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Knowledge Base Weekly Wrap-Up 9-19-14
Filed under: How To,Knowledge Base  September 19, 2014

Knowledge Base Weekly Wrap U 9-19-14
Have you read any of the recent technical how-to’s over at our Knowledge Base? CentOS 7, Ubuntu, vsftpd, ProFTPD, and phpMyAdmin are all hot topics in this week’s KB Weekly Wrap-Up. Read more about them below, and head on over to the Knowledge Base to find the answers to all your other burning technical questions.

Our Knowledge Base is chock full of articles like these – and more! – to help you with any questions you might have. Don’t see what you need to know? Contact our Heroic Support® team and we’ll help.

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Press Release: Liquid Web Named to Fastest Growing Companies in the United States for Eighth Straight Year
Filed under: News,Press Releases  September 18, 2014

LANSING, MI — Liquid Web, Inc., a rapidly growing web hosting provider with locations in Michigan, Arizona, and Amsterdam, added an 8th consecutive year to its run as one of INC. Magazine’s 5,000 fastest growing private companies headquartered in the United States. Companies making the list for 5 or more consecutive years are recognized on the “INC Honor Roll” and this is Liquid Web’s fourth straight year for Honor Roll recognition. Only 40 companies nationally (of 5000) have been on the INC5000 more times than Liquid Web, Inc.

2014 Award: http://www.liquidweb.com/blog/index.php/eight-years-counting-on-inc5000s-fastest-growing-companies/

Liquid Web Founder and CEO, Matthew Hill, comments on his company’s eighth consecutive selection to the INC. Magazine 5000:
“Looking at the list of companies that have grown at a rate commensurate to those who have qualified for the INC5000 list 8 years in a row, I see many great examples of consistent, high-level innovation. To be included in that group illustrates the amount of time, care and effort each and every Liquid Web team member has dedicated to keeping our service remarkable and relevant.”

The list, which takes into account each company’s industry, revenue, number of employees and location, is based on percentage of revenue growth over the previous three-year period. Since Liquid Web’s first inclusion on INC. Magazine’s celebrated list eight years ago, the company has experienced a 368% growth rate. As one of the State of Michigan’s top employers, it has also amplified its workforce at a similar rate to service its globally expanding client base.

Also See: http://www.liquidweb.com/blog/index.php/supporting-innovation-through-incubator-programs/

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Liquid Web Inc. is a privately held, managed web hosting company founded in 1997. The company owns and operates three data center facilities located in Lansing, Michigan in addition to having a software development office and a data center in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. In 2014, the company also launched development space in Ann Arbor, Michigan as well as extending hosting operations to Europe (attaining space in Amsterdam, NL). It has established itself as a leader in the professional web hosting market with an unwavering dedication to providing the best hosting products customer service available. With a client-base that spans beyond 120 countries, the company has assembled a world class Heroic Support staff and a proactive Sonar Server Monitoring team, professionally educated and easily accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The rapidly expanding web host has been recognized amongst INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for eight consecutive years, beginning in 2007.
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Eight Years & Counting on INC5000′s Fastest Growing Companies
Filed under: News  September 17, 2014

Liquid Web Growth Prompts 8 Years on INC. 5000 List
Are you ready to celebrate with us? We’re announcing our our eighth consecutive mention on INC. Magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing, privately-owned U.S. companies – and we’re beyond excited! We’re proud of the continued growth that has earned us a spot on this prestigious list. It has been our steady growth over the years that has helped us achieve the most important aspect of our business: Heroic Support®.

The INC5000 list functions as a barometer of the current leaders in US industry. It takes into account each company’s industry, revenue, number of employees, and location. The list is also based on a percentage of revenue growth over the previous three-year period. Liquid Web is not only included on this list, but is also on the “INC Honor Roll,” which recognizes companies who’ve made the list for five or more consecutive years. Of all 5,000 companies on this list, only 40 have been on the list more times than Liquid Web. Liquid Web Founder and CEO, Matthew Hill, is particularly proud of this latest accomplishment.

“Looking at the list of companies that have grown at a rate commensurate to those who have qualified for the INC5000 list 8 years in a row, I see many great examples of consistent, high-level innovation,” Hill said. “To be included in that group illustrates the amount of time, care and effort each and every Liquid Web team member has dedicated to keeping our service remarkable and relevant.”

Our outstanding service and globally expanding client base is supported by a constant influx of new employees each month. Adding around 10 new heroes to our team every month has allowed us to continuously expand our offerings and increase our technical know-how. In fact, since our first inclusion on INC. Magazine’s list eight years ago, we have experienced a 368% growth.

Have no doubt, we aren’t planning on slowing down anytime soon. We are always looking to hire talented professionals willing to work hard for our customers. If you’re interested in a work environment that takes care of you along with our customers, we might just have a position for you.

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Storm Block Storage Provides Increased Performance & Value
Filed under: Products  September 16, 2014

Liquid Web Storm Block StorageAfter hearing our customers express a desire for a reliable and redundant block storage solution, we set out to engineer a solution versatile enough for any project. What emerged was SBS (Storm Block Storage): cost-effective storage volumes that are completely separate from your hosting environment and can be unlocked in just a few clicks. With the freedom to scale all the way up to 15 TB, Storm Block Storage is capable of rocketing any project into the realm of high performance and added redundancy.

Benefits of Storm Block Storage:

  • Grow up to 15 TB in Seconds
  • Create & Destroy Storage as Needed
  • Attach & Detach Storage Volumes from Servers
  • Choose the Exact Size You Require
  • Highly Available & Redundant Storage
  • Create Storage Volumes up to 15 TB
  • Connect to One or More Servers
  • Instantly Provision Storage
  • Persistent Data Availability
  • Independent Storage for Custom Scalability
  • Off-server Backup Capability
  • Segregated Environments for Development
  • No Bandwidth or IOPs Charges for SBS

Taking cues from our customers’ successes and failures with previously launched block storage products, we engineered SBS across a distributed platform. This provides a superior user experience when utilizing nearly any block storage application by allowing for consistent I/O throughput. In addition to improved performance, SBS users will also save time and resources by not having to RAID together volumes to achieve peak functionality. Additionally, SBS delivers unrivaled peace of mind in the event of failure as your storage volume can be attached to a new server immediately without having to wait for recovery or data to copy to the new server.

Storm Block Storage can be employed to…

…serve as independent storage for custom scalability.
…provide an additional backup option for projects where you cannot afford to lose data.
…segregate environments for development.
…provide a litany of additional benefits unique to how you choose to use it.

How will you use Storm Block Storage? Let us know!




KB Weekly Wrap-Up 9-12-14
Filed under: How To,Knowledge Base  September 12, 2014

Knowledge Base Weekly Wrap-Up 9-12-14SSL Certificates, phpMyAdmin and PostgreSQL are just a few of the many, many topics we discuss in our Knowledge Base. In case you haven’t checked in recently, you can see a few of our recent posts here in our weekly wrap-up:

Don’t see what you need to know? Check out the rest of our articles on the Knowledge Base, or contact our Heroic Support® team and we’ll help.




Ten Ways Databases Run Your Life
Filed under: Industry Insights,News,Products  September 10, 2014

You might not realize it, but databases are everywhere. Whether or not you know very much about them, or even care to, their effect on our daily lives is extensive. From weather applications to the movies you watch online, databases are responsible for many of the services we utilize daily. To help illustrate some of the ways in which databases enhance your day-to-day life, we have collected a few of the more prominent examples below. If you have other examples, feel free to share them in the comments section below.

  1. Online Television Streaming

    Any online streaming service, such as Hulu or Netflix, uses databases to generate a list of TV shows and movies to watch, track an individual’s show preferences, and provide a list of recommended viewing. The power required to analyze such an enormous amount of data is done through highly-specialized database management technology, such as Cassandra. In fact, Hulu has recently been relying heavily Cassandra.

  2. Social Gaming

    Gaming done across social networks is extremely data intensive. Gathering individual player information from around the globe and serving it to players on demand requires a high availability database software. One example is the popular Game of Thrones Ascent, a free role playing game launched by Disruptor Beam and based on the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones. Their Percona Server-based database solution helps eliminates data bottlenecks during high-usage periods.

  3. Personal Cloud Storage

    If you save photos or documents to your smartphone or tablet, it’s likely your data is stored in “the cloud,” a large, central storage environment with a small portion dedicated just to you. Syncing this data across your devices requires powerful databases able to call up your data at a moment’s notice, wherever you are.

  4. Sports

    Fan participation in national sports doesn’t just utilize the power of the database, it depends upon it. From fantasy football leagues to March Madness brackets, they all depend on huge databases full of player statistics, game performances, injury reports, and more, all calculating the odds of a win on a weekly basis.

  5. Finances

    From the stock market to your local bank, databases are abundant across the financial world. Tracking the vast amount of information behind the world’s daily transactions, not to mention the financial models that analyze that data to predict future activity, requires extremely powerful databases.

  6. Government Organizations

    Government organizations around the world are constantly collecting data for research, defense, legislation, and humanitarianism purposes, to name a few. This data is collected, stored and analyzed using powerful and far-reaching database services.

  7. Social Media

    Every social media platform stores reams of user information in databases used to recommend friends, businesses, products, and topics to the end user. This cross-referencing of data is immensely complex and uses highly reliable and capable database software, including for example, MySQL which is used in Facebook data centers.

  8. ECommerce

    Any online organization that sells its products or services uses databases to organize their products, pricing information, user purchase history and then recommend other potential products to customers. This data is stored in highly secure databases, protected by the standards set through PCI Compliance.

  9. Healthcare

    Doctor’s offices and healthcare organizations, among others, store extensive amounts of patient data for easy accessibility. The databases behind this collection of information are not only large and complex, but are also secure and protected by HIPAA Compliance standards. Healthcare.gov relies on a NoSQL database to manage their health insurance information. Cassandra is one such example of a NoSQL database software.

  10. Weather

    Predicting the weather across the globe is incredibly complex and depends on a myriad of factors, all gathered, stored and analyzed within databases, ready to deliver today’s weather to your local TV station or smartphone app. The Weather Company, for example, takes in over 20 terabytes of data per day. The company has used a number of databases to support this data, including MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Cassandra, and more.

As is made even more apparent by the list above, databases are as unavoidable in daily life as they are necessary. Of course, there are many types of software that run and support the numerous databases in our lives. Liquid Web offers a number of these database services, allowing us to take your needs into account and provide you with a custom hosting plan that meets your requirements. If you need help deciding which database solution is best for you, let us know – we’d be happy to help.




KB Weekly Wrap Up 9-5-14
Filed under: How To,Knowledge Base,News  September 5, 2014

Liquid Web Knowledge Base Weekly Wrap Up 9-5-14
Our Knowledge Base is constantly being updated with new and helpful how-to articles. If you have a question about your hosting environment, than the Knowledge Base is the perfect place to go for the answer. In case you missed any of our recent posts, you can check them out here in our weekly wrap-up:

Don’t see what you need to know? Check out the rest of our articles on the Knowledge Base, or contact our Heroic Support® team and we’ll help.




Should You Consider HIPAA Compliance?
Filed under: Industry Insights,News,Products  September 3, 2014

HIPAA Compliance at Liquid Web
Protecting private patient information is crucial, especially in this day and age of online storage and transactions. As the media reports more and more healthcare-related security breaches, it may be time for you to find out if you need to be HIPAA Compliant. Designed to protect patients, HIPAA is required for many businesses that deal with private health data. While there is much more to HIPAA than the data center where your data is stored, Liquid Web can be an important part of your overall compliance with HIPAA standards. At Liquid Web, we provide the utmost in security with our compliant network solutions, physical and data security measures, highly available infrastructure, and 24/7/365 onsite HIPAA trained staff. In combination with our recommended HIPAA Compliant hosting plans, we can help you achieve the compliance you need.

So how do you know if you should become HIPAA Compliant? We’ve gathered some helpful information that might set you on the right track.

What is HIPAA anyway?

HIPAA, or Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act, is a strict set of regulations created in order to keep critical health information secure and confidential. This is especially important as many organizations that deal with patient health information store that data digitally. Recent large healthcare security breaches have only cemented the importance of HIPAA Compliance for your business and customers.

What kind of data is protected by HIPAA standards?

Any private medical data needs to remain confidential and secure, including but not limited to health records, patient charts, health insurance claim information, lab results, x-rays, and surgery documentation. HIPAA calls this data “ePHI,” or electronic protected health information.

What kind of businesses are required to comply with HIPAA?

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) have defined the businesses required to comply with HIPAA as “Covered Entities,” but only if they transmit any information in an electronic form in connection with a transaction for which HHS has developed a standard. Covered Entities included are as follows:

  • Healthcare Providers – Including doctor’s offices, clinics, psychologists, dentists, chiropractors, nursing homes, and pharmacies.
  • Health Plans – Including health insurance companies, HMOs, company health plans, and government programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Healthcare Clearinghouses - Including businesses that process health information from another entity either from a non-standard form to a standard form, or vice versa.

In addition, HIPAA applies to any business working with a covered entity to carry out its health care activities. Liquid Web could be one such “Business Associate” or “Sub-Contractor Business Associate.” When a covered entity enlists a business associate like Liquid Web for assistance in storing health information, a Business Associate Agreement might be needed to lay out the responsibilities of each party.

For more information on who is required to be HIPAA compliant, please see the HHS HIPAA website.

Why comply with HIPAA Standards?

These HIPAA standards exist to protect your patients’ confidentiality and privacy, ensuring your business has a trustworthy reputation. In addition, those that do not comply with the standards face being shut down and/or heavily fined. HIPAA’s standards are enforced through investigating complaints filed with the HHS and through conducting compliance reviews.

While HIPAA Compliance can be a confusing thing to understand, our trained technicians can help you get on the road to achieving HIPAA Compliance for your business. Our carefully designed HIPAA Compliant hosting plans and our highly secure and compliant Data Centers, security, and networks, take some of the weight off your shoulders. If you think your business needs to be HIPAA compliant, let us know how we can help.




Knowledge Base Weekly Wrap-Up 8-29-14
Filed under: How To,Knowledge Base,News  August 29, 2014

Knowledge Base Weekly Wrap-Up 8-29-14

Have you read the recent articles we’ve published on our Knowledge Base? Our technical writers have been working hard to produce new and helpful content to provide answers for our customer’s hosting questions. In case you missed any of our recent posts, you can check them out here in our weekly wrap-up:

Don’t see what you need to know? Check out the rest of our articles on the Knowledge Base, or contact our Heroic Support® team and we’ll help.




KB Weekly Wrap Up 8-1-14
Filed under: How To,Knowledge Base,News  August 1, 2014

Knowledge Base Weekly Wrap Up 8-1-14

We’re producing new, helpful content each week on our Knowledge Base – have you checked out the latest posts? The Knowledge Base exists to help our customers find the answers they need to their technical questions. In case you missed any of this week’s posts, you can check them out here in our weekly wrap up:

Don’t see what you need to know? Check out the rest of our articles on the Knowledge Base, or contact our Heroic Support® team and we’ll help.




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