Passwords have proven themselves an inadequate method of authentication many times. It’s not necessarily that the concept is flawed: passwords can be secure if the system around them is implemented properly. But a combination of users’ inability to properly choose and manage passwords and developers’ failure to implement secure systems often leads to security breaches. (more…)
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…)
Choosing the right hosting option for your project is important. It will help ensure you have a positive experience and only pay for the infrastructure you really need.
But finding exactly the right hosting isn’t easy. There’s an almost infinite variety of options, but many of those options have more to do with marketing than the technical attributes of the platform.
At ServerMania, we offer three basic choices for server hosting:
This October, some the biggest websites and online service providers in the world went offline. Twitter, Reddit, GitHub, AirBNB and a host of other companies were essentially out of business for a few hours.
The culprit: a massive Distributed Denial of Service attack against a key infrastructure provider. (more…)
Side projects are increasingly popular among developers. The availability of inexpensive infrastructure makes launching a web app easier than ever. Any developer with an idea can code a minimal viable product and have it up and running in no time at all. Side projects can be an educational experience, a way to make a few extra dollars, or the beginnings of what may become a full-time job. (more…)
When we designed our our public and private cloud products, we needed to choose from several competing “cloud platforms” — the software that runs on top of our bare metal servers and ties them together into a single platform. We had a couple of requirements: it had to be flexible enough for us to use as a foundation for creating our vision of a cloud platform, and it had to be widely used and actively developed. (more…)
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…)
It’s a truism that companies have more data than at any other time in history. They have more ways of collecting, generating, and storing data than ever before. Because of cloud storage, data lakes can expand almost indefinitely and no one has to look at the hard drives piling up. (more…)
Twenty-five years ago this month, Linus Torvalds posted a message to the comp.os.minix newsgroup asking for ideas for a new project he’d been working on. The project — “just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu” — was an operating system. At the time, it was unnamed, but, as I’m sure you all know, over the next quarter of a century, Linux popularized a new way of thinking about software development and became the seed that allowed thousands of businesses to flourish. (more…)
There is little functional difference between a public and private cloud platform. Each empowers users with the capability to launch virtual servers in minutes, each is inherently scalable, and each can be controlled, integrated, and automated via an API. (more…)