Build an Open Source Private or Hybrid Cloud with Eucalyptus

Building your own private or hybrid cloud sounds rather difficult, but with the right solution, you can create a stable AWS-compatible cloud and have user-friendly tools to manage it. Eucalyptus is one such solution. It is a free and open source cloud platform that follows industry standards to deliver an AWS-compatible cloud solution.
Eucalyptus works by […]

The Big Truth about Big Data: Part 1

The business world is abuzz with talk of “big data”, but many people probably still do not have a firm grasp on what it means and how it will impact the IT world. If you manage servers for a living, there is a good chance that you will soon encounter an employer or client who […]

What is Infrastructure as a Service?

If you have spent any time reading or even overhearing conversations about cloud computing, you have undoubtedly heard of the term Software as a Service (SaaS). Other common cloud terms include Platform as a Service (PaaS) and even Storage as a Service (STaaS). Another cloud model that is quickly gaining steam is Infrastructure as a […]

3 Types of Database Backup Storage

Most websites use databases to store the majority of their information. Therefore, backing up your databases is much more important than backing up other server files. Most other files can be replaced, but the information in your database is often unique and irreplaceable.
Where you store your database backups is very important and can ultimately decide […]

Quick-Deploying Cloud VPS Systems

Sometimes you need a dedicated server but do not need the full hardware package. A VPS is great for small server projects that do not require the full power and memory available on the system. Moreover, many cloud companies offer VPS systems that are quick and easily to deploy, charging monthly or even hourly fees […]

Linux Server Management Software

There was a time when pride dictated that a system administrator manage a Linux server with nothing more than a text-only terminal window and a cup of coffee. Times have changed, especially since even major enterprises need to manage their Linux servers quickly and effectively. The following are four useful server management options with varying […]

Will Cloud Computing Replace Dedicated Servers?

Dedicated Servers have been around for quite a while. They predate the Internet, and if you are old enough to remember, you would know that many businesses once had dedicated servers on-site in a data closet or a full data center. Now many companies host their servers remotely, and some have adopted cloud […]

Back to the Basics #10: Web Applications

Web applications, as the name plainly states, are applications that run on the web rather than on a person’s personal computer or laptop. This makes them extremely versatile, since any device capable of connecting to the web can use them. The methods for developing and deploying web apps vary, but the end result is essentially […]

Local Video Streaming vs Cloud Services

If you plan to offer streaming video on your website, you have a big decision to make. With your own dedicated server, you have the capability of streaming the video directly from your server using streaming software. There are many streaming options. Some of them are quite costly, while others are free […]

POP vs. IMAP vs. Webmail vs. Cloud Mail

If you need email for your dedicated server, there are essentially four ways of storing and accessing it. They are not all equal and are very different in the way they handle mail and deliver messages to you.
POP3
With this method, your email client on your computer contacts the mail server, authenticates, and downloads any […]

Local vs. Cloud Email Services

Traditionally, when an individual or company had their own server, it only made sense to also have their own email system. While web-based services existed, they usually required you to have an email address with yourname@servicename.com rather than yourname@yourdomain.com.
Nowadays, many cloud email service providers offer domain-name capabilities, so that your emails appear to be […]

Content Delivery Networks (CDN)

We all hope that the website or websites that we host on our dedicated servers will one day reach millions of people per month, per week, or even per day. But how many are really prepared for such a day if and when it occurs? What technology will you use to ensure your […]

Why the Cloud is on Everybody’s Mind

Someone I know asked me why this blog talks so much about the cloud. He wondered if there was a vested interest. I laughed and said, “We just love the cloud.” We really do. Cloud hosting is not a completely new concept but we saw it picking up in 2009. What is it that makes […]

Is Hybrid Hosting a Sensible Way to Adopt the Cloud?

The world is getting serious about the cloud. And I am not the only one saying that. I came across a very detailed article on cloud hosting in an online IT magazine, Express Computer. The article titled ‘Getting serious about the Cloud’ looks into how organizations are adopting cloud computing fully aware of its limitations […]

What are the Advantages of Adopting the Cloud?

Cloud computing has made an impression with almost everyone who has something to do with technology. While some are going gaga about it, others think it is over-hyped. What do I think? Well, I think the cloud has its advantages. Of course, the technology is not fool-proof yet but it is nonetheless good. And like […]

Have You Experienced the Cloud Yet?

The main reason people complain about cloud computing is because of the security factor in it. As of now, the data in the cloud is not considered to be safe. However, looking at the way the cloud is being adopted by organizations, it is wise to say that the glitch in the technology will not […]

Why Cloud Computing Works For Us

By ‘us’, I mean our businesses. What is the first thing you look at when deploying a new technology into your business? Money. This can be in the form of cost-cuts, profits, or better image/performance leading to more money.
Business is about money and rightly so. The reason cloud computing is becoming popular with businesses is […]

Why the Cloud is Good for Businesses

2009 was so much about cloud computing. 2010 may well be the year that sees a lot of high-profile cloud computing. What is it that pulls businesses to cloud computing? Well, it all begins with reduction of costs. Yes, the cloud helps you cut down costs. Your operational expenses are reduced significantly. With cloud computing, […]

2009 Was the Year of Cloud Computing

The cloud emerged almost two years ago, but 2009 seems to have been the year it got everyone speaking. And this, regardless of most people being confused about cloud computing. Yet, 2009 has been the year when the technology was adopted by bigwigs. In fact, the Federal government too adopted it.
Amidst all the hoopla surrounding […]

Why Cloud Computing Will Continue to Become Popular

Many people say that the growing discussions around cloud computing is what may seem to be making it popular. I think the reason people are discussing it is because it is becoming more and more popular with large organizations. There are some clear benefits that the cloud fetches for businesses. Let’s have a look.

Cost reductions: […]

Cloud Computing is Catching On

Amidst all the hoopla surrounding cloud computing, one thing that is clear is that this technology is not going unnoticed. However, some are of the view that the technology is bringing in a revolution. Carl Bass, President and CEO of Autodesk, has said that cloud computing brings in a technology “shift that happens every 10 […]

What Makes Cloud Computing So Popular?

Some may call cloud computing unpopular, but most find it gaining popularity with the biggest of organizations. What is it that’s making people adopt this technology? The fact that everything is offered as a service promises to make life easier for businesses. How? Let’s find out.
Cloud computing implies a considerable reduction in operational expenses. Moreover, […]

Cloud Computing is Becoming a Big Deal

And we are not making it so. If you search for news on cloud computing on the Net, you will be surprised at the number of results. The last, we told you in our previous post, is that the technology may get a new name soon, thanks to the displeasure expressed over it by the […]

Cloud Computing is Going Great Guns

An article published in the online edition of the Wall Street Journal discusses the growth of cloud computing in the times when the rest of information technology saw a decline. The article says:
In recent years, companies spent on cloud computing, or the delivery of services through the Internet, and virtualization, a technique that […]

6 Reasons I Like Cloud Computing

It’s not news, I know. You know that I like cloud computing. Today, I will tell you why (as if I haven’t told you before!).

It helps me cut down costs. Operational expenses are reduced with cloud computing. I have to pay only for what I use; costs are directly proportional to what I need. Oh […]

Why Everyone is Embracing the Cloud?

The concept of cloud computing never ceases to trigger discussion and arguments. As they say, love it or loathe it but you can’t ignore it. That’s exactly the scene with the Cloud. While surfing the Internet today, I came across a news report on a study conducted by Gartner, a research organization. The study suggests […]

5 Reasons Cloud Computing Rocks

Cloud computing is one technology that doesn’t cease to trigger debates everywhere you go. While some of such debates are intelligent, others are downright dumb. Yeah, the Cloud has both its benefits and limitations. Businesses the world over are leaping up to the benefits cloud computing has to offer. Let me share with you five […]

The Good Things about Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has received a lot of flak. However, there are many who are adopting the technology. Take, for example, the US government. The government recently issued a RFQ for cloud storage. I was surfing the net on good things about the cloud and came across a piece by Rafe Needleman. The post […]

Why is the Cloud Good?

This Cloud seems to have no silver lining, at least that’s what the controversies surrounding it seem to suggest. We beg to differ. Yes, we understand that the Cloud is not fool-proof yet, but we are sure that in the time to come, it will be one of the most popular and effective technologies.
Let me […]

Is Cloud Computing Really Good for Your Business?

Irrespective of all the debates on cloud computing, we believe that it has a lot of benefits for a business. And it starts with the promise of reduced costs and better user experience. Let us look at the proposed business benefits of the Cloud.

Fast and easy installation: Cloud computing is one concept that does not […]