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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1.888.821.7888 and we can check your windows server.
ComputeNext, 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
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.
Canadian Web Hosting, a full service web hosting and cloud hosting provider, today announced they have successfully completed their annual independent audits for SSAE 16 Type II SOC 1 and CSAE 3416 Type II. With these audits Canadian Web Hosting continues its push for web hosting and infrastructure services that include comprehensive compliance capabilities and verifiable processes allowing businesses of all sizes to meet their regulatory requirements.
The SSAE 16 Type II SOC 1 (Standards for Attestation Engagements 16 Type II) and CSAE 3416 Type II (Canadian Standard on Assurance Engagements 3416) audits were completed for the period of June 1, 2012 through July 31, 2013 and the audits apply to Canadian Web Hosting’s service offerings including their dedicated server hosting and cloud hosting services. These audits examined Canadian Web Hosting’s adherence to industry best practices including their controls, processes and procedures.
Canadian Web Hosting has been audited annually since 2011 and with the combination of Canada's unique regulatory environment and these annual audits they are able to demonstrate a substantially higher level of assurance and operationally visibility than those companies who do not. Through this, Canadian Web Hosting has seen triple digit growth in key business segments including publically traded companies, healthcare, financial and government entities where data and security are paramount. The Service Auditors' Report, with an unqualified opinion, demonstrates that Canadian Web Hosting’s control activities are effectively designed and in operation throughout the reporting period.
"By successfully completing the SSAE 16 Type II SOC 1 and CSAE 3416 Type II audits, we continue to stay committed to our clients and ensuring that when they engage our services they not only get the best technology and support, but repeatable and verifiable processes that exceed industry standards for compliance,” said Matt McKinney Director at Canadian Web Hosting. “As we now move into our ISO 27001 audit, we have built a framework for our customers that includes mission critical services built on enterprise-grade infrastructure, flexible services, business continuity, cost efficiency and are continually compliant with current standards.”
The Service Auditors’ Report includes a detailed description of Canadian Web Hosting’s controls and an independent assessment of whether the controls are placed in operation, suitably designed, and operating effectively. To find out more, or for any further questions, please contact the Canadian Web Hosting sales team at email@example.com.
Canadian Web Hosting (http://www.canadianwebhosting.com), a leading provider of web hosting, cloud hosting and infrastructure services in Canada, today announced that they have completed a significant upgrade project for their shared web hosting servers to take advantage of new technologies including improved read/write SSD caching. As part of this, Canadian Web Hosting has also increased server resources including disk space and RAM, as well as improved support for many leading applications like Drupal, Joomla and WordPress in their shared hosting environment to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction.
As part of the upgrade, Canadian Web Hosting have increased their shared hosting disk I/O (input/output) rate through expanded use of caching through hardware upgrades and new technologies. With this upgrade, each shared hosting server that hosts a website, static pages, web applications, databases or e-commerce store will benefit from faster data rates and end-users will have improved access and much faster load times. To achieve this, Canadian Web Hosting utilized the latest SSD’s (solid state drive) from Intel and Crucial using latest 520-series and M4 series drives. Each flash memory drive includes 256 GB of storage and offers improved SSD read/write caching and is configured in RAID10. In addition, every server utilizes VMware virtualization and includes at least 32GB of RAM and dual Intel E5 Xeon processors that when combined deliver overall performance improvements by as much as 60% when compared to other Canadian-based shared hosting providers.
"We host many users operating High Performance websites, web applications, databases and indexes, as well as environments in which data is subject to frequent access and requires power and flexibility but don’t have the budget flexibility to move to cloud hosting or a dedicated server," says Canadian Web Hosting Director, Matt McKinney. "During the upgrade, we performed repeated tests and uncovered truly unprecedented performance as well as significantly lower server load that translates to more processing power and elimination of potential bottlenecks for our customers. We are happy to say that our upgraded shared servers offer unparalleled performance and with our new 50% shared hosting promotion we’ve made it easier than ever to move to Canadian Web Hosting."
With the launch of the upgraded shared hosting services, Canadian Web Hosting is offering new customers a 50% discount on new shared hosting plans. With this offer, it is easier than ever to move to Canadian Web Hosting’s enterprise-grade infrastructure, industry-best 24/7 support, and safety and security of Canada’s privacy regulations with a 100% Canadian-owned and –operated service. Potential customers can learn more by visiting their hosting specials or calling 1.888.821.7888 for more information.