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As LeaseWeb approaches its 20th anniversary, I’ve recently had a quote from Chuck Yeager stuck in mind, “If you want to grow old as a pilot, you’ve got to know when to push it, and when to back off.” As a pilot myself, and someone who spent his early life working as one professionally, this line resonates. When you are flying, there is little room for error. Expertise, teamwork, and precision, mean the difference between a safe and enjoyable flight and one that could place people in real danger.
While the risks in the field of cloud hosting may not be as dramatic as those in aviation, they are no less real. Much like in aviation, deep knowledge of the field and the right team are important. But, expertise and teamwork are not enough in themselves. They need to be brought together in the right way to provide a framework for success.
When we started LeaseWeb in 1997, I could have never imagined what the company would become. The field of technology was quite different. The internet as we understand it today had barely emerged, dial up modems were the only way to get online, and no one had even imagined the possibility of the smart phone. Access to the internet was limited and at times hard to come by. I remember being in Nairobi after a flight with our 747 and trying to find a way to get online. There were actually no local connections, so I ended up paying nearly € 800 in calling charges to South Africa just to get access to the internet.
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.
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 »
By now, the concept of the cloud is ubiquitous, but for many business leaders the idea still presents more challenges than opportunities. Understanding the complicated technology, not to mention the vast array of delivery models, degrees of services and levels of security available, can be a daunting task for companies under pressure to adapt or adopt.
In a new white paper, “Developing a Cloud Sourcing Strategy: Six Steps to Select the Right Cloud Partner,” LeaseWeb gives decision makers the tools they need to formulate an effective cloud strategy or to identify the right cloud partner to executive it. In summary form, these six tips will help you find the cloud partner for your business.
“The Court of Justice declares that the Commission’s U.S. Safe Harbour Decision is invalid.”
The Safe Harbour arrangement has been in place since 2000. It was formalized by the European Commission’s Safe Harbour Decision (2000/520/EC), and permitted the transfer of personal data of
Europeans to the U.S., to companies that are self-certified under the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles
and registered with the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Last Tuesday, in a landmark judgment, the European Court of Justice – Europe’s highest court – declared the Safe Harbour Decision invalid. At present, it is not yet fully clear what the consequences will be of this judgment of the ECJ. What is clear, however, is that data should no longer be transferred to U.S. organizations solely on the basis they are Safe Harbour-certified. Companies that transfer personal data from the EU to the U.S., or rely on the processing of personal data in the U.S., will need to review their data flows for compliance with EU data protection law. They will likely need to consider alternative cross-border transfer solutions, e.g. by applying binding corporate rules, EU model contract clauses and/or obtaining individual persons’ consent for the transfer of their data. That operation will be time consuming and expensive. All this could potentially have serious implications for cloud hosting providers and their customers, who are suddenly faced with data residency issues.
EU court strikes down trans-Atlantic ‘safe harbor’ data-transfer pact. Decision will affect around 4,500 companies. http://t.co/Xn4TxivBAz
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) 6 oktober 2015
What is the most cost efficient way to manage infrastructure for the increasingly popular Free-to-play model?
Free to Play, often abbreviated to F2P, means you can play a game without paying a dime for it. Sounds great doesn’t it? Some industry experts say that F2P might be the first step towards a totally new gaming market. Until then, some games start out as a Pay to Play version (like DC Universe Online, Age of Conan or League of Legends), who later switch to F2P. Other games are designed with F2P in mind, like the recently released Tribes: Ascend. The F2P model is one that truly provides a win-win outcome for gaming companies and players alike.
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We have been segmenting our customer base for quite a while now. Why? Well, with over 15,000 customers and a growth rate of 45% year over year, we wanted to create a system that helps us continuously learn about market demands and our customer’s business priorities. There are many reasons why this is important to us, but let me try to formulate a few of them:
LeaseWeb Germany Post-Merger Integration Survey – Using customer feedback to further improve our hosting services
About a year ago we acquired the German hosting company Netdirekt, and with the anniversary approaching we decided to check-in with our German customers to get their feedback on our services. One of the most important things LeaseWeb tries to achieve is fostering relationships with our clients. By listening to them, we can better understand their needs. That’s why we recently conducted our German customer satisfaction survey.
We are always on the lookout for new opportunities to share information about LeaseWeb, hosting and dedicated server news, customers and our products. The LeaseWeb YouTube channel was selected by us to be the latest medium to enable us to further engage with our customers and our followers. It is a great point of reference for the most recent technical and customer information we have to offer, and the feed even includes video bloopers!
Setting up hosting services in ‘foreign’ territory isn’t something that you can set up in a day, not even if you’re already an international hosting provider. Step-by-step you build up your business, paying attention to your customers’ demands and evolving your proposition accordingly. At LeaseWeb, this process became a large ‘behind the scenes’ project we dubbed GUS2CAS. We are very happy to announce that last week, we successfully deployed the first phase of this project. We’ve added important new features to our website based on customer feedback and improved the back end of our ordering system. Read on to learn what has been changed.