to Harness the Internet of Things via cloud computing

You may have heard last year that General Electric was completely committing itself to the public cloud. This really was a major announcement just for the sheer size, prominence, and historical success of GE. General Electric tech COO Chris Drumgoole remarked that more than nine out of every ten applications deployed by the corporation throughout 2014 were built and released via cloud computing.

“If you look at our new apps, north of 90 percent of what we deployed this year has gone into a public cloud environment,” Drumgoole explained. “We still have a lot of old stuff that hasn’t moved yet, but if you look at our new stuff, we’re there.”

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How To Rollback A Cloud Server

Verified and Tested 04/20/2015

Introduction

In this article, we will be going over how to rollback your server. Rolling back a server can be helpful when you have experienced performance issues, and the server will not boot or operate as it should. This process is similar to a system restore on a computer where the system will revert the settings to a point in time where the issue is no longer present. Here, we will review how to complete this process.

What Do You Need?

You will need an Atlantic.net cloud server with backups enabled. Please refer to the articles “How To Create A New Atlantic.net Cloud Server” as well as “Does Atlantic.net Offer Data Backup For My Cloud Server” for more information.

Rollback A Cloud Server

In order to rollback your server, first log in to your Atlantic.net account and click on “Servers” from the left-hand side, as shown below.

Select Servers locate to the left of your screen.

Manage Cloud Server

Once done, a window will display with a list of all the active servers on your account. You must click on the server you want to perform the rollback on from this list.

Select Cloud server to manage

Select Cloud server to manage

After you have selected the desired server, the network information for that server will be displayed. Click on the button that reads “Backups” on the upper right-hand side.

Select Backups

Select Backups

Lastly, you will be presented with a list of available dates from which you can revert your settings to. Scroll through the available rollback dates, and select a desired restore point from the drop-down box. Once you have chosen a date, click on the “Restore Backup” button. This will revert the server’s settings and once completed will reboot the server. The server will once again be accessible.

Select Restore Backups

Select Restore Backups

Conclusion

Having backups for your cloud server is a good feature to have enabled, as it can be used as a last resort to correct any issues the server may be experiencing at the time. Check back for more updates from Atlantic.Net, or learn more about our HIPAA compliant database hosting options.


What is File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

Verified and Tested 03/19/15

What is File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

What is FTP and How Do I Use FTP?

FTP is a way to transfer files between hosts over the internet. It is especially helpful as a way to upload or download files to or from a site quickly. To make an FTP connection you can use a standard Web browser (Google, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) or an FTP Client.  An FTP Client is a software designed to transfer files back-and-forth between two computers over the Internet. It needs to be installed on your computer and can only be used with a live connection to the Internet.  When using an FTP client such as Filezilla it is a simple process to transfer files. Generally FTP clients are divided into two panes so the process can simply be completed by dragging and dropping from your computer to your cloud server. Atlantic.Net offers many hosting solutions from HIPAA compliant database hosting to our popular selection of one-click applications.


The Challenge and Promise of Big Data

As the Internet has grown, so has the amount of data and the extent to which data is valued – most notably by the government and publicly traded companies, although even small businesses appreciate the insights they collect from Google Analytics and similar services. Stockpiling and scrutinizing data is considered an extraordinarily powerful way to deliver better products; understand how people use websites and applications; track employee performance; determine the most effective marketing language; and more.

According to projections released by International Data Corporation, the big data market will maintain a CAGR of 26% through 2018, when sales of big data services will hit $42 billion.

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How to Install VSFTPD on a CentOS Cloud Server

Verified and Tested 02/25/2015

Introduction

VSFTPD (very secure file transfer protocol daemon) is a popular way to transfer files between your computer and a remote computer.

In this article, we will install vsftpd on a CentOS cloud server.

Prerequisites

Root access to server

Procedure

Installing VSFTPD on CentOS

First, we will install vsftpd using the below command:

yum install vsftpd

Vsftpd is installed now, but we now need to configure it in /etc/vsftpd.conf using your favorite text editor. I will use nano here.

nano /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf

Once inside, you will need change a couple of things. Below are the ones to change and why we will be changing them.

anonymous_enable=NO

This will disable the ability for users to login anonymously

local_enable=YES

Since we disabled anonymous logins, we need to enable user logins that use the local authentication files.

write_enable=YES

This will enable users to make changes to the filesystem.

chroot_local_user=YES

This will restrict users to have access only to their home directories.

After this is done, you can save and close the file.

Adding FTP User

Next, we have to create an FTP user. I will use the user “atlantic” in this example, but you can use any username. To add a user, run the following command.

adduser atlantic

Create a password for the user.

passwd atlantic

Now this user is setup to log in.

To access your server via FTP over the web, type the following in your browser:
ftp://<Server IP Address>

You will now be prompted to input your username and password. All Done!

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How to Install VSFTPD on an Ubuntu Cloud server

Verified and Tested 02/25/2015

Introduction

VSFTPD (very secure file transfer protocol daemon) is a popular way to transfer files between your computer and a remote computer.

In this article, we will install vsftpd on an Ubuntu 14.10.

Prerequisites

Root access to server

Installing VSFTPD on Ubuntu Cloud Server

First, we will install vsftpd using the below command:

apt-get install vsftpd

Vsftpd is installed now, but we now need to configure it in /etc/vsftpd.conf using your favorite text editor. I will use nano here.

nano /etc/vsftpd.conf

Once inside, you will need change a couple of things. Below are the ones to change and why we will be changing them.

anonymous_enable=NO

This will disable the ability for users to login anonymously

local_enable=YES

Since we disabled anonymous logins, we need to enable user logins that use the local authentication files.

write_enable=YES

This will enable users to make changes to the filesystem.

chroot_local_user=YES

This will restrict users to have access only to their home directories.

After this is done, you can save and close the file.

Adding FTP User

Next, we have to create an FTP user. I will use the user “atlantic” in this example but you can use any username. To add a user, run the following command.

adduser atlantic

Enter a password for the user and fill the rest out if you would like. You can also press enter through the rest.

You must provide root ownership to the users home directory now.

chown root:root /home/atlantic

Next, for the user to be able to upload files, we need to create a directory under their home directory.

mkdir /home/atlantic/folder

Then provide the user this directory.

chown atlantic:atlantic /home/atlantic/folder

Now this user is set up to log in and upload files to their folder directory.

To access your server via FTP over the web, type the following in your browser:
ftp://<server IP address>

You will now be prompted to input your username and password. All Done!

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