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Docker: Reorganizing the Data Center

There is an interesting evolution taking place in the traditional hosting space. Cloud computing is being steadily extended. People are rethinking the data center and this exciting process opens up an eclectic variety of new modifications to the traditional server in order to serve the customers better.

Virtualizing the server is one such modification available in the market today. The act of virtualizing a server in computing refers to creating a virtual rather than an actual version of something. This includes but is not restricted to a virtual computer hardware platform, operating system (OS), storage device, or computer network resources. Cloud computing is the technique that after virtualization has taken place provides resources from various separated computers on-demand.

The environment used to virtualize the server is Hypervisor. Hypervisor helps to create   several virtual machines (VM) that have an independent CPU, Memory and Network and individual Operating Systems.

Cloud providers such as Cirrus Tech are getting really interested in Docker Container technology within a Virtual Machine. Docker is an Open platform for developers and system administrators to build and test cloud applications. Docker is fast becoming a very convenient way for building, running and shipping distributed applications. Docker, which is operated as an application (service), is a Virtualization platform that can build and package a number of applications and make them highly portable.FullSizeRender

Docker helps to manage a computer environment separated from an OS by using the Libcontainer, which is a Linux container system. This Container technology is more than a decade old already. Google has been using in-house versions of containers for many years. But Docker container has now made the tools easy enough for everyone else to use too.

Thanks to Docker, users can now create a network and attach containers to it. They can communicate seamlessly across a cluster of containers with a single command. Basically a container summarizes applications and defines their interface to the surrounding system, which should make it simpler to drop applications into VMs running Docker in different clouds.

With Docker developers and system managers can distribute and test the software that they have developed, more easily and faster, move it from a laptop environment to any geographical location or any system that is supported by Docker or vice versa.

By using Docker containers, resources can be isolated, processes provisioned and services restricted to have an almost completely private view of the operating system with their own process ID space, file system structure, and network interfaces. Multiple Docker containers share the same kernel, but each container can be constrained to only use a defined amount of resources such as CPU, memory and I/O.

 

Docker is primarily made up of two technologies:

  • Docker Engine: A portable, lightweight application runtime and packaging tool.
  • Docker Hub: A cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows.

These two work together and the developer utilizes these two to implement their technology to make their testing or developing cycles quicker and easier.

 

Benefits of using Docker in a Virtual Machine 

1) Having a Docker container in a VM is easy to manage and applies the policy of system, network, user and security. With Docker, there is no need to install an extra OS as Docker container has everything it needs to operate.

2) In a Docker container, you can run multiple Docker instances in a single VM or per physical node and so this is far more economical for developers.

3) Having a Containerized version of a VM makes it easier to maintain and to port to new cloud environments. Containers are isolated and share an OS and can also share bins/libraries when required.

 

Giant tech companies are rushing to deploy this Docker technology, which represents one of the biggest shifts in application development in years. Mostly all activity online now is an application running in the cloud. Apps housed in Docker’s free container software have been downloaded 535 million times in just two years.

Many large businesses are planning to adopt Docker faster than any cloud open-source product ever according to a study by New York based market research firm, Enterprise Technology research.

Docker is completely open-source and easily accessible. Therefore, it is being consumed heavily in the market by the non-procrastinating developers.

 

 

 

 

Cirrus Tech partners with OnApp Federation to give businesses convenience and global access

Toronto, Ontario, May 7th 2015-Cirrus Tech Ltd, an award winning Toronto based cloud hosting company is thrilled to announce the latest partnership with OnApp.  This collaboration allows Cirrus Tech, known as a Canadian Cloud provider to be able to deploy global infrastructure. Especially enhancing operations in North America with the expansion of OnApp’s key feature: OnApp Federation. If customers deploy services with Cirrus Tech, they will be able to access 170+ locations while only having to deal with one company, one support and one agreement. With this Cloud Federation feature, Cirrus can even provide different SLAs specified to individual customer needs.

Cirrus Tech while wanting to keep up with its growing global customer demands has chosen OnApp Federation to be their source for their global reach. And so to compete with the world’s largest clouds, Cirrus Tech has now the ability to host applications and content wherever their customer requires.This allows for an easy way to control exactly where the data is hosted while complying with varied regional data protection laws. OnApp Federation helps the customers reach globally without having to invest in infrastructure, giving them access to large amounts of compute and content delivery capacity. This incredible feature called OnApp Federation, gives the customers the ability to mix and match many different kinds of cloud capacity.

Cloud Federation is a dynamic Cloud infrastructure under one umbrella: Mix cloud, dedicated servers, CDN, storage and disaster recovery. The Federation supports private locations too, and grants the power to restrict access to specific service providers if customers choose to, giving them a simpler way to resell their cloud services globally. Furthermore, customers can create private federations across multiple clouds.

The Federation helps customers choose locations with renewable energy and helps them launch green cloud hosting services. This infrastructure is simple to manage. Ratings are based on storage performance, hardware specs, bandwidth and uptime.

Highly scalable, the platform has an intelligent provisioning system that optimizes the way hardware resources are used. An efficient network design that enables the cloud to scale easily as customers’ business grows.

Cirrus cloud service, is a complete Infrastructure-as-a-Service which enables its customers to offer cloud services with virtually no downtime and with unlimited capacity and that is geo-redundant.

 

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. An estimated 1 in 3 public clouds now run on OnApp, operating in 170+ locations in 113 cities across 43 countries now.

 

About Cirrus Hosting

Cirrus Tech Ltd. has been a leader in providing affordable and reliable, cloud infrastructure and website hosting since 1999.  Cirrus has hosted and supported hundreds of thousands of websites and applications for Canadian businesses and clients around the world. 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.

 

All company names and products mentioned in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

 

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.

 

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