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April 2016 – Is it time for a change? Office 365 is here

Just imagine, your own office in the cloud. Sounds pretty cool right? Your IT team don’t have the additional workload, so they will be thanking you and communication and collaboration is easy, because your team have access to company data from anywhere.

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April 2016 – Domain Name Sale! Prices Frozen Until April 30th

Domain prices are increasing slightly on April 15th so now is the time to renew or purchase your domains and save some cash.

Over a year the price difference is $1 or $2, however if you own multiple domains, the savings could be significant.

We have have extended the sale and the domain names below will remain at the sale price until April 30.

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April 2016 – Try Jelastic for Free. Install Popular Apps in One-Click

Jelastic is the only zero code change PaaS that doesn’t require coding to proprietary APIs and it supports ANY app. Java, PHP, Ruby, Node.js or Python environments are rapidly and seamlessly created and you can mix and match your software stacks.

Choose between free Java (Tomcat, GlassFish, and Jetty) and PHP (Apache, NGINX) app servers, as well as SQL (MariaDB, PostgreSQL, MySQL), NoSQL (MongoDB, CouchDB) database servers, and memcached.

To make it easy, we have launched our Jelastic Marketplace where you can choose from hundreds of popular apps such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Jenkins, Alfresco, Magento, SugarCRM, Cyclos 4 PRO, osCommerce, OpenCart and so much more.

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December 2015 – Cloud limits and your needs

Popular clouds like Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure are console based orchestrators, enabling people to spin and administer the needed infrastructure themselves. They also come with a variety of features and add-ons, making the end solution very attractive.

Quite often, due to their scalability, these clouds appear like a massive computing resource, where performance limits are hard to reach.

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March 2014 – Webhosting.net Picks Jelastic Platform-as-Infrastructure for Scalable, Elastic Cloud Platform

Webhosting.net has chosen Jelastic for its new advanced cloud hosting platform. Webhosting.net customers can access a free, two week trial of Jelastic’s Platform-as-Infrastructure solution starting today.

Jelastic enables enterprise architects and developers to deploy new or legacy applications to the cloud without any code changes, providing them with a scalable, highly available and secure environment in seconds. Developers can rapidly setup application and database environments and ensure application resource availability with Jelastic’s automatic vertical and horizontal scaling features. Truly elastic scaling and an innovative pricing model means that enterprises pay only for resources used, increasing efficiency and driving down costs.

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February 2013 – Webhosting.net chooses Security for Virtualized Environments by Bitdefender as Exclusive Security Solution

Bitdefender Enterprise, a provider of innovative security solutions, today announced that Webhosting.net, a global managed service provider (MSP), has chosen Security for Virtualized Environments (SVE) as the company’s standard security protection for its virtualization environments, including one of its newest offering, Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS).

Webhosting.net, providing managed services through VMware solutions From entry level organizations to enterprise level, Webhosting.net provides a number of IT services ranging from Microsoft Hosted Exchange, to virtual and cloud hosting, to business continuity through a carrier-class collocation facility. In addition, Webhosting.net is a VMware customer and extends all the tools within the VMware product set to their fullest benefit.

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January 2013 – Join Webhosting.net at the ITEXPO East and Get First Glimpse at the Latest Technology

Webhosting.net will be onsite to discuss reliable, scalable solutions for individuals and businesses of all sizes.

During the three day event the latest trends and technologies will be showcased and discussed by industry leaders. Several keynote speakers will discuss their company successes, preferred technologies as well as divulging valuable tips and insights. Educational sessions and panel discussions such as: “The Future of Service Providers — Dumb Pipes or Global Leaders” are offered free of charge to all who register. Everyone who attends the ITEXPO will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge as well as connect with industry manufacturers, buyers and sellers through several networking events.

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November 2012 – Webhosting.net wins the Cloud Hosting award for the November 2012 Editor’s Choice Awards – FindMyHost.com

Webhosting.net’s Cloud Hosting Service won the Editor’s Choice Award for the month of November. Webhosting.net provides quality web hosting for small to medium size businesses (SMBs). Providing them with individual, secure, real-estate in the cloud. Businesses can create their ideal environment; select the level of security needed; and choose add-ons to best fit their needs.

Webhosting.net is a great solution for SMBs who want to eliminate the costly fees and surprise IT expenses that inevitably accrue when owning equipment. Companies receive a complete solution for a fixed monthly fee without being burdened with the price of software licenses, servers and maintenance. This is possible because the fees are absorbed by Webhosting.net. Customers can simply rent high-end corporate technology worry-free. Cloud Hosting also comes with a 30 day money back guarantee as with many of our award winning products.

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October 2012 – We Are Proud to Announce the Launch of Our Web Design Package

Webhosting.net delivers a one-stop-shop for Web design and development. Customers can revamp a current Web site; attract new business or create a new site with the Web Design Package. The Web Design Package provides a myriad of Web services that can be customized according to company needs. It also helps eliminate issues of security that occur when multiple Web service providers have access to confidential company accounts.

The Web Design Package offers Web Design and Development. A team of seasoned designers will design Web sites along with reinforcing brand initiatives through print and Web campaigns. There are multiple customized Web plans to choose from that are functional and will display through the Web, smart phones and tablets. The technology development team customizes powerful application framework and creates sophisticated add-ons that will enhance performance.

The Web Design Package includes Internet Marketing to help increase business awareness and online traffic. Helping companies use search engine marketing (SEM) to track and analyze traffic.

As an industry leader Webhositng.net assists companies with their hosting needs. The array of offerings are created to work alone or together to provide the best solid solution. Webhosting.net offers a complete Web Design Package for a fixed monthly fee. This approach eliminates the cost associated with hosting services in-house such as the price of software licenses, servers, maintenance and support.

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October 2012 – The CEO of Webhosting.net: A Guest Speaker at the Master Conference 2012

Anton Resnick, the CEO, spoke at the Master Conference 2012 about the importance of Web Hosting Security and Infrastructure.

He spoke about the importance of security and hardware infrastructure and how Webhosting.net provides an infrastructure that is a secure, fully managed server environment with robust administration tools necessary to build and manage professional enterprise-class presence on the Internet. Anton highlighted the security of the data center a – Tier-IV class facility. Anton also touched upon how Webhosting.net delivers cloud based services that target the SMB Market and how the services such as Hosted Exchange, SharePoint and Cloud Desktop allow companies to easily access business intelligence through desktops, smartphones and tablets ensuring that all lines of business communication are always up to date.

About Anton

Anton is the Founder and CEO of Webhosting.net. He began Webhosting.net in 1998 with the vision of delivering reliable, scalable and secure web hosting solutions to individuals and businesses of all sizes. This is possible because the responsibility, pricing of software licenses, servers, maintenance and support is absorbed by Webhosting.net allowing the customer to rent high-end corporate technology worry-free. As part of the Webhosting.net culture Anton has instilled a level of accountability for all products and services that the company provides. Prior to establishing Webhosting.net Anton worked for several ISPs in South Africa and Miami. Anton attended college and then traveled the globe researching and learning from industry experts the latest technologies. He now resides in Cape Town, South Africa with his family and commutes to Miami regularly.

September 2012 – Webhosting.net Announces A Product That Will Enhance the Way Companies “View” Desktops – Literally

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) allows companies to view their desktops anytime and virtually anywhere.

Webhosting.net is thrilled to offer VDI, the next step in cloud technology. Tried and tested our VDI solution allows all businesses the freedom and flexibility of a desktop in the cloud.

VDI is a Desktop as a Service (DaaS), so it is not isolated to an individual computer. Users can acceslauns their desktop from virtually any internet connected device or operating system including Windows computers, Macintosh, Linux and even an iPad. Webhosting.net can also supply a physical terminal to enable connection to the virtual desktop environment, without requiring a client device.

Webhosting.net offers managed or unmanaged desktop solutions. Companies can update software, virus protection and push applications without interrupting the end user’s productivity, or they can entrust Webhosting.net to manage it all for them.

Webhosting.net exclusively offers the ultimate Single Sign-on feature for VDI. It allows users to sign-on using one login and password to access all programs for example the trusted Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft SharePoint and many other trusted products which allow authentication using Active Directory. This eliminates the hassle of keeping track of multiple logins within the same environment and allows for a single point for the user administrator.

Remote employees can login to their work desktop from anywhere. There is no need to worry about offsite backups, hurricanes, earthquakes or lost data if a computer crashes or gets lost the information still remains in the cloud and is quickly accessed by another device. VDI is a great enhancement to a Disaster Recovery plan and business continuity. If users must evacuate the premises their Desktop goes with them. All data is kept in Webhosting.net’s secure cloud infrastructure, which can also offer companies an extra security layer in the event of intellectual property theft concerns.

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August 2012 – The 2012 Hurricane Season is Upon Us, is your Data Secure?

WebHosting.net can protect your data from all disasters all of the time.

Data can seem so invincible transferring through emails, multiple saved copies on desktops and kept safe in folders on the network. In reality just one disaster whether it is natural or otherwise can cause a business to lose all of its data if it is not properly backed up. Up to 40% of businesses fail after a disaster. Yet only 43% of small businesses feel prepared to handle an extensive emergency – According to the Insurance Information Institute. Why didn’t these companies back up their data to begin with? There are several reasons why. Some thought it took too much time and effort, or the systems required to do so were too expensive. For others, they believed their data was backed up but the means they depended upon were inadequate, rarely backed up daily, and resided in one location on site.

Webhosting.net is in the data protection business, we offer a CDP (Continued Data Protection) Managed Backup Service that protects servers from disaster with daily off-site backup. We also boast carrier-neutral, tier-4 network data centers that have a 99.99% up-time.

Webhosting.net is committed to customer satisfaction. We pride ourselves in providing a stable, secure environment and array of products to ensure our customers’ online business is successful. Make sure your company’s data is secure, contact us today.

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August 2012 – Plan for the Unexpected

All Successful Companies have a Backup Plan; Let Us be Yours

Although data can seem so fluid transferring through emails, saved copies on desktops and kept safe in folders on the network. In reality just one disaster whether it is natural or otherwise can cause your business to lose all data and records if it is not properly backed up. Up to 40% of businesses fail after a disaster. Yet only 43% of small businesses feel prepared to handle an extensive emergency – According to the Insurance Information Institute. Why didn’t these companies back up their data to begin with? There are several reasons why. Some thought it took too much time and effort, or the systems required to do so were too expensive. For others, they believed their data was backed up but the means they depended upon were inadequate, rarely backed up daily, and resided in one location on site.

WebHosting.net can protect your data from all disasters all of the time Webhosting.net is in the data protection business, we offer a CDP (Continued Data Protection) Managed Backup Service that protects your servers from disaster with daily off-site backup. We also boast carrier-neutral, tier-4 network data centers that have a 99.99% uptime.

How does it Work?

  1. We install a small Backup Software Agent on your server.
  2. We perform a full backup of your server data.
  3. Daily we copy and store the changes made from the previous backup.
  4. In the event of data loss we can quickly restore either the entire server or specific files.
  5. Your business performs as usual knowing that your data is secure.

Peace of Mind:

Your data is automatically protected
Backup and restore data for rapid server recovery
Continuous Data Protection – you can restore ANY previous file versions from every backup run
You choose the backup frequency and the duration of storage (As low as every 15 minutes)
You only pay for the combined storage usage of data + deltas (changes)

Contact us and find the plan that works best for you

Webhosting.net is committed to customer satisfaction. We pride ourselves in providing a stable, secure environment and array of products to ensure our customers’ online business is successful.

August 2012 – Bundle Up for a Hot Deal! Webhosting.net Bundles Hosted Exchange and SharePoint

Webhosting.net, known for feature full user-friendly Hosted Exchange; has recently added SharePoint to its offerings and has bundled them for the low price of $7.95.

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July 2012 – Webhosting.net Now Offers Hosted Microsoft SharePoint: The Sky is the Limit

Webhosting.net now offers, Hosted Microsoft SharePoint, the latest technology allowing any size company or individual the ability to work wherever and whenever without the threat of losing access to business communication and intelligence. Best of all, it’s scalable, reliable and secure.

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Business Data Loss: Reasons, Consequences, and Prevention

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data loss recovery

Data loss is a massive headache for any business. The costs are extremely dire, ranging from lost opportunities to potentially gaining a reputation for unreliability. Thankfully, contingencies exist so that you can have a bulletproof backup plan for data recovery and restoration.

Let’s start by looking at the major causes for data loss.

Top 10 Reasons for Data Loss

1. Hardware Failure

While data loss can be attributed to a multitude of factors, the main cause is usually hardware failure. Usually this stems from hard disk drives (HDD) crashing, although this problem can easily affect solid-state drives (SDD), which can experience more issues if continually used to write data.

2. Human Error

Anyone can make a mistake, from including the wrong recipients in an e-mail to damaging a laptop due to misuse. Human error accounts for a major portion of data loss.

3. Viruses and Malware

Viruses are designed to corrupt your computers, damage software, hardware, and destroy your data.

4. Power Disruptions

Sometimes, due to weather, natural disaster, or other unforeseen circumstances, a power grid can crash. Most of the time, this will happen without any warning and cause both unsaved data to be lost, and other files to be corrupted due to an abrupt computer shutdown.

5. Theft

Thieves will look to exploit any available situation, and stealing laptops and computers from a workplace is such an opportunity. Employees themselves may even take a computer or data device without returning it.

6. Hackers

Today many hackers are targeting specific types of businesses for extortion using ransomware that deletes or corrupts your data until you cough up what they want (ie. money). Insecure servers, poor firewalls, and easy-to-guess passwords can be the culprit.

7. Hard Drive Formatting

Although this may happen by accident, hard drives that end up being formatted can have their data recovered.

8. Software Corruption

Software that fails and causes you to lose data is hard to protect against.

9. Spills

It’s incredibly easy to spill coffee, tea, or other liquids onto a laptop. While in most cases, there may not be any cause for concern, sometimes the result can often be catastrophic data loss.

10. Natural Disasters

In addition to the loss of power, certain kinds of disasters like floors or hurricanes can physically destroy hardware, servers, and anywhere else that data is stored.

Consequences of Data Loss for Businesses

There are many negative consequences that occur when a business loses data. Most notably is the loss of normal operations. There may be financial damage that occurs over the short or long-term, but even more concerning is if business operations are affected to the point where disclosures need to be made in regulatory filings and shareholder reports.

Loss of productivity and a disruption to work flow processes always occurs when key information is lost. If data is not recoverable, it is a huge setback for personnel who will have to start over or look for hard copies of important paperwork. The time it will take to recover data will also be a factor in a business’s ability to operate.

The loss of reputation related to data loss is a dire prospect: If clients feel a business is unreliable or cannot protect their sensitive information, they may migrate to your competition. A more serious disruption in service could cause lasting damage to a brand.

The failure to protect data, and the losses associated with it, means that a lawsuit launched by shareholders is likely. If a company cannot fulfill client obligations due to data loss, the resulting breach of contract creates huge liabilities.

How Can You Prevent Data Loss?

There are several methods to prevent data loss. An ideal disaster recovery service is going to make sure that your data is both backed up and replicated. Data can be saved to external drives or cloud-based storage services.

The full working environment can be recovered by having a disaster recovery plan in place. Your systems can be recovered by replicating images of virtual machines that includes data, software, and other settings. A company should also understand both its recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTOs), as the quicker it wants to be back in business, the more work is going to have to go into formulating the plans.

Why Do You Need to Backup Data?

Data needs to be backed up to protect a business from a wide variety of events, most of which, like hardware failure or human error, can occur without any warning.

After a natural or human-induced disaster, it is of critical importance that a business resumes normal operations as quickly as possible. This will only happen when a plan is in place for disaster recovery.

A company that places a high value on customer experience and managing expectations also has a huge incentive to ensure smooth operations and minimal disruptions to its service.

How Often Should You Back Up Your Data?

The frequency that a company backs up its data hinges on size, scope, as well as its RPOs and RTOs. At minimum, all data should be backed up weekly; doing it once every 24 hours is much more preferable. This should all happen automatically rather than using valuable company human resources to manually copy files or drives.

For a large and important brand with a lot at stake, data could be backed up in real time or near real time. This will ensure that sensitive client information, the latest transactions, and other key data can be made available quickly after any event that causes data loss.

If you’re looking for affordable and easy-to-deploy solutions for backing up data and disaster recovery, Webhosting.net is a great choice. Webhosting.net is offers unparalleled hosting solutions, a 30-day money back guarantee, and 24/7 support. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

How to verify that Mail SNI (Domain SNI) SSL/TLS for IMAP/POP3/SMTP works in cPanel and a proper certificate is installed

By | cPanel, IMAP, POP3, SMTP, SSL Certificate, TLS | No Comments

Issue

Cannot verify that Mail SNI (Domain SNI) SSL/TLS for IMAP/POP3/SMTP works in cPanel and a proper certificate is installed.

Resolution

To verify SSL please use the following commands:

1 – IMAP via SSL uses 993 port by default:

a. Connect to mail server using openssl:

openssl s_client -servername maildomain.com -connect maildomain.com:993

b. Check output and make sure that valid certificate is shown:

Server certificate
subject=/OU=Domain Control Validated/OU=EssentialSSL Wildcard/CN=mail.example.com
issuer=/C=GB/ST=Greater Manchester/L=Salford/O=COMODO CA Limited/CN=COMODO RSA Domain Validation Secure Server CA

c. Make sure that you received IMAP server response:

* OK [CAPABILITY IMAP4rev1 UIDPLUS CHILDREN NAMESPACE THREAD=ORDEREDSUBJECT THREAD=REFERENCES SORT QUOTA AUTH=CRAM-MD5 AUTH=PLAIN IDLE ACL ACL2=UNION] Courier-IMAP ready. Copyright 1998-2004 Double Precision, Inc.  See COPYING for distribution information.

2 – POP3 via SSL uses 995 port by default:

a. connect to mail server using openssl:

openssl s_client -servername maildomain.com -connect maildomain.com:995

b. Check output and make sure that valid certificate is shown:

Server certificate
subject=/OU=Domain Control Validated/OU=EssentialSSL Wildcard/CN=mail.example.com
issuer=/C=GB/ST=Greater Manchester/L=Salford/O=COMODO CA Limited/CN=COMODO RSA Domain Validation Secure Server CA

c. Make sure that you received POP3 server response:

+OK Hello there. <1793.1385684315@localhost.localdomain>

3 – SMTP via SSL uses 465 port by default:

a. connect to mail server using openssl:

openssl s_client -servername maildomain.com -connect maildomain.com:465

b. Check output and make sure that valid certificate is shown:

Server certificate
subject=/OU=Domain Control Validated/OU=EssentialSSL Wildcard/CN=mail.example.com
issuer=/C=GB/ST=Greater Manchester/L=Salford/O=COMODO CA Limited/CN=COMODO RSA Domain Validation Secure Server CA

c. Make sure that you received SMTP server response:

220 mail.example.com ESMTP Postfix

What’s new in Jelastic 5.0.6?

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Jelastic 5.06If you haven’t heard, over the last month Jelastic released versions 5.0.5 and 5.0.6. The most predominant feature is support of Docker Community Edition and Managed Docker Containers.

This means that developers can deploy their containerized application to Docker Swarm clusters or a standalone Docker Engine using docker-compose, docker service and stack deployment commands, remote connection via docker-machine and generic driver. Users benefit from Jelastic’s automatic vertical and horizontal scaling, multi-cloud and local data center availability, collaboration and pay-per-use pricing.

Here’s breakdown of all the bells and whistles in Jelastic 5.0.6

Cloud Scripting Engine

Cloud Scripting (CS) is a powerful solution developed by Jelastic for advanced automation of repetitive DevOps tasks, complex CI/CD flows and clustering configurations.

Basically, it enables you to predefine complex environment provisioning and behavior upon changeable conditions by interconnecting various Jelastic API methods into operation chains. Cloud Scripting represents a unique programming language that is optimized to simplify development and significantly reduce the implementation cost of managed services.

Cloud Scripting provides access to a wide range of automation options and tuning possibilities. They are implemented by composing a manifest file in JSON or YAML format, which describes the logic of what should have happened during the application life-cycle or performed in response to a particular event. When prepared, CS code can be easily executed by importing it to the Platform and, if necessary, edited on the fly through the embedded JSON/YAML editor, with auto formatting, errors review and debugging options. Read More

Add Traffic Distributor to your Jelastic Application

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Installing Traffic Distributor in Jelastic is super easy and it enables Blue-green deployment for zero-downtime updates, A/B testing of new releases, high availability and failover protection. You can redirect a portion or all traffic to a new version of an application, perform ongoing A/B testing by routing part of the traffic to a newer version of an application to compare performance and get advanced failover protection and achieve high availability by sharing the load between two fully functional applications.

Jelastic Traffic Distributor

Installation

To install Traffic Distributor simply navigate to the marketplace (top left of your dashboard).

jelastic marketplace

Go to the Apps tab of Marketplace, Dev & Admin Tools section to locate the Traffic Distributor package (or just use search field at the top) and click the Install button for it.

traffic distributor

Initially, you’ll be shown frame with an overview and the key benefits are highlighted.

traffic distrubutor overview

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Running a Cyclos Cluster on Webhosting.net’s Platform-as-a-Service

By | Cyclos 3 CE, Cyclos 4, Jelastic | No Comments

cyclos clusterPreviously, we shared How to Install Cyclos 4 in One-Click in Less than 10 Minutes. Today, we will show you a more complex setup of a Cyclos cluster with master-slave database replication, scalability and high availability ensuring redundancy.

Using Jelastic you can run Cyclos on Tomcat, Jetty and Glassfish. The database for Cyclos 4 is the open source database PostgreSQL (not less than 9.3). The minimal memory space requirements to run a single Cyclos instance is 500 Mb (so you need to use at least 4 cloudlets).

jelastic cyclos

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New Features and Intelligent Services from Office 365

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Office 365 MiamiIn the last few months, Microsoft launched a variety of improvements to their intelligence services which use machine learning and complex algorithms to save you time while creating new content. So let’s see what’s new with Office 365.

Tap in Word and Outlook

Find and make use of relevant content internally from your business without leaving the document or email you’re editing. Powered by the Microsoft Graph, Tap surfaces documents, presentations and spreadsheets commonly used by you or provided by your coworkers. Simply click to incorporate desired elements from within those files, seamlessly integrating individual components such as slides, images, tables, graphics and charts. Content is pulled in with fidelity intact, so you can change table colors, put in a trend line or legend to a chart, edit text and more.

Availability: Tap is available today in Word and Outlook on Windows desktops, for Office 365 Business Premium, Enterprise E3 and E5 subscribers.

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VPS with Jelastic: CentOS, Ubuntu and Windows

By | CentOS, Jelastic, Virtual Hosting, Virtual Private Server Hosting | No Comments

Jelastic VPSMost people choose VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting because it doesn’t have the limitations of shared hosting and it allows for reinforced security, flexibility and complete control over your environment.

Today we will review how to set up VPS using Jelastic and 3 pre-configured certified stack templates on top of 3 operating systems – CentOS, Ubuntu and Windows.

Virtual Private Servers

CentOS (Community ENTerprise Operating System) is a free community-driven project, with open source code delivered from RHEL Linux distribution.

CentOS offers enterprise-level stability strengthened by robust performance and represents a reliable, low-maintenance, secure option for running virtual private servers.

Ubuntu is one of the most popular operating systems for running virtual private servers inside the Cloud. Built over the Debian Linux distribution, Ubuntu shares its commitment to principles of open-source software and offers continually developing solutions with agile, secure and versatile performance capabilities.

Windows Server OS (2012 and optionally 2008 R2 versions are provided) allows you to run any Windows-based software on your virtual machine with support of popular tools and technologies: ASP.NET, PHP, SQL, Visual Studio, Active Directory, etc.

Due to the fact that Windows OS is a proprietary software and can’t be distributed freely (i.e. requires the license to be applied to the platform), you can be charged for using such containers (regardless of whether it’s running or stopped). Read More

Do you have a data and disaster recovery plan?

By | Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Hyper-V, Veeam, VMware, VMware Disaster Recovery | No Comments

veeam vmware hyperv

Your data is everything and business need to consider data loss seriously. Nowadays we rely heavily on knowing that our data is secure, private and safe.

But how can you assure this with your company’s data? Do you have an established plan for your business?

Image you lost your phone or laptop. Scary right? Now imagine that you haven’t backed up that data – catastrophic right? Now imagine your phone or laptop is your business data, and it’s gone, vanished, done. Is there a word that’s more impactful than catastrophic? Because that’s the effect  on a business without backups and a recovery plan.  There would be no business.

A business disaster recovery plan

A Business Disaster Recovery Plan is implemented  in preparation of a serious issue such as a server going down, or a disaster such as a hurricane, flood or fire.

There are various ways to store your own backups. It could be via a hosted cloud server, devices such as an external drive, a local server and more.

Or you could talk to us and set up a serious backup and recovery plan that’s 100% guaranteed.

Benefits of a disaster recovery plan

There are many benefits, both tangible and intangible, to having a disaster recovery plan. In the event of an unexpected disturbance to your business, disaster recovery services will be able to get you back on track by making sure you’re prepared rather than madly scrambling later on.

Rapid Replication and Copying of Information, Software, and Applications

Data replication involves making copies of all of your information in real time as your information is generated. This is especially useful because it allows you to very quickly reproduce your most important information, software, and applications.

Reliable Recovery of Information

Having a disaster recovery plan means that you will have a reliable method that you can count on to recover your most important information.

Business Continuity

When your systems fail, a client who is pressed for time will likely go next door to your direct competition. The longer it takes for you to resume normal operations, the greater the incentive becomes for clients to move away from your business.

Long-Term Cost Savings

If you have a comprehensive overview of your systems, you’re going to readily be able to view areas where you can add upgrades that replace any current costly inefficiencies. This could involve moving your data to a cloud-based system or other upgrades that will save your business money in the long-term.

Protected Business Reputation

What will current or prospective clients think if they experience a disruption in service? Referrals and word-of-mouth need to remain glowing, or else there will be a severe cost paid with lost business.

Non-Disruptive System Testing

A disaster recovery plan allows you to run scenarios that show you what would happen in the event of a problem without disrupting your business. Constantly being able to test your system will allow you to build greater confidence with clients, as you can demonstrate your reliability.

Minimal System Downtime during Replication

Downtime will always affect your organization by reducing employee focus, and perhaps more importantly, motivation. No matter what industry you work in, when sensitive data is inaccessible or lost, it creates havoc for everyone involved and can cause inactivity.

Compliance with Industry Regulations

If you have clients in the medical, financial, or legal verticals, then they are most likely governed by stringent industry regulations and other legal requirements. HIPAA, SOX, and GLBA are just some of the legal requirements that stipulate how businesses need to be able to provide access to sensitive digital information at all times. Being able to back up all of their data in a secure way inspires greater confidence.

24/7 Client Support

Webhosting.net is there to offer continuous support via e-mail with a 30-minute response time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for all 365 days of the year. Toll-free telephone assistance is also provided from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST from Monday to Friday by calling 1-800-709-9110.

Peace of Mind!

There’s a special frame of mind that comes with knowing your data is protected, safe, and can be recovered in the event of a disaster. Backing your data up by using disaster recovery services does more than secure your information—it gives you peace of mind on a daily basis.

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WordPress Vulnerabilities Blocked by Sucuri Website Firewall (WAF)

By | Sucuri CloudProxy Website Firewall, WordPress | No Comments

WordPress 4.7.2 was released on January 26th and if you’re running your website with this popular CMS, we recommend that you check for updates ASAP.

To do this, login to your admin panel and select Updates

wordpress updates

You will see the version of WordPress you are running and the option to update (if you haven’t already done so).

We also recommend enabling automatic updates on your website.

Earlier in January, our partner Sucuri reported a security issue to the WordPress team – a severe content injection (privilege escalation) vulnerability affecting the REST API. This vulnerability allows an unauthenticated user to modify the content of any post or page within a WordPress site.

They worked closely with the team at WordPress and version 4.7.2 and the updates includes protection against this threat.

Sucuri WAF

If your version of WordPress is up to date, you are protected, however we recommend an extra layer of protection – we use it on all of our sites also.

For just $15 per month, your site will be protected from:

  • Zero-Day Exploits
  • Cross Site Scripting (XSS)
  • Remote File Inclusion (RFI)
  • Local File Inclusion (LFI)
  • SQL Injection Attacks
  • Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF)
  • Login Form Bypassing
  • Out-Of-Date Software
  • Insecure Plugins
  • Vulnerable Themes
  • Bad GET or POST Methods
  • Insecure Direct Object Reference
  • Drupalgeddon
  • Heartbleed
  • Bash Bug / Shellshock
  • POODLE
  • Malicious HTTP Requests
  • Remote Code Execution
  • Malformed Cookie Requests

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Create Your Own Minecraft Server with Jelastic and Docker

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Jelastic Minecraft Private ServerMinecraft – that’s all my 7 year old nephew talks about. We purchased him the XBox One version for his birthday, before realizing that we could create our own private Minecraft server using Jelastic, a simple manifest and a Docker Container

So what is Minecraft? Apparently it’s “COOL”, incredibly popular (for all ages) with more than 100 millions user around the world.  Minecraft offers a massive variety of maps, mods and extensions in an endless virtual custom world.

In order to set up our own server, we used a pre-configured JPS package, that deploys your private Minecraft server to Jelastic Cloud – in no time.  In addition, we will show you how to establish a connection to your private server via a Minecraft game client.

Benefits of Running your own Minecraft Server

By creating your own Minecraft server, you can ensure that you won’t be sharing a JVM, CPU or any other resources. There are no limitations with regard to the disc size, bandwidth and RAM and you can manage the mods and plugins for your server. If you’re sharing resources, as with any shared environment, your Minecraft instance can be crippled, based on load spikes and the number of users online. By creating your own server, it allows for an increased number of player slots, which means that you can grow and promote a larger community – which you have full control over.  You are the master architect of your Minecraft server. And you can access it anytime.

And, deployed to Jelastic – it’s blazingly FAST and you only pay for the resources consumed.

So let’s get started. This should take less than 10 minutes. Read More