See how our technology enabled DJ Hardwell to reach thousands of fans

We’ve been using private cloud and CDN services to help one of the world’s best DJs to reach fans in ever more creative ways. Be one of the first to watch this video and see what DJ Hardwell really thinks of the support he’s got from LeaseWeb.

Join us at Cloud Expo Europe in Paris!

We are currently getting ready for some interesting sessions at Cloud Expo Europe and Cloud Security Expo. This will take place in Paris on 29 – 30 November. If you are attending the conference, it will be great if you can stop by the LeaseWeb stand (D40). Our engineers will be happy to discuss with you about migration to the cloud or how hybrid cloud fits your business needs.
We are also hosting the following two sessions:

Stay one step ahead of cyber-attacks (the reality of protecting 80.000 servers globally)

Date and Time: Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 10:40 A.M.– 11:05 A.M.
Presenter: Julien Lehmann, Product Manager at LeaseWeb will address critical technical issues in combatting DDoS attacks. This session will take place at the Cloud Security Service Providers Theatre/Risk Compliance and Governance Theatre.

Finding your way in the hybrid cloud world 

Date and Time: Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 10:10 A.M. – 10:35 A.M.
Presenter: Robert van der Meulen, Technical Evangelist at LeaseWeb, will discuss about Hybrid Clouds combine various types of infrastructure, allowing you to optimize them for specific workloads. This session will take place at the International Theatre.

If you do not have a ticket yet, you can get your free ticket here to access the Cloud Expo Europe and Cloud Security Expo locations. Hope to meet you there.

Challenges in the Cloud: Data Privacy & Sovereignty

IDG Roundtable in Cobramuseum, 17.11.2016. Foto: Yvonne Witte

Data privacy is one of the hottest topics in all industries globally. Understanding the critical due diligence from a data privacy and sovereignty perspective will help mitigate risk.

Privacy is not a security issue

Today, we face other and more complicated challenges than ever before regarding data privacy. Privacy is not a matter of security. Privacy concerns the contents of data -personal data- and its storage, transfer, access and processing methodologies. Under EU law, personal data can only be gathered legally under strict conditions, for a legitimate purpose.

Disrupted data

In this day and age tech-disruption causes new business models requiring even profounder use of data; leading to increased transfer of vast amounts of personal information across borders. GDPR and other data protections laws are being implemented to protect data from misuse, respecting the rights of the data owners. The rules are strict but data-privacy shows itself to be a wheel with many spokes.

The new currency

Data is currency, and the sense of urgency surrounding this is obvious; worldwide regulations develop fast and data leaks easily get in the eye of the (social) media storm causing heightened concern about privacy risk. The sanctions of the GDPR (4% of global annual revenue) will even hurt giants like Google, Apple and Microsoft. Times will change in benefit of privacy for the individual but conflict in data protection rules per country cause a bottleneck for business.

Challenges are plenty Read the rest of this entry »

We partner with Northwave to offer managed security services

leaseweb_northwave_partnershipWe are happy to announce that we have started a strategic partnership with Northwave to offer clients advanced managed security services. LeaseWeb clients are now able to put their IT environments under the permanent protection of the Northwave Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The partnership is set up to guide and advise LeaseWeb customers on all security related topics.

The new security services are delivered as a tailor made extension to the Leaseweb Private Cloud, Dedicated Hosting and co-location services and available December 1st 2016. 

For more details, read our press release here.

The importance of data privacy and data sovereignty

Along with NetApp, we have hosted a round table discussion around “Data Privacy and Data Sovereignty: the challenges in the Cloud”.leaseweb_netapp_data-privacy-and-data-sovereignty

Special guest speaker for the evening was Sheila FitzPatrick – Global Data Governance Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at NetApp.

Sheila is one of the world’s leading experts in data privacy laws and works closely with the US Government, Council of the European Union, country-specific data protection agencies in Europe, Asia/Pacific, and America, as well as, National Works Councils, European Works Councils and Law Enforcement Agencies. She provides expertise and hands-on experience in the areas of global data protection compliance, data sovereignty, cybersecurity regulations and obligations, legal issues associated with cloud computing and big data, data breach compliance and management, and records management. 

Data privacy is one of the hottest topics in all industries across the globe. Understanding the critical diligence from a data privacy and sovereignty perspective (as opposed to security) will help mitigate the risks as you embark on a cloud journey. 

We would like to thank to all the attendees for their valuable contribution to the discussion. Here is where you can read more about the outcome.

We are joining Microsoft Cloud partner network as Tier 1 Provider

leaseweb_microsoftWe are happy to announce that LeaseWeb joined the Microsoft Cloud partner network as a top-level, Tier 1 provider. This enables us to elevate our existing relationship with Microsoft and increase collaboratively to define, evolve and grow the market for hybrid cloud-based services.

As part of the Microsoft Cloud partner network, LeaseWeb is joining a select group of strategic service providers that can deliver differentiated, value-added services to end customers based on the Microsoft Hybrid Cloud vision.

Achieving this status is a major milestone and the result of a lot of hard work by our product and operational teams.

By becoming part of Microsoft’s Cloud partner network, LeaseWeb can better help customers running a Microsoft stack to consume services in a datacenter that blend well with their existing environments. 

Get in touch with us if you want to learn more about our vision of the hybrid cloud, and how we can help you optimize your infrastructure.

8 Things to consider before selecting a dedicated server

Let’s say you want to become the new Facebook. Believe it or not, I regularly run into people who have this ambition. The number one question these new Mark Zuckerbergs ask me, is which server they need.

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It is always a challenge to convince them to not rush into anything. Instead, I make them sit down and tell me what they really want. Since many companies switch servers within a few months after buying and this is always time consuming (not to mention the costs), it is certainly worth your while to think well before you decide. What is the service you want to deliver? What is your workload? Does it involve large databases?

I always discuss the following 8 things to help people decide on the right hosting provider and hardware configuration of a dedicated server:

1. Business impact of downtime

What is the business impact of potential failure of your hosting environment? One of the first things to consider when selecting a dedicated server is how to deal with potential downtime. In a cloud environment, the set-up of the cloud protects you against hardware failures. With a dedicated server, you know you are not sharing resources with anyone else. But since there is always a single point of failure in one server, you need to decide whether you are able to accept potential downtime – if you do not have the option to scale to multiple dedicated servers.

2. Scalability of your application

Scalability is another important issue when choosing a dedicated server. How well does your application scale? Is it easy to add more servers and will that increase the amount of end users you can service?

If it is easy for you to scale, it doesn’t matter whether you use a dedicated server or a virtual solution. However, some applications are difficult to scale to multiple devices. Making sure a database is running on multiple servers is a challenge since it needs to be synchronized over all database servers. It might even be easier to move the database to a server that has more processing capacity, RAM and storage. Moving to a cloud environment – where you can clone a server, have a copy running in production and can add a load balancer to redirect traffic to multiple servers – could also be a good option for you.

3. Performance requirements of your server

What are your performance requirements? How many users do you expect and how many servers do you potentially need? Several hardware choices influence server performance: Read the rest of this entry »

Security, Availability and Backups: Why Leasing Servers Makes More Sense Than Buying

LeaseWeb USA CEO Lex Boost recently talked about the “lease vs. buy” technology decision for SMBs with Telecom Reseller’s Doug Green. The two discussed the hidden costs and hassles of owning equipment, potential security concerns, as well as what sets LeaseWeb apart from the competition .

As Boost says frequently, “If you’re not in the hardware business, don’t be in the hardware business.” Owning equipment tags you with all the associated costs and repairs as the equipment ages. At some point, equipment will fail, becoming a very costly fix. Leasing places all those costs on the hosting company’s side. You’re buying service not servers.

Off-premise hosted equipment also can increase the security of the data you hold. You’re less vulnerable to disasters – natural or not. And it can be challenging to prevent hacks when that’s not your primary, everyday focus.

Hosting providers can also ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements, such as HIPAA in the U.S. or similar frameworks across the world.

Leasing also allows companies to rapidly scale-up service when demand increases. Purchasing and setting up new hardware takes time, and while you’re working on the set-up, you could be losing customers while your current servers are overloaded. When you partner with a provider, you can easily scale up your infrastructure, whether you’re using cloud, a CDN or good old fashioned dedicated servers. This way you won’t lose business unnecessarily.

Lastly, the right leasing company is more than just an infrastructure vendor, but rather a trusted advisor that can help companies select the best services for their specific needs. If you’d like to learn more about how LeaseWeb can help, we’d love to start a conversation.

To listen to the podcast click here.

DDoS protection – what is a DDoS attack and how to mitigate it?

In today’s hyper-connected world, it has never been more important to address and mitigate security threats to your business. The shift to cloud services has increased substantially over the past few years and it is vital to understand how to reduce the risks that come with the move to this platform. More than 90% of internet traffic will be video within two years. The ratio of connected devices to internet users is projected to be 10:1 by the year 2020. With such a high level of connectivity, outages due to cyber security threats can cost a company up to $100,000 per minute.

The most common threat to cloud users are distributed denial of service (also known as DDoS) attacks. Studies show that targets are not limited to some specific activities but rather that every organization is a potential target. The top four reasons for attacks are:

  • Hacktivism illustrated by Anonymous or Wikileaks organizations.
  • Cyber warfare in order to destabilize a foreign government or an election.
  • Cyber espionage to steal intellectual property of a competitor.
  • Cybercrime in the form of cyberextortion, in which an attack or the threat of an attack is coupled with a demand for money to prevent or stop the attack.

Cybercrime is responsible for over 65% of attacks. It does not matter how large or small your cloud footprint is, everyone is at risk as no segment of activity is immune to attack. With an ever growing array of targets, attacks are becoming more sophisticated. Multi-vector attacks are becoming more aggressive than before with an 84% increase in multi-vector attacks over the past few years. It is also easier than ever to launch an attack due to the availability of tools that do not require special knowledge. One does not need to be a security expert to launch a damaging attack. Events of last week show that the growth of IoT (Internet of Things) is making us more vulnerable as personal devices such as webcams were used as weapons to bombard major sites like Netflix and Twitter with millions of requests. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s time to take a business-leading view of hybrid cloud

There’s a real change happening among business leaders with regard to IT operations. The days of IT being some secretive, hidden department full of technical people are thankfully coming to an end.

As business becomes more digitized, the whole organization is more aware than ever of the importance of IT. Adding to the awareness trend is cloud. The ability for any line of business to procure an online service on demand has made IT even more notable to the broader business.

The challenge is many workloads are being spun up without a broader strategy. Human nature being what it is, we love a fast solution to even the most complex problems and often have to be forced into thinking about long-term impacts.

That’s why I like communicating the virtues of a hybrid cloud – it’s the long-term IT strategy we’ve been waiting for.

Customer interest in hybrid is growing by the day, but when I meet with IT and business managers there remains a lot of uncertainty over the technical aspects of hybrid. While business leaders don’t need to become overly technical, it is certainly in their interest – and the organization’s – to get more involved with the hybrid cloud strategy.

Read the rest of this entry »

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