Canadian Web Hosting Blog and News
25Nov/130

Canadian Web Hosting Judges Startup Pitch Content

 

Vancouver is a unique place with great diversity, technology and ideas in every area that you look. Because of that, Vancouver has really become a driving force behind technology innovation and disruption.  

Canadian Web Hosting has a unique opportunity to see this first hand and recognize that as larger companies continue to take notice and open offices locally, it has really become a great time for young entrepreneurs to get their ideas out in the open.

Canadian Web Hosting has been an active sponsor with local organizations like BCIT, Kwantlen College, and Zen Launchpad offering discounted or free cloud hosting and services for startups and young entrepeneurs who are building new businesses, websites or apps supporting their ideas.  As part of this, we had the opportunity to participate and act as judges for the Grizzly Den Elevator Pitch Contest.  

As one might expect, we saw some really great ideas and several of the businesses look like they are ready for primetime and have the potential to move forward.   

Thank you to all the participants: SportConnect, Studdle, Drawtivity, MuvMnt Apparrel, IrideBC, Wingman, ICLST, Discuento, CrowdrApp, BCIT and Me, Banana Action, AnotherRound and also to Cyri Jones for extending the invitation to Canadian Web Hosting.   We look forward to the next pitch event on the 29th.    

Anybody interested should feel free to stop by at the Zen Launchpad.

18Nov/130

Canadian Dedicated Servers and DDR4 RAM

 

Every three to five years, we get a product upgrade that has a significant impact on many products that we use - dedicated servers, desktops, cloud servers, shared hosting that has the potential to change how customers use our Canadian Web Hosting services.  That technology upgrade is RAM.  Specifically at the end of 2013, companies like Crucial, Micro, Samsung and Adata are expected to start rolling out their DDR4 Memory technology.   This new technology is engineered to pack more performance into your system and has the potential to double or triple the available density per module.  This is a continuing theme for dedicated server and technology partners as everyone works to make systems and components more dense, more efficient with less cost for end users. Moreover, DDR4 modules will use up to 20% less power than the previous versions, and will enable data rates that are at least twice as fast as  current DDR3 memory.

So what is DDR4?  The Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council (JEDEC) signed off on a final DDR4 standard this summer. But a draft of the spec and its key attributes was actually issued last year. Those preliminary specs call for DDR4 memory to operate at a maximum of 1.2 volts (20 percent less than current DDR3 memory) and achieve data transfer rates of 3.2 billion transfers per second (double that of the top-end speed of DDR3's memory bus).

Initially, most DDR4 modules from companies like Micron and Crucial will handle transfer speeds of 2.4 billion transfers per second, with later versions ramping up to the 3.2 billion memory transfers per second at the top-end rate.  Right now, that translates to roughly the same number of bits per second in throughput.  However, note that Samsung has advertised a throughput of 2.113 gigabits per second for its DDR4.   The "DDR" in DDR4 is an acronym for "double data rate"—all DDR memory moves data across the memory bus twice for each cycle of the bus' timing clock. That's the most primary bit of architecture that DDR4 shares with its predecessor. Instead of using multiple shared channels to link memory units with the CPU's memory controller, each DDR4 memory module has its own dedicated point-to-point connection. 

Aside from the reduced power consumption, DDR4 RAM also reduces overall power requirements through an improved version of the pseudo-open drain interface (POD) logic, a technology that is also used in DDR3 RAM.  POD logic interfaces draw no current except when they're flipped to their low state.

So, what isn’t there to like about DDR4? It will make my cloud servers, dedicated servers and every other web hosting service perform better.  DDR4's technical advances do come at a price. The first is finding a way to accommodate the additional memory connections. While the point-to-point architecture gives DDR4 the ability to read and write more data per cycle that becomes increasingly challenging to handle the large amounts of memory.  With some of the servers that Canadian Web Hosting is preparing to deploy, these new servers use high-speed digital switches in order to reduce the number of direct memory channels connecting to the CPU's memory controller.

All in all, DDR4 RAM means that you will process your data twice at least twice quick, make your websites or applications much faster and end users will experience improved responsiveness for each interaction for your website or hosted application.   As today’s applications require more and more resources, your preferred tools like Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress will work faster and more efficiently without any added cost.    Crucial created a great graphic demonstrating the performance differences and improvements that DDR4 RAM provides.

   Canadian Web Hosting looks to integrate DDR4 RAM

For more information about DDR4, new web hosting service that integrate the latest ram technology or dedicated servers that will help you improve the performance of your website or application, contact our team at sales@canadianwebhosting.com or by phone at 1.888.821.7888.

6Nov/130

Microsoft Zero-Day Vulnerability

Yesterday, Microsoft released information regarding a Zero-Day vulnerability in a number of their Operating Systems and office applications.  This can result in corruption of memory on the systems in these affected platforms.  A hacker can gain administrative access to a PC using a specially formatted “.tiff” file.  This would be an image file, generally attached to an email or sent to the user which would have to be opened by the user.  For Canadian Web Hosting Windows web hosting customers,  Windows server 2012 operating systems is not part of the vulnerable OS, but Windows Server 2008 may be vulnerable. 

The following products are vulnerable to this exploit:

  • Windows Vista x86, x64
  • Windows Server 2008 x86, x64, Itanium, Server Core
  • Microsoft Office 2003
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Microsoft Office 2010 x86, x64
  • Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack
  • Microsoft Lync 2010 x86, x64
  • Microsoft Lync 2010 Attendee
  • Microsoft Lync 2013 x86, x64
  • Microsoft Lync Basic 2013 x86, x64

With anything, we remind all of our Canadian Web Hosting customers to stay vigilant and do not open any attachments from email addresses not familiar to you.  In addition to Microsoft products, it is a good time to remind everyone to keep their web hosting applications up to date and examine your security framework like malware scanning, firewalls and intrusion prevention that helps protect your business and your customers data.  Microsoft has stated they will take appropriate action, releasing a security update within the month.  If you have questions, contact support@canadianwebhosting.com or call us at 1.888.821.7888 and we can check your windows server. 

1Oct/130

CACloud Joins ComputeNext Marketplace

CACloud.com 100% Canadian Cloud HostingComputeNext, a Gartner Cool Vendor in Cloud Service Brokerage, is officially announcing a new partnership with CA Cloud (CACloud.com), the dedicated cloud services offering from Canadian Web Hosting, a leading web hosting and cloud hosting provider in Canada.

With increased choice in Infrastructure as a Service solutions, ComputeNext makes it possible to compare cloud services and find the best cloud provider to service a given geography, while factoring in price, uptime, and other performance factors such as provisioning consistency, speed, and machine reliability.

With CA Cloud in the marketplace, customers can now get guaranteed service levels and on-demand cloud hosting in Canada combined with the benefits of Canada’s regulatory and privacy environment. Every CA Cloud server delivers highly repeatable, reliable and scalable capabilities that are 100% Canadian with data centre options in Toronto, ON and Vancouver, BC. This feature release from ComputeNext, makes available resources from CA Cloud with an introductory discount rate being made available to users ready to launch services in Canada who activate during the month of October and November.

Cloud consumers can now use CA Cloud IaaS through the ComputeNext cloud brokerage platform for discovery and procurement and provisioning of cloud services such as servers, storage, and on-demand software. IT professionals looking for cloud servers and storage will now have access to IaaS locations in Canada that are geographically separated with options for West Coast and East Coast Canadian cloud servers that provide low-latency and performance solidified with a coast-to-coast network backbone.

As a company, CA Cloud has spent the previous twelve months looking for the right platform to integrate their cloud hosting capacity where the experience and service offerings meet their high-demands. “With ComputeNext, we can ensure that customers who engage our cloud will have an unparalleled experience,” said Matt McKinney, Director of CA Cloud. “Each engagement delivers enterprise cloud capacity, a unified control panel and invoicing and an API abstraction layer that helps IT professionals achieve faster go-to-market strategies. This is something we have demanded from our partners and ComputeNext has delivered. They've made it easier for cloud providers such as CA Cloud to not only differentiate with unique locations and high performing infrastructure resources but also offer personalized services from CA Cloud for customers with unique requirements for IaaS services such as dedicated servers, hybrid hosting, private clouds that utilize the latest virtualization technologies.”

Through this partnership, ComputeNext adds an enterprise ready option for Canadian hosting – an area that ComputeNext CEO Sundar Kannan is familiar with - having run the Microsoft hosting practice in Canada for over 4 years. Sundar claims that, “enterprises are already familiar with the hosting landscape of Canada and the benefits of their highly regarded data privacy laws, its high-performance network backbone, and exceptional culture of putting customers first – we're very pleased to be able to include a choice like CA Cloud on our marketplace – and we're certain this will excite our customers.”

Through this new partnership with ComputeNext, cloud consumers can access cloud hosting and compute resources at heavily discounted promotional price. By using coupon code: CACOMP20 users will get an automatic 20% deduction on all Linux Cloud instances as well as an introductory credit of $50 to their account that can be used to launch new virtual machines.

About CA Cloud

CA Cloud, and its parent company Canadian Web Hosting, have been providing on-demand hosting solutions including Private Cloud hosting, Hybrid Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Dedicated Servers, and IT as a Service for companies inside and outside of Canada since 1998. CA Cloud is SSAE 16 Type II SOC 1 certified cloud hosting provider and is focused on delivering highly repeatable, reliable and massively scalable cloud services for companies inside and outside of Canada that deliver unparalleled cloud hosting to their customers.

For more information please visit http://www.cacloud.com

25Sep/130

Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 Processor is here

Here at Canadian Web Hosting, we are excited about Intel’s latest update to their popular Xeon E5-2600 processors as customers continue to look for hardware-based performance improvements to support increasingly diverse workloads on their dedicated servers.   A key component of this is the software compatible processing foundation that is integrated into these new processors that allow for us to continue to integrate software-defined infrastructure.

With the new E5-2600 v2 line of processors customers have processors that are able to deliver services for high performance computing, cloud and enterprise servers.  Intel states that customers can expect the new processors to deliver up to 50 per cent more performance and up to 45 per cent more performance per watt than the Xeon E5-2600 v1 line that were shipped in March of last year.

These improvements are based on two popular tests - SPECVirt_sc2013 and SPECpower_ssj2008 tests. Of course, with any dedicated server deployment there are many factors that come into play that may impact performance.

Described below is comparison chart that shows some of the differences and improvements that the E5-2600 v2 processors deliver.

 

 

On the technical side, the performance boost is defined through several architectural changes.  For example, improved performance is enabled by the shrink from the 32 nanometer processes used in the Xeon E5-2600 v1 processors, is enabled by a balance of more cores and more L3 cache memory on the chips, as you can see in the table above comparing the two chip families. The top-bin Ivy Bridge-EP parts have 50 per cent more cores, at a dozen per die, and 50 per cent more L3 cache, at 30MB, compared to the Sandy Bridge chips.

Additionally, the top base frequency and Turbo Boost maximum frequencies on the new Xeon E5-2600 chips only go up by 200MHz, which is only a 6.1 per cent jump in clock speed. That increased clock speed is basically added to the chip to make up for the extra latencies in taking the processor design up to a dozen cores from eight cores.

Lastly, the increased performance is also enabled by some other tweaks. Main memory now runs at 1.6GHz for 1.35 volt memory (up from 1.33GHz) and at 1.87GHz for 1.5 volt sticks (up from 1.6GHz). The PCI-Express 3.0 controllers run at the same speed (8GT/sec) and there are the same 40 lanes of bandwidth coming into the on-die controllers as with the Sandy Bridge-EP parts. Main memory is also doubled up to a maximum of 1.5TB (through the use of 64GB sticks in the 24 slots in a two-socket system).

One of the key features that Canadian Web Hosting customers have been asking for improved processing of network workloads that are often handled by proprietary offload engines or accelerators found in networking appliances.  With these processors, Intel is using what they call their Open Network Platform (ONP) server reference design that allows us and our customers to use Xeon-based servers combined with industry open standards to consolidate virtualized networking applications.  This creates better throughput and improved latency for Software Defined Networking workloads.