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Vendors Bolstering Thin Clients to Account for Cloud-Hosted Desktops

Adnan Raja September 8, 2016 by under Private Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Vendors such as IGEL Technology, HP, and Dell are boosting their support for cloud desktops to be used with their thin clients. This trend shows how manufacturers are having to keep pace as cloud becomes increasingly prevalent.

  • Thin Clients Move to Embrace Cloud
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  • Blast 2.0
  • Gartner: 38.4% IaaS Growth in 2016

Thin Clients Move to Embrace Cloud

In this increasingly cloud-based world, the makers of thin clients are modifying them so that their customers can seamlessly take advantage of cloud-hosted desktops and software.

The extent to which the business world has implemented desktops and software delivered through cloud hosting has expanded in recent years, with companies increasingly wanting to have third parties take care of managing the infrastructure. Meanwhile, the thin client market has been struggling, especially because low-end PCs have grown closer in cost. In order to stay in the game and get the attention of desktop virtualization companies, thin client heavy-hitters, including Dell, IGEL, and HP, have taken steps to support cloud-hosted desktops.

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Cloud: Public, Private, or Somewhere in Between?

Adnan Raja August 3, 2016 by under Private Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Public and private clouds both have their advantages. To benefit from both of their strengths, many enterprises are choosing a hybrid cloud.

  • Public and Private Cloud
  • Why are Some Companies Choosing Hybrid?
  • Optimizing Agility
  • Maintaining Compliance
  • Facilitating Partnerships
  • Leveraging Real-Time Decisions
  • Moving Forward with Cloud

Cloud is generally considered a solution that can help businesses control their expenses while giving them the agility to innovate and outmaneuver their competition. The question many organizations have is which type of cloud makes the most sense: public, private, or hybrid. Let’s look at general understandings of the public and private categories and why many enterprises are choosing the compromise of a hybrid.

Public and Private Cloud

Total expenditure on cloud infrastructure is projected at $38.2 billion this year by IDC. This technology is only continuing to grow, so businesses have options – it’s just a matter of deciding which route to take. It used to be that organizations would determine which one of those models made sense primarily based on their industry. Finance companies would generally choose private cloud hosting, for instance. By keeping their cloud in-house, they were able to retain full control of security parameters and know where data was at all times for easier compliance with regulations.

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A Real World Scenerio of Public & Private Cloud Hosting

Adnan Raja October 14, 2014 by under Private Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

It used to be the case that the media and IT industry just spoke of “the cloud,” a way to distribute resources to increase reliability, speed, and cost-effectiveness. However, security was a reasonable concern since all users share the same machines, even if they each have their own virtual private servers within the network. Soon the demand rose for solutions that combine the rapidity and agility of a distribution model with a core focus on data isolation. That concept was the private cloud, which has grown enormously: it had $8 billion of overall revenue in 2010 versus $32 billion in 2013.

Now many organizations are looking to combine their public and private clouds into a hybrid system. The appeal of this type of environment is broad, with Gartner predicting that half of enterprises will have a hybrid cloud deployed by 2017.

Real World Scenario – hybrid cloud

Below is a Real World Scenario (RWS) based on a transcript between one of our hosting consultants and a client in need of a hybrid cloud.

Consultant:

Welcome to Atlantic.Net. Please tell us about your hosting needs.

Client:

I’m in pricing stages with [major cloud vendor] and just discovered you.  I’m the VP of Engineering.  We’re looking for a client centered Cloud Hosting provider  that has Sarbanes Oxley and SSAE 16 compliance.  We need ~30 VMs of various specs running a traditional Java stack with Postgres.  We have one custom appliance, a modified CentOS kernel that runs the iFax server.  Ideally, we need ~30 standard Ubuntu LTS or CentOS cloud VMs and one VMWare or Linux KVM hosted VM for the iFax appliance.  I would love to discuss pricing and technical requirements with you.  The sooner the better.

Consultant:

Please call me at the number listed below, or provide me with your phone number and I will call you.

Your application would work on our Public Cloud hosting platform, which is unmanaged. However, we do not at this time offer a firewall solution on our Public Cloud Platform, so that is an issue since you have the Sarbanes Oxley requirement.

We can also provide you with a proposal for a Managed Private Cloud platform that would meet all of your security requirements. We would need answers to the following questions in order to send you a proposal.

[Questions included in reply (below)]

Client:

I’m new to working under the Sarbanes Oxley compliance; however, I’m familiar with running servers in public and private clouds.  My hope is that if we firewall each individual host, we can still be compliant.  If this is possible in the public cloud, that would probably be the most cost-effective.  If this cannot be achieved, then we would be interested in the private cloud options.

1.) How many virtual machines (VM) do you anticipate having to accommodate during the first year of this project?

Our first year is estimated to have 30 VMs.  These include web servers, Postgres servers and several lightweight clients that retrieve data.  See below for specifics.

2.) What are the specifications (RAM, CPUs, Hard Drives, Operating System, etc) required for each VM?

Here is an estimate of our needs:

  • Dev tools: 2 cores, 4GB RAM,  100GB storage.
  • Production Web 1: 4 cores, 8GB RAM, 60GB storage.
  • Production Web 2: 4 cores, 8GB RAM, 60GB storage.
  • Production Postgres: 8 cores, 16GB RAM, 160GB storage.
  • Staging Web: 4 cores, 8GB RAM, 60GB storage.
  • Staging Postgres: 4 cores, 8GB RAM, 160GB storage.
  • iFax: 2 cores, 4GB RAM, 160GB storage.  *Custom CentOS appliance (with tainted kernel), 32-bit.*
  • 20 Downloader VMs: 2 cores, 1GB RAM, 40GB storage.

The iFax VM is a custom appliance built on 32-bit CentOS, but it uses a custom kernel.  For this reason, it needs to be hosted in VMWare or Linux KVM.  All the other VMs will run Ubuntu 14.04. (They could optionally run CentOS.)  The downloader VMs are very lightweight clients that use a browser that downloads information from the IRS website.

3.) What is the anticipated growth rate in VMs per year?

Difficult to say.  I predict 5-10% VM growth year-to-year.

4.) What level of redundancy is required for this project?

The storage should be redundant and I assume you own the hardware replacement concerns.  I typically use RAID 10 in order to achieve good reads and writes, but I leave it to you to define your best redundancy/speed ratio.  The VMs don’t need to be redundant but should be backed up (see below).

5.) What is the budget for this project?

This is a brand new project.  I don’t have actual numbers at the moment. We are a small and steadily growing company.  We are in talks with other hosting providers, so a competitive price quote is ideal.

6.) When do you need to have the project online?

We would like to see the environment provisioned and available as quickly as possible.

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Rise of the hybrid cloud

Cloud portfolio management firm RightScale released its annual State of the Cloud Report in April, based on interviews with 1068 IT executives from diverse business sectors. 74% are currently operating more than one cloud (a multi-cloud setup), and 48% are currently strategizing a hybrid solution. Discuss your options with Atlantic.Net, a company that has industry-leading Cloud Server hosting and the flexibility to meet your specific needs, as demonstrated by this RWS.

>>> Part 2 – Hybrid Hosting Real World Scenario

By Moazzam Adnan


Mobile Apps are Shifting to Cloud Servers

Kent Roberts October 28, 2013 by under Private Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

The parameters of cloud server hosting, like any form of cloud computing, can be foggy and unsure. The below comic expresses the dangers that can be found in a cloud’s gray areas.

Enterprise companies are moving applications over cloud servers like the ones offered Atlantic.Net

Regardless of misunderstandings and a range of quality provided by various cloud service providers (CSPs), there is a legitimate reason why so many enterprises are shifting their attention and resources to the cloud. Beyond its general positive aspects (and we will discuss little-mentioned ones below), cloud technology has different implications for different types of businesses. Industries such as investing, marketing (both covered previously in this blog), and mobile applications can all benefit in different ways.

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What is a WAF (Web Application Firewall)? Types of WAFs

Kent Roberts October 11, 2013 by under Private Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Firewalls come in essentially three varieties: hardware firewalls, software firewalls, and web application firewalls (WAFs).   Typically a cloud hosting company or datacenter infrastructure will take advantage of both of the first two types of firewalls for general use. The third type – the focus of this article – started gaining prominence about a half-decade ago (though there is an overlap of these categories, as discussed below).

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Improving Collaboration with the Cloud

Adnan Raja September 30, 2013 by under Private Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Years ago, managing projects used to consist of executives overseeing a group of teammates working together to achieve a common goal—a new innovation or improved process. Not anymore!

Now, project management is very much a social system. According to Mattias Hallstrom, author at The Guardian, the social approach to running companies, process and projects are here to stay. And just what is powering these social applications of management? You won’t have to look much farther than the highly popular cloud hosting.

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10 Things Your Hosting Company May Not Tell You

When you’re searching the market for a cloud solution, make sure you ask vendors for the whole story. As we all probably already know, not all cloud servers are created equal. It is highly recommended that you look beyond marketing claims and search the fine print and ask the right questions. Here are ten critical points you should bring up when talking to potential providers, especially because they probably won’t bring it up first.

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