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What is a Virtual Machine (VM)

A Virtual Machine (VM) is a program that emulates a computer system and offers the same functionality as a physical server. VM performs and executes tasks exactly like an isolated stand-alone server, it can be rebooted independently and have its own root/admin access, users, IP address, Memory process, etc. multiple VMs can run on the same server and in order to create VMs businesses utilize a program/software called hypervisor. A hypervisor runs on top of the hardware and facilitates the creation, deployment and management of VMs. Some of the popular hypervisor solutions are KVM, Hyper-V, VMware, and Oracle VM.

Today’s technology consumption and utility have increased leaps and bounds due to low-cost computers and storage devices, high- capacity networks as well as a widespread adaptation of service-oriented culture and hardware virtualization. Some businesses, however, are still resisting to transition from dedicated server to VM. There are many advantages in migrating to VM, to name a few:

 

  • You can save money by Utilizing hardware resources more efficiently, reducing the number of physical servers and as a result lowering the hardware maintenance cost.
  • You can clone your VM and move them easily between your physical servers.
  • You can use VM to try the new operating system, test your application, keep the legacy system, and lunch your website and browse the internet.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint as you will use less power, less cooling, rack space, etc.

 

You can view the Cloud VM solutions we offer here on Cirrus’s website: Cirrus Cloud Hosting

To find out more about Cirrus’ Cloud VMs, visit us at www.cirrushosting.com or call 1.877.624.7787

 

 

Are You Looking For Reliable Enterprise Backup Solution? We Got You Covered!

The web/cloud hosting industry is an extremely competitive market; Hosting companies invest heavily in enhancing their infrastructure to provide reliable services and assist customers with implementing their business continuity plans. Studies show implementing a robust backup and restore solution -on dedicated and virtual machines – is the most pressing tasks of IT departments. At Cirrus Tech we partnered with R1Soft to provide reliable backup solutions to small business and corporate customers.

We interviewed Ali Mirdamadi, CEO of Cirrus Tech Ltd. to find out more about Cirrus Hosting Backup solution.

Q: Why taking the backup is important?

Ali: In IT world, data protection is basically the most important task that a customer faces.  I’ll give you an example If the server breaks like CPU failure or faulty memory you can always change those parts, However if you have a bad drive then you are mostly in the situation where your data is impacted somehow, It’s either lost or corrupted which is why data protection and backup is extremely important and for that, backup solutions are needed so that you be sure you have something to go back to.

Backups are not just for disasters recovery but they are also important when you face with other challenges like a fallen victim to cyber-attacks specifically where your data/website is encrypted or defaced by a hacker, or maybe your server is infected with a virus and you want to go back to your original data. Even human errors can cause data loss; people accidentally delete files or folders.

Q: Why we choose R1Soft?

Ali: We used to provide an in-house backup solution but we felt that the R1soft solution offers additional features that may appeal to most of our customers. In developing our corporate services, we always partner with leaders in the respective fields to offer more value-added services to our customers. We also wanted to choose the product that offers support for protecting various lines of business applications like Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange Server.

first and foremost R1Soft is a very robust solution that actually WORKS all the times, we do not have to worry about backup failing on us, if you can’t use the backup to restore your data then what is the point of having a backup in the first place! Based on our own experience, R1Soft came to our rescue in a few occasions.

Q: What are the R1Soft features?

Ali: R1Soft has unique features that make it ideal and extremely suitable for our business and our customers.

  • Continues Data Protection – R1Soft reads the data directly from the disk or volume and uses block-level backup which drastically reduces the disk and network I/O.
  • Control Panel Interface – R1Soft has a web interface which allows our customer to manage their backup and restore.
  • Quick Restore – R1Soft also allows the customer to restore individual files. Or restore the entire server from scratch meaning your operating system, configuration, an application and data. So in one shot you basically restore the entire server.
  • Multi-Platform Support: R1Soft supports a variety of operating systems. We are not worried about OS compatibility.
  • Data Retention Policies – R1soft give you the option to specify the frequency of “recovery points” (backups) and customers are able to create as many recovery points as they choose. You can take backups that are 15 minutes apart or weeks apart. And since it is taking incremental backups it always backups the changes.
  • DB Backup- R1Soft supports taking backups directly from databases, which give customers a peace of mind that all backups are consistent. In another word, if you have a database open and you take a backup at the same time, that backup may not have all the information in the database. R1Soft allows you to actually get a direct backup from MySQL databases that are another important point that R1Soft offers. (this is an add-on service)

As a hosting provider, we offer flexible pricing to our customers and our customers have the option to choose onsite or offsite backup regardless where their actual server or virtual machine resides. For detail information about our backup plans please click here.

Is the Cloud Application Hosting right for you?

I am sure all of you are familiar with the term cloud hosting and cloud computing by now as it is a term being widely used and adopted in our daily business communications. Cloud hosting/computing can be classified into three main categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Over the past 20 years, Cirrus Tech invested heavily in Virtualization technologies and Cloud infrastructure to provide reliable IaaS solution to our clients in Canada and across the world. IT managers and professionals in particular, enjoy the wide range of features and services available in our IaaS platform such you agility, resource monitoring, security, redundancy, backup and image cloning. We have also been offering PaaS services to a selective group of business, a complete suite of development and deployment platform, so they can concentrate on developing their app and launching their products. Today we are happy to announce the launch of our new SaaS – Application Hosting platform which is designed to help businesses who are only interested in running their business and prefer not to get involved with server management and software updates. Cloud Application hosting solutions is mostly suited for customer retention management (CRM), human resources, procurement, and accounting applications.

 

Benefits and features of our Application Hosting platform:

You should not install your applications manually or spend time keeping them up to date. Our new Cloud Application hosting platform supports a huge range of application stacks based on Perl, PHP, Python, Java and JS. Cloud Application hosting is very similar to our Cloud Virtual Machines plus the added functionality to install, configure and manage one or more applications on top. Once your server is provisioned you can choose which applications to be installed from the large selection of popular applications such as Drupal, WordPress, Magento, SugerCRM, Moodle, LimeSurvay and many more. You also get to enjoy the following features:

 

  • One click install – you simply choose which application to be installed through your our intuitive control panel.
  • Easy to manage – you have an access to view, create, and delete applications; you can create and restore backups as we as create and view FTP users through your dashboard.
  • Easy to access – since your applications are hosted on the cloud you can access them through your web browser from multiple locations.
  • Automatic Update: Application Servers have their own CentOS template; updates to your OS and Applications will be applied automatically as soon they become available.
  • Super fast servers – our new Cloud infrastructure is running on latest Dell hardware and SSD drive, which ensures fast and reliable services.
  • Flexible platform – looking for more resources and processing power? No problem, you have the flexibility to select the right tools and upgrade your resources as you go.
  • Cost Effective – you no longer need to invest heavily in on-premise servers, storage or hire an IT specialist

 

Are you ready to take your business to the next level? Call us at 1.877.624.7787 or email us at sales@cirrushosting.com for more information about our Cloud Application Hosting. We will be happy to assist you.

Click HERE to find out more about Cirrus Hosting’s Cloud Application hosting plans.

 

 

Deploy Your Cloud Servers in Cloud Federations – 113 cities, 43 countries – Through Your Dashboard

Toronto, ON – August 20, 2018 Cirrus Tech, a leading Canadian cloud hosting company, is partnered with OnApp to expand our global scale and reach. The OnApp federation enables Cirrus Tech to compete on global stage with the world’s largest clouds providers. OnApp’s global pool of cloud infrastructure in 113 cities (43 countries) provides more compute locations than EC2, Azure and Google combined. Cirrus Tech is dedicated to continuing investing in cutting-edge, state of the art technology that provides unlimited power and potential to our clients. Our bright, creative service-oriented staffs exist to customize what we do to fit our client’s needs.

Benefits of Cloud Federation:

  • More infrastructure choices – Now you can order servers to be deployed in South America, Europe, Africa, Asian and Australia. You have an access to choose the infrastructure in the USA, UK, and France through your control panel. Please contact our sales team for a complete list of our cloud infrastructures.
  • No long-term commitment – you can deploy your VM on demand in new regions. Our flat monthly subscription fee gives you a risk-free way to test the market first.
  • Scalable – increase the resources as you go; add more memory, CPU and disk space.
  • Privacy & Compliance – regulators in healthcare, public sector and finance are very sensitive to where the application and data are actually hosted. OnApp Federation provides clients with full control over data locality, at a granular city level.
  • Easy to manage – Now you can manage all your servers in one place (shut down, turn on, reboot, change the password, upgrade and rebuild).
  • One account, One currency – No matter how many VMs or how many locations you use, you have just one account and you pay in one currency CAD or USD.
  • Customization – For more demanding applications we will work with you to select a location that fits your budget, performance, and reliability you need.

 

Click here for more information about Cirrus Tech’s Cloud VM plans.

 

About OnApp

OnApp was founded in 2010. They have now more than 140 staff across offices in the US, UK, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The HQ is in London, UK. OnApp provides Infrastructure-as-a-service software for hosts, telcos, and MSPs. Their software is used by more than 3,000 service providers in 93 countries.

 

About Cirrus Tech Ltd

Cirrus Tech Ltd. has been actively promoting its services to the hosting industry since 1999. The company has focused on 24/7 tech support, value-added services and a cooperative attitude towards all its clients. Cirrus is now one of Canada’s largest Web / cloud Hosting companies in Canada.

 

Time To Host Your CRM in Cloud

As you know CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is a solution for managing your company’s relationships and communications with existing and potential clients. The main goal of every CRM solution is to increase profit by improving customer relationships, streamlining customer acquisition and customer management processes. Depending on your business needs you can define a simple CRM process like:

  1. Cold calling to set up appointments
  2. Go to your appointment and try to sell your product
  3. Close the deal or follow up

Or a more complex process such as:

  1. Collect information about your client base
  2. Analyse and process the data
  3. Conduct a market research
  4. Generate contact information
  5. Generate customized solution and personalize
  6. Schedule appointment
  7. Close the deal or follow up

Traditionally organizations used to host their CRM applications on-premise, hosted and managed by their internal IT department which means it took time, personnel, equipment and capital investment to setup a CRM environment. However cloud computing has changed everything; basically hosted CRM makes your application available from a remote cloud infrastructure that is accessed through the internet.

 

What are the benefits of hosted CRM / cloud CRM?

  • Reduce cost: You do not need to make a huge investment in purchasing servers and storages, you pay for the services and resources you actually use and you have the option to upgrade the resources as you go.
  • Business continuity: Cloud servers remove the single point of failure because there is always another hardware node ready to take over from a failing node; it minimizes downtime without the expense of having a replica physical server sitting idle.
  • Free up your IT resources: In a hosted environment, hosting provider takes care of the hardware and underlying infrastructure so you do NOT need to hire IT specialist or worry about downtime and connectivity to outside world.
  • Seamless access: Because your data is hosted in the cloud, authorized sales agents can access CRM application from virtually anywhere, as long as you have access to the internet.

In a nutshell, hosted CRM on cloud offers scalability, security, elasticity, redundancy, low entry cost and flexible pricing.

Why host your CRM solution with Cirrus hosting?

Cirrus Hosting, has been a leader in providing affordable and reliable cloud infrastructure and website hosting since 1999.  As a BBB member with an A+ rating, Cirrus Hosting is a top-notch Canadian cloud hosting company with professional support, rigorous reliability and easily scalable cloud solutions that grow right alongside customer needs. You can install and run your Microsoft Dynamic CRM, Sage 300, SugarCRM, CiviCRM or any other CRM software on our high-performance cloud infrastructure. Following are some of the features included in our hosted CRM plan:

  • Developer friendly: You have full access to the server to manage, configure and install any application or plugin you like.
  • Lightning fast: Our infrastructure is running on enterprise hardware and SSD storages to ensure consistent performance and fastest load time.
  • Hassle-free: We take care of Windows updates, apply security patches and setup automatic backup so you can focus on running your business.
  • High security: We protect your infrastructure, which powers your website, 24/7 with an onsite security guard, CCTV, key card and bio matric access.
  • Cost savings: Pay for what you use. We have already invested heavily in our infrastructure so that you access the resource you need at a fraction of the cost.
  • Scalable: You can upgrade your resources as you go without a downtime or data loss.
  • Support: Our technicians are available 24/7/365 to help and answer your questions. Our experienced technicians will be happy to help you get set up or solve any server related problems you may have.
  • Reliable: We use N+1 high-performance chillers, backup generators and redundant connectivity to provide you up to 100% uptime service.

 

Get your head in the cloud! Are you a small and midsize business owner? Are you thinking of hosting your CRM on the cloud? Now you can host your CRM software on our cloud infrastructure.  For more information please visit https://www.cirrushosting.com/crm-software-hosting.html

 

Everything You Need to Know About Hosted Accounting Software

Hosted accounting software or Cloud computing accounting is a practice of using a series of networks of remote servers across the internet to host your accounting software. These servers are specially hosted to store, manage and process accounting data rather than using your local server or a personal computer. Basically what hosted accounting application does is to make the accounting software available from a remote cloud infrastructure that is accessed through the internet. Cloud services provide customers with features such as scalability, security, elasticity and redundancy.

 

What are the benefits of hosted accounting / cloud accounting?

  • Affordable: You do not need to make a huge investment in purchasing servers and storages, with hosting accounting solution you pay for what you actually use and you have the option to upgrade the resources as you go.
  • Low maintenance: In a hosted environment, hosting provider takes care of the hardware and underlying infrastructure so you do need to hire IT specialist or worry about downtime and connectivity to the outside world.
  • Easy to access: Because your data is hosted in the cloud, authorized users can access the application from virtually anywhere, as long as you have access to the internet.
  • Business continuity: Cloud servers remove the single point of failure because there is always another hardware node ready to take over from a failing node; it minimizes downtime without the expense of having a replica physical server sitting idle.

 

Why host your small business accounting software with Cirrus hosting?

Cirrus hosting, has been a leader in providing affordable and reliable cloud infrastructure and website hosting since 1999.  As a BBB member with an A+ rating, Cirrus Hosting is a top-notch Canadian cloud hosting company with professional support, rigorous reliability and easily scalable cloud solutions that grow right alongside customer needs. You can install and run your Quickbooks, Sage 300 or any other accounting software on our high-performance cloud hosting. Some of the features included in accounting software hosting is as follow:

  • Secure: We protect your infrastructure, which powers your website, 24/7 with the onsite security guard, CCTV, key card and bio matric access.
  • Reliable: We use N+1 high-performance chillers, backup generators and redundant connectivity to provide you up to 100% uptime service.
  • Flexible: You can upgrade your resources as you go without a downtime or data loss.
  • Superior performance: Our infrastructure is running on enterprise hardware and SSD storages to ensure consistence performance and fastest load time.
  • Support: our technicians are available 24/7/365 to help and answer your questions. Our experienced technicians will be happy to help you get set up or solve any server related problems you may have.
  • Backup and OS update: We take care of Windows updates, apply security patches and setup automatic backup so you can focus on running your business.

 

Are you a small and midsize business owner? Are you thinking of hosting your accounting \ bookkeeping software online? Now you can host your business accounting software on our cloud infrastructure.  For more information please visit https://www.cirrushosting.com/cloud-accounting-software-hosting.html

Cirrus Hosting Expands Its Cloud VPS Services With Lower Pricing, More Resources and Faster Load Times

Cirrus Tech Ltd., a Toronto, Ontario based company specialized in web and cloud hosting and infrastructure services is thrilled to announce it has released upgraded Virtual Private Server plans giving customers more resources for less cost, and also newly added plans of WordPress Hosting. These new plans are adhering Cirrus Hosting’s commitment to lower the cost of cloud hosting and shared hosting and to employ the latest technologies to improve customers’ experience with every purchased resource. Cirrus Hosting has recently announced his partnership with OnApp as its technology provider which transforms Cirrus VM offering into a flexible, scalable and highly automated platform.

Cirrus Hosting is happy to introduce new 100% SSD cloud VM solutions. SSD drive gives customers much higher data read and writes rates than traditional HDD and also a higher performance. Boost your site performance significantly by subscribing to our new fully SSD VPS hosting plans.

  • With CDN-Accelerator of the updated plans, customers can deploy a CDN with just one single button without any modification. Accelerator gives you all the benefits of a global CDN without any of the hassles of configuring and maintaining a CDN platform.
  • Upon Cirrus Hosting’s partnership with SpamExperts, customers can filter out harmful and unwanted content before it gets to their mailbox. SpamExperts secures nearly 100% filtering accuracy rate with a very low false-positive rate.
  • In addition, with Cirrus Tech’s Remote Backup solutions, customers have the ability to easily manage their backup using R1Soft’s web interface.

Cirrus Hosting is also introducing new plans for WordPress Hosting. WordPress hosting plans include easy setup, automated updates and backups, 100% network uptime with no bandwidth limitations and 24/7 support. Cirrus Hosting’s servers are optimized to give customers more secure and super-fast page loads. With free enterprise Email Filtering powered by SpamExperts and Free SSL, new WordPress Hosting plans will ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction.

“SSD is what will help our customers flourish. It’s simply inevitable as more and more companies rely on databases to run their businesses. From WordPress to SQL (MySQL, MSSQL or Oracle) to CRMs like Quickbooks or Sage, IO is becoming increasingly prevalent in most environments and that is exactly why Cirrus has chosen to offer all its VPS and Cloud VMs on them,” said Ali Mirdamadi, CEO of Cirrus Tech Ltd.

With the launch of upgraded VM plans and WordPress Hosting plans, it’s easier than ever to move to Cirrus Hosting’s Servers now. Cirrus Hosting offers best 24/7 support and safety and security of Canada’s privacy regulations on their Canada-based servers.

New VPS plans start at 10$ for 30GB of SSD Disk space. There is a long list of improvements and it will not fit here. Click HERE to find out more about Cirrus Hosting’s Windows hosting plans. Call Cirrus at 1.877.624.7787 (1.905.881.3485 if you’re in the Toronto area) or email at sales@cirrushosting.com for more information about these new plans or if there are any questions about getting a new server. Cirrus Hosting support team will be happy to assist.

Cirrus Hosting’s Spring Discount!

 

 

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Let’s make this Spring a little warmer with this great deal!!!
Finally, the long-lasting winter is finished and spring has arrived and it’s time for our Spring Promotion. Enjoy our reliable and cost-effective hosting plans for your business by taking advantage of the following special spring offers. These spring discounts are applicable to any new subscription and the amount of savings will vary depending on the web hosting or cloud hosting packages.

Subscribe to Cirrus Hosting’s popular Cloud VM Plans or Shared Hosting Plans and you can receive 3 months of FREE SERVICE!

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For over a decade, Cirrus Hosting has vigorously managed to offer valuable hosting services to corporations, small businesses, and even individuals at surprising prices. When you combine that with great service, cutting edge technology, and knowledgeable support team, Cirrus shines as the leading choice for all your hosting needs. Check out Cirrus’s website and take advantage of these great savings today! They will only be offered for a limited time.You will not find a better deal. Guaranteed!!! Pay for 12 months, get 15 months of services, 3 extra months for free!!!

Call us at 1.877.624.7787 or 1.905.881.3485 (Canadian line) or Email at sales@cirrushosting.com to claim yours!

*Offer details: This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. Offer is valid only on new orders for cloud VM plans and shared hosting plans on annually billing terms. Offer expires at 4/30/2017.

Cirrus Hosting is now deploying Windows Server 2016

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Cirrus Hosting is thrilled to announce that we are now deploying the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows Server on all our Cloud VM and Virtual Private Server (VPS) plans. Windows Server 2016 comes with lots of new features and upgrades. Let’s take a look at some of them:

 

Server footprints get even smaller with Nano

One of the biggest IT pro-related announcements Microsoft made this year was about Nano Server, a new small-footprint option for installing Windows Server 2016. Microsoft claims that Nano Server will have 93% smaller VHD size, 92% fewer critical bulletins and 80% fewer required reboots.

Nano is ideal for compute heavy tasks, or for dedicated purposes such as the mentioned DNS, IIS, or F&P. Nano can run well on both physical hardware and as a guest VM.

If you have online shop or downtime is a challenge for your system, you should give Nano a chance. You will love it!

 

Containers

If you have developed an application, your code, runtimes, tools, libraries, or anything else that your application needs to find on the running operating system in order to work can all be included in the container.

Microsoft has been working closely with Docker team to bring Docker-based containers to Windows Server. And now Windows Server 2016 offers two different types of “containerized” windows Server: Windows Server Container and Hyper-V Container. First one is for where you don’t mind container to run on the same server and the latter is for when you want completely isolated containers.

Either Docker-based or Hyper-V, if you are looking for process isolation, security and scalability in your application containers, Windows Server 2016 will satisfy your needs.

 

Improved server management with PowerShell 5.0

The latest version of Windows Server comes with PowerShell 5.0, which has many improvements, including new module called Package Management that lets you install software packages on the Internet. Also The Workflow debugger now supports command or tab completion, and you can debug nested workflow functions. And PowerShell 5.0 now runs in Nano server directly, so administration of this lightweight server platform is made even simpler.

 

Extended Storage Space

Three new features take over the software-defined storage that enables you to create HA data storage: Storage Space Direct, another cool feature of Windows Server 2016 creates redundant and flexible disk storage. Also Storage Replica replicates data at the volume level in either synchronous or asynchronous modes, while Storage QoS (Storage Quality of Service) guards against poor performance in multitenant environment.

 

Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

Greatly valuable in a virtualization environment, software-defined networking enables you to set up networking in your Hyper-V environment similar to what you can do in Azure, including virtual LANs, routing, software firewalls, and more and it makes life so much simpler for you.

You can also do virtual routing and mirroring, so you can enable security devices to view traffic without expensive taps.

 

There is a long list of improvements and it will not fit in one post of our blog. You can continue to read and learn more at System Center provided by folks at windows.

 

Are you looking to be one of the first to try the Windows Server 2016 on your cloud? We offer it Now for any Cirrus Cloud VMs or VPS.

 

Call us at 1.877.624.7787 (1.905.881.3485 if you’re in the Toronto area) or email us at sales@cirrushosting.com for more information about these features in this list or if you have any questions in getting your new server. We will be happy to assist you.

  •  Click HERE to find out more about Cirrus Hosting’s Windows hosting plans.

 

 

What’s going on in Cirrus? October Edition

 

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Cirrus Tech is now peering with TorIX

Cirrus Tech has announced that it has completed a connection between its data centers in Toronto and the Toronto Internet Exchange Community (TorIX), a key North American Internet Point (IXP) to ultimately provide customers network with the lowest latency.

TorIX is located at the 151 Front Street West carrier hotel which provides peering with 211 members and peak traffic rates of 330 Gbit/s. Based on numbers of peers, TorIX is the largest Internet Exchange in Canada and the 17th largest in the world, and if multi-city IXP’s are eliminated, TorIX ranks 3rd in the world. Click Here to read more about TorIX

“This was an essential network upgrade that puts our customers “closer” to their audience” Cirrus Tech CEO Ali Mirdamadi Said.

For Cirrus Tech customers, our partnership with TorIX means that customers can experience lower latency and higher speed when there are running important workloads. Also, traffic on their website is more to be kept local and not crossing borders into different jurisdictions.

 

Enjoy worry-free remote backup protection from Cirrus Tech and R1Soft

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Secure your data. Choose from a range of Remote Backup plans that suit your specific data protection requirements. Cirrus Tech’s Remote Backup  plans are scalable, so you can enjoy the flexibility of upgrading your Remote Backup plan easily. Learn more…