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Picking the right cloud backup service

Picking the right cloud backup service

We’ve all been there: hard drive failure, lost or stolen devices, data corruption, or just plain typing error resulting in a ruined spreadsheet.  Data loss happens every day, but if you’re prepared for it, it’s not typically a huge deal.  Many people have to learn the hard way first, but eventually you start to back up your data.  There are many options including physical media such as USB drives, DVDs, and RAID arrays.  However, these solutions can be costly, challenging, or inefficient.  Backing up your files in to the cloud […]

Differences between dedicated, colocated, and managed servers

Differences between dedicated, colocated, and managed servers

Deciding which hosting solution to use can sometimes be a difficult process.  With so many different options, which one is right for you?  Managed servers, dedicated servers, and co-located servers are all actually different versions of pretty much the same thing.  With all of these options, you have full bare metal access to the server, you are its only user, and you can pick and choose which hardware you will use.  So what exactly are the big differences between these solution types, and which one is best for your needs? […]

Securing your shared hosting with reseller accounts

Securing your shared hosting with reseller accounts

Many people automatically purchase shared hosting without considering other options.  For people running 1-2 websites, this is probably ideal.  However, if you’re running a handful of websites or more, you should probably consider a reseller account.  You may be thinking: well I don’t resell the services, why should I pick that account type for more money.  A Reseller account is the ideal choice if you have multiple websites, even if they’re all low traffic.  The fact is, creating a separate user for each website you own is the most secure […]

What exactly do the “five 9s” mean?

What exactly do the “five 9s” mean?

Almost every web hosts offers some kind of uptime guarantee. Depending on which type of plan you have purchased, the guarantee may range from 99.9% to 99.999%. You may have even heard this referred to as “three nines” or “five nines”, but what does that really mean? It’s simple, the more nines your host claims, the better the reliability of the service will be. However, be cautious with a company that offers high guarantees for a low price, maintaining a service with five nines is both challenging and costly. Let’s take […]