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What You Need To Know About GDPR New Changes

Sharing Data for any purpose is much secured than ever before due to the new changes to data privacy laws: GDPR. GDPR abbreviates “General Data Protection Regulations” which will come under effect from 25th May 2018 to comply with European Union (EU) data privacy law. As the GDPR covers a large number and wide scope it’ll surely affect businesses globally including Europe. Regardless of criteria of any business, all the businesses will now have to meet noticeable fine if they don’t comply with GDRP.

 

So, we find ourselves responsible to inform our honorable clients around the world about the new GDRP system. So they can save themselves from the consequences by consulting their lawyer to keep uninterrupted flaw of business.

 

Definition of GDPR – General Data Protection Regulations

GDRP is forcing companies to use plain language (standard code to follow up & recognized globally) during they collect data from users. As a result, the companies that come under the EU laws need to upgrade their privacy policies according to the GDRP. So now, the people of European Union have more control over their personal information previously used by many companies as a property of businesses.

 

A deep dive into the GDPR system – Benefits

Following are the benefits people will now get by the implementation of the new GDPR rule:

  • GDPR ensures the right of asking question meaning the companies using personal information are very liable about the data being used in future. Also, an individual can ask for a copy of collected data.
  • Individuals can resubmit, edit and even delete their personal information that has been fetched earlier from them.
  • Anyone can ask for permanent deletion of their personal data which being used or stored for any purpose earlier.
  • Now an individual has more legal rights, such as to limit the processing of any personal information by showing lawful reasons for example that the data has been forcefully collected.
  • Individuals have every right to ask for a copy of personal data in a standard machine-readable format.
  • Finally, no more unwanted marketing emails!! If someone wants to discontinue any service at any time, the company is liable not to use any of that information further. Even though services like analytics cannot use any personal information for targeting an individual without their consent.

In a word, GDPR ensures Access, Consent, Correction, Deletion, Objection, Processing & Probability rights.

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How Cirrus Hosting comes under GDPR?

For connectivity, mobility and faster loading experience, we’re using the cloud-based technology for a long time. To use these services we are directly involved with the EU customers or companies due to our criteria of business.

There is not a must for business to be a resident EU for coming under the GDPR laws. Also, businesses like ours whom fetch data from EU clients and saving them in their server are included under the GDPR laws.

Cirrus Hosting Privacy Policy has explained what information we gather about clients for what purposes and how we protect clients personal information with the highest of security standards. We suggest our clients to review how these new changes apply to them and we will be updating our privacy policy to align it with GDPR regulations.

 

How much is your penalty if you don’t comply?

Besides the point that it is not a good reputation for a company to be non-compliance and no company wants to be known as the company that doesn’t care or respect the privacy of its users, depending on different factors and circumstance, the fine can be up to 4% on annual turnover and which can maximize up to 20 million Euro.

 

7 easy steps to avoid the GDPR consequences:

  • A quick audit before the due date over the database about clients and their personal pieces of information can be handy to avoid the consequences.
  • Hiring some Data compliance officers is must for those companies who collect personal information of an individual from EU countries. So, the officers can make sure that policy of local company complies with EU GDPR laws.
  • Also, make sure that people can easily change their consent or either remove permanently.
  • Most importantly, it is a must to update software and processes that are used for storing personal information of clients regarding the GDPR new regulations.
  • Arrange a quick seminar to train your employees about GDPR regulations.
  • Finally, it is your company which is liable for any dispute occurs while collecting data for business purposes. So, keep on a close eye into GDPR updates.

 

In conclusion, we can say that if you’re collecting data from personals from the residents of EU nations, it’s time to call for professional advice before things get messy. For further information feel free to contact us.

 

Temporary service disruption – unable to modify DNS entry

Dear valued clients,

As you might know, we are revamping our infrastructure; if you have subscribed to our website and VPS hosting plans prior to 2016 you would NOT be able to make changes to your DNS information through your billing portal. Our technical team is available to assist you during this time; Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance.

 

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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 Unveils New Enterprise-Class WordPress Hosting Solutions With Expanded Offering

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Cirrus Tech Ltd., a Toronto based company specialized in providing premium web and VPS hosting and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is thrilled to announce the lunch of its managed WordPress offerings. Optimized for WordPress hosting, new plans give customers more resources for less cost. These new plans are adhering Cirrus Tech’s commitment to lower the cost of shared hosting and to employ the latest technologies to improve customers’ experience.

 

Cirrus Hosting optimized WordPress plans include easy setup, 100% network uptime with no bandwidth limitations and 24/7 support. Additionally, with automated WordPress updates, enhanced security and automatic backups, Cirrus’s WordPress Hosting keeps sites secure and always updated with the latest version of WordPress. Cirrus Hosting’s servers are optimized to give customers more secure and super-fast page loads. With Email Filtering powered by SpamExperts (included in the plans), new WordPress Hosting plans will ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. Cirrus Hosting is also offering SSL on these plans at no additional cost so that customers can improve the security of their website and visitors. The certificate is provided by Let’s Encrypt. In addition, Cirrus Hosting is offering free migration and free domain name on these plans (when subscribed for 1+ Year of service).

 

“WordPress powers 28% of the internet. This is what you see when you go to wordpress.com. In fact, our own websites run on WordPress. It only makes sense for Cirrus now to offer SSD-based, Managed WordPress hosting to our new and existing clients,” Said Ali Mirdamadi, Cirrus Tech CEO.

 

With the new WordPress Hosting plans, it’s easier than ever to move to Cirrus Hosting now. Cirrus Hosting offers 24/7 support, adheres to the highest industry-standard security practices and Canada’s privacy regulations on its Canada-based servers.

 

New WordPress Hosting plans start from 5.95$ for 1 site and 25K visits.  To learn more about Cirrus Hosting WordPress plans and features please Click HERE. 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 in 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? November Edition

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Do you use PHP? We have the latest updates for you.

PHP, or Hypertext Preprocessor, has been one of the most used programming languages for web pages for years now, and for an industry, which is changing every few months; this is a really big achievement. In order to stay on top of things, the PHP Team is constantly working on improving the code in every way possible.

In Cirrus Hosting, our clients can easily select one of the active PHP5 and 7 versions for their accounts by one click, using our user-friendly PHP Settings Tool in the Web Hosting control panel. We are featuring PHP versions of 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6 and 7.0. The new version supports OOP Technology and has better support for XML than the previous version; also several security bugs are fixed in the latest release of PHP5.

 

The latest version of Plesk is here!

Plesk has recently released its latest version under the name of Onyx to simplify life for web developers around the world.

Plesk Onyx allows users to manage all their Plesk servers just from one single control panel and it is very simple in set up. Centralizing system and panel updates onto one page is another cool new feature of the Plesk Onyx. Also, this new update supports Docker and developers can deploy and manage Docker containers straights from their Plesk control panel. Upgrading to Onyx is hassle free and much faster. In addition, the newest extension to Plesk, KernelCare, brings the Linux servers ultimate uptime plus maximum security and stability. Learn more about new feature of Plesk Onyx Here

Cirrus VPS and Cloud hosting with Plesk Onyx is ready for your great projects with the easiest server management and instant scaling. Learn more here.

 

Are you migrating to OnApp?

If you want to migrate to OnApp, either from windows or from Linux, here are great manuals from start to finish from OnApp Tech Blog.

For windows environments click here.

For Linux environments click here.

 

Holidays are around the corner, are you ready?!

Do you think your website is able to handle massive amounts of traffic at once? As you know a crowd of shoppers on big sales days could lead to sluggish performance or an outright crash. Investing in the right server infrastructure for your expected traffic is a good way to avoid these issues.

Examining every aspect of your website before busy holiday season can help you prepare a strategy to improve customer satisfaction and your business success. A good website requires many things, including fast loading times, quality customer service and security. Working on these elements early can ensure that your website is ready long before your customers even start to think about tackling their holiday shopping lists with your business.

Consult with us at 1.877.624.7787 or email us at sales @cirrushosting.com about the requirements of your website.

 

 

 

What’s going on in Cirrus? September Edition

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  • SpamExperts Partners Program

We are pleased to announce that this month we have expanded our security solutions for emails by joining SpamExperts Partner Program. We have fully integrated SpamExperts filtering services for our customers. We are aware that individuals and businesses need to be equipped with powerful security layers for their emails to protect their data from harmful spam malware threats, and we are aiming to keep our customer’ sensitive information safe and secure.

We have installed both incoming and outgoing filtering products during this month and tested the product and ready to deploy it for user accounts. It’s running very smoothly and we’re actually planning to add SpamExperts to all of our web hosting plans as complimentary service. Click here to read more about our SpamExperts Partners Program.

 

  • Partnering with #StyleMyBiz

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As a proud partner of #StyleMyBiz, Cirrus Tech Ltd is excited to nominate the members of our community in their contest to win $50,000 prize for growing your business. Businesses that enter into the contest receive valuable marketing and business exposure, plus a chance to win a trip for 2 to Las Vegas and a seat at the Regional Finals to compete for a spot at the National event in Toronto for a chance to win the Ultimate CEO & Office Makeover, Up to $50,000 in trips and prizes! You just have to enter into the contest by completing your online business profile.

 

 

 

 

  • OnApp packages are ready

Cirrus Tech Ltd. is developing a new two-tier Cloud VM plans, to be hosted in Europe and America. The first phase will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2016 in collaboration with our partners in Texas. The packages and pricing will be soon announced.

Cirrus Hosting Partnership With SpamExperts

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Spam is a constant annoyance. No one likes it, and just like the mailbox at your house, you spend most of your time going through the junk to find the few pieces of mail to find the ones you actually wanted. Not only inbox, now imagine if your outbox also became part of the email spam problem, and start sending messages out from your email from some unknown person; or even worse,  your email sending virus?

We like everyone else have been battling spam for our users by utilizing tools like the open-source SpamAssassin and a variety of other Email security solutions, but they just didn’t cut it like SpamExperts does. We are excited to announce that we’ve expanded our security solutions for emails by joining SpamExperts Partner Program. We have fully integrated SpamExperts filtering services for our customers. We are aware that individuals and businesses need to be equipped with powerful security layers to protect their data from harmful spam malware threats, and we are aiming to keep our customer’ sensitive information safe and secure.  It’s so good, we are actually planning to add SpamExperts to all of our web hosting plans as a complimentary service.

SpamExperts is a solution that is easy to get, easy to support and easy to maintain for Hosting Providers. In the past two months, we have been deploying our own SpamExperts filtering cluster. And now we are ready to launch it for our clients’ user accounts. We’re confident that our partnership with SpamExperts is going to benefit all of our current and future customers greatly.  Email is a big part of the internet and every spam Email that you have to delete yourself hurts your productivity.  The question of whether an email arrived in users’ inbox is something you should never have to worry about.  With all that being said we continue to work with SpamExperts on improvements and welcome any customer feedback.

SpamExperts needs no introduction: It’s the leading email security provider for Web hosts, ISPs/Telcos and IT Resellers all over the world. SpamExperts is a highly technical and technology focused company, making continuous investments and concentrating on R&D to stay competitive in the industry. We prefer SpamExperts due to its ease of deployment and ease of maintenance.

Read more Here on SpamExperts website.

You can find more information on our Case Study.

What’s going on in Cirrus? August Edition

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  • Cirrus Strengthens Its Partnership With OnApp Federation

Cirrus Tech announces its plans to enhance and expand the network and join OnApp Global network of clouds. It gives customers great instant access to network resources in cities all over the world. We will be able to offer cloud services and host customers’ VPS or/and data content close to their preferred location.

OnApp is a complete Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution for cloud providers, CDN providers, carriers and enterprises and Federation enables Cirrus can help customers grow into new markets and reduce latency by hosting apps and content close to end users.

Find out more about OnApp Federation: http://onapp.com/federation/

  • Cirrus’ Acquisition News

Cirrus Tech Ltd. shared this exciting news with its valued customers this month that we have completed the acquisition of hosting business of HostMDS. We are so excited to offer our services to HostMDS loyal customers at the same competitive rates with the exact same functionalities. We are still at transition process and HostMDS customers are not expected to face any service interruption and/or experience any impact on their support services.

We are inspired with the thousands of opportunities ahead of us. We and HostMDS share the same mission in Hosting Industry: Providing secure, reliable and manageable hosting solutions with high level of customer service for individuals and any company at any size, and Cirrus Tech Ltd. is doing its best to maintain the quality of its services for both Cirrus Hosting and HostMDS valued customers.

  • SpamExperts Offering is Coming Soon!

We have expanded our security solutions for emails by joining SpamExperts Partner Program. SpamExperts needs no introduction: It’s the leading email security provider for Web hosts, ISPs/Telcos and IT Resellers all over the world. SpamExperts is a highly technical and technology focused company, making continuous investments and concentrating on R&D to stay competitive in the industry. We prefer SpamExperts due to its ease of deployment and ease of maintain. Once the deployment finishes, we will start offering it to our Shared Hosting, Cloud VMs, and Dedicated Servers Customers.

Here you can find more information about SpamExperts solutions.

  • Exclusive Offer on Cloud VM Business Plans

Until September 5, get 30% off for life when you order your cloud VM business server. The most cost-effective solution if you’re getting started with server management. Check out the plans and use the promo code “30OFF” when you’re ordering.

  • Capacity increases on HostMDS

We have recently changed all customers at HostMDS to 1gbps ports. This gives them much more bandwidth to take advantage of during peak hours and minimizes the DDoS impacts on the customers.

Find out more on Cirrus Hosting Network Here

  • Power Redundancy at HostMDS

We have just completed changing power configuration at HostMDS Datacenter in Vaughan which gives our customer better protection during power failures.

  • Backup Is Now Running for Shared Hosting Customers at HostMDS

Through R1Soft Backup platform, we now have weekly backups taken from all Shared Hosting servers at HostMDS. This means better protection during Hardware failures and/or Data Losses (both due to hardware failures or human errors).