How Multi-CDN and Hybrid CDNs Further Improve Content Distribution

content distributionIntroduction
Content delivery networks (or CDNs) offer a reliable content distribution system for websites and online video platforms across the world. These systems work to speed up content delivery, such as web pages, videos, games, and even software updates to web users based on their geographic location and performance. There are different types of CDN options, and each offers its own unique solution for IT professionals:

With a single pure-play CDN, you have a single provider using their own network and hardware. These were traditionally designed as hardware-based, with PoPs deployed in geographical locations based on the provider’s preference, often based upon the most economical option and thus, not necessarily the best performing option. Although the single CDNs are marketed and perceived as such, no single CDN provider could give you the best performance everywhere in the world at every point in time. The main benefits of such a solution, in addition to speed (in the specific location where the Point-of Presence are located) are offload from the origin server, security and high availability. Those benefits are highly significant and that’s why this market has been growing continuously for the last twenty years.

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The Right Gaming Server Can Make or Break a Platform

gaming serversWhen it comes to creating a successful gaming platform, it is extremely important to have the proper infrastructure in place. Planning for long-term success is key, making it crucial to focus on utilizing gaming servers that ensure games have the scalability and low-latency they need to stand out in the crowded marketplace.

Choosing the right server for your gaming needs comes down to preference. Some developers prefer running a cloud-based infrastructure, while others choose the computing power equipped with high CPUs and SSDs that dedicated servers have to offer. There are different options available for game developers to choose from, depending on what you are trying to accomplish.

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Top Predictions for the Cloud Industry in 2018

cloud industry in 2018The cloud has gone from being somewhat of a novelty to an essential part of doing business today. As of 2017, almost 80 percent of companies are running some form of workload in either a public or private cloud. It’s unlikely that this trend of growth will abate anytime soon, and the decline in data center development supports this assessment.

Currently, data centers make up 62 percent of IT spending according to research firm IDC, while public and private cloud spending combined accounts for the other 38 percent of the market. By 2020, however, cloud spending is expected to rival data center spending — meaning the cloud is becoming more popular while data centers are declining in popularity.

It’s relatively easy to discern that the cloud is going to continue gaining momentum. Making predictions about what’s on the horizon is a bit more complicated, but by looking at current trends, we can determine certain characteristics that will prove critical to the cloud industry in 2018.

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Don’t Let Cyberattacks Bring Down Your Holiday Cheer

cyberattacksThe holiday shopping season can make or break an online retailer. By doing things well, you can expect sales to surge and your customer base to grow throughout 2018. Do things poorly and you sacrifice many sales while cultivating a negative image for your brand. And if there’s one thing that can seriously damage your brand’s reputation, it’s cyberattacks and a cybersecurity breach.

With several high-profile cyberattacks in the news recently, shoppers are more cautious than ever about giving websites any confidential information. A survey of over 2,000 adults revealed that 44 percent are worried their credit card information will be stolen from a website, making it the single biggest source of anxiety surrounding holiday shopping.

The risk of cyberattacks is just as strong as the worry — an analysis of the 2016 holiday shopping season saw the number of attacks increase by 20.6 percent in November and December. To keep your customers safe (and your brand image intact), there are a few strategies to consider:

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Secure Your Future with Point-to-Point Network Connectivity

point-to-pointBusinesses that depend on connecting to multiple locations with speed often resort to point-to-point architecture. Point-to-point network connectivity is an exceptional solution for businesses because it is best in class, and provides a secure network and an extremely fast connection. Fiber-carried point-to-point is often considered to be future-proof in that it contains some of the most advanced features out of any network solution available.

Not only is point-to-point future-proof and fully capable of growing bandwidth and capacity as needed, it is a much easier architecture to test and maintain. Point-to-point delivers the maximum flexibility possible in situations where there is a blend of customers and demand levels.

What Makes Point-to-Point an Ideal Solution for Your Business?

There are a few reasons why point-to-point is a great choice to fit various business needs. First, it’s faster and more reliable. Whether your cables and switches can handle 100Mbps, 1000Mbps, or even 10Gbps, point-to-point connections have the ability to run at the same speeds as a LAN connection. As online and offline connectivity continues to grow, the supporting infrastructure also continues to increase rapidly, allowing you to dive into your work without facing connectivity lags.

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Is Your Website Ready for Holiday Season Traffic?

load timesThe 2017 festive shopping season promises to be one of the biggest ever, particularly for online retailers. Total sales are projected to grow by 16.6 percent over last year, with online sales comprising 11.5 percent of all holiday shopping.

The period before, during, and after the holiday season is a huge sales opportunity for you. But if your e-commerce website is not ready for the influx of traffic, it can be a lost opportunity. Slow load times, broken links, and a poor user experience are unacceptable to shoppers expecting to find greater convenience and selection by going online.

Websites that cannot handle the surge in traffic immediately lose on sales. Worse, they damage the reputation of the brand and disappoint customers who may have otherwise become loyal fans. Optimising your website to accommodate more traffic is a sound goal for both the short and long term, and there are a few great strategies to keep in mind for getting your website ready:

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Quick Guide for Using Powershell to Control Apache Cloudstack

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Controlling your Cloud environment via the Portal (GUI) is something everyone can do (assuming, of course that you know what you want to accomplish and what options you need to get the most out of your platform). A good cloud platform automates things to the greatest extent possible to help prevent human errors from happening. Automation can also help take full advantage of the scalability and flexibility of a cloud.

In this blog, I’m going to take a bit of a different approach to what most Apache Cloudstack administrators are used to working with. Our LeaseWeb engineers usually script their actions on the Cloud using Cloudmonkey, a useful tool that provides all of the features an administrator would need. But instead of using Linux and Cloudmonkey, I want to approach things from a different angle. I will focus on Windows Administrators who are familiar with Powershell, and show what can be accomplished using this tool.

We will begin by connecting to Cloudstack via Powershell, list the current Instances under my account and deploy a new Instance.

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Cloud Advancements for Crunching Big Data Effectively

big dataThe expression “big data” is often thrown around in the business and tech world, but what does that really mean? Big data is a term that’s used to describe huge data sets that can be analyzed for trends and patterns in order to make better business decisions.

That may sound easy enough, and although there is extensive research and written information on big data technologies, few companies are actually using big data successfully. Most businesses remain ambitious, knowing they should be employing the technology without actually doing so.

Data continues to come in faster than ever, making it crucial for companies to process it more quickly. Effectively implementing fast processing of data will ensure your company is more up-to-date and relevant, and this is extremely important given how diverse data is becoming — a factor that gives us all the ability to analyze more innovatively.

As cloud computing continues to dominate the production environment, it’s time to take a look into “big data analytics” so you too can recognize how the power of crunching big data is bringing endless competitive advantage to companies.

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LeaseWeb Launches in the UK: The Importance of a Global Presence

data centerThe LeaseWeb decision to launch our company in the UK is driven by a few strategic considerations. As a global provider of cloud infrastructure solutions, we serve many customers who are using our services in different locations across the globe. We have seen a growing demand for UK-based infrastructure from our existing customers, which we decided to address as their strategic infrastructure business partner.

In addition to this growing demand, we see a vast opportunity. The UK is still the largest market in Europe for cloud services, with significant growth rates for the next few years. The London Internet Exchange has for many years been a crucial pillar of the internet, and LeaseWeb is delighted to have a local presence in London in addition to strong positions in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Washington DC, Singapore, and Sydney.

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Focus on Your Core Business With Managed Network Services

Managed Network ServicesWhether you’re managing a remote workforce, utilizing a lot of data, or need top-notch cybersecurity, it all takes a toll on your network infrastructure. It is tough to meet all these needs within a tight budget and existing bandwidth, especially if you’re doing it on your own.

The good news is that you don’t need to do it all on your own — instead, you can consider network management services.

Managed network services help you remain focused on your core business by making sure your business is always online and that your equipment is consistently available. They can also help keep your costs down because you don’t need to make expensive technology investments — typically, you just pay a monthly fee per device managed.

 

What Managed Network Services Can Do for You

Having a secure and stable networking infrastructure that allows users to improve productivity is no longer a commodity — it’s a necessity. It is absolutely crucial to have this type of structure in place to ensure your company has the platform needed to expand your core business and provide the competitive advantage your intellectual capital depends on.

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