Managing and scaling globally: the good, the bad, and the ugly

PrivateNetwork_2_ScaleOver the last few years, cloud-based business solutions have fundamentally changed the way we do business on nearly every level, offering unprecedented mobility, accessibility and storage. The global business landscape still presents challenges, however, as businesses learn how to integrate current systems and harness the power of the cloud to its fullest capacity.

At LeaseWeb, we know that businesses experience a wide variety of triumphs and trials when it comes to managing resources and scaling to demand. That’s why we’re going beyond just the “good” in this blog post and talking about what we’ve seen our customers really experience.

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Customer Spotlight: Adjust makes data work for you

Adjust is a business intelligence platform for mobile app marketers, combining attribution for advertizing sources with advanced analytics and store statistics. Using LeaseWeb infrastructure, they help the world’s largest brands reach their audience, anytime, any place.

Discover what other companies say about LeaseWeb: http://lsw.to/llk

Are you compliant with the new Dutch Law on Data Breach Notifications?

EnterPrise_01_ComplianceOn January 1, 2016, the new Dutch Law on Data Breach Notifications came into effect. Organizations – both companies and government agencies – are now required to immediately report any serious data breach to the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Authoriteit Persoonsgegevens). And, if it is likely that the data breach will have an adverse effect on the privacy of those involved, those people have to be informed as well.

A data breach is defined as the act of accessing, deleting, modifying or releasing personal data, committed unintentionally by the organization. Not only releasing (e.g. leaking) personal data, but also the illegal processing of data, will be seen as a data breach. Examples of data breaches are a lost USB stick containing personal data, a stolen smartphone or malicious access to a database by a hacker.

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Safe Harbor invalidation not affecting LeaseWeb customers

In October last year, the US Safe Harbor regime was invalidated by Europe’s Court of Justice, meaning that personal data of Europeans could no longer be transferred by a company to US companies solely on the basis of such companies being Safe Harbor-certified.

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At the time of the ruling, no replacement for the Safe Harbor principle was proposed. The European Commission gave itself a 3-months term to come up with an alternative solution, working towards January 31, 2016. It is not likely that this timeline will be met but we expect new developments to be made public in the coming weeks.

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Deploy Software RAID through the LeaseWeb Customer Portal or API

bareMetal_USP_controlFor businesses or organizations whose data is particularly sensitive or mission critical, disk fault tolerance and optimized performance aren’t luxury add-ons but absolute must haves. A Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) provides the additional capacity, reliability and performance they need by combining an array of physical hard disks into a single logical disk.

RAID is a common feature on servers and almost all storage platforms because no single disk could meet all the capacity and performance demands of a busy server. To make RAID an even more valuable feature for customers, LeaseWeb has now automated its implementation – making it much quicker to deploy. Currently the feature is only available for CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu but we are working to bring the feature on board for more operating systems in the near future.

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Stay safe: how to install the patch for Linux bug CVE-2016-0728

200px-Tux.svgA security bug affecting Linux versions 3.8 and higher was recently identified. Although this bug (CVE-2016-0728) was first introduced into the Linux Kernel in 2012, it was only discovered and made public a few days ago. When we learned of the bug’s existence, we immediately patched all internal LeaseWeb servers. We advise everyone to patch their servers as well.

The vulnerability in the Linux kernel could potentially be used by attackers in order to obtain higher privileges from a regular account. It uses a technique called “use-after-free” to control the way memory is freed on kernel objects which is then replaced with user supplied data, while keeping the privileges of that memory object.

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3 ways to maximize advertising and website ROI through IaaS

AdServing_02_DeliveryCustomers want content delivered instantly. Whether it’s articles & videos or any type of advertising inventory pushed from a Supply-Side Platform (SSP) to a Demand-Side Platform (DSP), Owned Media, or big data being transmitted into a Data Management Platform (DMP) and used for analysis and real-time optimizations, it has to appear on the screen in milliseconds. Slow websites decrease conversion rates and that costs money.

A strong infrastructure provider can resolve these challenges:

  1. Ad viewability (Billable Impressions/Page Load Time/SEO)
  2. Page speed (Ad Deliverability/UX/SEO)
  3. Data access (Efficiency/Relevancy)

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The right solution at the right time: LeaseWeb in 2015

AdServing_01_FlexibilityBecause the market continues to change, LeaseWeb keeps developing new and innovative solutions to provide our customers with the best hosting solutions. Like previous years, we developed a lot of new features for existing products, expanded our global footprint and even launched new services. Here’s a selection of the things we introduced in the past year:

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To give our customers a head start on the competition, we increased the data traffic amounts of all our virtual server packages by up to twenty (!) times. We also announced a partnership with NetApp in September. Our cloud portfolio is now standardized on All Flash FAS storage, which makes hosted applications much faster and more reliable.
In addition, we are currently developing several private cloud solutions based on different kinds of middleware. This enables you to use the technology you feel most comfortable with, using the high-class infrastructure of LeaseWeb. These new cloud services will provide fantastic value for money.
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Roundtable recap: security starts and ends in the boardroom

CloudSec_compThe IT industry is slowly becoming a technically solid sector, but until now, it continues to be vulnerable as well. Security incidents are still widely reported in the press. It’s an important topic, and one there are many ways of looking at it. This is I why lead a round table session with nine LeaseWeb customers, where questions were answered about the new Dutch Law on Data Breach Notifications (Meldplicht Datalekken) and participants discussed how to organize a secure online company.

The participants were executives of companies which have IT as a core business, or companies that use IT for their online services. They were joined by LeaseWeb founders Laurens Rosenthal and Con Zwinkels, and Jort Kollerie, Enterprise Security Specialist at Dell Security. In addition, IT journalist and security specialist Brenno de Winter shared his experiences about the topic.
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Congratulations @kaspersky, keep making the world a more secure place! twitter.com/jhpot/status/6…

Here are all the #undersea cables that power the internet: lsw.to/llD

Will the European Commission announce an alternative to #SafeHarbor this month? Read our take on it: lsw.to/llU