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.
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 email@example.com or by phone at 1.888.821.7888.
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.
Many of our prospective and current Canadian Web Hosting clients come to a point where they need to have their website(s) migrated to another server or want to move their hosting over to us from another web hosting provider. As one might imagine, we do hundreds of migrations a month and through our extensive experience in migrating websites and cloud servers, we have been able to identify several key areas that need to be considered before, during and after the migration.
DECISIONS TO MIGRATE
With anything, the decision to move is never an easy one. Potential Canadian Web Hosting clients who have requested migrations from remote hosts have more often than not reported the following four (4) reasons as their main purpose for migrating:
- Pricing is not reflective on the services provided
- Change of service to: VPS, Dedicated Server, Cloud Hosting, Private Cloud
- Service level is not acceptable
- Requirements have outgrown the scale the current provider is operating at
- Requirement or preference to have company data hosted within Canada
- The need for additional corporate governance like SSAE 16
After identifying the need to migrate, it is important to consider any third-party dependencies that could also play a role in the migration.
For those who are not managing their own websites it is crucial you contact the individual(s) who know the dependencies or requirements of each site. Making sure everyone is on the same page internally will go a long way both with the migration and for extended maintenance of the site. For instance, if the DNS service for the website is hosted externally Canadian Web Hosting needs to make the necessary changes with the remote provider to minimize impact during the migration.
EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE ANALYSIS
Once any 3rd parties have been identified, we will have our support engineers evaluate the existing configuration to ensure there is a clear understanding of where the migration will start. Including items such as:
- Identification of applications that are in use
- Identification of versions of all applications that are in use
- Use of control panels
- Ensure there is no evidence of server compromise or malicious activity, if the existing server has been compromised we must ensure a greater degree of independence with the new system, ensure passwords are reset etc
- Identify any interaction with third party services which may have IP (source or destination) specific requirements or restrictions in place
IDENTIFY SITES/APPLICATIONS BEING MIGRATED
Create a list of the domain names, servers, software, data and other tools which have services that are to be migrated. Where possible, extract lists of the following:
- Domain names - from web server configuration
- Mail domains
- System user accounts
- Mail accounts
- FTP accounts
- SSH accounts
- Database user accounts and database names
- Remote access services
- Local service
IMPLEMENTATION AND TESTING
After the decision to migrate has been reached and the required information has been supplied, and in coordination with you, we would proceed to schedule the migration. Depending on the size of the migration it can be done quite quickly and with minimal delays. In certain cases where a large scale migration is required, a Canadian Web Hosting support engineer will be assigned as the main point of contact during the process. This helps us maintain continuity with the flow of information and updates between us.
In most cases website migrations will involve significant changes to the versions and installations of the programs or applications that support the websites. Even slight changes can cause significant problems. Thorough testing is always absolutely critical to avoid outages and service disruption. Testing will need to be carried out by someone with intricate knowledge of your website or application that is being moved and how it is expected to operation.
If you are interested in migrating an account or have any questions about the services we provide feel free to contact us at 1.888.821.7888 or send us an email at email@example.com. We offer free website migration and up to 6-months of credit for any unused credits.
We get a lot of questions from clients about how to get the most out of their websites and move higher up on Google search ratings. Aside from various SEO techniques and including proper keywords in your site, one of the most important factors to consider is load time. For the purposes of this blog, we will look specifically at WordPress. By optimizing your WordPress site, the major search engines will view your site more favorably and some of the steps below will help move you toward the top . More importantly, it will improve your overall customer experience and make it easier to navigate your WordPress site. Listed below are 5 quick steps to get you started.
1) Enable Caching
By enabling caching, you decrease load time on your Canadian Web Hosting server and this allows client devices to cache records thereby improving load and performance each time they make a visit to your WordPress website.
Listed below are some popular plugins that will help you enable caching and allow you to tweak the caching settings
- WP Super cache
- Hyper cache
- W3 Total cache
2. Compress Images
by compressing your images, you will reduce the total file size and increase download speeds on the client side. Listed below is another popular plug-in to enable compression.
3) Use Proper Image Files
Using proper image files plays a significant role to ensure files load smoothly and are presented correctly to your end users. The list below provides a quick overview on preferred file types and the benefits they provide.
PNG: this file type is supported by most of the well-known browsers, making use of this file type makes it possible for your users to see what you want them too see.
JPG: for sharper images requiring detail you can use the .jpg extension.
BMP/TIFF: these file types are normally much larger than the alternatives, which would decrease responsiveness on the site.
An frequently looked over optimization technique is to make sure that you reduce the whitespace contained in your site code so it can be compiled quicker. If you aren't a coder, you can just use the following plugin to "minify" your site.
5) Perform Updates
We can stress this enough as we see customers run into issues because they don't update their site regularly. Updating your version of WordPress and plugins will improve performance and increase the security and effectiveness of your site. Or put another way, if you don't update your site you will get hacked with malicious code. It is not a matter of if you get hacked but rather when. We do have Canadian Web Hosting customers who on occasion can't upgrade their version due to compatibility issues. In this situation, there are techniques and tools that we leverage to virtually patch WordPress servers. Canadian Web Hosting has partnered with the leading WordPress security firm Sucuri to enable customers to protect their sites. Contact our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know more.
Following these 5 simple steps can help create a more efficient site and significantly improve your customers overall experience which improves your ranking on the search engines.
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