Business 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.
For starters, let’s assume your cloud strategy is properly conceived. (If not, contact us now to resolve your first issue.) Using a realistic example in the white paper, we make the case that moving to a cloud-based solution can result in a TCO reduction of between 30 and 60 percent, as long as the solution is focused on “enabling business velocity”:
LeaseWeb is always striving for the best customer experience and we believe that putting you in the driver’s seat is a key factor in this. After all, the more control you have, the faster you can get things done. To help you with this, we automate important self-service processes that enable you to manage your infrastructure.
Recently we launched a new free feature for our Bare Metal and Dedicated Server products which gives customers secure access to their server’s IPMI interface. The IPMI interface is a very powerful tool that can be used for many things, especially:
For debugging issues if your server becomes unreachable
Installing an operating system which LeaseWeb does not offer through the Customer Portal
Customizing your OS installations
All these actions are made much easier by giving access to the IPMI interface.
LeaseWeb already offered access to the IPMI interface on request by assigning a public IP address so it would be accessible over the internet. However, IPMI interfaces are not known for their security, so exposing them over the internet is far from ideal.
Customers 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:
Ad viewability (Billable Impressions/Page Load Time/SEO)
Because 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:
Cloud 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. Read the rest of this entry »
DDoS attacks and other forms of cybercrime are becoming more and more frequent. That’s why we recently launched a new service called LeaseWeb Application Security. Here’s a quick video-tour of the easy-to-use dashboard from which you can adjusts your security situations, monitor suspicious traffic, respond to threats and more.
LeaseWeb Application Security is further augmented by a 24/7 Security Operation Center that reacts to every incoming attack. With the help of the Security Operation Center, you can constantly analyze your vulnerability and mitigate threats with a high degree of customization. For real-time mitigation of spammers, data breaches and DDoS attacks, application security experts are available 24/7.
Some 18 months ago we noticed a trend in the market that Hosting Providers that offered automated server deployments were starting to call their Dedicated Server products Bare Metal Servers. As LeaseWeb has been offering automated server deployments since 2008 it was a very logical step to follow this trend. Recently we reintroduced our Dedicated Server product next to our Bare Metal offering with a clear distinction between the two.
When you order a dedicated server with us now, it is possible to adjust the RAM and HDD configuration as you might wish. A LeaseWeb engineer can configure it exactly as desired. This may take a little longer than when you order a bare metal server, but it adds to your flexibility and freedom if you can build your server just the way you want it.
Here at LeaseWeb we are always open to coming up with new solutions to technical challenges and this is where the pre-sales department comes in. My role as pre-sales engineer is to get a clear understanding of what a customer really wants to achieve and find a suitable solution with the available IT resources.
These days we have a lot of customers with many different kinds of workloads, most of which are perfectly suitable for a scalable and flexible Cloud environment. But let’s be honest, you can’t ‘cloudify’ everything (yet); some customers
have specific demands in terms of unique hardware or workloads
that run into problems when you try to virtualize them.
We are proud to announce that from now on, we offer fully automated private networking in our datacenters in Singapore, Frankfurt and San Francisco. Using the LeaseWeb developer API or the Customer Portal, customers can create an infrastructure using bare metal servers within the same data center, simply by adding the servers to the private network. This service will be available also in our Washington D.C. and Amsterdam-based data centers within the next three months.