Protect Your Brands As New gTLDs Come Online

4848301878_6f678cd4d8_oThe web is about to undergo one of the biggest upheavals in the way it is organized in decades. Since its inception, ICANN has kept a tight grip on the number of top-level domains. Over the next few months the number of generic top-level domains is going to explode. ICANN has been slowly working its way through a long list of applications for the management of new generic top-level domains. The process is coming to a conclusion and soon registrars will be able to start taking registrations for a significantly expanded range of gTLDs.

The new gTLDs, of which there will eventually be hundreds, introduce tremendous branding opportunities for businesses, but they also have the potential to cause headaches if companies are not properly prepared. Read more »

Digital Rights Management To Be Included In HTML5.1

Earlier this month, the Worldwide Web Consortium announced that it will be working on standards that may lead to the inclusion of digital rights management in HTML 5.1. While W3C has no formal status as a standards body and browser manufacturers are free to ignore their recommendations, it seems likely that in the future we’ll see digital rights management included in the HTML video standards via the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). Read more »

Would Your Business Benefit From A Dedicated Server?

dedicated_serverBusinesses have a multitude of different options to choose from when it comes to making a decision about the sort of hosting platform to build their web presence on. Today’s hosting market is crowded with products, including shared hosting, virtual private servers, cloud hosting, and dedicated servers. Each fills a niche and meets particular set of needs. In this article, I’m going to focus on dedicated servers, the circumstances in which hosting on a dedicated server is appropriate, and the advantages of using a dedicated server compared to other hosting packages.

What Is A Dedicated Server

A dedicated server is a physical machine whose resources are entirely at the disposal of one client. Most hosting packages involve some degree of resource sharing. Obviously that’s true of shared hosting, where dozens or more clients have sites on one server. But it also applies to virtual private servers, where one physical machine is divided into many virtual machines using virtualization technology, and hybrid servers, which are essentially more powerful virtual private servers, with the physical machine divided into fewer virtual machines.

A dedicated server is an undivided, unshared server that occupies one physical machine in a data center. All of its processing power, RAM, storage, and bandwidth allocation is used by the business that “rents” it. Dedicated servers differ from collocated servers only in that the hardware is usually owned by the hosting company or the data center, rather than the business. Read more »

The New Datarealm Cloud Platform Offers High Availability Cloud Infrastructure With Automated Failover

Hudson, WI, October 21, 2013 –

Datarealm, a provider of trusted web hosting services, is proud to announce the introduction of a new and innovative cloud server platform that will empower clients to provision virtual servers and secure network infrastructure almost instantly. The Datarealm cloud is designed to make it easy for clients to quickly deploy high-availability virtual servers with automatic failover and recovery.

Security is a paramount concern for cloud service users, which is why the Datarealm cloud hosting platform was built from the ground up to provide an environment that clients can trust to keep their data safe and private. All virtual server networks hosted on the Datarealm cloud are protected by a virtual router and firewall, which is positioned between the private network and the public Internet. Additionally, clients are able to connect to their server over a dedicated Virtual Private Network, ensuring that all communication between them and their servers is encrypted and impossible to intercept. Read more »

You Should Choose A VPS For Your Minecraft Server — Here’s Why

6730900775_7324fd1fe9Since it was first created by Markus Persson in 2009, Minecraft has become phenomenally popular, with many millions of players building their own world within the world of the game. One of the most compelling features of Minecraft is the ability to create your own version of that world running on a server. Unfortunately, many balk at the idea of managing their own Minecraft server. But, it’s not really all that complicated. Once you’ve done the research and run through the installation process a couple of times, it will become second nature.

Creating a self-hosted Minecraft server is a natural extension of the game’s builder ethic, but the first step of that process — choosing a hosting platform — can be daunting for people who haven’t tangled with servers and hosting before. To help you out, we’re going to take a look at your hosting options and run through a few of the factors you’ll need to keep in mind to give you and your users the best possible Minecraft experience. Read more »

The Healthcare Industry Shouldn’t Discount The Benefits Of Cloud Computing

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healthcare_cloud_computingThere’s no doubting that cloud computing has made a profound difference to the provisioning and deployment of IT infrastructure across a huge range of verticals. The debate around the benefits of virtualization technology and private or public clouds is ongoing, but given the enormous expansion of cloud platforms, their use by businesses and other organizations, and the cost savings the cloud can bring, it’s an overly conservative and cautious industry that doesn’t at least dip a toe into the cloud.

The healthcare industry has good reason to be cautious. Compliance with HIPAA, other regulatory implications, and a strong desire to have control over data privacy and security have slowed the pace of uptake of cloud platforms by hospitals and other healthcare organizations. However, cloud hosting has made leaps and bounds in privacy since the early leaky days. Read more »

Load-Balanced Shared Hosting Keeps Sites Speedy

load_balanced_shared_hostingOne of the major problems with standard shared hosting is the unequal allocation of finite resources. Most shared hosting companies run dozens (or more) of shared hosting accounts from a single static server. However powerful that server is, the resources at its disposal have an upper limit. Because many hosting companies oversell their shared hosting accounts, those upper bounds are often only a heavy-traffic day away.

Shared hosting clients have different needs at different times. One day your site may get a spike in visitors, the next day it could be one of your shared hosting neighbors. That’s fine so long as the server doesn’t get overloaded, but if several of the sites hosted on that server need a lot of resources at the same time, or if one or more sites is a frequent “bad neighbor,” using more than their “fair share” of the server’s resources, your site’s performance could be consistently hobbled.

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Essentials for Every Business’ Website

A business’s website is an essential tool for customers to find out about you and your services or products, and in many cases is your first contact with potential new clients. So if a website is essential to your business, what is essential to your website?

The most important items are a domain name, and a reliable web hosting service for the site. However, we’ll get to those items last and first provide a brief overview of the actual contents of thewebsite.

Below is a “Top 5” essentials checklist for items every website should have:

1. Landing Page Read more »

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