The Best Network Monitoring Tools for 2017  

network monitoring toolsOrganizations must maximize their uptime in order to stay competitive in the digital world. When your business hosts its infrastructure in a colocated data center, your network administrators will use network monitoring tools to ensure that your colocation provider is living up to their end of the bargain.

Did you know that network downtime costs US based businesses over $700 billion per year? A report by IHS breaks down the specific costs associated with network downtime as well as the main causes for network outages. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Colocate your VoIP Infrastructure

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VoIP provides businesses with a cost effective method of deploying telephony and unified communication services to end users. When compared to a traditional PBX infrastructure, VoIP provides cost savings, flexibility and increased reliability.

According to Sipnology, 31% of all businesses currently use Voice over IP in their environments. Research analysts predict that the VoIP and Unified Communications (UC) industry will grow to become an $88 billion dollar market by 2018. Continue reading

How to Build Your Own Web Crawler Using an Ubuntu VPS

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If you want to learn how to build your own web crawler using a VPS, have you considered using Scrapy? In this installment of ColoCrossing Tutorials, we’ll go over the basic functions of the Scrapy web crawling app.

Scrapy is an open source application that is used to extract data from websites. Its framework is developed in Python which enables your VPS to perform crawling tasks in a fast, simple and extensible way. Continue reading

How to Strengthen the Security of MySQL on your VPS

mysqlSecurity is a critical component of any database application. Did you know that a default MySQL installation can leave your database vulnerable to cyber threats?

There several different implementations of the SQL database available on Linux and UNIX systems. MySQL and MariaDB are the most popular options for deploying relational databases in server environments. Continue reading

The Best Customer Service is No Customer Service…Sort of.

customer serviceAsk anyone in business what the most important aspect of running a business is and you’ll get a lot of different answers. Many of those answers though, will be customer service related. We’ve all been raised to believe that the customer is always right. Superior customer service is what will help separate your organization from the competition, right?

Well, not exactly. Not anymore, at least. Continue reading

Why Do Companies Adopt an ITaaS Model?

ITaaSIt’s obvious that we’re living in a data driven world. Companies are collecting and storing more customer data than ever. This trend is only going to continue in the years to come, so making sure your organization is ready to keep up with this trend is more important than ever.

An organization’s IT Infrastructure is a complex and evolving network that needs to be monitored 24/7 to ensure that data is both accessible and secure. As a company grows, so does it’s IT needs. ITaaS (IT as a Service) is a concept that alters the way technology is delivered to an organization. In effect, it turns technology into a commodity and allows an enterprise to be provided with exactly the amount of hardware, software, and support it needs for a predetermined monthly or yearly fee. Continue reading

Why Are Companies Ditching the Public Cloud?

cloud Several notable organizations have rethought their decision to deploy cloud based infrastructure. Data center colocation continues to be the most popular alternative to cloud based servers. Experts suggest that there are several factors that could be motivating these businesses to move from cloud to colo.

These factors include:

  • Data center hardware is rapidly decreasing in price
  • Businesses want more control over their infrastructure
  • Data center colocation is falling in price
  • Businesses may require robust network performance

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