DNS – The Rolodex of the Internet

Domain Name System (DNS) drawing on whiteboard. Includes clipping path for whiteboard.

For many years, the Rolodex was the primary tool used to keep track of large numbers of addresses for people you knew or did business with. Today, most of that information is handled digitally. If you have ever wondered how you type “google.com” into your browser, and your computer magically connects to their server and retrieves a web page, the answer is DNS.  You can think of DNS like a giant Rolodex of the internet where you can look up a name like “google.com” and find an address. The abbreviation DNS can stand for the system as a whole (Domain...
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5 Reasons To Be Virtualized In The Cloud

Cloud/Saas

If you are a novice to the area of web hosting, you may be wondering: “What is virtualization?” Virtualization involves both hardware and software that work in tandem to facilitate the creation and management of virtual servers, otherwise called virtual machines. The hypervisor is the software element of virtualization. The hypervisor is what bridges the gap between the physical hardware and the virtual machines. In brief, there are two types of hypervisors. Type 1 hypervisors, like VMWare’s ESXi or KVM, run directly on the physical hardware. Whereas Type 2 hypervisors run within a guest operating system on top of the...
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Is YOUR server hardware up to date?

outdated server hardware

Most businesses want to get the most out of their hardware dollars. That is understandable to a degree since hardware– quality hardware– is not cheap. With technological advances making such incredible strides in performance improvements today, an argument can be made for replacing hardware sooner than later. We frequently do hosting consultations where businesses are still running servers they purchased six, eight, or sometimes even up to twelve years ago.  It’s a crazy thought, but the phone they carry around may be as powerful as the server they’ve had for so long. At Hostek, we routinely upgrade and replace hardware. ...
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Networking on the Edge: VPN Fundamentals

VPN tunnel

Lately, we have had a lot of interest regarding VPN’s, and why they are sometimes necessary when operating your business in the Cloud. The internet is full of technical documents that can make even a seasoned Technical Rep feel uncomfortable. The idea of this post is to keep our customers informed without being overly technical so that you and others can benefit from what Hostek and the Cloud has to offer. Here are some of the questions we get asked most often: “What is a VPN and why would I need one?” “What are the differences between Client VPN’s (client...
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