World Backup Day Is Around The Corner – Have You Taken The Pledge?

World Backup Day is Around the Corner
It is easy to forget how ephemeral digital data really is. An errant spark, a burst pipe, or a single malicious individual is all it takes to erase an entire lifetime of memories – or an entire business’ worth of data. Catastrophes aside, data can be lost in other ways, too, by misplacing a tablet, laptop, or phone.

I expect it is something that most of us do not want to think about: our data is always vulnerable to something. Consider, for example, that 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute. 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses every month. 29% of data disasters are caused completely on accident.

Some troubling statistics, no?
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Are You Making These Five Huge Cloud Backup Mistakes?

Are You Making These Five Huge Cloud Backup Mistakes?
Data protection and disaster recovery are now more important than ever before. Enterprise data is growing at a faster rate than ever before, to the point that many traditional backup solutions cannot keep up. That is where the cloud comes in.

With its immense flexibility, near-infinite capacity, and ease of connectivity, cloud storage makes for an attractive option when it comes to backing up your files and infrastructure. If you are not careful, however, it can be a double-edged sword. Make any of these five mistakes with your backup, and you will regret it.
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Secure Storage: How You Can Keep Your Critical Backups Safe

Secure Storage: How You Can Keep Your Critical Backups Safe
There is a great deal that can go wrong with your data. Your servers can be damaged by faulty equipment, a natural disaster, or general wear and tear. A bad update can wipe out critical files in swathes, as can user error. And all of this does not even account for cybercrime, which is a constant, pressing issue for all businesses.

You therefore have every reason to maintain backups of critical systems and data – and no reason not to. Presumably, you already know this. But did you know that your backups themselves represent yet another attack surface for your organization? Continue reading “Secure Storage: How You Can Keep Your Critical Backups Safe”

Why Off-Site Backups Are The Only Way To Go

Why Off-Site Backups Are The Only Way To Go
Everyone knows that backups are important. Systems can be destroyed by malware, locked off by ransomware, or damaged by inclement weather. And they can fail, as well – no hardware lasts forever.

So you are probably backing up your data. You have an automated system in place to do so, and a disaster recovery plan. And that is all excellent. These are all measures you need to be taking. If your hardware fails or ends up compromised, you need to make sure you are still able to access your data. Here is the question, though – are you doing enough? Continue reading “Why Off-Site Backups Are The Only Way To Go”

Are You Monitoring Performance On Your Cloud Server?

Are You Monitoring Performance On Your Cloud Server?
As with any hosting environment, it’s important to regularly monitor the performance of your cloud server. No matter how powerful your cloud server is, if it isn’t optimized for performance, then you will be missing out. But what does that entail?

The short answer is “track and measure everything.” Of course, you can’t know if your server’s performance is good or bad if you don’t understand how your server normally performs by tracking and measuring resource usage over time. By determining what “normal” is, you can quickly determine if a spike in resource usage is something to worry about or ignore. In addition, you will also be equipped to investigate the cause of any unexpected outages or performance hiccups. Continue reading “Are You Monitoring Performance On Your Cloud Server?”

Four of the Biggest Cloud Computing Developments in 2016

Four of the Biggest Cloud Computing Developments in 2016There were some downright fascinating developments in cloud computing last year. From prominent security scares to major acquisitions, much has happened to change the landscape of the cloud. As we move through the second month of 2017, it is valuable for us to take a look back at what the year brought – if only because it will offer us some indication of what might be coming this year. Continue reading “Four of the Biggest Cloud Computing Developments in 2016”

Three Web Trends That Will Shape 2017

Three Web Trends That Will Shape 2017
The New Year is now in full swing, and it seems the perfect time to think about how things might soon change in the web space. 2016 was, after all, a momentous year for the web, both on the development side and the marketing side. Mobile optimization and graphic media rose to the fore of everyone’s mind, social content ousted traditional journalism as a vital news source, mobile apps began to overtake websites in popularity, and voice-controlled assistants thoroughly disrupted search.

Many of these web trends will continue into 2017. However, there are a number of new changes that you should also make yourself aware of. By understanding these developments, you will ensure that you are well-equipped for the year ahead. Continue reading “Three Web Trends That Will Shape 2017”

Three Great Drupal Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Three Great Drupal Tips and Tricks for Beginners
Ask three professionals which content management system on the web is the best option, and you are likely to get three different answers. Which CMS works for your organization is largely a matter of preference. For some, WordPress or Magento are the superior option, while others prefer Joomla or Drupal.

Today, we are discussing Drupal. drupal-icon

A powerful open source content management platform, Drupal is built with modularity in mind. With easy content authoring, great performance, and excellent security, it is also one of the most flexible on the market, rivalling even some of the market leaders in that regard. This means that when you are considering what you want to do with it, the sky is the limit. Continue reading “Three Great Drupal Tips and Tricks for Beginners”

The Three Top Causes of a Cloud Outage

The Three Top Causes of a Cloud Outage
Netflix. Amazon. Twitter. What do these three major corporations all have in common? At one point or another, all three have suffered a cloud outage – one that not even their extensive cloud networks could prevent. As a matter of fact, in most cases, it was a cloud failure that caused the outage in the first place. Although the cloud is an incredibly powerful tool, it is not an infallible one. Continue reading “The Three Top Causes of a Cloud Outage”

The Internet of Things Has Nothing To Do With Your Website…Right?

The Internet of Things Has Nothing To Do With Your Website…Right?
The Internet of Things is an inevitability. Already, we are connecting countless devices to the web, from televisions to kitchen appliances to motor vehicles. Gartner predicts that by 2020, there will be at least 6.4 billion ‘smart’ devices on the market worldwide.

To give that number more context, by 2020 there will be only 2.87 billion smartphone users.

Okay, those are some large numbers. But what does any of this have to do with web design? Sure, IoT could represent a huge security threat due to massive DDOS attacks. But that’s a hosting issue – and not something you need to think about. For all intents and purposes, as a designer, the Internet of Things means very little to you, right? Continue reading “The Internet of Things Has Nothing To Do With Your Website…Right?”