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You’re  the CEO of a growing firm and just decided to outsource your servers to a managed dedicated server provider, however you have no idea what that actually means? All you know is that every time you speak with someone in IT, your eyes glaze over and a nauseous feeling creeps into your stomach. Not to worry. If the terms bandwidth, POP, CDN & network providers scare you, this blog will alleviate that nauseous feeling in the pit of your stomach. Bandwidth Bandwidth – According to Wikipedia Bandwidth, “refers to various bit-rate measures, representing the available or consumed data communication resources expressed in bits/second or multiples of it (kilobits/s, megabits/s etc.).” English translation: the amount of data you can use on a monthly basis, i.e. your monthly data transfer rate. Think of this in terms of your monthly Verizon cell phone bill. Per month y... (more)

Security & Data Backup in the Cloud: The Basics

Cloud Security Every month major corporate and governmental sites across the world are hacked for various reasons: faulty security protocols, badly administered firewalls, vulnerability to malware etc. The truth of the matter is as business owner your sensitive data, be it financial figures or customer invoices, is not safe behind your current security measures. Moreover, the data backups which you perform (you do regularly backup your data, don’t you?), even though they are most likely stored on an external password protected hard drive, are not taking place often enough nor ar... (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)

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)

Clouducation 101 Pt. 4: Web Hosting in the Cloud

By Salvatore Poliandro, FortressITX Director of Datacenter Operations Last week, we chatted about how the Cloud impacts the lives of general consumers, web developers and businesses. At the end of that blog, I asked this question: “Can the Cloud save you time while managing your web hosting company?” In a word, yes. But how does it save you time (and money), you ask? It’s simple really. Cloud Web Hosting is governed by the same rules, principles and benefits that normal cloud solutions are; that is to say, scalability, security, load balancing and VM’s. Scalability, as you alread... (more)