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.
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 »
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 »
Some weeks ago we informed you of the EU-US Privacy Shield, announced by the European Commission on February 2, 2016 meaning a new arrangement for transatlantic data flows between the EU and US. In this blog you can read recent developments of the EU-US Privacy Shield and alternative solutions offered by LeaseWeb.
EU US Privacy Shield in the making
We have known since October 2015 that the US Safe Harbor regime is invalid, meaning that personal data of Europeans can no longer be transferred by a company to US Safe Harbor certified companies. Monday 29 February 2016, the European Commission published the details of the EU-US Privacy Shield that should replace the Safe Harbor certifications.
Over 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.
Plus the full range of Cloud, Bare Metal and CDN services!
This week, we launched a new-look global partner network program to offer reseller and channel partners a more competitive, market-oriented and comprehensive package of products, services and support.
You know Silicon Valley, but have you heard of Silicon Wadi? As a Business Development Manager for LeaseWeb, I have traveled to many countries, strengthening relationships with existing customers and building new ones. In December, I will embark on the mission of nurturing business relationships in Israel, together with other LeaseWeb team members. Here are three reasons why this country is so attractive to tech companies around the world.
A little while back I attended the Cloud Partners conference in Chicago. One of most striking things I heard was in a keynote session delivered by Tiffani Bova from Gartner. She stated that cloud adoption slowed down! And this was not because of lack of end-user demand. Instead, it was due to solution providers (SPs) not transforming their business fast enough to fit the cloud era and unlock its market potential.
It’s a shame, really – considering the revenues they can generate from cloud. A recent study by AMI_Partners showed that SPs with moderate to low growth rate in the U.S. obtain only a third of their revenues from cloud. At the same time, SPs with a high growth rate enjoy half of their revenues from cloud.
Sixpack mobile applications is a young, fast growing and trend-setting business specializing in mobile e-commerce. Sixpack creates, develops and supplies mobile applications for customers, and builds mobile shops for e-commerce retailers. The company currently solely operates in the Netherlands, but has ambitions to expand throughout Europe.
Intrastores, with its collection of 57 specialty online retail outlets, has quickly become one of the fastest-growing online retailers in Europe with a satisfied customer base of over 50,000. As the company has grown, its in-house technical expertise has also developed. This has allowed Intrastores to switch from local managed hosting parties to, LeaseWeb, and realize monthly savings of 30-40% on hosting costs.