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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 the differences between dedicated servers and virtual private servers. Dedicated Server Hosting provides powerful resource allocation and privacy. The Benefits of Virtual Private Servers (VPS) A virtual private server, be it a Linux Virtual Private Server or a Windows VPS, is a server which a... (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)

HostingCon Roundup

HostingCon Entrance Wow! HostingCon Boston is already over. Three days in the sweltering summer heat of Boston filled with Cloud Flare rail guns, cPanel parties w/ the amazing Ralphie May, interviews with various members of The Whir and Hosting-Review.com and a lot of inside industry talk. To go over the whole event, let’s start with day one. (Side Note: If you want to check out our photos of the event, head click hosting for our Flickr account) Monday, July 16, 2012 The first day of HostingCon was just like a first day back at school after a long summer break. It was filled wit... (more)