What are the Different Types of Web Hosting?

With much of our world shifting online in the past few months, reliable web hosting has become a critical business necessity. Whether you are hosting websites, applications, or office infrastructure, it is vital to have the right plan with the right resources.

But how do you choose from the different types of web hosting?

Web hosting options abound and can be overwhelming for the average user.

There are undoubtedly many things to consider outside of the hosting choices themselves. Business owners need to consider budget, age of the project, third party software licenses (where applicable), and the list goes on.

Business owners need to evaluate their needs when it comes to specific web hosting offerings.

We seek to ease your stress by noting the different types of web hosting available and for whom they work best.Need to set up a new web hosting project? Liquid Web offers white glove migrations.

What are the Types of Web Hosting?

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is web hosting where single sites get placed on a single server with other websites, all sharing RAM, CPU, storage, and bandwidth resources. These types of web hosting plans are typically the least expensive of the hosting options. Because of the sharing of resources across multiple websites, performance and security can also suffer.

For those just starting with a brand new site, shared hosting is a good starting point. The low cost is attractive but is only fit for static websites with not a lot of traffic. Businesses that aim to scale quickly should consider other hosting options with independent resources.

VPS Hosting

Virtual Private Server Hosting (VPS) is a dynamic virtualized hosting server within a parent server on cloud infrastructure. While many VPS servers can exist on the parent server, the resources get explicitly dedicated to the user, unlike shared hosting.

A cluster of servers makes up the cloud infrastructure behind VPS servers. The server instances themselves are independent partitions of the parent server with a set allocation of resources to each server instance.

They are single-tenant, which means the RAM, CPU cores, and storage is specific to a single user instead of being shared among many users.

A central feature of VPS hosting is root access. Users have full control of the environment and can carry out more configuration tweaks.

Liquid Web’s VPS Hosting offers all of this in upgradeable instances with packaged bandwidth. In addition to root-level access, users also get Secure Shell (SSH) and Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) access. InterWorx, cPanel, and Plesk are the available control panels for Linux, and we offer Plesk for Windows servers.

A VPS solution is a great option if you are hosting a few websites and applications that are not resource-intensive. They are also the perfect solution for file storage and sharing.

Cloud Dedicated Hosting

Cloud Dedicated hosting is a single-instance dynamic virtualized hosting server on a parent server on cloud infrastructure. Both exist on the parent server, and the resources get explicitly dedicated to the user. The primary differentiation is the fact that a Cloud Dedicated server is the only server instance on the parent server.

Often called Hybrid Dedicated servers, Cloud Dedicated server hosting also gets backed by clustered cloud infrastructure.

Cloud Dedicated servers from Liquid Web provide options to fit the needs of business owners, Resellers, and agencies needing dedicated resources in an easily scalable virtual server. Whether you’re hosting resource-intensive websites and applications, multiple sites and apps, databases, or want simple upgrade options, Cloud Dedicated servers will work for you.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is a single-tenant environment where physical server hardware and resources belong to a single user. Primarily, the owner of the dedicated server operates off of the physical components with the operating system, web server stack, and optional control panel for their hosting environment.

Dedicated servers are popular among resellers and agencies hosting a large number of small websites and applications. They are also great for more significant sites and apps that need more resources.

Liquid Web has been in the industry for several years, offering Dedicated Hosting solutions. We have everything from smaller, single processor options to larger configurations with dual processors. And customizing your server hardware is easy to do with multiple options available from storage, RAM, chassis, and bandwidth. – Read more

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5 Data Privacy Tips for Remote Workers

Data privacy for remote workers is essential – it always has been – but now, more than ever, it is dominating the cybersecurity strategies of all businesses with a staggering 4.7 million people in the U.S. now working remotely.

But, with increasing levels of cybercrime and remote workers being targeted, it begs the question: How do we protect the privacy of remote workers and company data?

Last year, 4.1 billion data records were exposed due to data breaches, illustrating just how important it is for companies and remote workers to ensure that their data is kept safe and out of the hands of hackers.

So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at the five tips you should follow to ensure the privacy of your data.

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1. Store Your Passwords in an Encrypted Vault

Every online account is protected by a password, but just how safe are they? The truth is that most of the passwords we use are not all secure. The reason why: entropy.

Entropy is the measurement of the randomness or diversity of a data-generating function.

Passwords with high entropy are completely random and have no meaningful patterns, making them almost impossible to crack.

Unfortunately, the average person can’t memorize complex random passwords, meaning human-generated ones tend to only be about 40 bits of entropy.

To put this into perspective, a password with 128 bits of entropy is virtually unbreakable; therefore, 40 bits give hackers a much higher possibility to predict the value.

With the average person having 70-80 passwords, the sheer volume that we have to remember makes us prone to unsafe password practices such as recycling old passwords or using the same ones for multiple accounts.

Hackers are well aware of these cyber hygiene pitfalls, and exploit them regularly for financial gain. No country or business is immune, and exposure to cybercrime is rife.

Poor password practices compound remote working risks, as employees often opt for convenience over security, saving sensitive login credentials using unsecured methods including spreadsheets, notes of paper, and sharing them over email.

The most effective way to protect credentials from malicious hackers is to store them in an encrypted password vault, otherwise known as a password manager.

Password managers for remote work security

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Password managers facilitate security and convenience by enabling businesses to add, edit, and store an unlimited number of passwords in a securely encrypted vault.

Therefore, your remote team no longer needs to remember long complex passwords. Instead, they can rely on the software to automatically fill the login credentials whenever they need them.

The zero-knowledge security models employed by password managers also lends itself to full data privacy where the software never sees or stores your unencrypted passwords on their servers.

If a hacker managed to hack the servers where your data is stored, they would only see streams of encrypted code that is meaningless and not of any value.

Ultimately, password managers enable remote workers to save unique passwords with high levels of entropy for each account in securely encrypted vaults to strengthen the security of business accounts.

They can also play a key role in ensuring complete data privacy is via single sign-on solutions that make business-critical accounts accessible in one convenient portal.

Remote workers simply need to login to the vault, click on the account they need access to, and they will be logged in automatically without ever seeing the login credentials.

2. Shield Your Data From Prying Eyes

Shield your data

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One of the main challenges that IT staff face with remote workers is the conundrum of providing them with a safe and secure way of accessing company resources while maintaining security and optimal network speeds.

This is where a VPN, or virtual private network, comes into play.

VPNs form the basic backbone of remote working security and provide workers with a secure method to connect to company resources, such as shared files. More than 400 million businesses and consumers are already making use of VPN connections, and this number continues to grow as more people start working from home.

Working remotely without using a VPN poses a serious security risk, since it makes it much easier for hackers to intercept confidential company data as it travels between your remote location and the office.

A VPN can be compared to a private tunnel that links your remote location directly with your office, and since the data that travels in this tunnel is shielded from view, it is much more difficult for hackers to intercept and steal sensitive data.

They can be used to connect to most remote resources, including mail servers, CRM programs and software, and even accounting systems.

It is especially important to use a VPN in cases where remote employees use their computers for both their personal and professional computing needs.

Employees can often unknowingly download emails or other files that have been infected with malware, and in doing so, expose confidential company data. – Read more

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What is VMware Private Cloud?

VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure. VMware, founded in 1998, brought revolution to the IT industry with its virtualization and cloud solutions. Today, the company has 75.000 partners across the globe. These partners are coming from various industries such as banking, healthcare, retail, telecommunications, and other various industries.

We are proud to be one of those VMware partners.

In this article, we will introduce you to VMware Private Cloud Hosting, a revolutionary cloud solution for business owners seeking to consolidate infrastructure and gain high availability.

What is VMware Private Cloud?

VMware Private Cloud is a service through which you have the ability of connecting two or more physical servers into one. All of the resources from physical servers or nodes are joined together into a single pool of resources which can be distributed across virtual machines (VMs) that you deploy on your nodes.

Think about Private Cloud as a massive pool of resources which is capable of spreading those resources on-demand. When you need them, where you need them.”

Are There Different Types of Private Cloud?

Just like any other hosting solution, private cloud has three different types of the services.

Virtual Private Cloud

A Virtual Private Cloud is a remotely-hosted private cloud instance located within a public cloud. This type of Private Cloud is a bit different from the rest, because it exists in a separate area of public cloud instead of being hosted on-premises.

Hosted Private Cloud

A Hosted Private Cloud is a type of cloud hosted by a cloud service provider on-premises, most likely in a data center. This type of cloud isn’t shared with other organizations, and the cloud service provider is the one who manages the network and takes care of the hardware that is behind the cloud. Software updates are also taken care of by the cloud provider.

Managed Private Cloud

Managed Private Cloud is the type of private cloud that we are offering. A Managed Private Cloud hosting provider is responsible for networking, hardware, software, and day-to-day operations of the private cloud. With this being a managed service that has few different deployments, we are also offering a couple of additional perks with our product, including our dedicated vCenter to safeguard your data, and VMware backups that are powered by Acronis Cyber Backup. The Managed Private Cloud can save businesses considerable time and money in the long run.

Liquid Web Private Cloud Powered by VMware and NetApp

Our Private Cloud solution gives you all the benefits of a public cloud with the sheer strength, flawless performance, and fortress-like security of an isolated infrastructure on dedicated hardware.

Specifically, we are offering a managed VMware environment that uses ESXi to virtualize two or more physical servers and create guest VMs that operate on a hardware cluster backed by NetApp SAN.

The number of virtual machines that you can create depends only on the resource that you have at your disposal.

Before we explore the technology further, let’s explore the terminology and technology behind VMware.

ESXi

ESXi is a bare metal hypervisor. A hypervisor is a virtual machine monitor, or a virtualization software, that allows you to create and manage your virtual machines. ESXi is installed directly onto the physical server.

Some of the features that ESXi is offering are:

  • User-friendly experience due to modern user interface based on HTML5
  • Enhanced security because of the powerful encryption capabilities
  • Reliable performance because you are able to apply individual solutions to each of yours virtual machines

If you are considering a managed private cloud, Liquid Web can provide you with an unmanaged private cloud which can be used for custom licensing.

Hardware Cluster (HW Cluster)

Hardware clustering is a hardware-based method to combine two or more servers (nodes) into a cluster that will work as a single system.

NetApp Storage Area Network (SAN)

A NetApp Storage Area Network (SAN) is the most used storage networking architecture when it comes to enterprise setups. SAN stores your data within centralized shared storage, and all data travels through the network. That way you get much better performance, latency is lower, and it costs less than to run old fashioned hard disk drives (HDDs).

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How Does VMware Private Cloud Work?

Everything starts with the NetAPP Storage Area Network (SAN), your storage entity that is operated by System Manager software. The NetAPP SAN array then sends the data to storage switches.

A storage switch is a device which is routing traffic between your clustered servers and your SAN.

The storage switches then route data to your nodes or clustered servers. Each of the servers (nodes) can have unlimited numbers of virtual machines running on them; your resources limit the amount of virtual machines possible.

Once your nodes, and the virtual machines on them, receive the data from storage switches, your developers can apply necessary patches or tweaks to your application or website. After that, they can deploy to a live environment.

Next, the data is sent from the virtual machines on your nodes to firewall switches and through the hardware firewall.

A firewall switch is a device similar to the storage switch. The purpose of a firewall switch is to route traffic from your virtual machines and nodes to the hardware firewall, and vice versa.

A hardware firewall is a physical device that filters traffic that is coming and going from your cluster with rules set to block malicious traffic from entering your server.

Once traffic reaches a hardware firewall and it is filtered, it is ready to be served on the Internet. – Read more

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