VPS Hosting: How to Accelerate Your Business on the Cloud

Though a relatively new player in the web hosting game, opting for VPS hosting can either make or break your website. Whether or not a virtual personal server suits your business will depend on the way by which your company functions and whether a server that boasts its own operating system, bandwidth, and disc space can help you achieve your business goals. In this guide, we’ll take you through the basics of VPS hosting and how it can benefit your website. It boosts your website performance Nobody enjoys browsing a slow-loading website. Shared hosting is a sensible first step for businesses that are just establishing their presence online. However, as web traffic increases and your conversions rise, you’ll want to keep up the good work with VPS hosting. With it, you can easily scale your server resources on an as-needed basis and guarantee excellent site performance every time. It improves your overall security As your site gains traction, there’s always the possibility of security threats. On a shared server, it’s significantly more difficult to implement a robust security system. With VPS hosting, protecting your site from other sites that exist on the same physical server is no problem. Because you’ll be privately hosted, you’re entitled to better security hardening protocols that are virtually impenetrable. It comes at great value Though VPS hosting may sometimes exceed your budget, the return on value is usually worth the upfront investment. Plus, you’ll only be paying for what you need at any given time. When Should You Invest in VPS Hosting? Beyond website hosting, a VPS can serve dozens of other purposes that...
Beginner’s Q&A Guide to SSL Certificates in Website Hosting

Beginner’s Q&A Guide to SSL Certificates in Website Hosting

The Internet, as we all know, can often be a dangerous place. It’s home to many unscrupulous individuals who are looking to exploit every opportunity they can. In terms of your business, these people represent a threat to your online security and, by extension, to your customers’ faith in you. We’ve all heard Internet horror stories before where businesses and their customers have their identities or money stolen. Unfortunately, there is no way to eliminate the possibility of these attacks. There are, however, security measures that can lessen your exposure from it. SSL certificates are one of these measures. It’s pretty much the standard of security on the web today. If you’d like to learn more about what it can do and how you can apply it to your own business, we’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions regarding the subject. Q: What are SSL certificates? A: SSL certificates are basically a type of security system that protects websites from outside intrusion. Whenever a person visits a website, data is transmitted via the Internet to and from their computer. This data can include all sorts of information, such as the contents and media files on the website. In some cases, however, these data files can include sensitive information such as credit card details and account credentials. With an SSL certificate installed, all of this data is encrypted. This makes it virtually impossible to decipher without the right key, and the only people who will be able to use the data are the ones who have been authorized to access it. In other words, an SSL certificate...

COVID-19 Contingency Plan

To All iNode Cloud Customers, Given the ever-changing situation surrounding COVID-19, we at iNode Cloud are committed to providing continued support to our customers as usual. We would like to reassure you that we have scheduled our contingency plan to commence on the 16th March (AEST). iNode Cloud support staff are able to remotely and securely access the hosted environments globally to handle maintenance and support A designated redundant oncall person will be working in isolation from their homes in each region. iNode Cloud staff are requested to work from home unless absolutely required in any of our Global Offices and follow proper hygiene practices as recommended by the World Health Organization. iNode Cloud’s Monitoring and Support services will remain available 24/7 x 365 days To further reduce the risk to our people and to you, we have directed staff to restrict all travel for meetings, with exceptions to be made only for critical circumstances with approval. We absolutely want to continue our work with you and not to cause any delays, and so our expectation is that all planned meetings can still proceed virtually rather than in person. We hope you will understand that any inconvenience this may cause is driven by our desire to protect you, as well as our staff. iNode Cloud’s Hosting platform is architectured to be highly available by design leveraging Amazon’s AWS Networks to ensure services will continue in the event that the availability of any datacenter is impacted it will automatically failover to other global regions. Any updates will be posted on the iNode Cloud Support Portal as well as our twitter page on @inodecloud We are committed to providing you with...
Three Tips for the End of The Year

Three Tips for the End of The Year

These days it isn’t difficult to predict what kinds of technological innovations will take place over the coming year but with such rapid advancements it is hard to keep up.  Someone learning how to use cloud computers and network technology in general should include these three resolutions on this year’s list to prepare for 2016.   Make Full Use of Computing Power Cloud computing greatly reduces the hardware, software, and knowhow that is usually required to run internet based businesses but cloud computing does not end with the SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS that you use directly within your organization.  Cloud computing is in use almost everywhere from services as well-known as Google Docs to behind the scenes providers like Microsoft Azure.  What everyone should understand is that many of the simple tasks we complete throughout work and leisure days can be delegated to cloud computers that save us time and money.  The cloud is not just a distant storage space and it is not so complicated as to be above completing simple tasks.  Next year take some time to see what is available to enhance your productivity at work and in your daily life.   Understanding Internet Security One thing that everyone needs to know about security systems is that they need to be used all the time or not at all.  It is true that shared computers, passwords, files, and hardware are all security hazards but there is a simple solution to the problem of vulnerable information: keep it to a minimum.  Cloud servers are typically safer than your private computer unless you put your own safeguards in...
DNS and You

DNS and You

We all know and use domain names to find the websites we want to go to.  They are the text versions (www.inodecloud.com) of the Internet Protocol addresses (IP) that locate the content we want to find.  The concept is pretty simple – domain name systems (DNS) are registries that link textual domain names to numerical IP addresses like a phone book – but DNS can be applied in ways that make websites accessible in ways that take technical and regional differences into account. Before we move on to application of DNS you should know a few things about how they work.  There are several factors like aliases (CNAME), reverse DNS lookups and zone based registration that make DNS protocols powerful tools for consumers and providers. DNS Zone Authority Zone authority is the system that Domains use to delegate space to subdomains that are found at the same location (IP address).  Your IP address is tailored to your domain name and changes as new pages are added to your website.  For example, individual IP addresses begin at 0.0.0 (root host which can be your computer or your ISP’s root server) and grow as new locations are added to server space.  A zone is a portion of your IP address that is reserved for subdomains that require autonomy. CNAME Aliases are used in conjunction with search engine optimization.  They are additional domain names that link to the same address.  Aliases can serve several purposes like accounting for misspelled domain names and increasing your search engine ranking.  Platforms like Interworks come with tools for adding aliases to your domain.  Otherwise you could...
Application Certification for PaaS

Application Certification for PaaS

Cloud foundry announced its new position today as the industry standard in cloud computing services.  Several major software providers like IBM and Hewlett Packard have come together to declare Cloud Foundry as a reliable open source standard for application development.  This is good news for developers that design with cross platform capability in mind and for businesses that need to integrate services provided different vendors. Open source certification also protects developers from having to integrate code for proprietary software that a given platform was designed for so it serves as a clean slate for application developers and platform developers like IBM which used Cloud Foundry to build its own platform Bluemix which is also open source. The best part about open source software are the benefits of its use by private organizations.  Bluemix is free and incorporates open services for promotion of your product and your services. The vendors who have become certified (Century Link, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Huawei, IBM, Pivotal, SAP HANA, and Swisscom) dominate the market and independent developers who are looking for a competitive edge can become certified as well although it is costly, so costly that I will let you see the price on your own here although you can save an arm and a leg (60%) by becoming a member.  If you dare to look at the price, remember that you are joining the likes of IBM and Hewlet-Packard and if you don’t take pride in the fact that your applications are running on a trusted and secure base. Open source services are always a solid base for developers thanks to the wide collaboration...