Breeze Through Your Cloud Security Concerns

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In 2014, businesses had begun to really grasp the IT Enterprise and fully comprehend Cloud Technology and its practices. The Cloud in return adjusted more of its core features and incorporated traditional needs for this Enterprise called IT. Weather it is for native Cloud Web-scale applications or for businesses of varied sizes, the Cloud is gaining its respect to be one of modern days best practices to increase efficiency as well as flexibility in any digital savvy business environment.

However, it is also estimated that the companies that do choose to adapt Cloud this year- about 25% percent of them would be investing in Cloud for the very first time. A lot of the companies across the world are being driven back to private cloud after the initial thrill into public and hybrid models, mainly due to the increasing security concerns.

In 2015 Gartner surveyed more than 2,800 IT leaders globally and found that a majority of CIO’s both in Canada and across the world had a concern about the increasing risks around securing data being created in the digital world in business practices. Apparently the Canadian CIO is said to be more focused on legacy modernization, application development and IT services, compared to other global business environments. And here then lies further credit due to the Canadian CIO for being experimental and brave despite his far greater fear than its global counterparts regarding digital risks. It has been surveyed that the Canadian CIO’s (92%) as compared to Global CIO’s (83%) are far more concerned regarding the ability to deal with these risks from a management perspective.

Both Canadian and other Global CIO’s are following almost the same patterns with only a slight variation when it comes to adapting Cloud options for Software and Infrastructure. Virtualization has increased efficiency and flexibility on the server side of computing. However, the storage side of it has remained mostly unchanged.

Canada in 2014 however, has not had a large number of breaches reported in comparison to other parts of the world especially the US.

Canadians attitude towards data privacy:

  • 78% – Have become reluctant to share personal information with businesses.
  • 1 out of 3- Have been fully satisfied with a companies’ privacy policy before starting a business with them.
  • 81%- Have expressed that the business they do with a company, depends on the companies’ public reputation around privacy.

It has been found that Cyber attackers can have unconstrained access in a victims systems for a median of 205 days before they are exposed and some breaches on the other hand can go undetected for even years, says a new report from FireEye. Apparently very few businesses can even detect a breech on their own. In 2014 it was estimated that around 69% of a company’s breach was found out by a third party.

 

Security with Cirrus Tech. Ltd.

Cirrus has been actively adopting measures for Cloud Security, throughout its business years in Cloud Hosting. Cirrus, not only adopted industry standard practices but has also after about 16 years of working within the industry and being deeply engaged with actual early on adopters of Cloud, has managed to reached some novel methodologies developed by its internal engineers.

Cirrus’ physical infrastructure resides in layer 3+ datacenters in Toronto, Canada and the entire access process is monitored, logged and supervised by specialized engineers 24/7/365.

The network layer of the infrastructure is powerfully protected not only for DDOS, data breaches and any sort of malicious attacks but is actively monitored by some of the very best threat management applications such as ThreatStop, Brocade firewalls, etc ….

VLANs or Virtual Private Networking option on Cirrus cloud hosting offering, adds another layer of security into the company’s offering, creating network isolation & separation. This helps to prevent any source of network data sniffing. Cirrus also has adopted Starwind one of the greatest industry storage platforms and created a unique data “block storage” layer in its cloud infrastructure with absolute data isolation amongst cloud clients that may be sharing some of this physical computing or storage layer.

All the customer relationships, from sales to support related issues are also entirely logged and performed through PCI compliant platforms and some very rigorous audits for potential points of breaches that may have been overseen.

 

There is no black and white around Cloud security just yet-however some companies and governments are far more committed to customer security and data management than others. As more and more hackers succeed to get their cheap thrills by breaking through the code- there will always be systems in check to ensure other peoples data privacy, remains sacred.

Charming You With Cloud VPS or VM

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The advent of IT innovation began more than half a century ago. Leading us now at a point where we have web scale computing, lightning fast processor speed and at a junction of cloud computing, to manage all of our IT requirements.  As with most large scale operations, the technology sector too has not only become faster but also cheaper with time. If our predecessors were fortunate enough in the 60’s to have technology, they would be paying around $1000 per MB of storage. Today, a terabyte of storage is almost equivalent to the cost of our toothpaste consumption in a month.

During the 60’s era, computing was mainly used for modeling, forecasting and simulations for scientific research and government programs like NASA. Today’s technology consumption and utility have increased leaps and bounds , due to the low cost computers and storage devices, high- capacity networks as well as widespread adaptation of service-oriented culture and hardware virtualization. We are compelled to increasingly contemplate about cloud computing.

Some businesses however, are still resisting the transition from dedicated servers to a cloud environment. In the mid 1990’s when cloud hosting was picking up as an option for business practice, it took a while for internal systems to catch up to the capabilities of expanding. However, creating a hybrid platform these days is easier than ever.

Cloud VPS or VM hosting is just one of many types of hosting options available in the market today. Essentially, a VPS is a virtual server that offers many if not more advantages then a dedicated server. VPS is a shared server but it makes sure that with partitions in the VPS the user’s information remains highly confidential and secure by allocating separate nodes to each business client. Trustworthy web host providers like CirrusHosting.com also allocate plenty of VPS server resources to responsibly avoid server downtime.

One of the hurdles that companies come up against in migrating from dedicated servers to cloud VPS is that some companies use programs that are designed to work with legacy infrastructure or have not been updated in a long time.

It is seldom that businesses jump off the rut of daily business practices and ask themselves, if there is a more efficient way of testing, deploying or even developing our business applications. Or are just looking for some extra infrastructure that readily scales whenever one would require it to.

Innovation is the buzz word for today’s businesses and that requires agility. If it typically takes your business a while to accommodate new technology and with even greater struggle to disseminate that internally, then you probably want to consider significant restructuring. Cloud computing helps with that struggle as it permits companies to have their applications up and running faster, have lesser maintenance costs, better manageability and allows IT to keep abreast with the rapidly fluctuating and unpredictable business demands.

With additional stability and scalability, enterprises would highly benefit from a private cloud that is easily available and can be upgraded without experiencing downtime or impacting critical business endeavors.

Cloud also helps in maximizing  the use of computing power thus reducing environmental damage as well since less power, air conditioning, rack space, etc. are required for a variety of functions. With cloud computing, multiple users can access a single server to retrieve and update their data without purchasing licenses for different applications.

A service provider like CirrusHosting.com takes over most of the management, including security, memory, storage, IT support and even helps in the virtualization.

Customers consistently want to connect their services together more easily. That is the power of cloud; it eases the average business of having to constantly worry about infrastructure maintenance and management.

Virtual Private Servers VS Dedicated servers

  • Same Security
  • Flexibility
  • Same Performance
  • Better Scalability
  • Migration to New Hardware
  • Better Redundancy
  • Easier Upgrade Paths

Apparently Cloud computing is going to reach a record high in 2015, it is time for businesses to make hay while the sun shines. Meaning it is time for businesses to lay the foundations that will help keep their business up and running for many years to come. It is either that or wait for the inevitable failure of important systems/hardware which of course in the long run, cost far more damage to the business than switching to cloud now.

Migration to Cloud doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It is simply one that is highly recommended for businesses today. It is an incredibly powerful service- whose time has come.

 

Use Cloud Hosting with CDN To Help Prevent Website Downtime Once and For All!

A website needs to be up and running at all times for users to be able to access anytime of the day-from any city in the world. In today’s world we spend more time on the internet than having conversations with people in our lives. This means businesses need to be prepared for any unforeseeable downtimes  and possible website slowdowns, which could be caused by variety of reasons, like, technical issues at a provider infrastructure, a rush of traffic due to breaking news, seasonal shopping trends, etc …

Now as more and more businesses are solely transforming their business practices online- they need to make sure that in this competitive market, their website user has the best possible user experience – for every second a user waits for a page to load on your website, a large number of them would give up and head back to google to search for probably your competitors site that would not leave them this disgruntled.  As we all know, one of the most important aspects of internet users experience is the speed at which the content of the web pages load.

For most websites, a content distribution network: also known as CDN is one of the best ways to ensure that the integrity of the website is delivered without delay to users across the world. What CDN is in actuality, is a network of geographically dispersed high-capacity hosted servers which deliver cached content from websites to end users  depending  on the geographical locations of these end users in cases of downtimes or slowdowns. So that, even during a breakdown phase of the website-the users may still have access to the websites static content.

 

Cirrus Cloud CDN

 

 

 

On set up, CDN utilizes cutting edge technology standards to distribute the content from your web hosts server to a network of geographically dispersed servers. Nevertheless, behind the CDN sits your hosting provider, serves content to multiple servers around the globe and very quickly upon updates. Once a visitor tries to view your site, an intelligence embedded in the nature of the technology, serves the visitor from closest provider. Also, in case any of the providers in this entire CDN network experience any technical difficulties, any of the other providers will start serving the content, without being notices or delayed!

Many e-commerce and media company vendors pay Cloud hosting companies like Cirrus tech (www.cirrushosting.com) to set up their CDN so as to deliver their content to their audience of end-users. Apart from better performance and its efficient availability, CDN helps to offload the traffic served directly from the main providers’ original infrastructure that could result in possible cost saving for the company. Cirrus hosting’s CDN (Content distribution network) is based on the innovative OnApp (www.Onapp.com/federation) cloud platform that helps to push copies of our customers site and media automatically. OnApp has a huge pool of virtual infrastructure that you can use to create services that are both global and diverse in nature or as local and individualistic  as per the need.  OnApp federated CDN has over 170 points of presence in 113 cities across 43 countries helping in distributing different sites’ content in these different locations.

There is a lot of discussion on security concerns of cloud technologies like CDN. With OnApp CDN, publishers have complete control over their content delivery policies, including the ability to protect against stream ripping and unauthorized access. You can feel safe in the knowledge that you will have complete control over where your content is sent and also only public facing content is distributed.

 

The four major reasons why CDN is vital:-

  • Continuity:- A down time of company’s website can cost the business millions of dollars. Whether if you are running a blog, shopping cart or even an online magazine, it is important to make sure your visitors can access your site at all times.
  • Speed:- Thousands or even millions of visitors rushing onto a website , even in its downtime has no impact due to this agile component of CDN. The user’s location and close proximity to the web server has a desirable impact on the websites load time. By dispersing content across multiple geographically located servers, one is able to load pages faster.
  • Improved SEO:- This is due to the physical locations of the multiple servers around the world and so the websites are being loaded from the closest servers making the loading time faster. Google and other search engines like yahoo and Bing give preference to local addresses increasing the Search engine optimization for that website.
  • Cost effective:- Content Delivery Network (CDN) is not all difficult to manage and apart from this, there is no costs entailed on setting up infrastructure. This frees up businesses to manage their business and even aspects of their website without any underlying concern of a website crash. CDN leaves your content and business practices secure- leaving them to focus on sales, engagement, conversion rates and revenue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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