After more than a year in use, the Intel Xeon E5-2600 series processors continues to deliver outstanding performance against the previous generation of Opteron and Xeon 5600 series, while delivering cost benefits making it cost efficient for businesses and enterprises. Canadian Web Hosting introduced the E5 series and E3 series of Xeon processors into its dedicated server hosting line last year and when you compare the processors to the commonly seen Xeon X5600 processors there are some significant areas of improvement especially in the area of performance and cost.
Xeon E5-2600 Advantages
With the Xeon E5-2600 processors you get a completely redesigned and improved core that improves in several key areas over its predecessor. The redesigned core lowers the pressure on the decoding stages and improves power consumption. This is significant as you get two areas that have proven to be sticky issues that were resolved with the redesign. Other core improvements include an improved branch prediction unit and a more efficient Out-of-Order backend with larger buffers. You also get an improved Turbo function that according to Intel allows the CPU to perform 14% better in the SAP S&D 2 tier test and when compared side-by-side to its predecessor the Xeon 5600 could only boost performance by 4% in the SAP benchmark.
Advanced Vector Instructions (AVX): With the Xeon E5-2600 processors you now have support for AVX Instructions as well that when combined with doubling the load bandwidth allow the processor to double the peak floating point performance when compared to Xeon 5600 processors.
Improved QPI: You now have a faster QPI that delivers up to 8 GT/s instead of the previous high of 6.4GT/s.
PCIe 3.0: with PCIe 3.0, the processor can deliver up to 1 GB full duplex per second for each lane. This is a 100% improvement over the previous version PCIe 2.0. In addition, by removing the I/O PCIe latency was reduced by up to 25%.
Support of DDR3 RAM: The new Xeon also supports faster DDR-3 1600, up to 2 DIMMs per channel can run at 1600 MHz.
More CPU Cores: One of the most significant areas of improvement is the inclusion of 2 additional cores with up to 66% more L3 cache going from 12MB to 20MB.
In looking at the E5-2600 Xeon processors, you are future proofing your server for the next several years. While you may see a small 3% to 5% increase in cost initially, the inclusion of more cores the processor on your server will improve overall performance by better handling multiple tasks or threads at once including execution of more threads in a single instance. In addition, with modern features like AVX instructions you get improved Linux RAID performance, throughput in floating point SIMD calculations and is highly suitable for businesses running multimedia or financial applications.
Canadian Web Hosting Joins OpenStack Foundation and Sets Date for Launch of Public Cloud Build on OpenStack Software
Canadian Web Host and Cloud Hosting provider Canadian Web Hosting has announced its commitment to support the development of OpenStack, an open source cloud computing platform, and has announced that it has joined the OpenStack Foundation as corporate sponsor.
Canadian Web Hosting has been integrating OpenStack into its existing Canadian Cloud Hosting infrastructure at http://www.cacloud.com for several months now and will be expanding its available cloud hosting service models this summer to companies and their development teams looking to benefit from OpenStacks high-performance cloud environment without the typical vendor lock in associated with cloud services. Canadian Web Hosting's cloud services will deliver repeatability, usability and massive scalability to its users combined with the corporate governance and SSAE 16 certification. With the promise of OpenStack, and its open standards for both public and private clouds, companies in and outside of Canada will benefit from the new open source cloud computing platform that delivers easy to use infrastructure-as-a-service, while benefiting from Canada’s robust privacy and security regulations to protect their data.
“As a company, the OpenStack Foundation provides a platform that gives us the ability to continue supporting the open source community that has been a big part of our company since 1998. More importantly, we will be doing something a bit different by not only offering our corporate support behind the platform but also reaching out to our customers and working with them to join our efforts in increasing the footprint of Canadian Web Hosting within the community and supporting several of the interrelated projects within the platform. It’s a unique proposition and we are excited to be working with our customer’s hand-in-hand to bring these cutting edge technologies to Canada,” said Matt McKinney, Director at Canadian Web Hosting.
Back in March of 2013, Canadian Web Hosting expanded its Canadian Cloud Hosting services to include multiple cloud server locations across Canada including Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON. “The purpose behind our cloud services was always to give customers an easy-to-use, highly reliable cloud hosting environment that enables companies to meet their corporate governance requirements,” said Matt McKinney. For customers interested in a cloud built on OpenStack software, they can get more information on their website at http://www.canadianwebhosting.com/canadianopenstackhosting or by emailing email@example.com.
Information on OpenStack can be found on: http://www.openstack.org
About Canadian Web Hosting
Since 1998, Canadian Web Hosting has been providing on-demand hosting solutions that include Shared hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Cloud Hosting, Dedicated Servers, and IT as a Service for Canadian companies of all sizes. Through the use of innovative technologies and experienced support personnel, they continually focus on helping each customer by offering configurable solutions that are tailored to their exacting business requirements. Canadian Web Hosting maintains a SSAE16 Type II certification and guarantees 100% network availability, and a total money back guarantee. Customers can get help by calling 1-888-821-7888 to get basic support. For more information, follow them on Twitter at @cawebhosting and https://www.facebook.com/canadianwebhosting.
This blog article is the first of several introducing the Openstack Cloud Software platform and it’s capabilities for customers looking for an enterprise grade cloud platform. In the months ahead Canadian Web Hosting will be releasing an updated CA Cloud powered by OpenStack. With this, our customers will have immediate access to a repeatable, reliable and massively scalable cloud service where customers can create, or move existing cloud workloads (including AWS) without vendor lock in. More importantly, customers have the ability for the first time to fully maintain control of where and how their data is stored and benefit from Canada’s rigorous security and privacy regulations. Once deployed the CA Cloud will deliver the first OpenStack Cloud platform that is 100% Canadian-owned and –operated.
So, what is OpenStack? At a high level, it is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform built entirely of Open Source technologies. Listed below, are some high level descriptions of some of the key components within OpenStack as well as some of the tools and technologies that are supposed.
Canadian Web Hosting recently attended the OpenStack Summit in Portland, Oregon where the OpenStack community introduced its seventh major release of the cloud software named “Grizzly.” This new release added enhanced the software and brought almost 230 new features to the various aspects of the platform, including changes to the core OpenStack Compute (also known as Nova) components where support was added for managing distributed clusters as "Cells" and a new "NoDB" architecture that significantly reduces reliance on any type of centralized database. Because many companies and enterprises are using “proprietary technologies, OpenStack deftly added support for technologies ESX, KVM, Xen and Hyper-V hypervisors, which Canadian Web Hosting is offering and supporting our customers today. This will greatly increase the adoption rate and make it easier for enterprises and service providers like Canadian Web Hosting to remove vendor lock in and add services based on need rather than a specific technology. You also have new functionality for almost instant bare metal provisioning of nodes, protocols for shared storage, and hot add/remove support for network devices. So, let’s look at some of the specific features within the OpenStack Cloud platform.
There are two different types of storage available within OpenStack – Object Storage and Block Storage. With “Swift,” the Object Storage component of OpenStack now let’s us apply a specific quota to control the expansion of object storage and lets us streamline operations by performing bulk operations over large/many clusters. To achieve this, cross-origin resource sharing has been added to allow browsers to directly connect to resources in the storage cloud and improve the scalability of web applications which use the object storage as a content resource. Alternatively to Swift, “Cinder” or Block Storage technology, has acquired an intelligent scheduler to manage storage allocation based on workload and has added drivers for backend storage including Cep/RBDh, EMC, HP, IBM, NetApp, and even Red Hat's Gluster.
On the networking side, “Quantum” has seen its significant enhancements and has increased supported technologies grow from technologies like Open vSwitch, Cisco UCS/Nexus, Linux Bridge, Nicira, Ryu OpenFlow and NEC OpenFlow to now also include Big Switch, Hyper-V, Brocade and Midonet. Improvements in scalability have been achieved by utilizing a more dynamic approach to sacal and distributing L3, L4 and DHCP across multiple servers. One of my favorites is the addition of a new framework and API for Load Balancing as a Service (LBaaS), which has been included to allow further development on this theme. There has been some significant growth in networking and you now have many of the leading networking companies building code and looking to implement enhancements including within Software Defined Networking (SDN).
Within the "Horizon" dashboard, there is increased flexibility and customers will see better multilingual support with many subtle user improvements. You also have features like networking and the above mentioned Load Balancing as a Service features, now surfaced on the cloud. With any cloud service focused on the enterprise, authentication and security will continue to be a top priority. “Keystone” OpenStacks Identity technology has adopted a new token format, which has improved performance and no longer requires tokens to be authenticated online only. There are also been significant improvements multi-tenant support for groups, impersonation, role-based access, and more delegation capabilities so administrators have greater control over their services and users.
Over the weeks ahead, we will continue to dive into the technology and provide back ground on Canadian Web Hosting’s deployment of OpenStack and the significant advantages it gives our customers. We will also be announcing our participation in the OpenStack Foundation and some really great initiatives we are implementing with our customers to help build the community and foster Canadian principles as the OpenStack platform continues to grow. For more information on Canadian Web Hosting is doing with OpenStack, or to participate in our beta program, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) March 20, 2013 – Web Hosting and Cloud provider, Canadian Web Hosting (http://www.canadianwebhosting.com), announced Wednesday that it is now offering multi-site cloud servers with high availability as part of its expanding CA Cloud hosting offerings. The launch of additional cloud hosting locations includes Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON as available options. With this expansion, Canadian Web Hosting can further deliver scalable hosting services to its customers based on flexible geography and removes one of the biggest limitations of many cloud provides by maintaining customer data in Canada.
Back in September of 2012, Canadian Web Hosting launched its cloud services portal http://www.cacloud.com that provides customers with access to an easy-to-use cloud hosting environment that meets Canada’s strict privacy and security requirements. In doing so, new and customers are able certify their data is housed in Canada and meet the most stringent corporate governance requirements. Customers who are taking advantage of the CA Cloud platform include companies in a wide range industries including healthcare, finance, e-commerce, professional services, government and IT development. Every cloud server benefits from a fully redundant architecture, and with autonomous enterprise-grade cloud environments in Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON, customers can easily achieve geographic diversity for their production sites that includes integrated backup and 100’s of prebuilt templates for almost instantaneous cloud server deployment.
“We’re pleased to expand our Canadian Web Hosting presence by improving our CA Cloud infrastructure by offering multiple geographic locations in Canada through a single portal.” said Canadian Web Hosting Director, Matt McKinney. “Our Canadian Cloud Hosting platform delivers high availability for critical business applications and this expansion gives every customer more choices and more options in meeting their cloud hosting needs. This is a very exciting time for everyone. In the months ahead, our cloud hosting customers will continue to see new features added and will benefit by having access to web hosting services currently unavailable in the Canadian market today.”
The expanded CA Cloud platform also includes additional managed services offering customers active server management by Canadian Web Hosting support engineers to help ensure production sites and workloads are always available and allows customers to reduce their IT and Server Administration burden. For businesses looking to move to the cloud, cloud consultants are also available and can help you create a migration plan that help with your capacity planning, migration roadmap and ensure a successful deployment to the cloud.
Canadian Web Hosting offers Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS) and Dedicated Servers with comprehensive security services and support including industry leading virtualization platforms Hyper-V, Xen and VMware. “With Canadian Web Hosting, it is now easier than ever for customers to achieve cost savings and remove high cost administration with a partner who is dedicated to the Canadian Value System and will help ensure that every customer has access to an enterprise ready hosting service and can meet a wide range of budget constraints.” Canadian Web Hosting’s CA Cloud infrastructure is built on best-in-class Dell hardware with industry leading virtualization and Juniper networking and security hardware. Every server is backed by service level agreements and industry-best 24/7 support that helps cloud hosting clients achieve nearly 100% uptime.
There is a new serious WordPress vulnerability in certain versions of two popular WordPress caching plugins, W3TC and WP Super Cache. The vulnerability allows remote PHP code to be executed locally on a server for anyone running either of the plugins. An attacker could then execute code on the infected server.
Canadian Web Hosting is working to apply rules to our network, however we highly recommend that you upgrade your plugins immediately.
You can upgrade here:
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We strongly recommend advising your customers to upgrade their WP plugins immediately. Email our support team at email@example.com if you have any questions or need assistance in getting through the process.Kevin Liang
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