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We break down the jargon and go back to basics to help you understand your hosting solution – from web speed affecting Google ranking and cloud vs dedicated, to more technical topics like cPanel vs Plesk or clustering and mirroring.

#BACK TO BASICS: SQL MIRRORING – TIPS AND ADVICE

24.7.2014 by Guest

Today we’ve got a treat for you – Matt, one of our amazing texperts, is going to be dropping some advice on the wonderful (and extremely confusing) world of SQL mirroring! Go on, get your learnin’ on! Having two SQL servers is always better than having one.  However, when moving from a standalone SQL instance to a High Availability (HA) mirrored SQL environment, there are certain things to be aware of.  I’ll go through the main problems that we get asked about to make the transition easier. Database mirroring is database level replication between two SQL instances, and allows failover…

#BacktoBasics: Server Replication

3.2.2014 by Guest

Yesterday was Groundhog Day, and while for Bill Murray it meant living in a personal nightmare of awfulness, it doesn’t have to mean the same for your business. Sometimes repeating something can be a good thing – for example, repeatedly…

5 Reasons You Should Have Your Head (And Business) In The Cloud

28.1.2014 by Katherine Kelly

We often get fed up with all the clouds in the UK, so it’s easy to see why people would be wary of moving their business to one; no one wants it to rain in real life, and no one…

#BacktoBasics: What is Concurrency?

14.1.2014 by Emma Blunt

Concurrency is a tricky subject because it means different things to different people and often, when clients ask us to measure their concurrency, they're actually asking for something else entirely. In this post, we'll attempt to explain what concurrency means…

#BacktoBasics: What is Service Monitoring?

29.10.2013 by Emma Blunt

In the world of IT, service monitoring refers to a system used by hosting providers to check on servers within a network. The system's purpose is to ascertain whether each server is online and working as it should be. It's…

#BacktoBasics: What is an Operating System?

17.10.2013 by Emma Blunt

An operating system (OS) is the software that runs on computer systems and basically tells them what to do. Without it, they would be fairly useless! When you think about it, most of the time there are lots of programmes…

#BacktoBasics: What is a Cache?

6.9.2013 by Emma Blunt

Caches are all about accelerating computer speed and efficiency, which is all very useful in our fast-paced digital world. The dictionary describes a cache (pronounced like the word 'cash') as "an auxiliary memory from which high-speed retrieval is possible" and,…

#BacktoBasics: What is DNS?

4.9.2013 by Emma Blunt

As internet users, we frequently use the Domain Name System (DNS) but not all of us will be able to explain what it is and what it actually does. Not to worry; it's all explained in this post. The DNS…

#BacktoBasics: What is SaaS?

22.8.2013 by Emma Blunt

Everyone loves an acronym but when technology is involved, they can be difficult to decipher. So, what is SaaS and what is it used for? SaaS stands for Software as a Service. In essence, it is a way for companies…

#BacktoBasics: Taking Precautions

14.8.2013 by Emma Blunt

The hacking of a charity's website recently serves as a stark reminder that, whether you're a gigantic corporation or a charitable organisation, there's no immunity from cyber-attacks In April this year, hypoparathyroidism charity HPTH UK was hacked and personal details…