Revisiting the Term ‘Cloud’ and What it Means Today

Like many technological terms, ‘Cloud’ has evolved significantly over the past 10 years and its usage has generated a great deal of controversy and confusion. ‘Cloud’ has evolved and can now be broken down into an array of specific, targeted services and is no longer just a general blanket term. The Cloud is now more than a place where you can host your virtual machines or utilize for storage. Cloud has evolved into a spectrum of services which help you distribute content, manage your own interface and its users. You can choose which specific aspects of your infrastructure to offload to the cloud whether it be backups, storage or disaster recovery. It can be used for collaboration purposes, an added … READ MORE

Different Levels of Cloud Computing

By now you’ve heard about cloud computing and how you can help your business take advantage of the tools available in order to increase productivity and efficiency. But did you know about the different levels of cloud computing you could be using? Learning the difference between your options will allow your business to uncover new ways of operating and help you grow into the future.

SaaS—Software as a Service (SaaS) involves using software that is deployed over and accessed through the Internet. This allows companies to outsource IT work and provides for easier collaboration between departments.

IaaS—Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) lets companies maintain control of a software environment without having to maintain equipment. This option is generally pay-as-you-go, so you are … READ MORE

Security and the Cloud

Security and the Cloud: Debunking Security Misconceptions About the Cloud

When working with a cloud hosting service, security is likely your top priority. Researching companies to work with is an important step in selecting a host, because it could be the difference between having a secure system in place and exposing your proprietary information to potential attacks. There are many misconceptions when it comes to the cloud and security, which is why it is necessary to get all of the information you can before making a decision.

One of the top myths floating around various industries is that most businesses do not have faith in or haven’t yet moved to a cloud hosting solution. In fact, the cloud market is expected to … READ MORE

The Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing: What Are the Benefits?

The cloud is a relatively recent innovation, only becoming popular in only the last few years. Despite its young age, it has greatly changed the way people manage, host, and store important data. Many individuals and businesses alike have switched to cloud computing due to the numerous benefits of working with and through the cloud.

Previously, a computer used its own hard drive to download software and applications, as well as to store important data. This severely limited a company’s options since each computer was considered separate and it required a great deal of tech support to keep all the separate computers operating and communicating with each other efficiently.

Now, through cloud computing, companies can share resources … READ MORE

Data Center Upgrades Result in Increased Routing Capacity and Improved Interconnect Speed

We have been hard at work over the past three months improving our Tier 1 networking capabilities in order to provide the best possible connectivity for our customers. After careful evaluation of our networking and hardware infrastructures at each of our datacenters, we recently decided to upgrade our routing capacity and back-end networks.

This was done at each of our three datacenters: Seattle, WA, Dallas, TX and Ashburn, VA.These upgrades have resulted in a twenty-fold increase in our routing capacity, and network interconnects at each datacenter.

The benefits you will experience as a customer from these upgrades are three fold: increased speed, improved reliability, and better DDoS protection. These upgrades demonstrate our ongoing dedication to guarantee maximum uptime and ensure that our … READ MORE