web hosting

Cloud Web Host Options
There are a variety of web host options to consider cloud hosting for all business ideas. One of these is SaaS, or software as a service. With this type of cloud hosting, the client pays to use software which the service provider hosts for a subscription fee. In this model, both the software and the server hardware are owned by the host. Another model for cloud hosting is called cloud application platform. This is similar to managed server hosting, except that the service provider can tailor the platform to meet customer development needs. The host provides the platform in this case but not the software. In the open cloud hosting model, open source software allows customers to build their own clouds or develop applications within the service provider’s open source cloud framework. Another option is private cloud hosting, where the customer runs a dedicated server which may be managed by a service provider.

Virtualization of Network Monitoring
Virtualization has been embraced by companies as a way to cut costs by reducing physical servers, but it hasn’t impacted the areas of network monitoring and security as extensively up to this point. In today’s data centers many network appliances are still deployed to ensure reliable network performance and provide security. However, new technology is now making it possible to consolidate these many appliances based on some of the principles of virtualization, such as intelligent adapters and data distribution. Supporting multiple services in an IP network requires many management tools which are increasingly moving from software-based to hardware-based solutions. Examples of these appliances include network performance monitors and firewalls to block security threats. Another class of hardware prevent data loss and ensure the security of sensitive information. Data retention systems are also required for keeping regulatory compliance logs.

Website Scaling Issues
Website scaling issues are often overlooked by technology startups, but these can come back to bit when a new business unexpectedly hits critical mass early. Web services can quickly outgrow an infrastructure that isn’t up to the job when hit with an upsurge in traffic. Scalability refers to the ability of system to handle rapid growth in demand for the service. It’s not just about hardware, but also encompasses process and planning, and scaling is certainly not for big business servers alone. A number of things can be overlooked during the planning and design stages of a web service, and this is especially true when budgets are tight. Manageability needs to be kept simple in these cases, but the perception of performance needs to be high. High availability doesn’t just mean ensuring that a server is up and running, but it also relates to the quality of the user experience on the site.

Windows Hosting Virtual Desktops
Windows hosting and cloud services company ThinkGrid has launched a new service offering Windows 7 hosted virtual desktops. This new service will provide a cost-efficient alternative for business for a low monthly price. It should result in substantial savings versus Windows migration, which will be required soon as support for Windows XP winds down. Hosted virtual desktops provide an Opex path to the new OS that includes a fully personalized solution. Users or owners of business ideas will have the ability to install whatever applications they choose because each user is given their own virtual machine. This is a more advanced service than most other cloud hosting providers can offer, and it provides users with an experience that replicates on-premise computing more closely. The service fee is charged based on the number of users per month, with non minimum requirements and no licenses or hardware to purchase.