Linux Vs Windows VPS: Which Is Right For You?

Linux Vs Windows VPSYou’ve chosen to host your site on a Virtual Private Server. Congratulations, it’s an excellent choice: a complete server environment with way more power than shared hosting o. VPS’s offer many of the benefits of a dedicated server with additional cloudy goodness and lower price tag. But you have another decision to make, and it’s one that will have a big impact on how you interact with your server and the software that it can run: you need to choose an operating system. There are two options available to you: Windows Server or a Linux distribution.

You can do anything you might want to do on both operating systems, with some limitations, but the environments are very different. We’re going to have a look at what you need to know before making an informed decision. Read more

An Introduction To Hugo, A Go-Based Static Site Generator

Hugo Site GeneratorOver the last couple of years, static site generators have been garnering a lot of attention, particularly among the geek community who have a degree of web development expertise. There are dozens of static site generators, written in almost every programming language you can think of, with the standouts from the crowd being Jekyll, which is written in Ruby, and Pelican, which is similar but written in Python. A new static site generator recently joined the line-up; Hugo, which is written in the relatively new Go programming language.

In this article, I’d like to take a quick look at what a static site generator does, why you might consider using one, and the features that Hugo in particular brings to the table. Read more

Is The Internet Running Out Of IPv4 Addresses?

IPv4 DepletionEarlier this year, we entered a new phase of the IPv4 countdown plan. Phase 4 is the last stage, and as things stand, we have less than 17 million IPv4 addresses remaining unused. That’s not going to last long, especially given the explosion of mobile devices and ever expanding Internet of Things. Some services are already having difficulty finding sufficient, including Microsoft’s cloud platform, which has occasionally run out of US-based IPv4 addresses. IPv6 is waiting in the wings to take over, but adoption has been slow.

So, are we reaching crunch time? Is the Internet going to be thrown in disarray, and are site owners going to have difficulties getting their hands on ever rarer addresses? Read more

A Hosted IP PBX Will Give Your Business A Professional Face

8292958010_d91cd1ea13_bBack in the dark and dim days before the cloud, one of the biggest headaches for new small business owners was setting up their office phones. If a business needed to provide phones for more than a few employees, they would have to invest in a PBX. PBXs were chunky bits of hardware — frequently unreliable and expensive to maintain — that squatted in a basement or closet and handled call routing for the office.

PBXs were a necessary evil, but they were of limited functionality and don’t meet the expectations of modern employees. Today, most people are used to using mobile phones, and if they use desktop phones at all it will be at work and with reluctance, because they lack many of the features that people have come to expect from a phone — the most obvious ones being comprehensive contact management and portability. Read more

Dedicated Server Hosting Is A Gateway To The Hybrid Cloud

7389234452_8b58c65c48_b (1)Many writers in the tech space buy into a narrative wherein the market for traditional forms of hosting are being eroded by the increasing popularity of cloud platforms and servers. What this zero-sum analysis fails to account for is the way that enterprises tend to go about cloud adoption.

While there are examples of companies that are interested in going all-in with public cloud technologies, for the vast majority, that isn’t an option. The public cloud is extremely powerful in specific scenarios: those where convenience, scaling, and cost are of paramount concern. But where other concerns are overriding — including complex regulatory issues, privacy concerns, and other situations where keeping data in-house is important — public cloud may not be seen as the best choice. Read more

CirrusHosting Announces Open-Xchange Hosting Plans

Markham, ON January 29, 2014 -

CirrusHosting, a leading provider of VPS hosting, cloud hosting, and dedicated hosting, has announced that it will begin providing secure groupware and collaboration services powered by the popular Open-Xchange software stack. The new Open-Xchange plans will provide Canadian companies and government agencies with a secure alternative to Google Apps for Business or Microsoft Exchange Server, allowing them to leverage the benefits of cloud-based collaboration without the risks associated with using third-party or proprietary platforms based outside of Canada. Read more

Why should you colocate your IT infrastructure in Toronto and with Cirrus?

Why Colocate?

While the days of hosting companies running “data centers” out of their home basement are long gone (this writer hopes), there are a variety of data centers that exist today. The two most popular types are “in-house” data centers and colocation centers. An in-house data center is usually run out of a facility that the hosting company owns and manages; whereas, a colocation data center is run out of a shared facility. Sometimes a hosting company may have their own colocation center where they host their own data center in addition to the data centers of other companies. In this case, the company would be running their data center out of a colocation center.

There are definitely arguments for the advantages and disadvantages of both types. While the main advantage of an in-house data center is complete control over the facility and equipment, the main advantage of a colocation datacenter is the benefits of scale and flexibility. For Cirrus Tech, the decision to have our data center in a colocation center rather than “in-house” was a no-brainer.

The benefits of colocation centers, or carrier hotels as they are sometimes called, for web hosting companies are many. Essentially, a colocation center is a building that allows us to house and run our own data center while sharing the facilities that the colocation center has to offer, such as reliable back-up generators, physical security, enhanced cooling, and fast external connections. As a result, we can enjoy the benefits of scale gained from sharing facilities at a colocation center while giving us the flexibility to manage our own data center. The quality of the facilities available at our colocation center is unmatched by the facilities of an in-house data center.

Not only does a colocation center offer cost savings that we can pass onto our clients, it allows our clients to enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having their data in a secure world class facility that is being monitored 24×7 by on site engineers. Even in the case of a disaster, our colocation center is protected by uninterruptible backup batteries and an industry standard diesel generator which will provide required power for about 7-10 days.

Cirrus Tech’s Data Center located at 151 Front St. in Downtown Toronto is your best bet if you cannot afford the risk of downtime.

Public Relations, Cirrus Tech Ltd.
Toronto, ON – April 21, 2008

Cirrus is expanding into its fourth Toronto Datacenter Location

20,000 SQF data centre at 905 King Street West built to address market demand for highly connected, network neutral colocation in downtown Toronto

Cologix™, a network neutral interconnection and data centre company, announced today the formal public opening of their new state-of-the-art 905 King Street West data centre, which will support more than 500 cabinets at full capacity. 905 King Street West is Cologix’s second data centre in downtown Toronto, complementing their 30,000 SQF presence in the carrier hotel at 151 Front Street West. The data centre is located 2km from 151 Front Street and is connected by a newly built diverse metro fibre ring. Cologix now has over a 50,000 SQF footprint in downtown Toronto, further demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to meet demand for network neutral colocation in the market and solidifying its position as a leader in the Canadian data centre space. Read more

3 Ways Our CDN Improves Your Website

3 Ways Our CDN Improves Your WebsiteModern content publishers and eCommerce retailers need to be proactive about ensuring that their sites offer the best possible user experience. Poor user experiences result in high bounce rates and abandoned shopping carts. One of the most important aspects of user experience is the speed at which your site’s pages load. For every second users wait for a page on your site to load, a significant proportion of them will give up and head back to Google in search of competitors whose sites don’t leave them tapping their fingers in frustration.

For busy sites, a content distribution network is one of the best ways to ensure that content is delivered without delay to users across the world. CirrusHosting’s content distribution network is based on the innovative OnApp cloud platform, which, when compared to the legacy CDNs of other cloud services, offers an unparalleled feature set. Read more