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New Cost Explorer Enables Companies to Better Track and Analyze Cloud Spending

According to InfoWorld, Amazon has just released a new service known as the Cost Explorer, with the goal of enabling organizations to more easily view and analyze their spending using Amazon's hosted cloud services. Amazon Web Services have, in the past, been criticized for the difficulty involved with tracking and projecting cloud costs. It seems that the industry giant was listening, because the new tool is likely to be a big hit with current users.To assist users, the Cost Explorer, which is free, will come with several preconfigured reports that can help make clear the totals of daily spending, the monthly spending for each service, and more. Cost Explorer allows users to create customized filters for cost analysis based on services, tags, time period and accounts. Cost Explorer is capable of analyzing data for the current month as well as the previous four months of available data.According to a recent study by RightScale, about 94% of companies now use cloud technology in some capacity. However, there is a wide variety of adoption levels when it comes to deployment. Keeping the cost of cloud services under control can be difficult for companies that use it for a large range of capabilities.Amazon seems to...
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How to Choose an Unlimited SSD Cloud Web Hosting Provider

Every company wants high quality website, that is highly visible in search engines. As everything is interrelated, to achieve this, it is necessary to pick the right web hosting provider. That guarantee low downtime, high performance and security. The first question always come first – “How to find a reliable web hosting provider?”. This exists since the dawn of Internet, but if you want to keep up with latest technology, the best choice is SSD cloud web hosting. Why SSD? Most of today's website are database driven, based on some of the most popular open source CMS like Joomla, Drupal, vBulletin, Magento, etc... All these content management systems require intensive Input/Output operations and fast connection with Database. Realistically for small blog based on WordPress, you probably might not have much of a problem with any cheap shared hosting, but one middle of the road e-commerce website or high traffic blog need a bit more in terms of speed and security. Advantages of SSD Web Hosting One of the main advantage, of SSD web hosting is fast speed, especially on high number of simultaneous connections, at that point SSD web hosts are about 300% faster compared to "old school" HDD. This is...
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KomodoSites Review. High-Performance Cloud Web Hosting (Updated)

KomodoSites.com offerscost effective cloud web hosting services, based on latest technology and high quality hardware, that's what we thought at first. Before we get into details regarding features and options, I have to mention that there are two data centers – first one is located in Montreal, Canada and the other is located in Los Angeles, California, USA. WebmaisterPro.com was hosted by KomodoSites for about a month. Please read the review until it's end.  Web Hosting Packages Shared Hosting There are 3 available Cloud shared web hosting plans – Basic, Advanced and Ultimate. More important thing to mention is that all offer Pure SSD Storage Space, together with cPanel, CloudLinux OS + CageFS Enabled and R1Soft Continuous Backups. Plans are well build and for sure can fit any website from blog, through small business and even large e-commerce website. KomodoSites, offer free website migration, too. Reseller Hosting Again we have 3 plans available – Starter, Intermediate and expert plan. These are high performance servers, that include free Comodo PositiveSSL certificate, dedicated IP address, cPanel/WHM Control Panel and of course servers are powered by Cloud infrastructure. Company is very flexible and if you need something tailor made, I think the best is...
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Web Hosting and Cloud Hosting. What you need to know?

The majority of the users don’t have a proper awareness to identify the both terms are similar however differences haven't be clear to the common user. What exactly is Web Hosting? Web Hosting is actually a business where companies provide server space for websites or applications for the users in return to get a paid amount. The servers are remotely located at various locations worldwide, in rare case physical access is available to the servers. Different types of Web Hosting: Shared Web Hosting is probably the basic hosting form as well as the cheapest too. Shared web hosting means sharing a server rack with various clients. A client pays to service provider a small amount for any small space from the server. That server is also shared by various other clients of the provider. Resources are equally shared between the clients. Virtual Private Hosting is a medium hosting form. This sort of hosting is bought by mid ranged users or business organizations which may have a large traffic flow for their website along with they will require full server slot. In this form if a user pays he receives his personal small server where he has the full access to the...
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NASA's Shortcomings In Cloud Computing

With more people making the move to the cloud, NASA has recently attempted to follow suit by transitioning into using cloud computing services. However, the move called attention to some shortcomings in their IT governance and risk management practices. NASA’s problems with moving to the cloud should be an example to other agencies of what to avoid when they make a similar transition.  For now NASA will have to resolve some of their issues with IT in order to continue moving to the cloud and update their programs.  Late In The Game NASA has been late in the game to make the transition to public cloud services with currently only about 1% of their budget spent on cloud computing. They hope to increase this number to about 75% in the next 5 years but problems recently came to light as they attempted to move to the cloud. Auditors released a report criticizing their weaknesses in IT and the fact that a number of cloud contracts were signed without approval of the Chief Information Officer to prevent security risks. A few of their systems ran through the cloud for two years without authorization and no security measures and tests. The CIO was...
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Is Cloud Hosting Right for Your Business?

Have you heard a great deal about cloud hosting lately? Are you wondering whether it’s a good option for your business? Cloud hosting can help to optimize your business website, especially if you have a large online company requiring the best in website functionality, expansion potential and security issues. What can cloud hosting offer your business? • Many Servers  With cloud hosting, your website will have the use of a cluster of servers rather than just one large server, as regular hosting offers. Several servers will be assigned the task of overseeing each function of your site, ensuring that you will have optimal functioning of every aspect of your business website throughout each day. • More Efficient Handling of High Traffic  Cloud hosting will assist your site in handling a high volume of traffic, which is especially beneficial for large businesses where millions of visitors can be expected to stop by every day. With regular servers, there can be delays and slower speeds, and crashes can also happen if servers are not able to handle the volume at any given time. If crashes occur, it can be very detrimental to your business, leaving potential customers with a negative experience and...
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What is a Secure Private Cloud?

Public Clouds are readily available from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, HP, Dell & Memset amongst others. These Public Clouds use Virtualisation technology to store multiple instances of virtual machines on large pools of physical servers within geographically dispersed data centres. This will mean that customers will be running their virtual machines alongside other customers on the same physical server without any knowledge of who the other customers are or what they're using it for. Not everybody wants to share the hardware that their systems run on with unknown neighbours. However, people do still want to take advantage of the efficiency savings derived from using the Cloud. That’s when you seek out a Secure Private Cloud. That’s not to say Public Clouds are insecure, they are and work very well with the hypervisor separating virtual machines from one another to all intense purposes the same as if they were on separate physical machines. So if the hypervisor keeps you separated what’s the big issue? Well, legislation may mean that if you store sensitive data you may not be allowed to keep that data on hardware you share with others. Alternatively you may work with partners who have strict security procedures from preventing you...
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Have Sites Like Facebook Made People More Comfortable With Cloud Solutions?

The rise of social networking sites such as Facebook has led to a number of developments and changes within the technology world occurring alongside alterations to our own lives. Many of us would now struggle to conduct our daily forms of communication and correspondence without the use of such sites, but what exactly does this mean for cloud computing? Have sites such as Facebook made people more receptive to and comfortable with the computing solutions that they offer? Cloud computing has been labelled as the “next big thing” of the technological world, despite initial concerns over the safety of data and the security of the services that are provided. The increasing acceptance and positive expectations for cloud computing could therefore be attributed to the changes which social media sites, such as Facebook, have instigated. Opening a world in which our personal information and data is entered on a web-hosted site has meant that many of us are beginning to find ourselves more comfortable with the notion of entering data into an online environment. Familiarity All new technologies and systems become commercially popular once they are considered familiar, with the step between familiarity and normality being particularly small. Social network sites and...
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