Monthly Archives: December 2013

What does server colocation mean?

Colocation server hosting  the essence of which is that a host company places a customer’s equipment on its territory (i.e. in data center) and provides a high bandwidth connection. Such a placement can help to significantly save on communication channel establishment from a web hosting provider to a customer. Usually such service is used for placing of those machines which are destined to maintain a very large web projects and other network services characterized by a huge traffic. It is also used for placing equipment requiring a reliable access from several remote points. For instance, it may be used for heavy-duty servers, IP-telephony gateways or VPN-concentrators placement.

In such a case, a customer’s machine is located in provider’s colocation data centers, and then it is mounted in a special rack and connected to the Internet channels of high speed and bandwidth. The customer must not necessarily bring to provider a whole physical server; sometimes individual components such as CPU, RAM, etc., may be brought. More →

One of critical vulnerabilities Ruby on Rails has

A critical vulnerability was encountered in popular RoR web application framework. The fault was found in the code that handles the HTTP-request parameters. Owing to poorly thought-out automatic type conversion in XML format handler a trespasser has an opportunity to hack your website through a DoS-attack of application circumventing the authentication system, embedding SQL-code, and executing arbitrary code.

The trouble is shot in following RoR versions: 3.2.11, 3.1.10, 3.0.19, 2.3.15. The rest of versions are still vulnerable, and it is desirable that all users upgrade RoR to secure version therefore. Also, the report of the vulnerability described several ways to disable the problematic handler. More →

Before looking for a web-hosting – list of things to know

In point of fact, a site is strong foundation of all commercial activity on the Internet. That is why own website is a real must-have for every solid company. Of course, a question of hosting search must be approached carefully and considerately.

Buying host at random will inevitably entail serious consequences. There is a number of determining factors you have to take into consideration while looking for webhosting. So the main criteria that should have an influence upon your choice are:

  • full and truthful information about provider and offered services. It should be found on a host company official site;
  • availability and accessibility of technical support ready and willing to provide users with required information; More →

Managed VPS – tips to know

So called managed hosting is a popular tendency appeared in the web service industry almost simultaneously with virtual private servers. These servers suffer from one grave shortcoming – a person needs to have appropriate skills and plenty of time on its administration. The point is that inexperienced users often face severe difficulties concerning technical management of virtual servers; therefore host providers offer such additional services as monitoring and notifications sending, storage and database administration, security and load balancing. Thus, managed web host is an optimal decision for unpracticed web-developers.

Looking for reliable managed host provider, a beginner has to know some important points. First of all, you should pay attention if host company provides system management services that are used on a virtual hosting the most frequently, viz. security, firewalls, monitoring, notifications, and data backup.

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Pros and Cons of Cloud VPS Hosting

Cloud Hosting Basic information:

Cloud services did not make great progress until recently, thus, they were available only to advanced users. Nowadays, due to Global Network wide spread occurrence, this technology is easily accessible to beginners just like to professionals.

Host service is one of the most called-for services on the Internet. Until recently webhost was subdivided into three types: dedicated server (separate machine), VPS (virtual private server), and virtual host (a great number of sites allocated on the one server). Today cloud host actively supplants the other three types. More →

Cloud server benefits for a small business

Several years ago small startup companies could not provide their experts with such essential tools of business problems solving as Internet access or own website. Nowadays it is impossible to imagine an isolated modern company that excellently and stably develops not depending on information technology. Cloud servers make it possible to equalize IT opportunities for both small and large companies; that is the reason why it is a perfect option for start-up companies.

Cloud service is convenient and popular as well as very profitable for business. Such service is particularly attractive for small business, when there is no money and need to keep bulky software for solving various problems and technical staff to support it. Now, let’s examine cloud service advantages in detail. More →

What is a virtual server – Essentials

Today the level of hosting service development gives the opportunity to provide users with a virtual server. People encountered this kind of service for the first time usually have a large amount of standard questions, and one of the most frequent is ‘what is virtual server’. Let’s try to overcome some difficulties connected with this wide-spread service.

Virtual server -  is а hosting service which provides a user with software emulation of a real physical machine. On one real machine several VSs can be launched. With regards to remote control, each of these virtual machines almost fully emulates real machine operation.

In simple words, the resources of one physical server are distributed programmatically among several virtual ones, thus, vserver is a machine within machine. Usually the physical machine potential is not fully used; in this case, these resources are at your disposal. More →

Tips for Windows VPS Security

The Internet is an aggressive and uncontrollable environment where a light-hearted administrator could be easily eaten up sooner or later. Recently cases of Windows vps hacking become more frequent. That is the reason why unskilled administrators often ask how to protect Windows server. Here you can find some helpful tips.

Tips to secure your Windows VPS:

  • Lockout policy setup. Windows based server is not protected from brute force attack by default. It means that hacker can create thousands of RDP-connections, using different usernames and passwords with the aim to find a correct one. That is why it is useful to setup lockout policy which provides temporary blocking of a user after several failed attempts. Fulfill these steps: Start – Run – secpol.msc – Security Settings – Account Policies – Account Lockout Policy. More →

Tips to know when choose a domain name

Recklessly bought web-site name usually neither reflects the main purpose of project, nor carries any sense load. At the same time, correct approach to the DN choice can bring additional users as well as become one of the most important parts of marketing campaign. That is why the majority of IT-blogs carries screaming requests like help me choose a domain name, etc.

Domain Name Tips:

  • Domain name is catchy and memorable. It should stick in site visitor’s memory. It will attract more unique visitors to your website. Besides, it is advisable that it won’t have any resemblance to other names (unless you pursue other goals). More →

VPS – what does it mean?

Nowadays there is a large selection of hosting services at the host market. One of the most widely-spread internet goods is virtual server, or VPS. But what does this abbreviation mean?

VPS is a modern host technology which combines private server power and control flexibility. These three letters stand for words ‘virtual private server’. This service provides a user with private dedicated server which could be used for new library versions creation or present library alteration.

Within the scope of this service the user is provided with virtual server located on a separate physical machine. The user has a root access to the system, so he is able to install any program or to change any configurations of the server. More →