Small and Medium Businesses in the Cloud

    Although the term “cloud” is seeing increasing use, it’s necessary to clarify what portion of “the cloud” is of interest to a particular audience. For small and medium businesses (SMBs), there are generally two areas of relevance in the evolution of IT services to the cloud. The first is the application layer, commonly referred to

    How Often Is Too Often to Update My Site?

    By Monique Martin When it comes to SEO, there’s nothing more important than having quality content on your website.

    Host Location Series Part 5: The benefits of CDN for website speed

    By Gail Seymour As Internet speeds increase, visitor patience decreases. Accustomed to broadband connections, we expect a site to come up on our browser faster.

    Host Location Series Part 4: Are More Data Centers Better?

    By Gail Seymour In the introduction to this series of articles, we discussed data centers and some of the methods used to ensure continual availability of data for Web sites.

    Data Center Tour Part 5: Servers

    By Gail Seymour When you rent space on a server from a Web hosting company, do you ever stop to wonder what the server might look like?

    Data Center Tour Part 4: Redundancy

    By Gail Seymour One of the main reasons many companies outsource Web hosting is to ensure consistent availability of their websites.

    Data Center Tour Part 3: Physical Security

    By Gail Seymour When we think about data security, and breaches that have made the headlines, the theft of credit card details by hacker Albert Gonzalez from TJX and other major US retailers in 2006, or the loss of Army reservists personal information after the theft of a laptop containing a CD ROM listing their

    Data Center Tour Part 2: Meet the Staff

    By Gail Seymour A large data center might be staffed with dozens of people, each responsible for different aspects of its operation.

    Data Center Tour Part 1: Introduction

    By Gail Seymour Modern data centers are often compared to military bases, with perimeter fences guarded by security staff, large windowless concrete buildings and lots of surveillance equipment.

    IP Series: Shared IPs

    By Monique Martin Every machine on the Internet, including the server that hosts your website, has a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address. This address is what lets one computer send information to another. But, because there are so many websites and a finite number of possible IP addresses, it’s become common practice for many sites