Simple Guide to Choosing the Right Hosting Plan

If you’re a start-up attempting to launch your business, there will no doubt be a lot on you plate to prepare and consider. Even if you are already established and are in a position to further grow your business online, how do you go about deciding what type of hosting is going to be best suited?

No matter what type of company or organisation you run or work for, having an online presence is vital in this day and age, and for those who don’t have the IT expertise, it can be costly or tricky to know which option to choose.

At CWCS, we want to making hosting as seamless as possible for the businesses we work with. Take a look at our guide to what options are available…

Web Hosting

For businesses who are just starting out and have simple requirements, shared hosting platforms tend to be the go-to-option as they are simple to get started with and very cost effective.

Shared hosting is ideal for brochure sites, blog sites, test sites, and for companies who are just looking for an entry-level web presence. With this type of hosting, you are sharing the resources of the server with other sites so there could potentially be 100’s of other sites sharing the same pool of resource and storage. That’s why shared hosting isn’t a viable option for e-commerce sites as a surge in traffic could affect the performance of your site.

Your website should demonstrate who you are and be easy to use, without draining much-needed resources with expensive and unnecessary charges. You’ll need to consider bandwidth, SSL certificates, subdomains and webspace in order to choose the right hosting plan.

Once you start to grow and gain more visitors, then it’s time to look at more advanced hosting options.

VPS Hosting

Virtual Private Servers are a great option for businesses who have outgrown shared hosting and want to have dedicated resources at an affordable cost. It’s essentially a step between shared hosting and having your own dedicated or cloud server. This removes the potential negative impacts of other businesses impacting your website.

With a VPS you have more control and flexibility, for example, to make installations. VPS hosting is available in Linux and Windows and hosting control panels such as Plesk and cPanel can be installed. This allows you to manage your website and emails, and allows certain server configurations to meet your needs.

When it comes to VPS, there are various plans available so you’ll need to consider how many CPU’s (compute power) you need, how many GB’s of RAM and SSD storage is required, as well as your data transfers per month.

Colocation

A lot of businesses can be frustrated by the logistical nightmares of hosting their data, either struggling to create the best environment to keep it secure, not having the high speed internet connection to meet the demands, or the fact that the servers are not in an optimal environment to get the best performance of the servers. Why not remove the need for your office to fulfil data hosting, allowing you to focus on your business?

Colocation allows you to move your severs into the safe environment of a securely managed data centre whist still retaining complete control over your servers. You can benefit from the data centres round the clock support, security, HVAC, fire protection and also the expertise of the DC’s onsite employees.

Colocation means that you rent rack space but you still retain control and are responsible for software, storage and backups. For businesses who have the technical expertise and simply want to move their equipment to a more secure environment, this is a fantastic option. However, for a start-up, it’s not as practical as you will have a larger upfront cost and will be required to still manage the servers yourself.

Dedicated Servers

Managed Dedicated Server hosting plans provide you complete control and unrivalled performance levels so you can focus your time and efforts on what you do best.

Linux server hosting plans tend to be the most popular choice as they are available in many flavours including the latest CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian and Red Hat Enterprise, and hosting control panels such as Plesk and cPanel. This lets you customise a server to your precise business needs.

Although a more expensive option, with a dedicated server you will have higher levels or resource, unlimited bandwidth, more cores and threads and also more RAM. Having a dedicated server also gives you root access allowing you complete control.

Public Cloud

Businesses will often move over to a cloud hosting platform when they have been having hardware failures and frustrations which are impacting on their business.

Although the name can appear off-putting, public cloud hosting is actually one of the most secure and effective ways to host online. With no single-point-of-failure within the infrastructure, you don’t have to worry about downtime. Public cloud is secure, scalable and allows for high-performance. With managed public cloud hosting, you can rest assured your service would never be impacted by hardware failure again.

Not only do you get a fully redundant platform but you also benefit from enterprise-grade hardware, reliable network speeds, as well as having the flexibility to choose what operating system and control panel to use. – Read more

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Advantages Of A Managed Cloud Service For Resilience

Advantages Of A Managed Cloud Service For Resilience

Advantages of a managed cloud service for business resilience

Studies have shown that enterprises embracing the latest technological solutions are achieving greater success at staying resilient amidst the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Companies that already allowed staff to operate flexibly from home and had pre-existing data security measures in place found they could provide a seamless service for their clients, with staff able to perform their roles efficiently and safely from a remote location. As part of an effective strategy to keep operating efficiently, many firms are now selecting managed cloud services.

This solution can have a wide range of benefits for businesses, providing a wealth of useful features while avoiding the worries of time-consuming maintenance and what can sometimes be disproportionate and unnecessary costs.

Handling and storing data is part of every modern company’s operations and keeping this information secure is crucial. On-premises data storage is at risk from a wide range of security threats, expensive downtime and unwanted data loss, however, these issues can be mitigated effectively when information is managed in the cloud.

Migrating enterprise data from on-site storage to the cloud may seem like a daunting task, but it is simpler to implement than many other systems. In the following sections, we’ll explore the nature of managed cloud services and look at eight advantages companies can enjoy when they use them.

Effective cost management of your managed cloud service

Using cloud-managed services can effectively reduce costs, as monthly payments need only be made for facilities that are being used. Plans can be customised, bespoke to business needs allowing firms to optimise IT support payments and only spend on a setup that is truly required. Reducing unnecessary expenses is an important part of any firm’s longevity.

Centralised network

Enterprises can benefit from a managed cloud service provider (MSP) that effectively tends all servers and apps in the central data centre as part of the dedicated cloud network. This enables multiple users to access central data in the same network along with any virtual services that are available. Using the cloud, firms can also create backup and storage facilities within the central network. All these features create smoother business processes, with staff using the enhanced network availability to share and save data efficiently.

Enhanced scalability

Managed cloud services offer plenty of room for expansion, ideal for growing businesses. With the aid of managed cloud services, businesses are also able to focus on operations while time-consuming technical issues are attended to by the dedicated service provider.

Data restoration

Firms still employing servers on premises often have complicated recovery plans in place with data stored off-site in case a disaster should happen. Managed cloud services, on the other hand, ensure data is always secure and safe across all applications and services. This means that businesses using cloud storage can remain resilient and return to full operations with data fully restored swiftly and minimise any downtime suffered.

Maintaining network security

Cloud Services depend on the internet as their base network, offering a solution free from the risk of physical threats. Firewalls, secure VLANs, as well as IDS/IPS can all be established for a single or multiple cloud servers, creating a secure and dedicated network environment for users. Sensitive data stored in the cloud is not put at risk in the same way as content saved to laptops and other computers. This can be ideal when staff must work remotely, allowing them to use and save data safely, always protected by cloud service security protocols. – Read more

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As offices close due to COVID-19, we all need ways to make working from home easier

If you usually work in a city centre office, then it is likely you have been working from home instead over the past nine months. Coronavirus has changed the working life of a lot of people, and working from home is a trend that seems set to continue in the future, even if the pandemic is resolved. Of course, you will still need to interact with colleagues, share information and perform other tasks as a team. Cloud computing allows you to do these things and more. You will also need to get into a regular working pattern, which can be hard from home since it is much harder to discipline yourself and get things done with numerous temptations or family around. Read on for some information on how cloud computing could help you work from home, and some other tips to structure your day and make sure you’re productive.

Stick to a schedule

When you are working from home and don’t have the pressure of your manager hovering over you, it can be easy to put off work. However, the more you put off work, the harder it will be to catch up. A day off can turn into a week, putting you behind schedule and annoying your manager. Building a routine is key to keeping on top of things. Set your alarm, get up on time, have a healthy breakfast, shower, then get started. If you can, have a dedicated space in your house to work from. Working sitting on your bed or the sofa can lead to you being distracted and too comfortable. Set up your home office as close to the design of your normal office as possible. Work for a set amount of time, then stop. If you don’t work from your normal office after six o’clock, don’t do it from home either. Remember, everyone needs rest and relaxation, especially in present circumstances.

Take care of mental and physical health

Your mental and physical health may be suffering due to being stuck at home during the pandemic. Take heed of the tips above and get plenty of exercise and eat well to take care of your physical health, but don’t abandon your mental health either. This is a trying time for everyone, as we are all living with the uncertainty of what may happen next, or if we or our loved ones are at risk of catching the virus. Our bodies and brains are stressed constantly, so be kind to yourself. If you are struggling, find something you enjoy, like a good book or a good bottle of wine, and spend a few hours relaxing. Take regular breaks in your workday to let your batteries recharge. Make sure you follow all government instructions in regards to the pandemic, but if you are allowed, get out and meet a friend for a walk. A bit of social interaction can do wonders for your mental health. You will find that you are not alone and lots of people are suffering too, so have a chat and get it all out.

Leave the house

Getting out of the house is essential if you work from home. It is not healthy to be stuck at a desk inside all day, and some fresh air will reinvigorate you, clear your head and help you sleep better. You could start doing some exercise during the day to break up your work schedule a little. Going for a run at lunchtime is even better than a walk, as it will burn even more calories and use up some energy. – Read more

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