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Gartner Recommendations for an Ideal Cloud Backup Solution

Cloud services enabled by cloud computing are numerous, and cloud backup is one of the best selling cloud enabled service today. In fact, the public cloud is most commonly used for backup, archiving and file sync and share.
However, Gartner recommends two key factors to consider when assessing cloud backup as an alternative to traditional on-premises backup solutions for an organization.

Gartner thoughts on cloud backup solution:
The main challenges for organizations would be basically one: whether the cloud backup will meet the time to restore need for the organization data; and two: how to make a cloud backup solution economical. read more

Dedicated Server FAQ’s: How Many Websites can I Host With My Dedicated Server?

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When customers place an order for a dedicated server, there is one question that is very commonly asked- how many websites can I host on the server? Well, there is no single answer to that question. While a dedicated server can accommodate several websites at a time, the actual number would vary according to each customer’s requirements. Broadly, these are some of the factors that influence the number of websites a dedicated web server can accommodate:

The Design

A lot depends on the web designing software and platform used to design your website. Your website can be either a static HTML website or a dynamic website. read more

eNlight Cloud VM Frequently Asked Questions

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eNlight is an intelligent, auto scalable cloud that calculates the need for additional resources and the need to withdraw them as and when required, therefore providing a truly scalable environment. Equipped with an intuitive control panel, customers can easily manage their entire eNlight cloud including billing tasks, performance monitoring and creating virtual machines (VMs).

Let us see how you can use the eNlight control panel to add new VMs to your cloud. Once you complete the payment process, your account will be created and you will receive the login details to the eNlight panel. Once you login, you can start creating a VM in eNlight. read more

Federal Trade Commission suing Dish Network for violating Telemarketing Sales Rule

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Satellite TV provider, Dish Network, is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for allegedly violating the Federal Trade Commission’s “Telemarketing Sales Rule” by calling millions of people who have asked to be taken off the company’s call list. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said that “it is particularly disappointing when a well-established, nationally known company – which ought to know better – appears to have flagrantly and illegally made millions of invasive calls to Americans who specifically told Dish Network to leave them alone.” read more

19 million Americans cannot get high-speed Internet broadband access

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced during its eighth annual broadband progress report on the state of broadband/Internet access in America, announced that 19 million Americans still do not have access to  high-speed broadband above the 3Mbps threshold. However, the report also detailed the advances the progress that  is being made, including “LTE deployment by mobile networks.”

The FCC’s report highlights the concerns that 6% of Americans – 19 million – still lack any access to high-speed broadband. FCC further clarified the specific areas of concern: read more

Visited links and JavaScript: A privacy issue – Website owners can know websites you’ve visited before

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I recall reading an article several years ago about a privacy issue with regards to the difference in colours between visited links and unvisited links and that website owners can write some JavaScript to determine, based on certain differences between visited and unvisited hyperlinks, whether you have visited a website before. Of course this was (and still is) a privacy issue but some browsers have rectified what was previously a privacy issue by changing the way in which hyperlinks can be changed to prevent website owners from being able to determine whether a visitor has visited a certain website before. For example, Mozilla in 2010 had changed the way in which hyperlink colours can be fetched using JavaScript. In March 2010, a privacy engineer for Mozilla had announced that Firefox would in the near future be making some changes to “plug” the privacy issue by preventing layout-based, timing-based and computed style attacks. The most interesting looks to be timing-based attacks, as it isn’t the simplest form of determining hyperlinks that have already been visited by a visitor on a website that makes use of these flaws in order to understand what websites a visitor has visited before. read more

Load Balanced Web Servers for Scalable and Distributed Hosting

What is Load Balancing?

Linux Load Balanced Servers requires a cluster of dedicated servers that can be designed to work together to share the load of a website or application that is the common link between these servers. Often the servers that form a load balancing cluster are of a high specification as websites that receive high volumes of visitors require powerful backbones that are capable of supporting every request that the website receives. Load balancing is applied to web servers more often than not because this is where a majority of requests are made to and in most situations there isn’t anything that can be done to reduce the impact of requests for web pages and scripts, but alterations can be made to database/SQL statements to reduce the number of database queries that are made in a single page request. read more

Do all bots and search spiders comply with robots.txt exclusion rules?

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Unfortunately, not all search bots and spiders comply with robots exclusion rules; nor do they have to either. While we’re not lawyers (and we could be wrong), as far as we’re aware, there is no U.S. law prohibiting search engines from ignoring robots.txt exclusions on websites. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no point in using them; as most of the major search engines comply with the robots.txt exclusions, including Google and Bing/Yahoo!

What search engines do not comply with robots.txt exclusions?

We have suspicion to believe Baidu, a popular search engine in China, does not comply with robots.txt exclusions. However, some smaller search engines worldwide may also not comply with robots.txt exclusions. read more

A look back: History of the PHP programming / server-side scripting language!

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PHP is one of the most widely-used server-side scripting languages for creating dynamic web pages and web applications. Some of the most popular web applications including forums, e-commerce shopping applications, content management systems and blogging applications are developed using the PHP programming language. PHP is incredibly easy and simple to learn but has a huge array of features for the most complex applications you’d need to create. A few prominent examples of popular PHP applications include WordPress, being one of the largest blogging software used in the world; phpBB, a popular bulletin board software and Joomla, a popular content management system (CMS) developed in PHP (among others). read more

Comparison of Web Hosting Control Panels

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Plesk Web Hosting Control Panel LogoBodhost’s Linux dedicated servers are offered with the choice of cPanel/WHM and Plesk if you require a web-based control panel through which you can manage your dedicated server and any hosting related services, for example clients and web hosting plans. As the only other method of management available to you as a Linux dedicated server administrator is through SSH, a web hosting control panel is strongly recommended as an addition to your hosting package so that you are able to fully utilize the features and power that a dedicated server can offer. read more