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The Benefits of Chicago Hosting

The City of Chicago. Good for Dedicated Servers, Cloud Servers, Hybrid Cloud, and Colocation.

Today’s internet consumer is savvier and more demanding than ever. Capturing the attention of this audience, and efficiently serving it, is critical to your success. Regional hosting, or hosting in a regional market where much of your customer base is located, is crucial to meeting the demands of your customers. Over the next four articles, we will look at the benefits of hosting in four major U.S. internet markets – Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles. We will start our journey in Chicago.

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An Overview of Ceph

An Overview of Ceph

Ceph has emerged as one of the leading distributed storage platforms. By using commodity hardware and software-defined controls, Ceph has proven its worth as an answer to the scaling data needs of today’s businesses.

Ceph allows storage to scale seamlessly. When properly deployed and configured, it is capable of streamlining data allocation and redundancy. Automated rebalancing ensures that data is protected in the event of hardware loss. New servers can be added to an existing cluster in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Fast and accurate read / write capabilities along with its high-throughput capacity make Ceph a popular choice for today’s object and block storage needs. [Read more…] about An Overview of Ceph

Hosting Comparison – In-House vs. Colocation vs. Managed

Hosting Comparison – In-House vs. Colocation vs. Managed

Choosing how to host your business’s application or product is crucial to ensuring your IT Infrastructure can perform and scale. Success (or failure) is defined by how you manage and apply the resources at your disposal. In-House Hosting, Colocation, and Managed Hosting require different considerations for efficient and effective deployment. Today we look at nine areas to consider when choosing, or migrating to, one of these hosting options.

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What is a Hybrid Cloud

What Is a Hybrid CloudFor over a decade, cloud hosting has gained traction in the business community due to its cost and scalability benefits. However, as it’s become popular, many companies have realized that relying on a solely cloud-based infrastructure can be inefficient and, at times, ineffective. Companies must keep client data secure to maintain governmental compliance. Site performance must remain stable during daily and seasonal web traffic spikes. These needs, among others, have given rise to a Hybrid Cloud architecture that allows companies to securely maintain its core operations and handle any unusual traffic or processing needs. [Read more…] about What is a Hybrid Cloud

Dedicated Servers vs. Cloud Servers – 5 Differences Compared

Dedicated Servers vs. Cloud Servers – 5 Differences ComparedWhether you’ve just been tasked with finding a new hosting platform for your company’s website, or you’ve just departed the corporate world to build a “better mousetrap”, you will be faced with many decisions on how to handle your website or applications. When researching hosting options, it doesn’t take long to identify dedicated servers and cloud servers as the two most popular options. The question then becomes, how do you decide which is better for your specific application or business model. In this article, we compare five key factors to consider when choosing a server.

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Protect Your Infrastructure From DDoS With These 5 Tips

Protect Your Infrastructure from DDoS With These 5 TipsThe end of 2016 ushered in a new era of large scale DDoS attacks. Last fall, we saw the launch of Mirai which has become the prototype for numerous attacks that have affected sites like Twitter, Netflix, Reddit, and CNN. One month later, Mirai-type DDoS attacks continued against several email providers and other targets – including Comcast.

While cyber-attacks can wreak havoc on a company, reflecting on the lessons learned from past disasters can help prevent future attacks and assist in patching existing vulnerabilities. These five best practices can assist you in enhancing your overall cyber security and help safeguard you against potential DDoS and other malicious attacks. [Read more…] about Protect Your Infrastructure From DDoS With These 5 Tips