What is cloud computing
? The term “cloud computing” has become all the rage. However, it seems as if everyone has a different definition. The term “cloud
” has been around for a long time as a metaphor for the Internet. When you add “computing,” it becomes less clear as to what it actually is and what it includes. We spoke with several vendors, IT professionals and customers in an attempt to clearly define cloud computing in a way that makes sense.
What is colocation?
Colocation, or “colo
,” is the hosting of IT infrastructure including server hardware and equipment within a leased space provided by an external data center. The colocation customer or “tenant” has complete control over and performs all maintenance of the equipment being housed. In turn, the data center is responsible for providing the infrastructure needed to keep servers up and running including the colocation space, ping, power, pipe, security, heating and cooling (HVAC), redundant systems and technical support. Server colocation space
is typically offered in the following configurations: per u, rack space, cabinet, cage and suites. You provide the hardware, we provide the space.
What is a content delivery network? Before we get entrenched in the details, the purpose of a content delivery network is to rapidly deliver content to users with increased reliability, decreased access latency and lower costs. Content can include everything from live streaming to simple web objects and large downloadable objects such as media files, software, documents and applications. Content delivery networks enable today’s new digital frontier making live streaming, advertising, online gaming and mobile applications possible across the globe, on your computer and on your mobile devices.
What is your disaster recovery plan? Do you have a plan in place to guard against human error, viruses, equipment failure and natural disasters? Data storage and backup technologies represent an important aspect of today’s business environment; however, they are often overlooked. Whether your business stores employee records, financial details, assets, customer records or everything about the company, it is imperative that you have something in place to guard against data loss. Every year, businesses are caught off guard and suffer productivity and financial loss due to data being lost or damaged.
There are several options available when it comes to disaster recovery strategies including storage, backup and archiving. Within data storage there are three basic systems: direct attached storage (DAS), storage area network (SAN) and network attached storage (NAS).
What is a dedicated server
? A dedicated server is a leased server
located within a secure data center environment that is dedicated only to your website and applications. There are often many different server hardware configurations available from low cost value to enterprise class servers with all of the bells and whistles. A few of the important hardware considerations include the following: processor type and speed, RAM, storage, operating system (OS), firewall, bandwidth, managed service level.
With managed hosting, the majority of the server administration is handled by the provider. Managed hosting has been described as a glorified dedicated server with extended features and support. As with a dedicated server, you get your choice of operating system, routing equipment, network connectivity and administrative control. However, managed server hosting takes care of much more than what’s offered with dedicated hosting. Depending on the provider, managed hosting plans can include a wide range of services such as data storage and backup, security and firewalls, database administration, load balancing and around the clock support.
What is a virtual private server? A virtual private server (VPS), also referred to a virtual dedicated server (VDS), is a physical server partitioned into many “virtual” servers that function independently and are controlled separately by many users. A single physical server can contain numerous VPSs, each with its own root access and operating system (OS) that runs the hosting software for a particular user. In addition, the hosting software for each virtual private server (VPS) includes a web server program, file transfer protocol (FTP), a mail server program and specialized applications for activities such as e-commerce and blogging.