Author Archive

How to Ensure Business Continuity in the Cloud

Business ContinuityBusiness continuity, like its little sibling backups, is too often overlooked until it’s too late. But with the cloud on their side, IT and business leaders have a new chance  to rethink the breadth and effectiveness of their business continuity capabilities to help avert the next outage.

The ‘build it and they will come’ days of business continuity

If you look at how business continuity was traditionally performed in medium to large organizations it usually involved a lot of talk about the “second site”. Core systems, applications, and data are literally duplicated (sometimes with watered-down capabilities) at an off-site data center or server room.

In the event of a business disruption, such as a fire alarm, the production systems would be switched over to the DR system and, at least in theory, the business would continue as usual.

One of the major challenges with using this architecture is the cost and resources required to do it properly. While some core business applications might require hardware duplication, the vast majority of applications can be run on standards-based hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Read the rest of this entry »

Hybrid Cloud Success: Getting Workloads and Stakeholders Right

Hybrid CloudBack in the early days of hosting it was quite common to see organizations struggle with trying to use a one-size-fits all computing or storage service for a range of applications. We’ve definitely come a long way since then, but I’m still surprised how often this generalist approach is repeated today.

IT and business units have access to a broad range of hosting technology – including on-premises equipment, public cloud VPSs, private clouds and “bare metal” or dedicated servers – however, not enough thought is given to the fit between the application and the platform.

A “cloud-first” policy seems to be resonating well among many IT and business leaders, who initially take this approach because it is viewed as best practice within a modern IT architecture. However this can quickly result in cost overruns and poorly performing applications. In fact, many companies leaning towards cloud-first can actually benefit more from a hybrid cloud strategy.

The beauty of a hybrid cloud strategy and architecture is that it forces you to think about how to optimize your applications on different infrastructure options. Hybrid also provides the opportunity to take advantage of other cloud services like content delivery networks (CDN) and managed security services.

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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 »

Want to talk hybrid cloud? Start with our new introductory report by your side

I’m pleased to announce the availability of a new report from LeaseWeb which introduces hybrid cloud computing to business leaders.hybridcloud_2560

The report, Enter a new era of IT flexibility with hybrid cloud, is a concise guide to the technical aspects and business benefits of developing a hybrid cloud strategy. We’re pleased to offer this as an independent report of value to anyone with an interest in the topic.

As if cloud computing wasn’t confusing enough for business leaders the IT industry is now abuzz with the term “hybrid cloud”. The good news is when you understand the hybrid cloud concept the whole idea of “cloud” makes more sense as there is no such thing as IT and business service infrastructure operating in isolation.

Hybrid cloud, as most people see it, is a combination of public and private server and storage infrastructure, however, this view can be broadened to include public cloud, private cloud, content delivery networks and bare metal servers. Read the rest of this entry »

How the cloud is like Minecraft

Minecraft_Logo_03Recently I was reading this article in the New York Times about Minecraft. It’s a story about how Minecraft is changing the way children play, learn and create things. It does so by bringing them into a digital environment that provides the freedom to let them fully design their own world, complete with houses, vehicles and more. Players start mining and expand their environment by chopping trees, mining blocks and creating their own tools. In Minecraft, the article goes, you’re provided with a toolbox to do so, which allows you to be creative and build things. The physical equivalent of Minecraft is somewhat like Lego.

Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing vCloud, a new Private Cloud by LeaseWeb

Feat_CloudStack_3_resources_2With a private cloud at LeaseWeb, you receive all benefits of virtualization while maintaining full control over resources and features. We give our customers the freedom to customize their virtual infrastructures and have been offering CloudStack Resource Pools for quite some time now. These resource pools let customers create and manage multiple instances using their choice of operating system – combined with the total flexibility to allocate resources as required.

The beauty of this concept is that it can work with other hypervisor software as well. For customers who have a great affinity with VMware technology, we are now introducing vCloud, which is in essence the same as the CloudStack Resource Pools, only with VMware technology.

Read the rest of this entry »

Huge traffic increase for all virtual server packages

PrivateNetwork_2_ScaleVirtual servers are a cost-effective alternative to bare metal servers. They function like a bare metal server, but run on a flexible virtualization layer. LeaseWeb’s virtual servers suit all businesses, from small to medium workloads and offer a reliable, highly scalable infrastructure with full redundancy and fast network-attached storage.

Since data traffic will not stop growing any time soon and there never seems to be enough bandwidth, LeaseWeb has some good news for new and existing cloud customers: we are increasing all our data traffic packages for cloud by four to twenty (!) times: to 4000 GB (Small) for the Server Pack S, 6000 GB (Medium) for the Server Pack M, 8000 GB (Large) for the Server Pack L and 10.000 GB (Extra Large) for the Server Pack XL.
Read the rest of this entry »

Revealed on Tour: scaling infrastructure for world’s #1 DJ

This month, DJ’s Hardwell, Dyro, and Dannic returned from Revealed Recordings’ North American bus tour. These guys have been amazingly successful, scoring high on the music charts. After releasing a number of successful records, they continued last year’s tour, hitting ten of North America’s most prestigious venues.

You can imagine that when you go to one of the concerts of these top DJ’s, you get to experience something special. Their performances are supported by extensive shows, featuring 3D imaging, LED water fountains, and obviously world-class sound systems.

An important aspect of these tours – and an artist’s life in general – is keeping in touch with their fans. Fans now expect an almost 24/7 peek into what is happening on tour, supported with video fragments, social media, and other interesting news. To do this right can be a challenge, the selection of the right infrastructure and the design of a system to handle and scale to millions of visitors is imperative. Cloud and CDN infrastructure is changing the way this is done: so how was this used for the Revealed Tour?

Read the rest of this entry »

Three use cases for LeaseWeb Private Cloud, powered by Apache CloudStack

Like we announced in this press release, last week we launched the LeaseWeb Private Cloud, powered by Apache CloudStack. With this new solution, we are addressing the need for a flexible, resource-pool based, private cloud product. The offering is based on Apache CloudStack, and gives customers full control over their private cloud, while we take care of the redundant infrastructure.

Before the product was launched, we worked with a number of customers, fine-tuning the offering and platform. In this post, I’ll go through some use cases for our new resource pool to show some of the amazing things customers can do with the new product.

Read the rest of this entry »

LeaseWeb on Twitter

Learn more about how #Scrum can help your projects take flight lsw.to/lk6

test Twitter Media - Learn more about how #Scrum can help your projects take flight https://t.co/yXdcmeNPK6 https://t.co/fe4e51QsMo

Learn more about locking down containers with @Docker ’s secure blocks lsw.to/lks #TechSummitIO

Security Lead at @Docker speaks about how working on secure blocks allows to run a “least privilege” infrastructure lsw.to/lkM

We’ve put a huge range of our top servers on sale to celebrate summer. Check out our featured offers below: leaseweb.com/dedicated-serv…

test Twitter Media - We’ve put a huge range of our top servers on sale to celebrate summer. Check out our featured offers below: https://t.co/Clyd2ydmAN https://t.co/2sUr0x8zo6