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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 and storage capacity as a service. In human terms, it is a system of delivering computing and storage needs via three types of computing services: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Although this is true, for most people Cloud ca... (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)

Let’s Talk Dollars and Cents in the Cloud

Let’s be honest for a moment, you might love what you do but you’re in business to make money. It’s as simple as that. You love that you provide a valuable service to your local, city and national community, yet you are in business to make money. There is no way around that simple fact. You’re in business to turn a profit and in this today’s economy, turning a profit means being smart with your investments. It means constantly checking operating costs to make sure you’re in the green. To get in the green you have options, one of those options is the Cloud (a.k.a Grid Computing an... (more)

3 Reasons For Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated Web-Hosting Today’s IT market is dominated by the Cloud. From Cloud Hosting, to Cloud Storage solutions, to Windows VPS Hosting and Linux VPS Web-Hosting used to support one-click installs of Cloud apps like WordPress and Magento, Cloud Computing is everywhere these days. For the majority of Cloud based computing solutions, end users are utilizing Cloud shared hosting servers and virtual private servers (VPS) designed to maximize the benefits of the Cloud while allowing Cloud providers to jam as many clients as possible onto one web-hosting server. But what happens if... (more)

Dedicated Servers vs. Virtual Private Servers

This is a question we get a lot. In the web hosting industry, most customers know they need some variation of web hosting technology to power their company website, professional blog or ecommerce site. However, although most consumers and small to medium sized businesses understand they need web hosting services, they are rarely sure of the particular details involved with picking their web hosting needs, i.e., if they should utilize shared hosting, virtual private servers (VPS), managed hosting or dedicated servers. Due to this confusion, we are going to take the time to explain... (more)