What is Private Cloud Storage?

Private Cloud Storage is a type of scalable and redundant storage solution where data is stored on remote servers that are dedicated to a single customer. Because of this, it is considered more secure than public cloud storage solutions, where servers are shared across many customers. The servers powering a private cloud storage solution can be located in your office, in your company’s datacenter, or in another company’s datacenter. Continue reading “What is Private Cloud Storage?”

Liquid Web WHMCS Plugin Installation Methods

In our main series on WHMCS we cover installation using CLI, as the directions are easy to copy and paste. However, as not all users are comfortable in a CLI, here, we will cover other methods that can be used to install the WHMCS plugin.

While written specifically for the Liquid Web WHMCS plugin the installation methods used here can work with almost any WHMCS plugin.

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What’s the difference between Private Cloud and On-Premise?

Private Cloud hosting services include two primary types: hosted solutions and on-premise ones. The primary differences between the two being: the level of support required for maintenance and features available.

On-Premise vs. Hosted Solutions

Everyday more and more SMBs are looking into private cloud solutions. The Private Cloud provides compelling benefits from improved security, increased flexibility, and eliminating potentially complicated server management.

On-Premise Private Cloud

On-Premise Private Cloud, often called Internal Cloud, is hosted within an organizations own offices, or data center, and provides an internal solution for hosting needs. Since an Internal Cloud is completely controlled in-house this means you often have more flexibility. If you need to have things setup in a very specific way, with specific hardware, you have that control.

However you also have to carry the full burden of server costs and maintenance. You’re all in. From the initial up-front hardware costs, software licensing, and even the unfortunate hardware failures. While providing more control On-Premise solutions don’t come without their own downsides.

Additionally, to ensure successful operation you’ll need to have qualified System Administrators on staff to maintain and monitor the systems. For organizations already staffed with Admins this maybe less of a concern, however this can be a tough hurdle in some cases.

Hosted Private Cloud

A hosted Private Cloud solution is owned and operated by third-party service providers. (Like Liquid Web.) Since the infrastructure servers a much larger population customers benefit from the economies of scale. Another huge advantage of Hosted Private Cloud solutions is that with large scale comes more resources; this provides more on-demand scalability options for end users.

For some SMBs requiring PCI or HIPAA compliance a hosted solution can also help simplify securing web infrastructure. In cases of on-premise hosting requiring such compliance organizations may have to expand security and control practices. However with hosted solutions the service provider will manage and control physical server access and security.

Last but not least, a huge benefit to hosted solutions is the provided support and management. The cost of maintaining an on-premise solution can cost big for both equipment and any necessary staff.

Weighing the Costs

Ultimately every organization will have to factor the pros and cons for themselves. There is no one size fits all for finding the perfect hosting solution since every organization has varying needs.

It’s clear that Private Cloud solutions, of all types, provide greater control and security. However, not every organization can afford to deploy, maintain and expand an On-Premise solution. That’s where hosted Private Cloud solutions come in!

For more information please feel free to contact our Solutions team today. We are eager to assist you in finding the right solution. Our Solutions team can be reached at 1-800-580-4985 (1-517-322-0434). You can also learn more on our Private Cloud product page where you can look over a list of our available Private Cloud servers!

What Is HIPAA Compliance?

HIPAA, or Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, sets the standard for protecting sensitive patient data. Any company handling protected health information (PHI) must ensure that all required security measures are in place.

Essentially, you can think of HIPAA like PCI compliance, except with health information instead of financial info. HIPAA compliance ensures that companies handling PHI follow proper security practices and procedures. Continue reading “What Is HIPAA Compliance?”

The 8 Step Checklist to a better migration

8 Tips to a Smooth Migration

A recent Liquid Web survey revealed that businesses are often held back from choosing a better hosting partner by the “what-if” situation when a migration presents. Nearly a quarter of consumers who decide not to switch to a new provider cited fear of the migration as the biggest reason for maintaining the status quo. Even if they believe that the new hosting provider would be better. Continue reading “The 8 Step Checklist to a better migration”

Why have a Private Cloud?

Private Cloud solutions are an excellent option for businesses and organizations that require: complete physical isolation for security, customizable server instances, and/or a high level of flexibility in their hosting infrastructure. On a Private Cloud server you will have the entire physical server is dedicated for your use. Allowing you to utilize and partition the server in any way you require. Continue reading “Why have a Private Cloud?”

What is a Canonical tag?

To put it simply a canonical tag is an HTML tag used to indicated to search engines that similar URLs are actually the very same page. The canonical tag is added to pages using a link element in the HEAD of the HTML document.

If two URLs contain the same canonical tag this indicates to search engines to index the pages as a single entry. Continue reading “What is a Canonical tag?”

Value Added Tax (VAT) Information & FAQ

Value Added Tax (VAT) or Goods and Services Tax (GST)

If you reside in a country that charges a value-added tax on services provided, Liquid Web will require a VAT Number that states that you are tax exempt. Without this exemption in place, it is our duty to comply with tax codes around the world. Customers that sell “Business to Business” should be tax exempt, providing your VAT number will ensure that you are not charged additional tax. Continue reading “Value Added Tax (VAT) Information & FAQ”

What to expect for a Windows Server Migration?

If you ever need to upgrade the hardware on your Windows server, Liquid Web’s Windows team is happy to help you through the migration process. While it is not the most simple process, keeping in communication with our Heroic Support teams will help make things go smoothly. Before beginning a Windows server migration it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the overall process so you know what to expect.

Things to Consider

There are a few things to keep in mind when starting a migration. Review the items listed here to make sure you’re prepared for the process. Continue reading “What to expect for a Windows Server Migration?”