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With the increasing proliferation of Web services that provide cloud computing innovations, more companies have begun to adopt an external model in which their applications, services and data are stored and accessible in the cloud. It’s an excellent system for companies who want to be able to rapidly expand while keeping costs low, but it’s not completely suitable for other companies who still need to provide internal, non-cloud services. As a result, some organizations have begun to use a hybrid system that combines both external and internal servers. Greater than the Sum of its Parts Although it shares the common paradigm of “the cloud,” a hybrid cloud system is very distinct from a separate, standalone cloud architecture. Public clouds are systems from a third-party provider that can

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Every business website requires different functionalities to meet its specific needs. Fortunately, a wide variety of popular web apps make it easier for businesses to add specific capabilities to their websites. However, finding the right web hosting provider to host these apps can go a long way toward maximizing their effectiveness. Once you’ve determined which web apps need to be included on your business’s website, you then need to focus on finding a web hosting provider that can support those specific apps. Popular Apps and their Web Hosting Requirements Although each business must decide which web apps will help them meet their goals, looking at a few examples could illustrate why it’s so important to pick the right web hosting service. Bravo Video is an app that allows

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Have you ever tried to log onto a website and for some strange reason it wouldn’t allow you to connect? Depending on your current needs, it could be a minor inconvenience or downright annoying. However, for the site itself, these short outages can cause problems that reach far beyond annoyance. These outages are called downtime and are one of the biggest enemies of any company that conducts business online. Learn more about what downtime is, these far-reaching effects and what solutions are available to solve the downtime dilemma — then, you can better learn how to prevent or deal with this issue as a business owner yourself. What Exactly is Downtime Anyway? There are actually two different types of downtime. Planned downtime is when a company

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Virtual private servers (VPS) have been the go-to hosting option for individuals and small businesses for years. Despite the technology’s popularity, many people don’t even know it exists or what makes it different from other server configurations. A virtual server works the same way a physical server does; the only difference is that it’s not tied to any specific hardware. The entire server is stored as a single image on a disk, allowing multiple servers to run on a single physical machine and letting you or your host move your server to any machine you need. The private part of the VPS moniker means companies get the virtual server all to themselves without sharing access to it with any other clients. Is VPS Cost-effective? Regardless

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When smaller companies first learn about cloud computing, they may assume the technology won’t be beneficial to them. Their belief may be that it’s only a necessity for corporations with a large workforce or that it isn’t affordable for a small business. In fact, cloud databases have relatively low start-up costs and the rewards outweigh the risks tenfold. Personalization Based on Company Need As far as affordability, cloud computing makes sense as an IT solution for small businesses. A smaller company may not have the finances to purchase the hardware and software required to install and maintain a company server, whereas cloud databases have everything a company would need to get started. When a cloud-based system is in place, users can begin working immediately, instead

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In both cases, VPS and dedicated servers offer more options over a shared server. You can choose which software you install on your server, how much memory is allocated to different tasks, the number of CPUs the server can access and much more. While shared hosting is cost effective for small websites, higher traffic and customization needs will require you to choose between a dedicated server or VPS. The question is, does your business need a dedicated server or can you save money with a VPS service? Lower Cost Compared to a Dedicated Server On the surface, it’s easy to look at the cost of several hosting plans and think one costs less simply because the monthly premium is lower. However, this does not take efficiency and time-management

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The average customer spends not more than 10 seconds on a website that does not meet her expectations of quality or fails to load quickly. For e-commerce sites, this statistic poses a real threat to the bottom line. Customers who feel your website is slow will not patronize your shop. A strong content delivery network returns content quickly, which keeps customers satisfied and protects the bottom line. Learn more about the role that content delivery networks and CDN hosts play in e-commerce sites and gain actionable tips for selecting the right content delivery network for your website needs. What Content Delivery Networks do If you have at least 1,000 visitors per day, you could benefit from a content delivery network; if you have more visitors, consider this a

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No software developer likes limitations, so finding the right cloud host provider that facilitates “out of the box” solutions is necessary for killer, innovative apps. Even if the developer is a coding whiz kid, there is always that time when a little help from other developers is needed. If you choose the right host provider, the host will have developer support for any language. Microsoft .NET and PHP are common, but what if you want to build the next mobile phone app? The developer needs to know Java for Android and Objective C for Apple products. The best cloud host has a variety of developer skills, so any language can be supported. Resources for Developers It’s not enough just to offer phone support from other developers.

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When it comes to cloud computing services, many business owners find certainties as elusive as real clouds. They read the studies that say they can save time and money with cloud storage providers, and yet without a firm grasp on the services and expenses involved, many cloud users end up overspending and getting discouraged about the benefits they’ve been led to believe the cloud services will bring to their companies. Like any new venture, perfecting cloud services requires some trial and error, but a few rules can help you compare costs and determine the best plan while staying on budget. Starting Out You’re most likely to overspend when you first start using cloud services, yet it’s a good time to do so. If you’re planning

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As your business grows, you may find services and devices you once used no longer fit your technological needs. You also may realize it’s time to upgrade your computer operating system, find new payroll software and revisit whether your website can handle all your increasing traffic. Because your website is so important in raising awareness of your brand – and in generating leads or sales – it’s critical that you have a reliable domain registration provider. That’s why you may want to consider upgrading from a free domain registration provider to a professional service that understands how to protect your domain name. To transfer your domain registration, follow these 3 key steps: Search for a Reputable Provider. Talk to other small business owners you know

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The cloud offers ease of configuration, use and maintenance running your own offers flexibly in configuration, software version and optimization — and this is especially so for databases. A database running in the cloud is simply that — it is a database that a user has implemented within a cloud environment to use, typically in software development projects. There are two common cloud database deployment models: you can run databases on the cloud independently, or you can buy access to a database service. A database service is a commercial service that is available on the public market based on a multi-tenancy (or shared service) model, in the words of Judith Hurwitz, President and CEO with Hurwitz & Associates, a consulting firm that focuses on how technology solutions

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Every day you hear about a new major corporation jumping into cloud computing and dedicating a substantial portion of its IT budget to switching core tasks to the cloud. With the NSA, AT&T and PayPal generating headlines, it’s easy to overlook the impact the cloud can have on smaller businesses. After all, the popular image of a multinational corporation investing millions of dollars in cloud computing doesn’t resonate with the owner of a small but growing car dealership in the Pacific Northwest or a brand-new digital marketing firm nestled in the heart of the Midwest. A business doesn’t need hundreds of servers to benefit from the cloud. As long as the services fit the needs of the business, the cloud can help in any endeavor.

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The statistics concerning customers and their internet usage are mind-blowing. Product research accounts for 78% of internet traffic. Close to 80% of individuals, utilize a mobile device for purposes of using the Internet. Web traffic means nothing if customers and clients decide to navigate away from your website. You have a short time-frame to capture the attention of your intended audience. When you capture the attention of your audience, you generate business. The ultimate goal is generating repeat business. So how do you accomplish generating additional business? You focus your attention on the web design and making your website work for you. Website Redesign There are several considerations prior to redesigning a website. Review the metrics. Are the numbers down? Look at the underlying factors leading to tanking numbers.

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For all intents and purposes, Rackspace is the de facto proponent for all things open cloud. They further cemented this fact by acquiring ObjectRocket, a MongoDB-powered Database as a Service (DBaaS) platform that essentially makes NoSQL web development  significantly easier and more simplified. While some are reducing the acquisition to a next-step of sorts in Rackspace’s efforts to take on Amazon Web Services (S3), the reality is something a little less newsworthy. They’re really just ramping up their cloud-based NoSQL offerings. For instance, ObjectRocket comes on the heels of Rackspace’s introduction of their NoSQL cloud, a DBaaS service for the enterprise. In short, ObjectRocket simply compliments what Rackspace already has in place.   What is ObjectRocket, exactly? As with many cloud storage startups, ObjectRocket exists to solve a

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Online nurseryman Kermit Carter had a business puzzle to solve in mid-2012 at his small family farm on the Northern California coast. Repeat business was increasing daily for the flowering horticultural sages that Carter and his wife were growing and shipping to customers nationwide from their Flowers by the Sea nursery. Carter says he wasn’t certain what would be the most efficient way to get word out about new products so FBTS could sell them in timely fashion. Most sages are part of the Salvia plant genus, which is the largest group in the mint family and contains up to 900 species worldwide. FBTS grows more than 300 species, Carter says, and greenhouse tables can get crowded. What’s a niche entrepreneur to do when a quick solution

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It’s not that every company out there should migrate all of their documents to the newest SharePoint version. Rather, the big idea is that SharePoint is a platform built to optimize business processes in a way that both increases efficiency and the bottom-line. The latest releases of SharePoint are now heavily integrated with the cloud, which makes it easier than ever to collaborate in real time. Types of Documents to Include in Your Database Really, there are way more than three types of business documents that should be included in your SharePoint database. However, if you’re new to the platform and want to get things up and running quickly, these are the most mission-critical documents that should be uploaded and organized first. · Branding Information

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For businesses of all sizes, the web hosting conversation is a big one. Selecting a type of hosting for your small business’s website can determine important elements of your site and its functionality. This includes everything from performance to scalability to the types of content your website can deliver on a regular basis over a long period of time. Sure, there are many types of hosting that can deliver on performance and scalability, but the reality for many small businesses is that resources are limited. For many of these business owners, this means taking a closer look at cloud-based VPS hosting. In this post, we’ll dig a little deeper into the VPS cloud hosting and why it may be a viable option for your company’s website. What

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Nowadays people are purchasing products and services over the Internet, making shopping around the world that much easier. You may not realize this, but your web design and how it is organized can mean the difference in both obtaining and maintaining your customer base. The more organized and visually appealing your website is, the higher your customer conversion rates will be. Design Keep it simple. Enough said. For your first website you probably tried to cram in as much information as you could in the top of the home page. Because that is the part that everyone sees. But that is incorrect. You want your web design to be both simple and visually appealing. Otherwise, customers will get confused, overwhelmed and click the back button

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The Playstation Vita has broken ground recently by outselling one of its competitors, the Wii. This fact, coupled with the recent price cut for the Vita, may open the device up to a new audience. With this in mind, it’s worth highlighting some of the top games for the PS Vita that just may tempt gamers to try the portable system. Dead or Alive 5: Set to be released on March 19, this MMA-style fighting game will have fans of the franchise pumped for new action. DOA 5 offers new martial arts fighting styles and techniques, a new graphics design style that brings the details of each character to life and powerful finishing moves that satisfy dedicated fighters. Innovative gestures use all of the Vita’s controls, including the rear control

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By Patrick Burke Patrick Burke is a writer and editor based in the greater New York area and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting. If you’re into the latest technology, tunes or independent films, Austin is the epicenter of all things fresh and innovative, as the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) 2013 Conferences & Festivals went underway in the Lone Star State. In terms of technology, the event, which ran from March 8-17, featured five days of presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, hundreds of networking events hosted by industry leaders, the SXSW Trade Show and a lineup of special programs showcasing the best new digital works, video games and innovative ideas from the international community. CloudTimes.org compiled a list of what drew some attention

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