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Linux Fault Tolerance: Linux High Availability

Derek Wiedenhoeft February 7, 2017 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments


IT downtime is expensive for any business.  Gartner[I] estimates that each minute of downtime costs $5,600 on average, with true costs depending on the vertical, the size of the company, and other factors.  The cost can be largely avoided, however, with systems designed for high availability and fault tolerance.

Definition: High Availability
Oracle[II] defines high availability as “computing environments configured to provide nearly full-time availability.”  A commonly held standard for high availability is “five nines,” or 99.999 percent uptime.

Not all service providers are able to meet this robust standard, which makes just over 5 minutes of downtime per year permissible.

For organizations that would approach the average downtime cost, achieving even higher availability than “five nines” is important to profitability, and even survival. Atlantic.net offers an industry-leading 100 percent network uptime guarantee, in part by leveraging Linux High Availability (Linux-HA).

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What is a VPN and Do I Need One?

Derek Wiedenhoeft December 27, 2016 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

As we continue to rely more on technology, keeping our information safe is becoming increasingly difficult. With Wi-Fi being the standard form of network communication for most business professionals who are on the go, the need for secure data transmission has become even greater.  Public Wi-Fi locations like coffee shops, the airport, and even your home and office are not safe when sending and receiving data. According to idtheftcenter.org[i], in 2015 alone there were over 177 million cases of identity theft reported.

How do hackers access my data?

The two most popular ways of someone accessing your data over Wi-Fi are sniffing and rogue access points[ii].) Sniffing is when another user nearby captures the data your computer transmits over Wi-Fi, and then reassembles it to look for passwords or other unencrypted account information. The aptly named rogue access point is where someone will create a Wi-Fi hotspot that appears to be legitimate, like “Free Starbucks Wi-Fi,” or “Airport Public Wi-Fi,” and then waits for users to connect to it. Once the user is attached to the hacker’s hotspot, the users’ data transmission is all captured on the hacker’s machine. The hacker can then use specialized programs to reassemble the packet capture to reveal what the user(s) was looking at and if any sensitive information or passwords were used. One of the most effective solutions is to encrypt the traffic going between your infrastructure and your home computer/laptop, which is why VPNs were developed.

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RAID 10 (RAID 1+0) – What Is It & Should I Use It?

Derek Wiedenhoeft December 21, 2016 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

Utilization of RAID 10 in a server provides an increase of disk capabilities while simultaneously providing redundancy and preventing system failure.

What is RAID?

RAID is an acronym that stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks or Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, depending on what specialist you ask. The term “independent” is arguably more appropriate, as RAID arrays may sometimes be made with extremely expensive disks.

In layman’s terms, RAID is a method of configuring two or more hard drives to work as a single unit with differing levels of redundancy and allowing better fault tolerance. “A fault-tolerant design enables a system to continue its intended operation, possibly at a reduced level, rather than failing completely, when some part of the system fails.”[i]

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Why Managed Cloud Solutions Are Increasingly Popular

Sam Guiliano May 14, 2016 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

Managed hosting services are really a market that is booming right now, according to industry analysts. What is this option all about? Why are companies choosing it more frequently? Generally speaking, with public cloud, you are getting an environment that is significantly safer than what most organizations would be able to design on-premises – simply because of economies of scale.

  • Cloud infrastructure growth rapid, with managed hosting a major component
  • What is managed cloud hosting exactly?
  • Why, specifically, do businesses choose managed cloud?
  • Finally, did we mention that it’s safe?

Cloud infrastructure growth rapid, with managed hosting a major component

An August 2015 report by Research and Markets found that the market for infrastructure-as-a-service was set to hit $109 billion last year. It was projected to almost double by the end of the decade, reaching $206.9 billion. According to this analysis, each of the industry’s segments will contribute to the growth, with the largest source of revenue coming from the manufacturing and finance industries during that fast expansion. Many customers of cloud infrastructure companies will use managed hosting services, according to the forecast – which will result in a breathtaking compound annual growth rate for managed cloud of 16.2% through 2020.

As seen in those statistics, firms are turning to these hosting plans in greater numbers. They are able to use these plans to establish enterprise-grade computing systems that are based on operational rather than capital expenses. Like traditional legacy systems stationed on-premises at companies, this infrastructural option can be used to achieve all of the business’s digital needs, such as service delivery and collaboration, leveraging the speed and reliability of cloud.

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Why Use Symfony? 6 Arguments for Using Symfony PHP Framework, from a Developer’s Perspective

Adnan Raja December 16, 2015 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

Symfony is one of the most popular PHP frameworks, with users including Yahoo and Drupal. What are the advantages and disadvantages of frameworks? What are the particular strengths of Symfony?

  • What is a PHP Framework?
  • Pros & Cons of a Framework vs. Straight Code
  • Why Symfony? (Developer Perspective)
  • 6 Strategic Arguments for Symfony
  • Symfony in Flight

What Is a PHP Framework?

A PHP framework is a library, a structure through which you can create applications. You can access various APIs (application program interfaces) and figure out how you want to organize your app.

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Why is Everyone Using Docker?

Sam Guiliano September 16, 2015 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

Docker has been a huge focus of IT conversation lately because it both boosts the number of applications you can power with the same servers and simplifies packaging and shipment of apps.

  • Why the Rush to Docker?
  • Docker’s Relationship with LXC
  • Pack-and-Ship-Friendly
  • Summary & Conclusion

“Docker’s literally incredible. I’ve never been able to setup server networks for clients so quickly.” – tweet from Linux sysadmin Oliver Dunk, Jul 21, 2015.

Last year, Docker was one of the technologies that really got everyone’s attention, kind of exploding onto the scene with many businesses starting to use it for the first time – including three major financial institutions, according to Docker VP James Turnbull. It’s amazing to think that banks, of all organizations, were willing to adopt version 1.0 of an application since security is so paramount to them.

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Survey Says: How 267 Developers Use Node.js

Sam Guiliano September 9, 2015 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

When a survey was completed earlier this year by 285 developers in 52 nations, 267 of them said they use Node.js. Let’s look at why it is used, who these developers are, and how their companies are benefiting.

  • Why do developers like this runtime environment?
  • Survey: Who are these developers and how are they benefiting?
  • One-click deployment of Node.js

Why do developers like this runtime environment?

Here are five main reasons why coders like Node.js:

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An Accountant Shares Six Thoughts on SSAE 16

Adnan Raja February 16, 2015 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments
  • What is SSAE 16?
  • Understanding the Role of the AICPA
  • Six Thoughts on SSAE 16
  • Standardize Your Systems with SSAE 16

What is SSAE 16?

Often organizations will be audited to show their voluntary compliance with the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements 16 (SSAE 16). SSAE 16 is a set of guidelines established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to describe the manner in which a service provider properly reports on financial controls.

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Windows Server 2012 in all of It’s Awesomeness

Adnan Raja October 2, 2014 by under Managed Hosting 0 Comments

The two major types of cloud server hosting or virtual private server (VPS) environments are Windows Server 2012 and Linux. For those who are most comfortable in a Microsoft environment so that all Microsoft software is fully supported and integrated into the system, the Windows operating system is the best bet. To be clear, an operating system (OS) manages any computer or mobile device’s interactions between hardware and software. Although the server side is dominated by Windows and the open source option Linux, Apple’s iOS and OS X are also prevalent on the client side.

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