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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 ( 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 ( 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.

How Can You Tell If Your Business Is Ready For The Cloud?

Ready For The CloudContrary to what some people might have you believe, the cloud isn’t something that just anyone should dive into. Not every organization stands to benefit from cloud computing, nor can every business successfully adopt a cloud model. If you make the jump before your organization is ready to support it, you’re basically just hurling money into a pit – you’ll gain nothing, and lose a great deal of capital in the process. Suffice it to say, that isn’t a mistake you want to make.

So how can you tell if your business is among those that should implement the cloud? Read more

Your Business’s Customers Deserve The Cloud’s Reliability

Cloud ReliabilityYou’d be surprised, or perhaps not, by the number of businesses whose revenue and relationship with customers are dependent on an old server sitting under a desk or in a closet, the maintenance and continued functioning of which depends on the IT expertise of someone who is not entirely qualified for the job.

It makes me cringe when I talk to small business owners about the state of their IT infrastructure and they tell me that mission critical applications and databases are running on creaky old servers that haven’t been replaced for years, often because there’s no one around who understands exactly what the server is doing and they are afraid to touch it in case they break something. Read more

It’s Not Easy Being Green, But The Cloud Helps

Being Green With The CloudInformation technology is essential to the economy. We used to say the online economy, but that forms such a large part of the economy as a whole, and almost all activity within the wider economy depends in some way on computing infrastructure and information technology that the distinction is losing its usefulness.

Computing infrastructure forms the substrate on which the economy runs. To accommodate the demand for infrastructure, data centers are being built at an ever faster rate. Data centers consume massive amounts of energy, up to one hundred times that of the average office building. Information technology uses ten percent of the world’s annual energy consumption — more than the aviation industry. It behoves companies to try to reduce their energy consumption; deploying applications and infrastructure into the cloud is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy consumption on IT. Read more

How Does High Availability Cloud Hosting Minimize Downtime?

Using Cloud To Minimize DowntimeTraditionally, when a server suffered a catastrophic failure, the sites it hosted went down and stayed down until it could be repaired or replaced. On a long enough timeframe, servers will fail — components don’t last forever, particularly those with moving parts like hard drives, but also electronic components. It was once an accepted feature of web hosting, some downtime was expected.

It’s almost impossible to guarantee zero downtime, even on the most advanced cloud platform, but modern cloud technology allows us to implement systems that make it an extremely rare occurrence.

To be considered a High Availability system, a cloud platform has to have a couple of features which are closely related to each other: the absence of single point of failure and failover in the case of a server going down. Read more

How You Can Use The Cloud To Improve Your Dedicated Server

Use Cloud To Improve Dedicated ServerThe dedicated server is frequently held up as the most powerful option available to hosting clients. Even though it tends to be more expensive than the alternatives; it offers the best performance, the most control, and the greatest stability of any plan – bar none.

If you’re running resource-intensive, high-demand services or applications, a dedicated server is clearly the superior choice; the cloud cannot yet match its performance without a significantly higher investment. Meanwhile, if scaling and flexibility are your main concerns, you’re probably better off sticking with the cloud. Those are, after all, the things it’s known for.

There appears to be very little middle ground. Read more

How Cloud Computing Plays A Role In The Digital Enterprise

Cloud Digital EnterprisesThe enterprise world looks very different today from how it looked twenty (or even ten) years ago. Due in large part to advances made in networking and computer hardware, technology has come to play a greater role in business than ever before. This has, in turn, given rise to an entirely new paradigm; one which persists across industries: the digital enterprise.

I should explain what I mean with that term; it’s not just a buzz phrase. Read more

What Is A Private Cloud?

What is a Private Cloud?Among all the various pieces of cloud terminology, the one that many people, even tech experts, have trouble with is the concept of a private cloud. I’ve heard people describe Gmail as a private cloud service, because users have private accounts. I’ve heard people insist that the only platforms correctly described as private clouds are those where organizations themselves purchase, deploy, and manage the underlying physical hardware.

The second group are closer to the truth, but far enough from capturing the real meaning of a private cloud that it’s worth devoting some time to explaining in simple terms exactly what a private cloud platform is. Read more

Achieving 100% Uptime With Your Cloud Hosting Provider

Achieving 100% Uptime In The CloudThere was a time – over a decade ago; an eternity in the world of tech – when 100% uptime was impossible. No matter how well a server worked, no matter how capable the administrator, it would eventually need to be taken down. Infrastructure failed. Vulnerabilities and glitches needed to be patched out. New features needed to be implemented.

Back then, outages – however small – were simply a fact of life. Servers like the one documented by Ars Technica user Axatax were the exception rather than the rule. The expectation that a server always be available to its users was unreasonable at best.

Much has changed since those days. Read more

Cloud Providers Have A Responsibility To Safeguard Data Sovereignty

Cloud Data Sovereignty ResponsibilityIn an ideal world, we might be able to think of the cloud as a vast undifferentiated pool of compute and storage resources. Users wouldn’t have to care about the what and the where of the underlying infrastructure; they’d just spin up as many servers as they need or upload whichever files they want to store, and that would be that. In an era of plummeting prices, the commodification of cloud resources, and the prevalence of open standards, users wouldn’t even have to care much about which vendor they chose to handle their company’s workloads.

If you work in corporate IT, the above scenario probably made you wince. For you, the global cloud is just pie in the sky. You are deeply concerned with the what and the where of infrastructure deployments — particularly the where. Data sovereignty is key to mitigating the regulatory and business risks of infrastructure deployment. It matters where data is stored and processed because it matters which legal and regulatory frameworks will apply — countries across the world have radically different privacy and security standards for data. Companies can find themselves in serious trouble if they plan for adhering to EU or Canadian standards within those jurisdictions only to find that chunks of their users’ data is sitting on servers in the US or elsewhere.

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