IaaS vs PaaS Which Is Right For Your Application?

IaaS vs. PaaS: Which Is Right For Your Application?

Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service are two of the most popular cloud modalities. Taking the time to understand the differences between IaaS and PaaS will pay-off in the long run. Making the wrong choice can limit flexibility and agility and may have cost implications.

In this article, I’d like to compare IaaS and PaaS to give CIOs and developers a clear picture of the relative merits of each. (more…)

Cloud Platforms Sturdy As Old Bridge

How To Build a Resilient Cloud-Based Application

Most cloud platforms are as resilient as an old bridge! On December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge connecting West Virginia to Ohio collapsed during rush hour with horrific results. In the ensuing investigation, the cause was discovered to be the failure of a single supporting member. When the bar failed, the bridge collapsed. In the terminology of bridge engineering, Silver Bridge was “fracture critical”. The failure of a single component caused the failure of the entire system. (more…)

A Data Security Policy Makes Employees Accountable For Keeping Data Safe

A Data Security Policy Makes Employees Accountable For Keeping Data Safe

There are three main planks to any secure system: technology, policy, and education. If any one of these is lacking, maintaining data security over the long term is next to impossible. A technological solution is worthless if no one knows how to use it and why it should be used. Even if they do know how to use it, without an enforced policy, it’s entirely likely that employees will take the path of least resistance and greatest convenience. (more…)


Why Is High Availability Important To Your Organization’s Cloud Strategy?

Our cloud platform supports business-critical operations for a huge number of organizations. Those organizations can’t risk having their services offline for even a second, but no server, hard drive, or network connection is 100% reliable — components fail and they fail unpredictably.

I’d like to take a look at some of the work we’ve done to make sure the inevitable failure of a component of our cloud platform has no effect on the performance and uptime of the sites and services it hosts. (more…)


Mobile Friendly Web Design – How to Survive Mobilegeddon

Another Google algorithm update has been rolled out. Has your ranking been impacted? Does Google find your website to be Mobile Friendly? If you aren’t sure, there are a number of ways you can find out if your Google ranking is doing well for smartphone users, or if you have some work to do. Should there be a need to modify the design of your website for smartphones, you’ll find a number of resources here about mobile friendly web design.



5 Ways You Can Appeal To The Local Market

“Marketing is not easy,” writes Neil Asher of Roar Local. “If you’re a small local business with a small budget, it can be even more difficult.” He couldn’t be more right – especially if you’re a small business owner, marketing can be one of the most difficult challenges you’ll ever tackle. And yes, that applies even if you start with local marketing.