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What Type of Hosting Does My Business Need?

There are a lot of different web hosting options out there. Any provider can have a multitude of options. If you have not worked with web hosting, you might feel totally lost when it comes to figuring out just what you need. Cirrus Hosting provides an array of services, and we’re here to help you sort through the details to figure out just what type of hosting you need for your business.

Understand the Types of Hosting

Before you can figure out just what you need, you need to be familiar with the different types of hosting options out there. These are the most common:

  • Shared hosting
  • VPS (virtual private server) hosting
  • Cloud hosting
  • Dedicated server hosting

You will find that different hosting companies will potentially have different services available for their customers. Here’s a brief overview.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is pretty much exactly as it sounds. You are sharing your server space with other users. This is generally the most affordable hosting option out there. For some users, it’s sufficient. If you’re just getting started or don’t need to worry about heavy volume and traffic, this could be a good option for you. With shared hosting, there could be thousands of users on the same server. The server is managed by the host, so it’s up to them to control the users.

The downside of shared hosting is that you never know what resources you will have available. You can be affected by the action of others with things like malware or viruses. Your speed could suffer based on other traffic. Some providers that offer shared hosting will also allow you to upgrade. They help you transition to a different type of hosting when you are ready or your site grows.

VPS Hosting

VPS stands for virtual private server. This is very similar to shared hosting, but there are some safeguards in place. This helps you not have to worry as much about security from what others are doing. On a VPS, you are on a shared server, but you are offered your own spot on that server. That spot is yours and no one else can tap into it or subject you to their risks from it, either.

Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting takes it all to the cloud for you. You have resources, speed, and storage on demand and you can adjust your cloud based on your needs. With cloud hosting, you rely on your provider. It is up to them to have the appropriate measures in place, and you just work within your cloud. You can manage it, add software and applications, and customize everything however you need it.

Dedicated Server Hosting

Dedicated server hosting is the top level. This is the ultimate form of hosting service and the more expensive option. You get an entire server dedicated solely to your needs. Within that server, you can do whatever you want to the space. You can customize it, manage it, add security, add tools, and work within your server. You don’t have to worry about anyone else on the server. It’s dedicated to you so the resources are ALL YOURS! The best part is you also do not have to maintain the server. That’s what we’re for!

Tips to Make Your Type of Hosting Decision

Now, let’s take a look at a few simple tips to help you know just what to look for before you choose a type of hosting.

Available Features

Think about the different hosting service options and the features of each one. What type of features do you specifically want or need? How can you be successful with your hosting plan? If you have any idea what type of storage you need or the traffic that you can expect, this could be very helpful. Determine what you NEED and then work from there.

Think about the security you will need and whether you will have high traffic or even need to be able to handle e-commerce on the site. Now, what type of hosting feels most suitable to those needs?

Security

Some sites don’t require a lot of security, while other sites demand high security protocols. The type of hosting that you choose will probably have something to do with the security that you need. You also will want to be familiar with how much support your provider offers in terms of security. What do they have in place for security, and how will that benefit your site? What type of added security do you need, and can you implement additional security measures?

Keep in mind that shared hosting offers very little security and you can’t really do much to add it. VPS has a similar setup to shared hosting, but offers you a layer of security between you and the next person there.

Budget

It’s quite possible that if you are just starting out, you might not have much of a budget. It’s safe to say that your budget will affect the type of hosting that you end up choosing in the end. Remember that shared hosting is the most affordable. Dedicated server hosting is the most expensive. You might need one of these or you might need somewhere in between.

We can help you choose the right fit for you based on your needs.

Let Cirrus Hosting Serve Your Needs

When you find yourself faced with choosing the type of hosting for your site, let Cirrus Hosting help you out! Not only do we offer multiple types of hosting plans and services, but we also offer you a company with experience in the field. We are a secure and reliable hosting provider that has been operating since 1999. We would love the opportunity to work with you for your hosting needs. Contact us today to get started.

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How Does Dedicated Server Hosting Work?

When you are trying to determine what type of server hosting service you need, there is much to know to make an informed decision. In this guide, we’re going to focus on dedicated server hosting. We will cover just what it is and how it works. We can even give you some tidbits to compare it to other types of hosting to give you some reference. Cirrus Hosting does have several options available for dedicated hosting. Give us a call for your needs.

Dedicated Server Hosting Explained

Dedicated hosting is designed to give you all of the server access to yourself. It’s like the penthouse of server options. It’s not for everyone, as it is more expensive to utilize and may provide way more power and functionality than you actually need. However, this is a good option for you if you need high levels of performance and security.

When you use dedicated server hosting, one single physical server is dedicated solely to you – or to an individual business customer that pays for the service. The customer doesn’t just get access to the server, either. You get total control of the server for their needs. Customers make changes and customize it so that it works for them.

A customer with a dedicated server can use it however they want to. They have the performance and it’s like a clean slate for them to create. They don’t have to worry about sharing data, performance, or space. We will talk about the benefits in more detail later, but a dedicated server gives a client control, flexibility, security, and performance all in one place.

In our explanation of a dedicated server, we also want to mention that the customer isn’t responsible for maintaining or managing the server. That duty is performed by their provider. Basically, they get all of the access without any of the background work to keep the server running and operational.

The Benefits of Dedicated Server Hosting

There are several benefits to using dedicated hosting. Again, we want to mention that it isn’t for everyone. However, there are substantial benefits to those who use it.

  • You get control of the space
  • You have optimized performance
  • It’s fully flexible to your needs
  • Dedicated hosting is secure
  • Maintenance and tech support

Now, let’s look at these in a bit more detail!

You’re in Control!

Perhaps one of the best things about this type of hosting plan is that you still get to be in control. Where some hosting platforms will have major limitations on what you can change or if you can even make changes, that isn’t the case with dedicated servers. This means you are the only tenant and this is your penthouse, so you get to decorate it and organize however will work best for you.

As long as your changes are within the capabilities of the server, your options are endless. You can add and remove apps and operating systems. It means you establish the rules and security detail and you can grant people access or take access away whenever is necessary.

Ultimately, you will feel like you’re the boss of your domain and space. Your landlord will have nothing to say about you hanging that photo on the wall or painting the room bright green.

Optimal Performance

Since you have an entire server dedicated just to you, you get all the performance you could possibly need. Here’s the thing: when you use a shared server, a cloud server, or other shared platform, you don’t get the space all to yourself. While some of these can be great options for certain uses, they are not dedicated solely to you. This can sometimes affect your performance because the system can get weighed down or busy.

When you use dedicated server hosting, the performance is at your fingertips and your stuff will perform much better. You get speed, you get storage space, and you get the support you may need in the background as well.

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Total Flexibility

This benefit again relates directly back to this being your own space. You aren’t sharing with others so you have a little bit more flexibility. Rather than having to work in the confines of the same lease that many other businesses are, you get to do it your own way.

Under the flexibility of a dedicated server, you can change things when and if you need to. You don’t have to get approval to change any of your configurations or setup. Simply make changes to software and applications and even add them when you want to. You can also take control of your resources so you can allocate how the server resources are split between applications and processes.

This allows you to make changes and create a space where your business can benefit from the dedicated space. There is so much more than just having your own space at play here.

Reliable Security

Thanks to dedicated hosting, you also get the benefit of a secure space. You can add security protocols as you need to. A business can also amend or make changes in order to be compliant when you need to be.

Your hosting provider will have some responsibility for offering security on their end, particularly with the physical server but you can add your own internal security controls.

Maintenance and Tech Support

Finally, when you have a dedicated server, you are paying a provider to take care of that server. You are not managing the physical server; you are simply taking advantage of having access to the entire server for yourself.

The hosting provider is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the physical server. It’s one less thing for you to have to worry about. Your hosting provider should also be available to you for tech support should you run into issues.

Cirrus Hosting Dedicated Server Hosting

If you are interested in using a dedicated server, let us help you. Cirrus Hosting offers a variety of packages for dedicated servers so that you can choose what is right for you! How can we help you?

How To Disable TLS 1.0 & TLS 1.1 on a Windows Server, VPS or Cloud VM

We talked extensively about Google, Microsoft and PCIs push to create a more secure internet. From supporting an open-source SSL certificate initiative like Let’s Encrypt to prompting “Not Secure” warning when visiting all HTTP sites through chrome, IE, and Mozilla. Those of you who are running an e-commerce site are familiar with PCI and already know that PCI has deprecated TLS1.0 & TLS 1.1 so the minimum requirements are TLS 1.2 and the gold standard is TLS 1.3. For those of you how are not familiar with PCI you can find out more here.

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a critical part of a secure online transaction between two systems as it secures communications by authenticating one or both systems. Serious vulnerabilities prompted PCI to deprecate SSL/early TLS on 30 June 2018. So if you are using a Windows server or Windows VPS or Windows cloud VM you can do your part and be an agent of change by disabling TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 on your server. Doing so not only secures your server but also forces others who are still using SSL/early TLS to make the switch to more secure encryption technology.

Here is the step by step instruction on how to disable TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 on a Windows server:

  1. Open up Registry Editor by clicking on the Start Button, type in Regedit, and then hit Enter. Since we are dealing with registry, we strongly suggest backing up the current Registry state. Misuse of the Registry might have detrimental effects on your system. (In the Regedit screen highlight computer >>File >>Export >> Save file to a location you want)
  2. In Registry Editor, locate the following registry key:

HKey_Local_Machine\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders \SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.0\Server ( or TLS 1.1)                

  1. On the Edit menu, click Add Value.
  2. In the Data Type list, click DWORD.
  3. In the Value Name box, type Enabled, and then click OK.

Note if this value is present; double-click the value to edit its current value.

  1. Type 00000000 in Binary Editor to set the value of the new key equal to “0”.
  2. Click OK. Restart the Server.

Transport Layer Security (TLS) are together cryptographic protocols provides communication safety over a network; for instance a customer linking to a web server. A “handshake” is done at the start of a TLS or SSL connection. During this handshake the customer and server will work out what mutual ciphers and hash algorithms are sustained. This is also where a server will deliver its digital certificate to a linking customer.

TLS is the continuation of SSL. Over the years susceptibilities have been and carry on to be exposed in the denounced SSL and TLS protocols. For this reason, you must disable SSLv2, SSLv3, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 in your server configuration, leaving simply TLS protocols 1.2 and 1.3 enabled.

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is additional security protocol to make sure privacy and information-integrity during web based communication among two applications. Like SSL Protocol, TLS Protocol also comes with two modules – TLS Record Protocol and TLS Handshake Protocol. Elementary properties of TLS Protocol are as follows:

TLS Protocol encrypts data by symmetric cryptography and makes sure privacy during web based communication procedure.

All the mails, which are switch over over the Internet, are tested while transferring from one computer to another. This feature delivers the trustworthiness of the web based communication.

TLS protocol restricts unauthorized users to interfere as a third party in the middle of a communication process over the Internet. The third party will take part in the communication only after identified by the two official communicators or operators.

Transport Layer Security Protocol comes with the cryptographic security to deliver vital privacy between two operators. Like SSL, Transport Layer security Protocol is extensible, i.e., you can integrate new encryption approaches in the TLS framework. By this you can decrease the effort of making new protocols as well as remove the obligation of implementing new set of safety library.

Cryptographic operations delivered by Transport Layer Security Protocol hinge upon the technical configuration of the CPU. These types are also alike to Secure Sockets Layer Protocol. ‘Optional session caching’ is available in TLS Protocol that enhances the number of networks and linkage activity to make the message process effective.