System Administration
The 3-2-1 Backup Strategy: Will It Work For You?

Keeping your files and information safe is a must, regardless of the size and scope of your organization. Of course, one of the most effective ways to protect your data is to have a backup strategy in place. With a data backup plan, you can ensure that there are copies of your most important files saved, allowing you to avoid total data loss in the event of a data breach or another disaster. If you don't already have a backup strategy in place, now is the time to decide on one that's right for your organization. One of the more popular data backup strategies is known as 3-2-1 backup. Below, we’re discussing this method and whether or not it could work for you. Let’s take a look! What Is the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy? The 3-2-1 backup strategy involves saving (at least) three copies of each file across two different locations

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How to Choose a Backup Schedule

There is no overstating the importance of having a data backup plan. This remains true whether you're trying to keep your personal information safe or run an organization that deals with sensitive customer and employee data. The good news is that you can always have a copy of your most important files saved with regular backups. That way, if you fall victim to a data breach or another security threat, you can rest assured that your data will not be lost entirely. This gives you some much-needed peace of mind and protection. Still, many people struggle to figure out the best way to back up their data and how often they should be doing it. While everyone’s needs and budgets are different, some general guidelines are worth keeping in mind when deciding on a backup schedule. How Often to Back Up Your Data When determining how often you should back

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Five Characteristics of a Good Website (and How Dedicated Hosting Can Help You Achieve Them)

In many ways, your website serves as the face of your business, providing visitors with all the information they need about your offerings in one convenient place. Unfortunately, this also means that a bad website can also leave a negative impression on visitors and potential customers. So, how can you make sure your website is serving your clients? There are a few characteristics your site should demonstrate to meet and exceed your audience's expectations. 1. Comprehensive Security With so many threats lurking around the web, having a secure website is more important than ever. This is especially vital, though, if your site collects any personal or sensitive information from its visitors. Data can include anything from email addresses to credit card numbers and billing addresses. Making sure you’ve taken every step to secure your website will give your visitors greater peace of mind and protect your business from the devastating

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Set up Multiple Minecraft Servers on 1 IP

Why run multiple Minecraft servers on a single IP? It's been a growing trend to see customers requesting an IP for each Minecraft server they run. This is mainly due to wanting to run each server on the default port (25565), so that there is no confusion for players on how to access the server. While that is a major plus for usability and lack of complexity for new players, it does add to the operational costs. IP Space -  There are very few IP blocks left in the world, so you can expect the cost of a single IP to increase 2 to 5 times once supply dries out and demand increases. DDoS Protection - Protection is typically sold on a per-IP basis as this is how most companies asses "risk" and "usage" for their systems. So basically, the more IPs protected, the bigger of a target the server

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What You Need to Know About Automatic Failover

You rely on your server to keep your data safe and secure. Unfortunately, many scenarios could render a traditional server compromised. From natural disasters to cybersecurity attacks, your sensitive data is never more than one disaster away from potential loss. The good news? There are proactive steps you can take to protect your data and ensure that it is not lost in the event of a disaster or other emergency. Specifically, more people are relying on a redundancy known as automatic failover. By learning more about what automatic failover is and how it can protect your data, you can begin using it for added security and peace of mind. What Is Automatic Failover and How Does It Work? Specifically, automatic failover refers to a practice that allows data handling to automatically be switched to another server or standby system in the event of a disaster or other emergency that could

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Top Advantages of KVM Over IP Functionality

Looking for a way to control your computers and devices remotely from the convenience of one device? If so, then you may want to explore KVM over IP functionality. This type of solution makes it easy for you to access and control every device (provided that it is connected to your server) so that you can manage them from literally anywhere in the world. What Is KVM Over IP, Anyway? So, exactly what is KVM over IP, and how does it work? Specifically, KVM stands for keyboard, video, and mouse. This refers to the equipment needed to control the other devices over an IP, local area network (LAN), or wireless Internet connection.  It is important to understand the difference between a "traditional" KVM solution and a KVM over IP. With a classic KVM connection, a KVM switch connects one computer to other devices through CAT 5 cabling. This traditional KVM

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Why Use Extended Validation SSL Certificates?

When people visit your website, they should feel confidents that they’re browsing safely and securely. Unfortunately, if you don't have some form of secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate in place and readily visible, you could be scaring visitors away – and putting their information at risk. There are many types of SSL certificates available today, including multi-domain and wildcard certificates. However, one specific option you may want to consider (especially if you run an eCommerce business) is an extended validation (EV) SSL certificate. What Is an Extended Validation SSL Certificate? Specifically, an EV SSL certificate provides all of the basic benefits of a standard certificate with the added protection of eCommerce transaction encryption. This means that any financial or personal data you collect from a customer on your site is automatically encrypted. As a result, even if a hacker attempts to gain access to this information, it will require a

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The Importance of Low Latency for Gaming Servers

You take your gaming seriously; so, when lag disrupts your experience, you want to get to the bottom of the issue. One of the most common causes of lag in gaming is high latency resulting from a slow server. When you have a good understanding of what latency is and why it matters in gaming, you can make the right decisions to optimize your speed. Why Low Latency Matters in Gaming What is latency, and how does it alter your gaming experience? Specifically, latency refers to the amount of time your server takes to process a request. In the context of loading a website page, for example, high latency would mean that it takes a long time for the page and all of its contents (images, videos, etc.) to load. Low latency, on the other hand, means that the server is quick to respond. In gaming, low latency is a

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How to Start a Web Hosting Business

Five Simple Steps to Start a Web Host Business Web hosting companies provide an essential service to powering the internet by using the dedicated servers that host website content. Starting a web host may seem like a daunting task, but we’ll provide an overview on how to start your own web hosting company. Step 1: Define Your Web Hosting Brand Web hosts are a dime a dozen these days, so you may be wondering if it is even worth it to start a web hosting company. But many industries still have a need for niche web hosts tailored directly for them. Niche markets in web hosting include green energy web hosts, small business hosting, DDOS protected servers, and the list goes on and on. If you are interested in running a web host, chances are you already have a reason why your web hosting services would be better for users

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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Self-Signed Certificates

Your website’s safety is paramount, especially when it comes to keeping sensitive data safe and avoiding breaches. One of the simplest and most effective ways to optimize security on your site is to utilize Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates. Of course, SSL certificates cost money to implement – which is why some website owners and administrators explore alternatives like self-signed certificates instead. Still, it's essential to understand that self-signed certificates are not always the best option to keep your site safe. By having a better idea of what self-signed certificates are and when it may or may not be appropriate to use one, you can make the right security decisions for your website. What Is a Self-Signed Certificate? When you purchase a "traditional" SSL certificate, you know that it is has been signed off by a reputable certificate authority (CA). By contrast, a self-signed certificate is not signed off by

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