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How Hosting Your Data in The Cloud Can Be More Secure than In-House

hosting securityDespite the many advantages of the cloud for businesses (not just large enterprises, but small and medium businesses as well) security is the chasm which has defied many companies from migrating their data away from their premises. The perception of risk sometimes seems justified when a high profile security breach takes place. Yet if you look at many of these hacker events, the fact remains that most of these events target companies for whom managing servers and data isn’t their core business.

Securing Inside the Firewall

Another common trend in information breaches is that many data loss events are often the result of the actions of internal employees, not necessarily from external hackers. Creating safeguards and policies inside your firewall is usually just as important, if not more so than where the “data at rest” is located.

In some cases there are inside purposeful breaches, or in others a computer is lost, or a mobile device. These are events where the cloud can mitigate, not accelerate the damage done by the breach. You can lock down user account access and “brick” devices, preventing them from being able to access cloud hosted databases. Cloud hosting makes data available anywhere, so the need for portable media is drastically reduced.

Constant Vigilance, Rapid Response

Cloud hosting providers like Server Mania have Network Operations Centers (NOC’s) in data centers with best-in-class security including:

  • Firewalls
  • Intrusion Prevention Systems
  • Vulnerability Management systems at the perimeter of the network
  • Regular penetration tests
  • Multi-layer physical security defenses
  • Security Event Monitoring system
  • DDoS protection systems
  • Malware protection systems

To a small business owner, all of these layers and forms of security technology seem overwhelming, or maybe even redundant. Yet, instead of trying to figure out what systems and/or services are most suitable for your systems, shifting your data management entirely to a hosting service provider can take the guesswork out of how to ensure your data is protected.

Do a Gut Check on Your Security Posture

If a data breach were to occur today, would you know how to mediate it, or even know that it had occurred? Server Mania’s NOC alerts us to any attempted penetration of our network, and we have people, processes and technology in place to make sure your information is safe.

If you are a visual person, check out this Cyber Threat Map to see how many attacks occur around the world in a single day. Many threats come from overseas, targeting businesses who underestimate the risk their data is at. As well as attempts at compromising your network, businesses should also consider the ramifications of a power outage or telecommunications failure in their area.

Hosted web applications and Database as a Service offers redundant power supply and telecommunications infrastructure, which for a small business could be crippling financially. Dedicated backup servers which are complex and expensive for businesses to deploy on their own can be provisioned in our data centre without operation.

Making Technology Work for Your Business

If providing web based services is vital to your business, but isn’t your business exactly, the opportunity to outsource hosting can reduce costs and improve your operating margins. Further, service performance for companies like game server hosting, foreign currency traders or digital media providers can focus on meeting your customer satisfaction objectives, as we deliver their content securely and at the speed which will keep them coming back for more.

Our infrastructure and services have been certified against the most thorough industry standards such as PCI, SSA16 and SAS70. Our Support Fleet constantly rises to the occasion to ensure your content is available when you need it.

If the news of the latest retail or financial services industry data breach is keeping you awake at night, or if a recent power outage is raising your stress levels, contact Server Mania today.


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How to Transform Your Website from Brochureware to 24-7 Business Concierge

The focus on digital marketing over the past several years has been on these primary focus areas:

1. Search Engine Optimization or Discoverability
2. Mobile responsiveness or mobile friendliness
3. Social media sharing tools
4. Quantity and quality of fresh, authority creating content
5. Client engagement, lead capture and the “stickiness” of your pages

cncrg2All of these topics will continue to be top of mind, as a company’s web presence is evolving to be a the “channel of first impression” when a B2B or B2C prospect is looking for products or services. A simple, static website hosted by a domain name registrar just won’t cut it in 2015.

If you are looking to get better return on your web investment, here are five ways to deliver more online value, and create efficiencies and benefits offline as well.

1. Add a Human Side to Your Website

If you have a customer service team who spend many hours standing by the phones, or Inside Sales reps hunting for leads, consider live chat, “Call Me” or buttons for video conferencing apps like Google Hangouts. If a customer is on your digital storefront already,  helping them to find the information they are looking for, or putting the content in the proper context is much easier than over the telephone.

Once you’ve “broken the ice” with an online conversation, you can shift the relationship offline, once an opportunity is further down the pipeline. Fielding suspects and prospects online via teleweb tools is less expensive on a per conversation basis, and training customers to better navigate your website can be priceless.

2. Web Self Service and Integrated Applications

Even without the guidance of a sales or service agent, your website can be a “virtual concierge” and be integrated with applications such as:

  • Portals for CRM systems such as support ticket management, lead capture, event management or marketing
  • Point of sale or inventory systems for e-commerce enabled websites
  • Accounting and Finance applications
  • Third party shipping systems

Modern content management systems such as WordPress, Sitefinity and Drupal can be extended by affordable modules which are secure, quick to deploy and reliable. Giving customers the opportunity to author the data you store about them ensures data quality, and the ability for them to avoid long holding queues can improve customer satisfaction.

3. Mobile Responsiveness and Advertising

Having a smartphone and tablet friendly website is table stakes with a growing segment of the market, and the most popular search engines as well. Google and Bing have recently changed the way ranked pages appear or search engine results pages, so finding ways to appeal to websites, and effective mobile landing pages from mobile ads is vital.

Beyond a static website for small screens, the volume of transactions which take place on portable devices also continues to rise.

4. Dynamic Content and Sharing Tools

A website which is stagnant is like those Tupperware containers in your fridge which might be leftover Chinese food, or your kid’s science fair experiment. You think you might want to consume it some day, but the idea of opening it up and trying it is a bit scary. You want to keeping web content fresh and shareworthy, including:

  • Blogs
  • Videos
  • Infographics
  • Product pages
  • Social media posts

Think of your social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook as opportunities to drive your target market to your detailed content, so be sure to keep them fresh and pointing at your website as well.  Digital marketing guru, Jay Baer is famous for his quote “Social media is gasoline, your website is fire”.

5. Invest in a High Performance Web Hosting Environment

You probably knew we’d end up here eventually, but to ensure your clients are happy and confident in interacting with your website, invest in a web hosting provider which offers services which are:

  • Fast
  • Reliable
  • Secure
  • Stable
  • Scalable for peak times of the day, month and year

Modern websites are database enabled to allow for form submissions, searchable content and are interactive. Entrusting the core of your web presence to Server Mania will ensure your the core of your digital identity is an extension of your brand, not a pale imitation. Our nationwide datacenters are equipped with the latest and greatest hardware, software and monitoring oversight.

Just as Google can be unforgiving of websites which don’t meet their standards, your target market may not return if they find your website is too slow,  doesn’t present well on the device of their choosing, or is limited to static text and images.

Click on our “Let’s Talk” button to connect with our Support fleet about web hosting services which will meet your unique needs. We have Dedicated Server, VPS hosting and Cloud hosting options which are affordably priced, and are contracted under our industry-leading 100 percent Service Level Agreement.

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The Four Ways a Hosting Provider Can Safeguard Your Company’s Reputation

If you are running a small business there are many competing priorities which place demands on your time and energy:

  • Serving your existing clients, and pursuing opportunities with prospects
  • Meeting regulatory requirements for documenting business transactions
  • Delegating tasks to employees
  • Networking within your community and building relationships
  • Evaluating potential suppliers and partners
  • Defining new ways to remain competitive with new product and service offerings

Reputation ProtectionAll these tasks, and many more which are unique to your business take a lot of time, energy and focus. If you have been trying to balance management of web servers in that mix, be it for web hosting, or serving database applications on internal servers on top of these other responsibilities, some part of your business is bound to suffer if your resources are spread too thin.

Here are four ways a web hosting company can not only save you not just the time and expense involved with hosting your data on your premises, but also safeguard and boost your reputation as well:

1. Optimize the Performance of Customer Facing Applications

Have you ever tried to get to the website of a company you rely on, and after ten seconds or so, when their website doesn’t surface on your browser? Your first thought is that the business has closed. Then, maybe they were hacked, or just don’t have the capacity to keep their systems running. Even though it might be a browser conflict, or an internet outage beyond the company’s control, your first instinct is likely to question a company’s integrity.

If you contract with a reliable, experienced hosting company like Server Mania, you can be assured that your web facing applications will be monitored, maintained and be available around the clock, throughout the year. The sole focus of our Support team is keeping data available for our customers, and making the supporting infrastructure behind it as fast, reliable and secure as possible.

2. Keep the Bad Guys Out of Your Data

Hackers, just like many criminals, are very opportunistic for the most part. Though the cyber security headlines are about hacks of large companies causing millions of dollars of damage, or the identity theft of thousands of customer records. Yet small businesses are often targeted by hackers as well, as they are perceived to have more vulnerable security perimeters.

Our hosting network security is certified against some of the strictest industry standards, such as PCI and SAS70 Type II. Our Network Operations Center is standing by to react and block any attempts to bypass our defenses. We also have partnered with RioRey to mitigate against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. By stopping security disasters before they occur, we not only preserve your data and that of your customers, but also the fallout of long lasting damage to your company’s image. We also have redundant power and telecommunication services available with dedicated server plans.

3. Have You Ever Had One of Those Days?

If you have ever been working with your website or database application, and accidentally deleted hours or days of work, it won’t take a lot of convincing to help you appreciate the value of dedicated server backup services. We manage our own backup facility, and you can quickly retrieve a historical copy of your web application yourself, likely before any customer, investor, or employee realizes there was an issue.

Don’t let your customers arrive on your domain and find an “Under Construction” page where your web application should be. Just like with insurance, a seatbelt or a smoke alarm, you never realize how valuable backup services are until you need them. The time it would take you to manually recover your data, and potentially irreparable damage to your reputation which data loss can do makes backup services a bargain at Server Mania prices!

4.  Contracting Web Hosting is Like Having a Tech Savvy Friend

Imagine you are an IT Manager, and your boss opens your door on Tuesday and says, “Simpson, we just acquired another company, and we need to move their Linux systems on to a server we control. You can do that by Friday, right?”

Instead of choking on your sandwich, you can call Server Mania for reliable, stress free Ubuntu services. Even if you are relatively new to Linux, we chose Ubuntu because it is easy to use, stable and reliable. Our Support Fleet can help you make the application transition to our environment fast, without the damage to your image which can occur with data loss. Your clients and executives will be impressed with the seamless data migration, and you will be glad you chose to partner with a hosting partner that is secure and reliable enough to offer a 100 percent uptime SLA.

The Server Mania team knows the value of a company’s reputation as a factor in its short and long term success. The safety and availability of your data and content has a direct impact on our reputation as a hosting services provider. Our data centers across the USA ensure we have the flexibility, security and bandwidth to satisfy the content consumption needs of your clients, employees, partners and investors. We’ll keep your applications running at peak performance, so you’ll share the news of your satisfaction with your business associates.

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Why Web Hosting Support is a Key Factor in Selecting a Service Provider

When evaluating web hosting providers, there are many common factors educated customers use to make a final purchase decision.

  • Monthly service fees
  • Reputation for reliability, security, and performance
  • Variety of service options, such as Dedicated Server, Cloud and Virtual
  • Service availability in their region
  • Value-added options, such as backups, DDoS protection, and administrative consoles, such as cPanel
  • Third party-certifications, and/or validation of expertise

NOC Support RoomBeyond these important characteristics, hosting providers need to be extremely focused on delivering knowledgeable, friendly, fast customer support. Hosting companies can have the most sophisticated technology, and the best data centers in the world, if they aren’t willing to invest in the people to help clients make the best use of their services, they won’t be able to survive in the marketplace.

Reliability and Peace of Mind

If your website, or customer facing application goes down over the weekend, your reputation can be damaged. You may be making changes to your application, or upgrading software when the outage occurs, however you don’t want your clients to experience productivity loss any more than you want to suffer it yourself. Server Mania’s support fleet has received rave reviews from customers, and they have earned every compliment.

Providing fast, knowledgeable advice on deploying your applications and data is table stakes for a hosting service provider. Hosting clients want to have multiple channels to contact their hosting provider including:

  • Online chat
  • Phone
  • e-mail
  • Support tickets
  • Social media

Your hosting provider should be able to provide assistance to both technical and non-technical clients. Getting lost in a bunch of industry jargon is no fun for anyone. You want to focus on your business, and leave the burden of managing the technical details to the hosting provider.

Database Hosting

The value in your hosted database isn’t the application itself, it is the information which resides within the application. You don’t want to regret the decision you make of the company you entrust with your data. Server Mania has expertise with a number of database apps on the Linux and Windows platforms. Just with a great sports team, our support fleet has depth and breadth of experience, ensuring we can deploy and maintain your environment with ease.

Small Business to Enterprise Hosting

Whether your business has contracted with a hosting provider to host a blog, or a cluster of dedicated servers, your services are important to your growing business. Treating small businesses with the same level of urgency as a large company is critical. Our Service Level Agreements are guaranteed at one hundred percent across the board, not just for select clients.

As your business grows, and hosting requirements get more demanding, you want to have a hosting provider that can scale their services up to meet your needs. Our support team can scale your services quickly and easily, without interruption. Your online business web presence is open 24 x 7 x 365, so you want to be sure your hosting company has a support team which can address your needs any time of day or night, all year round.

Supporting Technology Service Professionals

Should professional services be your core business, and offering managed servers or cloud hosting be your goal, establishing a reseller relationship with the right hosting provider could make or break your company’s reputation. When you talk to our support agents, they have the expertise and resources to address your concerns with agility, speed and confidence.

Beyond the responsiveness and skill of support agents, having access to mobile and user friendly monitoring and deployment tools can make you look like a hero to your clients. Having a reliable hosting provider you can depend on, which has certifications such as PCI and SSAE 16 is a lucrative relationship to have in this highly competitive, and rapidly evolving industry.

If you are looking for a hosting provider with unrivalled live support, and effective self-service options, contact Server Mania. We deliver more than just hosting. Server Mania is Hosting Empowered.


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New Dedicated Server Hosting Services from Coast to Coast

Server Mania has been extremely successful over the past several years, and demand for our Dedicated Server hosting services has been particularly high.

To deliver the sort of secure, scalable, high availability services our customers have come to expand, Server Mania is pleased to announce we’ll be expanding our services in data centers across the United States. Our services are expanding to data centers in:

  • New York
  • Dallas
  • San Jose
  • Seattle

These data centers provide the network infrastructure availability,  24x7x365 support and Enterprise-grade security which enables us to provide 100% Service Level Agreements to our customers.

Each of these regional datacenters have their own unique characteristics and advantages:

New York City

nycOur east coast datacenter in New Jersey, just across the bridge from New York City enables Server Mania to provide ultra low latency services to financial services companies. The demand to support high transaction volumes for firms such as foreign exchange traders requires top tier bandwidth and security. Our strategic technology partnerships with hardware, software and services vendors, and the breadth of our expertise has earned the trust of our clients in this region. Expanding our dedicated server hosting portfolio to financial markets, and trading firms in this area is an important step in the evolution of Server Mania.

Our New York data facility meets the demands of New York area business including:

  • Redundant backup power and telecommunications services
  • The highest security for both physical and electronic environments – around the clock, every day of the year
  • Strategically located near airports
  • Equipped with innovative cooling equipment and high density cabinets and cages


dllasThe Server Mania datacenter facilities in Northern Texas will allow us to scale up the level of services we provide to business in industries such as:

  • Advertising, mobile, and digital marketing services providers
  • Mobile, console and online game developers

Our Dallas-Fort Worth facility will provide us with the opportunity to expand our dedicated server offerings to the Central and Southern United States region, as well as the ability to serve clients in Central America. We have also equipped the best possible security safeguards, redundant power and network services to ensure  high availability, data privacy and the level of service you would expect from a top tier hosting provider.

San Jose

SJNorthern California is home to many technology startups and large, established corporations such as Google, Samsung’s North American headquarters and many fast growing Silicon Valley startups. San Jose’s transformation into a key tech hub in Silicon Valley makes the city a great location for Server Mania to expand our dedicated server offerings.

Like our other data centers, our San Jose facility is equipped with the best network connectivity, security and storage equipment. These four combined facilities are ideal for large companies which require VPS delivery from multiple locations.


seaThe northwestern United States is home to corporate giants such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon and a number of Seattle e-commerce startups. Our Washington state datacenter also has been equipped with the best bandwidth the state has to offer, high density racks of hardware and multiple layers of physical and digital security. We will also be able to serve clients in western Canada such as Vancouver and Calgary, as well as companies in Asia from this data center.

Seattle is home to a number of mobile application developers and mobile advertising firms, and by expanding our dedicated hosting in this region, we will be able to serve more customers. We have established our Seattle data center in a facility with almost twenty thousand square feet of office and racking space.

Server Mania is proud of how we have been able to provide secure, reliable dedicated server hosting services at affordable prices over the past several years. The expansion of our services across the United States will empower us to deliver services to more clients, not only within the USA, but to customers around the world. If you are looking to partner with a hosting provider with the expertise required to meet the needs of your growing business, contact Server Mania today!

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Intel® Xeon® Processor D-1540 to Increase Performance and Scalability

Cabinets ready to house our new Xeon D-SeriesServer Mania is pleased to announce we’ll soon be providing a new tier of hosting services on the powerful Intel Xeon D-1540 processors. They are guaranteed to provide faster services for clients, while using less power. The D-1500 series is the first Intel Xeon System on a Chip. (SoC)

Keep your eyes (and e-mail inbox) open for further announcements from us on the availability of the new services offering, scheduled to debut before August 15th!

The eight processor D-1540 includes direct integration on the chip to functions such as:

  • I/Os
  • Intel Ethernet
  • Drivers
  • BIOS
  • Firmware

We feel the D-1540 is ideal for cloud server hosting, and our dedicated server hosting services, as they are made for dense, compact form factors. They run with less heat than older Intel processors, and have data security features built in. Other features Intel has paced into their Xeon Processor D family include:

  • Up to 128 GB of Memory
  • Intel virtualization technology built-in
  • Server class Reliablity, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) to ensure your data is there when you need it
  • Intel platform storage extensions

The D-1540, as you will see in the comparison chart below, the D-1540 runs on about half of the power of the E3-1240 and significantly lower than the E5-1620. Bringing servers with these processors into our Server Mania data centers provides us with the opportunity to offer a higher level of service to our clients, and more value.

Intel recommends the Xeon D-1540 be deployed for a variety of workloads, including

  • Dynamic web serving
  • Dedicated web hosting
  • Warm storage
  • Network routing

Check out how the new D-1540 powered servers line compare to the processors powering our existing servers, which are already very reliable, secure and configured for high performance!

Comparison Chart Intel Xeon D-1540 @ 2.00GHz Intel Xeon E5-1620 v2 @ 3.70GHz Intel Xeon E3-1240 v3 @ 3.30GHz
 Data from:
Socket Type FCBGA1667 FCLGA2011 LGA1150
CPU Class Server Server Server
Clockspeed 2.0 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo Speed Up to 2.6 GHz Up to 3.9 GHz Up to 3.7 GHz
# of Physical Cores 8 (2 logical cores per physical) 4 (2 logical cores per physical) 4 (2 logical cores per physical)
Max TDP 45W 130W 80W
 CPU Mark Rating  11,164  9,507  9,288
# of Samples 6 154 323
Single Thread Rating 1434 1920 2096
CPU Mark 11164 9507 9288

If you are looking for hosting services, stay tuned and make sure you add ServerMania’s newsletter e-mail address to your safe senders list, or if you’re not on our distribution list, you’ll want to be on it as soon as you can! You’ll want to keep informed about the availability of hosting services on these high availability servers!

We’re preparing a contest to offer a select few clients great savings opportunities on pre-orders of our blazing fast, extremely reliable hosting services on the D-1540 platform. Of course, you will also get the excellent support and services ServerMania clients have come to expect when contracting with us.

Intel’s next generation D-1540 processors will only be installed on high end dedicated servers, and we’ll be raising the bar again on hosting services, with our 100 percent Service Level Agreements!

Contact Server Mania today, to get in early on these services, as they are sure to be in high demand!



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Why You Should Consider Dedicated Hosting Following the Windows 2003 End of Support

5204579078_2cd4b50b27_mOn July 14th, the long anticipated Windows Server 2003 end of support (EOS) date came and went. If you are one of the many companies that are still running your hardware on the operating system, there are many good reasons you should consider migrating your data to a dedicated server hosting provider.

Microsoft took a long time to call an end to patching and supporting Windows 2003. Following the EOS of Windows XP, and the results of that move, you can’t blame Microsoft for making the same move on WS2003.

Not only has the Redmond, WA software giant stopped creating patches for the server OS, they will also stop issuing warnings about known vulnerabilities. They gave customers long enough upgrade to Server 2012 or another arrangement back in 2013.

If you are at a loss as to whether you should purchase new hardware, with enough capacity to support Windows 2012, or if you simply don’t have the skills or resources to do the upgrade, you should seriously consider contracting dedicated server hosting services, and migrating your data to Server Mania.

Here are some of the many reasons why contracting our services makes more sense than upgrading your server hardware and software, and continuing to manage them yourself:


Managing your own data center can leave you exposed to attacks you may not be able to prevent yourself, such as:

The constant monitoring, sophisticated equipment, and technical expertise required to keep hackers out of your servers are often too much to bear for small and medium businesses. There are many known WS2003 security vulnerabilities which won’t be fixed.

Why leave your company’s information assets exposed to known vulnerabilities, as hackers troll the internet, seeking companies that haven’t migrated?

Mitigate your risk by entrusting your data to our highly trained security experts. You won’t find any other providers who are confident enough in their services to offer a 100% up-time Service Level Agreement!

Eliminate the Burden of Future EOS/EOL Cycles

In a few years, the next round of end of support/end of life announcements will take place, and Windows Server 2008 will move into its “twilight years”. Keeping up with all the upgrades can be daunting, including

  • OS upgrades
  • Databases versions
  • Applications updates and patches

When you move your data to Server Mania, our Support Fleet can worry about keeping your infrastructure up to date, providing you with superior technical assistance, and helping you access your data where, and when you need it.

Many application vendors no longer support Windows Server 2003, or will drop that support soon enough. Scrambling to upgrade your server operating system and applications all at once is no fun at all, especially if your IT personnel is already working on keeping your other systems running!

Avoid Carrier or Vendor Lock In

With Server Mania, you can select from services based on Linux or Windows, and you can choose from multiple telecommunications carriers. Avoiding the high costs of powering and cooling your data center can provide a strong case for migrating your data to Server Mania’s data centers in Chicago, Atlanta, Buffalo or Los Angeles. If you need to provide data access to clients or partners in Asia Pacific, shifting from your own hardware to our LA data center is much easier for companies across the United States who are looking for high availability in China, Japan or South Korea.

Decommission Under-Utilized Resources

You might currently be running older dedicated Windows 2003 servers, serving data and content to a much smaller audience than your hardware is capable of managing. Under utilized hardware takes up more power, rack space and requires more maintenance than the value it provides. Migrating to virtual private servers can be a more efficient and affordable arrangement. Our skilled technicians can establish virtual servers for your data which will result in a more efficient hosting environment for your critical business information.

Don’t be paralyzed by the fear of what to do if you are still running hardware on Windows Server 2003. Opportunistic hackers constantly seek networks built on vulnerable, out-of-date server infrastructure. Contracting with Server Mania eases the pressures involved with unsupported operating systems, emerging security threats, and concerns over technology which is under, or over utilized.

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Game Server Hosting: Beware Denial of Service Attacks!

exchangeDo you remember the holiday season of 2014, when the mysterious “Lizard Squad” spoiled the Christmas for many PlayStation Network and XBox Live subscribers? It laid a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on the gaming giant, and got away with it for awhile, until 50,700 charges were laid. 

Considering the boldness of a single Finland teen to cripple a couple of the world’s largest gaming networks, thinking your game server hosting service isn’t a target is extremely naïveThough the Lizard Squad claimed they executed the DDoS attack on Microsoft and Sony to punish them for greed, or for “lulz”, who is to say they won’t seek out and try and cripple your game hosting infrastructure? 

The good news is, there are a select few game server hosting providers like Server Mania that provide DDoS protection services. Using DDoS security appliances from RioRey, we can provide you with peace of mind that your game servers are safe from attacks like:

Protocol Attacks

Smurfs, Teardrops and Pings of Death are all types of DDoS attacks. Really. No kidding. Protocol attacks, which overwhelm servers, firewalls and other network systems with a deluge of traffic, until finally the technology succumbs to the pressure of the volume of fragmented data packets. Technology and internet/telecom companies are often hit by protocol attacks.

Volume Based Attacks

Just as it sounds, volume based DDoS attacks are “tsunamis” of traffic or data flooding network ports, and taxing network resources to their breaking points. Gaming, financial services industry and media/entertainment companies often suffer these attacks.

Application Layer Attacks

Applications such as Apache, OpenBSD and Windows are targeted by ZeroDay, or security vulnerabilities which are unknown by the vendor. Financial services companies and technology companies can be hit by these attacks.

It can be difficult to continuously defend against DDoS attacks, because the technology used to execute these attacks is highly available, at low cost. Without virus code, or malware to defend against, it’s not like you can configure an IPS, firewall or Vulnerability “sniffer” which can solve all DDoS related issues.

Need proof that Server Mania, by implementing RioRey appliances and other security safeguards can protect your game servers against attacks by reptilian attacks by ne’er do well hackers? Check out these details.

Game server hosting doesn’t necessarily get the same sort of security attention by some providers. Server Mania realizes even though games are fun, the business of running them is serious. Subscribers can be fickle, and an stable, reliable game hosting provider is table stakes for being competitive in the industry.

Our game server hosting in Buffalo, New York has DDoS protection at the perimeter of the network, where it counts. Floods of traffic bounce off the appliances, allowing legitimate traffic through. Those gaming subscribers of yours.

Don’t let hackers play games with the future of your company. Although some of the largest game network in the business has fallen prey to DDoS attacks, Server Mania provides a secure, reliable infrastructure you can rely on. If you are gaming yourself, and you’re in an online battle with a grumpy sounding troll, or an especially melancholy opponent in a first person online shooter, and performance grinds to a halt; maybe offer good conversation instead of violence. Sometimes hackers just want to make friends.

Some experts say one of the best ways to beat game server DDoS attackers is to stop treating them like rock stars. Much like the “Don’t Feed the Trolls” motto on social media, ignoring a hacker when they make attacks like the ones on Blizzard, League of Legends and other game server hosts can deny a hacker the rush of adrenaline when they log on to Reddit to check out the buzz.

If you were a psychologist, and had a game host DDoS attacker on your couch, you’d probably get some pretty interesting reasons out of them for wanting to take down online gaming activities. Besides frustration over living in their Mom’s basement, there’s:

  • Looking for the social media spike about their activity
  • That feeling the Grinch had when he stole Christmas – they want that warmth in their cold, dark hearts
  • The feeling of being powerful enough to cause chaos, financial loss and service operation of a big company. “Sticking it to the Man”, you might say.
  • Predictable traffic patterns: Weekends, after school, around Christmas. Unlike with games of stealth, high traffic times provide opportunistic hackers with the chance to blend in with a bunch of “good guy gamers” and make a sudden traffic spike seem like business as usual. Until it’s too late, anyway.

Game server hosting generates a lot of streaming traffic. Having the flexibility to  scale out the volume of protected throughput can save your company, or your group a great deal of money, frustration, and make sure your gaming subscribers are happy with the level of performance they can play on.

Regardless of whether you are looking to secure hosting for an massive online role playing game, sports contest, or a Minecraft server, you want the biggest losses to be virtual ones. Choose a game hosting provider which effective DDoS prevention, and maintain your subscriber base!

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How Foreign Currency Exchange Service Providers Benefit from Hosting Services

exchangeIf your organization provides services related to foreign currency exchange, you will have a deep understanding about the demands on your information management infrastructure in terms of:

  • Security, including protection against DDoS attacks
  • Availability
  • Scalability to respond to elastic demand
  • Backup services
  • The need for geographically redundant services
  • Clearly defined, performance oriented Service Level Agreements

Secure Web Hosting

Due to the sensitive nature of the foreign exchange industry, you want to partner with a service provider with

  • Robust, elastic bandwidth services
  • Highly skilled Network Operations Center management teams,
  • Certifications to comply with financial and technical requirements
  • A variety of database and operating system platforms to manage heavy transaction and traffic loads
  • Multiple layers/options of power, cooling, and/or telecommunications providers
  • Sophisticated digital and physical security safeguards. We protect the infrastructure supporting your data at rest in storage, and data in motion to and from your clients and other stakeholders.

Foreign Exchange Industry Experience You Can Count On

At Server Mania, we understand the vital role data plays for ForEx service providers. Events around the globe can cause sharp increases or drops in currency valuation. Having an infrastructure in place to be able to react to sharp increases in trades requires a strong partnership between your business experts and our hosting team to ensure you have the resources available to support your web applications when there are spikes of load.

Collaborative System Management Processes

Though you can rely on the NOC technical team at Server Mania to monitor your systems based on your contracted SLA, having a dashboard application yourself to monitor and analyze your systems in our data center provides great peace of mind.  Should you need intervention from our technical team, you can open a support ticket from within your Surge control panel on the device of your choice.  You can respond to business or technical trends you see occurring, and you can be sure of rapid response to your service requests.

If there is a natural or man-made disaster in a part of the world where your clients have invested in currency, you want your technical resources to be ready to withstand a sudden steep increase in the volume of traffic and inquiries to your systems. To secure transactions and data, you want the data center housing your data to have systems in place for:

  • Strong encryption
  • Intrusion detection and/or intrusion prevention systems
  • Security event management and logging
  • Backups, firewalls and load balancing

High Availability Services, Around the Clock

Providing reliable services to ForEx service providers isn’t sufficient to optimize technology from 9 to 5. You want your services to be delivering 24/7/365. Our teams across North America will ensure we’re just a phone call, support ticket or mouse click away when you need us.

Third Party Recognition, Your Peace of Mind

Service providers who meet the exhaustive governance and security mandates of industry regulators need to raise their game above and beyond “good enough” to deliver “acceptable” levels. We have achieved the regulatory certifications required by organizations including:

Though adhering to the exhaustive standards and practices required by these organizations is a lot of work, the value of storing your data in our facilities is immeasurable. By contracting for services in our pre-certified data center, your own audit and/or certification process can be expedited a great deal.

Laser Focused on Customer Value Unparalleled 100% Service Level Agreements

By serving leading services providers in the foreign exchange industry, we have honed our service offerings for business priorities common to ForEx companies. Dedicated servers, cloud hosting and other services provide affordable, scalable environments for currency related data. Our dedication to customer service is unrivaled. We are one of a select few hosting services providers confident enough to guarantee one hundred percent up-time SLA’s.

If you are looking for a strategic information management partner for your currency exchange business, contact Server Mania. You won’t find another hosting provider in North America who is more dedicated to customer service, service level excellence, and value for your investment.


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Web Proxies and VPNs: How to Browse the Web Anonymously

Anonymous Web BrowsingNo matter what your motivation for browsing the internet, having the option to visit pages on the internet without being “profiled” is your right. Many savvy web browsers use web proxies, proxy servers and VPNs to keep their web surfing activities private. You might want to hire a divorce lawyer, find a new job, or find out why you have that troubling rash. (‘Nuff said)

With many popular commercial websites, you are immediately tracked for attributes like:

  • Your location – both country and city
  • Your browser, operating system and device type
  • The pages you click through
  • Your unique static IP address
  • Your ISP
  • In some cases with corporate IPs, the company you work for

In many cases, this data is gathered for entirely innocent reasons such as marketing demographics or to personalize the content they provide you based on your navigation behavior. Some users of the internet don’t mind being tracked for these reasons, at least on the majority of the sites they visit.

Sometimes you might want an entirely “fresh” browsing experience though, and not miss out on content which is offered to new visitors, or generally not want the company you are researching to see track your activities on your site. If you want to get a wake up call on how much you are being tracked, check out the Privacy Analysis site.

There are three great ways to “cloak” your activities while you are browsing. Depending on the frequency you will want to surf in private, the browsing performance requirements you have, and the content you are consuming, you can select the services which best fits your needs.

Web Proxies

Web proxies from companies like and Anonymouse offer free services if you are looking to browse static content such as text or image content, and don’t mind your browsing experience being slower for the benefit of anonymity. Web proxies are best suited for desktops and laptops, and don’t really work with mobile devices. Free web proxies also use advertising. These services need to be funded somehow, and ads are much better than bloatware or spyware that some downloads leave behind on your device.

Web proxies are free, fast and cloak/protect your information. The proxy provider retains your IP information, and if subpoenaed by government authorities, they will have to surrender your browsing behaviors. Your browsing isn’t encrypted like with a Virtual Private Network service. Make sure the web proxy you select has a good reputation, as some “black hat” proxy services pop up out of nowhere and prey on unsuspecting, innocent web surfers.

Proxy Servers

Proxy servers from Hide My Ass , Proxynova and similar companies offer higher speeds, SSL encryption in some areas, and a more configurable browsing experience than with your typical web proxy. They don’t necessarily have the advertising web proxies do, but, as with web proxies, you probably won’t want to do any online banking or other private web content activity which might compromise a user ID and password. Proxies are great for content privacy, but there are still inherent risks involved.

The use of proxies is sometimes forbidden by corporate “acceptable use” policies. Check your employer’s policies on using these applications, as if you are caught with them, you may find yourself without a job.

VPN Services

If you want a VPN which offers the ultimate in

  • Encryption
  • Fast content up and down loading speeds
  • Freedom of which device you use to browse the web
  • Protection of the data you consume, as well as your credentials for sensitive data
  • Unblocking websites when you are a corporate network, or in a café/restaurant/airport and not want snoops to see your web activities, UserIDs or passwords
  • A secure “tunnel” between you, your device and the sites and applications you are using in a particular session

PureVPN was a pioneer in the personal VPN provider space, and they offer 256 bit encryption. Further, they switch your IP address frequently, adding an extra layer of protection for you and your data. With the recent news about the activities about the NSA tracking consumer behaviors, identity theft online and global hackers, subscribing to a personal VPN service can pay for itself many times over within your first few days of use. If you are travelling, you might want to consider selecting a VPN provider which has a VPN service offering based in your home country. PureVPN also has a business VPN plan with a broader spectrum of services.

Your activities online can be as innocent as watching a movie, researching a personal health concern, or wanting to log into your bank or insurance provider’s website without compromising your private data. Don’t take a gamble on your privacy and your credit reputation. Protect your confidential information, and browse the web with confidence.

If you travel frequently for business or personal reasons, there are increased risks to accessing private data online without a trusted VPN service, or at the very least a web proxy. Make the investment in a VPN service, or in some cases, a proxy server but don’t gamble with your private identity.



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