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Three Reasons to Try Docker – A Container Technology Overview
Filed under: Industry Insights,New Technology,News  January 28, 2015

Docker Container TechnologyContainer technology has rapidly risen in popularity over the last couple of years – especially since the release of the Docker platform in 2013. While containers existed prior to Docker, their platform introduced versioning and vastly improved portability. These new features, among others, are what will continue to drive the exponentially increasing interest in container technology, like Docker, throughout 2015.

Containers are encapsulated, lightweight, and portable application modules. They allow developers and sysadmins to build and run multiple standardized application environments on a single server. Traditionally, virtual machines (VMs) have been used to achieve operating system isolation or unique application environments. However, containers have proven to be lighter weight, highly portable, and more easily deployed than their VM counterparts.

  1. Lightweight

    Unlike VMs, containers don’t incorporate their own operating system and instead rely on the host server’s operating system, while isolating an application’s dependencies. This makes containers extremely lightweight, requiring very few resources to operate and freeing up computing hardware for other applications, or additional containers.

  2. Advanced Portability Options

    Not only are containers lightweight, but they’re also highly portable. A containerized application can be easily extracted from one server running Docker and moved to another server that is also running Docker.

  3. Deployment Speed

    Due to their portable and lightweight construction, containers enable an app, or entire suite of apps, to be quickly assembled and deployed from saved and versioned containers. This makes the transition between development, testing, and production environments much smoother, allowing products to ship faster and run across devices in an unchanged environment. Many of the common development and production roadblocks, due to differences in development environments, are easily routed around with containers.

While it is the buzzword of the moment, container technology hasn’t grown so quickly in popularity without a number of skeptics raising questions, notably about the maturity of the technology’s security. Despite such questions, containers do offer a number of benefits for the curious developer. Compatible with Liquid Web’s Storm® Platform, the Docker platform could considerably speed up the development and deployment processes for our customers. For those customers interested in learning more about installing and operating Docker on their servers, our Knowledge Base has a series of instructional articles to help you get started.




KB Weekly Wrap-Up 1-9-15
Filed under: How To,Knowledge Base,News  January 9, 2015

Knowledge Base Weekly Wrap-Up
Don’t forget to check in regularly with our Knowledge Base, to which we add helpful, new articles every day. In this edition of our KB Weekly Wrap-Up, we feature step-by-step instructions for installing Logwatch, lsyncd, MySQL/MariaDB, ProFTPD, and Varnish, all on the Fedora 21 operating system.

Don’t see what you need to know? Contact our Heroic Support® team and we’ll help! If you’d like to request a specific article for our Knowledge Base, let us know at support@liquidweb.com.




Another Year of 99.995 Percent Uptime at Liquid Web
Filed under: Heroic Support,News  

Liquid Web Network
Now that 2015 has well and truly begun, we can take a look back at our uptime throughout 2014. For yet another year, we’ve maintained 99.995% uptime, according to HyperSpin reports. This impressive number represents all the hard work our Heroic Support® teams have put in throughout the last year for our customers, including everything from important network upgrades to an overall commitment to excellent customer service.
Liquid Web Uptime Report 2014
Our 99.995% uptime in 2014 is partially attributable to the significant upgrades we made to our network throughout the year. These upgrades include updated border, core, distribution, and access layers across all of our data centers, giving us three times the capacity of our previous hardware. In addition to the upgrades we made, we also consistently rely on our redundant power, cooling, and networking systems to provide secure and dependable uptime to our customers.

“We’ve spent a lot of time and invested a lot of resources upgrading our core network to increase uptime, throughput, stability, and reliability,” explained Nick Cappelletti, the head of Liquid Web’s Networking Department. “There have been a lot of long nights and large amounts of caffeine during this process and we have even more exciting core router upgrades to come later this year.”

It isn’t only our incredible uptime percentage of 99.995% that makes Liquid Web stand out from other hosts. What’s equally as important is how we handle downtime when it does occur. For those situations, we’ve created our Heroic Promise® to protect our customers. Everything from our carefully designed network, to our Heroic Support® is catered to making sure our customers have the best experience possible. Here’s to another successful year in 2015!




KB Weekly Wrap-Up 1-2-15
Filed under: How To,Knowledge Base,News  January 2, 2015

Knowledge Base Weekly Wrap-Up 1-2-15
Welcome to 2015! The year may have changed, but our Knowledge Base is still here with fresh and insightful content. If your New Year’s resolution involves learning more about your hosting environment, then you’ve come to the right place. In this edition of our KB Weekly Wrap-Up, we feature instructions for installing Git and PostgreSQL, adding users on Fedora 21, and all the information you need on the latest CVE-2014-9322 vulnerability.

Don’t see what you need to know? Contact our Heroic Support® team and we’ll help! If you’d like to request a specific article for our Knowledge Base, let us know at support@liquidweb.com.




KB Weekly Wrap-Up 12-26-14
Filed under: How To,Knowledge Base,News  December 26, 2014

KB Weekly Wrap-Up 12-26-14
Merry Christmas! Now that the holiday is over, the presents are all opened, and the Christmas dinner leftovers are put away, you might find your mind wandering back to your hosting environment. When that happens, check out our Knowledge Base, which we’re updating all through the Holiday season. In this edition of the KB Weekly Wrap-Up we feature vsftpd, Firewalld, Python, Pip, and MongoDB.

Don’t see what you need to know? Contact our Heroic Support® team and we’ll help! If you’d like to request a specific article for our Knowledge Base, let us know at support@liquidweb.com.




Why Everyone Loves the Hybrid Cloud
Filed under: Industry Insights,New Technology,News,Products  December 23, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, we’ve noticed one technology rise to this top over this last year. Study after study has been published citing the increased growth of the Hybrid Cloud. One study cited that 65% of companies in their global study would switch to the public or hybrid cloud tomorrow if possible, while another found that 64% of companies in the US plan to increase their cloud spending 15% or more in 2015.

We’re not surprised by these statistics. A hybrid cloud environment, which usually combines elements of a public or private cloud along with some dedicated infrastructure, can be very appealing to business owners and IT professionals. This remains true despite some apparent lingering confusion about what the benefits of the hybrid cloud really are. In fact, 55% of one study’s participants were unable to accurately identify basic features of the hybrid cloud. However, it is the many attractive features, like those we’ve listed below, of the hybrid cloud that entices businesses both large and small.

Completely Customizable

The “cloud” has been a hot topic in the industry over the last few years because of it’s convenience, flexibility, and accessibility – but it isn’t ideal for every project. Dedicated infrastructure still provides many benefits, such as high performance and durability. More and more enterprises are choosing the hybrid cloud environment because it allows them to create a custom solution designed specifically for their needs. With custom hybrid cloud environment, enterprises can minimize security risks while also maximizing their hosting performance and flexibility.
Customizable Hybrid Cloud at Liquid Web

Private & Secure

Security, and the related privacy concerns, has consistently been one of the main barriers preventing businesses from embracing the cloud. Businesses that need to store transactional data or personal customer information are often required to follow compliance regulations calling for dedicated infrastructure. The beauty of the hybrid cloud environment, however, is the enhanced control over where and how your sensitive information is stored while still taking advantage of the flexibility and scalability offered through the cloud. Private data can be kept secure on a dedicated server protected with a firewall, while allowing the main content of your website or application to remain accessible via the cloud.

Cost-Effective

While the standard pricing structure for dedicated infrastructure can quickly add up if utilized incorrectly, traditional cloud environments allow businesses to pay for their environment on a hourly or daily basis, a convenient feature that allows for easy and cost-effective scalability. Combining these two pricing structures allows businesses to pay for exactly the amount of services they need and not a penny more, without sacrificing the performance of their application.

Hybrid cloud environments have been breaking down many of the barriers that prevented security conscious businesses from embracing the cloud, and we expect its popularity will only continue to grow as we transition into 2015. This trend has also been apparent at Liquid Web with our own Hybrid Hosting solutions. While they have always been popular with our customers, we’ve seen more and more customers asking for hosting solutions utilizing the best of both worlds – the security of dedicated environments and the flexibility of the cloud.




KB Weekly Wrap-Up 12-19-14
Filed under: How To,Knowledge Base,News  December 19, 2014

Knowledge Base Weekly Wrap-Up 12-19-14
Have you checked out our Knowledge Base recently? We’re always adding new articles to help our customers with common tasks or issues they might encounter. This edition of the KB Weekly Wrap-Up features instructions for using Firewald, Apache 2, Docker, and phpMyAdmin!

  • How to Start and Enable and Stop and Disable Firewalld on Fedora 20

    Learn how to start and enable or stop and disable Firewalld, or Dynamic Firewall, a newly implemented firewall in Fedora 20.

  • How to List Which Apache 2 Modules are Enabled on CentOS 7 and Fedora 20

    The flexible and modular design of the Apache web server makes it one of the most popular and powerful web servers in the world. Learn how to list which Apache 2 modules are enabled on both CentOS 7 and Fedora 20.

  • How to Install Docker on Fedora 21

    Follow these step by step instructions for installing Docker, a container-based software framework for automating deployment of applications, on Fedora 21.

  • How to Install and Configured phpMyAdmin on Fedora 21

    Learn how to install and configure phpMyAdmin, an open source tool used for the administration of MySQL, on Fedora 21.

Don’t see what you need to know? Contact our Heroic Support® team and we’ll help! If you’d like to request a specific article for our Knowledge Base, let us know at support@liquidweb.com.




KB Weekly Wrap-Up 12-12-14
Filed under: How To,Knowledge Base,News  December 12, 2014

Knowledge Base Weekly Wrap-Up 12-12-14
It’s been a busy week for the technical writers behind our Knowledge Base! With topics like Varnish, MongoDB, storage engines, and upgrading MariaDB, there’s a little bit of everything in this edition of our KB Weekly Wrap-Up.

  • How to Install Varnish on Fedora 20

    Learn how to install Varnish, an HTTP accelerator designed to improve performance for busy, dynamic web sites, on Fedora 20.

  • How to Install the Mongo PHP Driver (Extension) on CentOS 7 and Fedora 20

    MongoDB is a document database that provides high performance, high availability, and easy scalability. Learn how to install the PHP driver (extension) for both CentOS 7 and Fedora 20.

  • How to Install the Open Query Graph engine (OQGRAPH) for MariaDB 10.0 on Fedora 20 and CentOS 7

    Learn how to install the Open Query Graph engine (OQGRAPH), a computation engine for MariaDB 10.0, on Fedora 20 and CentOS 7.

  • How to Install the Cassandra Storage Engine for MariaDB 10.0 on Fedora 20

    The Cassandra Storage Engine is a component of MariaDB that handle operations for different table types. Learn how to install it on MariaDB 10.0 on the Fedora 20 operating system.

  • How to Upgrade MariaDB 5.5 to MariaDB 10.0 on Fedora 20

    Upgrade MariaDB 5.5 to MariaDB 10.0 on Fedora 20. MariaDB is a drop-in replacement for MySQL that offers more storage engines, including Cassandra, XtraDB, and OQGRAPH.

Don’t see what you need to know? Contact our Heroic Support® team and we’ll help! If you’d like to request a specific article for our Knowledge Base, let us know at support@liquidweb.com.




What is Block Storage?
Filed under: News,Products  December 9, 2014

Do you know which storage option is right for your business? Local storage, block storage and object storage all offer great features depending on the amount and type of storage you need. Before you make your choice, we’ll explore block storage more in depth and learn about it’s basic architecture and how it functions.
Liquid Web Storm Block Storage
Block storage operates very similarly to the standard local storage you’re already familiar with, however there is one notable difference. While local storage keeps all data locally on your server, block storage separates that data out into a high-speed, centralized storage cluster with built-in redundancy. All communication with block storage occurs over a network. Separating your storage from your server allows you to cost-effectively and efficiently scale up your storage – especially for large amounts of data.

Files stored in a block storage system are split and organized into evenly sized blocks of raw data; each individual block contains data and an associated address. Updates to files, databases, etc. occur via individual block updates, and not the update of the entire file. Thus, block storage excels at heavy random read/write I/O, and database storage.

The centralized block storage cluster can be conveniently scaled up or down with the simple click of a button in the Storm interface, however Liquid Web’s Storm® Block Storage has a hard limit of 15 TB per volume.

Built on a distributed platform, Storm® Block Storage adds a level of redundancy and high availability to your data storage. Managed by Liquid Web, block storage is ideal for many different types of applications and storage needs and provides businesses with the ability to allocate storage on a per-gig-basis.

If you’d like to learn more about other storage solutions at Liquid Web or to find out which solution would be ideal for you, stay tuned for upcoming articles on storage solutions, or contact our Heroic Support® staff.




KB Weekly Wrap-Up 12-5-14
Filed under: Heroic Support,How To,Knowledge Base  December 5, 2014

Knowledge Base Weekly Wrap-Up 12-5-14This week we’ve added more articles to our Knowledge Base explaining how to install applications like MongoDB, ProFTPD, and MySQL / MariaDB on Fedora 20. In addition, this KB Weekly Wrap-Up also features instructions for installing Cassandra Storage Engine for MariaDB on CentOS 7. Check out these articles and more every day at LiquidWeb.com/kb!

Don’t see what you need to know? Contact our Heroic Support® team and we’ll help! If you’d like to request a specific article for our Knowledge Base, let us know at support@liquidweb.com.




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