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It’s 11:36. Affiliate Summit 12 is starting to come to life. Most of the companies attending the summit are slowly working their way into the NYC Hilton. With a half an hour to go before the show, right now is a good time to address what FortressITX and it’s family of brands is doing at the summit. Simply said, we are here to meet with affiliate marketers from all over the world, talk with other IT professionals and chat with interested members of the public about what the FortressITX family of brands can do for them. Be it Cloud Integration, Complex Hosting solutions, Hosted Voice or SEO Optimization, we are here to tout the benefits of what we do and how they can significantly benefit companies of all kinds. For the next twenty minutes, our team is relaxing before the day kicks into full swing. We have already set up our booth (#1300) and meet market table (#19). ... (more)

Clouducation 101

by Salvatore Poliandro III - FortressITX Director of Datacenter Operations I would like to take a few moments to introduce myself, my background and a little bit about what this blog contains. As long as I can remember I have been involved with all aspects of computing. From an enthusiast, professional, and consumer side, I have always been involved with the computing world. When I was a few years old my father owned a small computer company and he realized that I was fascinated by electronics around the time I started to speak.  He nurtured my technophilia every step of the way.... (more)

Clouducation 101: Consumers, Web Developers & Businesses

By Salvatore Poliandro, FortressITX Dir. Of Datacenter Operations Let’s recap: In the past two weeks we have covered the following material: Who I am What my background is Why I love everything IT What the Cloud is What the Public Cloud is What the Private Cloud is What the Hybrid Cloud is It’s a lot. As such, if you need a refresher, here is Clouducation 101: Hi! I’m Sal and Clouducation 101 pt 2: What is the Cloud? Last week I ended with a question: How does the Cloud affect me as a consumer, as a business owner and as someone working for a business – ex. a mobile app developer? L... (more)

Thoughts on Web Hosting: The Importance of Domain Names

So, here is the thing. Domain Names are important. Recently we saw a glossy commercial while watching some Sunday NFL games. The ad was for the hosting company, 1 & 1. Although the ad was short, it was selling one thing and one thing only – Domain names.  Although we don’t have the exact copy of the ad, 1 & 1 was touting the importance of owning your domain name for business purposes. The truth is, 1 & 1 is right – owning your domain name is vitally important for your business, both online and off. But why is this? What is so important about owing your domain name? If you’re a bu... (more)

Clouducation 101: What is the Cloud?

by FortressITX Dir. of Datacenter Operations, Salvatore Poliandro What is the “Cloud”? What is “Cloud” computing? These are questions I get all the time. For the vast majority of people, the “Cloud” is a lofty term having to do something with computing or, let’s be honest, puffy cumulus wisps of moisture floating around in the sky. The truth is the “Cloud” is a marketing term made up to sell a service (note: the quotation marks around “Cloud” were to delineate that marketing term. From here on out, “Cloud” will be written sans quotation). That service, the Cloud, is computing a... (more)