02 mars 2014 ~ 0 Commentaire

Endlayer Launches Shared Cloud Hosting, Leaves Godaddy & Others In The Dirt

Hosted servers, especially shared accounts, can pose real security problems. Some hosts are better than others, but with shared hosting, you basically have to keep your fingers crossed. Ive been a fan of shared hosting as a cost-efficient solution for most Web sites, but you pay a price for saving that money. Im not as much of a fan as I used to be. In a way, its like taking a bath with strangers. You probably save a lot of water, but you dont know whats in there besides the soap. A well-designed and -managed operating system and other system software can attempt to protect applications and users from each other, but things do go wrong at times. Consider what happens when an attacker goes after one of the other sites on your shared server. Vulnerabilities such as this MySQL Password Handler Buffer Overflow Vulnerability or this PHP wordwrap() Heap Corruption Vulnerability occur. If the attacker gains control of the server or the database, youre all just as vulnerable. And it may not be an outsider. It could be one of the other hosting customers. If the hosting admin and other customers arent attentive, the offending party might even get away with it. Because the host can run literally thousands of low-volume sites on a single box for Web hosting (they need another box for mail hosting), it can be enormously profitable even when the sites are very inexpensive. There are a number of mature "control panels" available to hosts, and many write their own, to let customers manage their own sites. If things go well, it should be nearly pure profit. I guess dedicated hosting must be even more profitable, since hosting services seem to push it far more than the cheap shared plans. I suspect there are a lot of dedicated hosting users out there paying $150 a month for needs that would be served by a $20-a-month shared plan. Mike Prettejohn of Internet research firm Netcraft Ltd., which follows the hosting market carefully, said he thinks "strongly themed shared hostinge.g. the Yahoo storefronts"are the best type of shared hosting. They define a rigid but easy-to-use environment for the customer, limiting the damage the customer can do, accidentally or otherwise, and they scale brilliantly for the hosting company. Generic shared-hosting accounts, on the other handthe ones with access to Perl and PHP and (shudder!) shell accountsare a potential disaster. Its very easy for one customer to DoS (denial of service) all of the others with a badly written program. And you know how youll often read about a vulnerability in Linux, such as this one, but its not so big a deal because only local users can exploit it, not remote users? Those shell accounts make the users local. (Good management can prevent those users from uploading and executing arbitrary and exploitative code, but good management isnt built into the operating system.) And then there are the external DoS attacks. Ive read reports indicating that general DoS attacks against hosting services are up, so if your sites are in the wrong IP range, you get to suffer along with everyone else. Larry Seltzer has been writing software for and English about computers ever since,much to his own amazement,he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He was one of the authors of NPL and NPL-R, fourth-generation languages for microcomputers by the now-defunct DeskTop Software Corporation. (Larry is sad to find absolutely no hits on any of these +products on Google.) His work at Desktop Software included programming the UCSD p-System, a virtual machine-based operating system with portable binaries that pre-dated Java by more than 10 years. For several years, he wrote corporate software for Mathematica Policy Research (they’re still in business!) and Chase Econometrics (not so lucky) before being forcibly thrown into the consulting market. He bummed around the Philadelphia consulting and contract-programming scenes for a year or two before taking a job at NSTL (National Software Testing Labs) developing product tests and managing contract testing for the computer industry, governments and publication. In 1991 Larry moved to Massachusetts to become Technical Director of PC Week Labs (now eWeek Labs). He moved within Ziff Davis to New York in 1994 to run testing at Windows Sources. In 1995, he became Technical Director for Internet product testing at PC Magazine and stayed there till 1998. Since then, he has been writing for numerous other publications, including Fortune Small Business, Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows and .NET Magazine), ZDNet and Sam Whitmore’s Media Survey.
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EndLayer, a global IT solutions and managed hosting provider, announced that they have now launched high-end shared performance cloud hosting for clients with smaller websites. Wakefield, MA (PRWEB) February 25, 2014 – EndLayer, a global IT solutions and managed hosting provider, announced that they have now launched high-end shared performance cloud hosting for clients with smaller websites. EndLayers SPC (shared performance cloud) hosting places each client website on a high-performance, secure server with a maximum of 11 other sites, offering flexibility and room to expand. The next generation cloud hardware is built on a premium network, housed in secure SoftLayer data centers, and monitored 24/7/365 by dedicated support technicians. EndLayer offers free incoming transfers (moving client sites from the old hosting network to the new server). The SPC hosting package costs only $89 a month. Too many people are putting up with slow, un-secure hosting companies like GoDaddy and 1&1, says Michael Farin, co-founder and managing partner at EndLayer. Theres no reason to have 500 sites on the same server. Our goal was to create a completely different, lightning-fast shared hosting service for a reasonable cost. Some of the benefits of EndLayers SPC hosting include application support, full customer service, off-site backup, secure, managed firewalls, a fully-managed environment, next generation cloud hardware, and 24/7 proactive monitoring. Each server hosts only 12 sites, ensuring top speed at all times. In contrast, EndLayers competitors (including popular hosting companies GoDaddy, HostGator and 1&1) offer few to none of these benefits, and typically host 250 to 500 sites per server. (Read: Why low-end shared hosting and your e-commerce website is an explosion waiting to happen!) Why would you go with a hosting network that is extremely slow, and that has no backup or tech support? Michael Farin says. It just doesnt make any sense. EndLayer currently provides fully-managed cloud hosting environments and IT services for clients across the globe. The company offers 24/7/365 service and support, and specializes in optimizing websites for speed, performance and security. Their experience in designing, hosting and maintaining sites ranges from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises. EndLayer partners with SoftLayer, a leading data center and network provider, to house all servers in state-of-the art data centers to ensure uninterrupted service. Each data center is monitored 24/7 and includes redundant power, HVAC, and complete fire detection and suppression systems. EndLayer is all about performance, says Michael Farin. With only 12 sites per server, secure firewalls, fanatical technical support, programming experts on call 24/7, and lightning speed, theres no reason to host your website anywhere else. I mean, why would you? About GoDaddy
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