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IBM Wins Government Cloud Contract with State of California

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IBM has won a significant contract with the state of California to supply 400 state and local agencies with cloud services. Under the deal, IBM will power the infrastructure behind CalCloud, a new government cloud platform that is available to municipal, state and local agencies on a subscription basis. So far, more than 20 state departments have requested IT services through the platform. The post IBM Wins Government Cloud Contract with State of California appeared first on Web Hosting Talk.

Australian Ecommerce Host Anchor Readies New OpenStack Managed Cloud

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Australian ecommerce hosting provider Anchor is launching a new managed cloud service for select partners and customers in August. The cloud platform is based on OpenStack, and will be generally available by the end of September. The post Australian Ecommerce Host Anchor Readies New OpenStack Managed Cloud appeared first on Web Hosting Talk.

Facebook Organic Growth: How to Defy the Odds and Grow a Huge Facebook Community

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Do you want to grow a massive Facebook following? Are you wondering how an organic Facebook strategy can be successful? To learn how to grow a huge organic following on Facebook using techniques you have likely never heard of, I interview Holly Homer for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast. More About This [...]This post Facebook Organic Growth: How to Defy the Odds and Grow a Huge Facebook Community first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

New gTLDs Report Card – July 2014

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The Total Registrations of the new gTLDs have reached the huge figure of over 1.7 Million (as of 25th July 2014). .CLUB has continued to grow at a furious pace and .GURU and .TODAY follow in its wake. The addition of generics such as .XYZ and .WEBSITE will be expected to shake things up very soon, but in terms of registrations through our platform the impact is still nascent. The percentage split of the registrations faciliated by ResellerClub can be seen in this infographic below: Which new gTLDs are you waiting for?   New gTLDs Comparison – July 2014 | Create Infographics Please leave your thoughts or comments below!

Elastic Load Balancing Connection Timeout Management

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When your web browser or your mobile device makes a TCP connection to an Elastic Load Balancer, the connection is used for the request and the response, and then remains open for a short amount of time for possible reuse. This time period is known as the idle timeout for the Load Balancer and is set to 60 seconds. Behind the scenes, Elastic Load Balancing also manages TCP connections to Amazon EC2 instances; these connections also have a 60 second idle timeout. In most cases, a 60 second timeout is long enough to allow for the potential reuse that I mentioned earlier. However, in some circumstances, different idle timeout values are more appropriate. Some applications can benefit from a longer timeout because they create a connection and leave it open for polling or extended sessions. Other applications tend to have short, non- recurring requests to AWS and the open connection will hardly ever end up being reused. In order to better support a wide variety of use cases, you can now set the idle timeout for each of your Elastic Load Balancers to any desired value between 1 and 3600 seconds (the default will remain at 60). You can set this value from the command line or through the AWS Management Console. Here's how to set it from the command line: $ elb-modify-lb-attributes myTestELB --connection-settings "idletimeout=120" --headers And here is how to set it from the AWS Management Console: This new feature is available now and you can start using it today! Read the documentation to learn more. -- Jeff;

Tapping Into Mobile Commerce 2014 [Infographic]

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What a difference a year makes! We published the first mobile ecommerce infographic last year. Since then, all the stats suggest that mobile has continued its meteoric rise as an ecommerce powerhouse. Highlights include: The market potential for wearable devices such as smart watches and other wearable sensors enter the mobile ecommerce the conversation. How many billions, yes, billions, more new mobile consumers will be in the market by 2017. Stats on how much time consumers spend on mobile devices and where they spend the most money. The ramifications of just a three-second delay in response time on mobile. Other industries that are benefiting from mobile taps. View the entire infographic below. If you want to tweak your existing mobile strategy, you can find resources and advice on where to start or how to improve your organization’s mobile experience by contacting a specialist at Rackspace Digital.

Introducing Site Logos: Personalize Your Blog, Display Your Brand News -

One of the most common requests we’ve received from users is the ability to add a logo to your site. While some premium themes have their own type of logo uploader, as soon as you switched your theme, the logo would disappear. But not any more! Today, we’re excited to announce the new Site Logo feature. With this new feature, you just need to upload your logo once. Your logo will appear on any of our supported themes, regardless of how often you switch themes. Each theme has been custom-tailored to ensure your logo will look its best and display appropriately, whether on a mobile device or a large screen. In addition to offering support for over a dozen themes — from our best business-styled themes like Motif and Forefront to all-time favorites like Oxygen — we’ll continue to add support for even more themes over time (as well as new ones upon release). To get started, check out the Site Logo support page for details on adding, changing, and removing a logo to your site. Enjoy!Filed under: Customization, Features

British Officials Deny New Copyright Regulations will Decriminalize Online Piracy

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Sharing copyrighted files is still illegal in Britain. A single inaccurate media report on the U.K.'s recently announced Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP) has created an online furor and numerous repetitions of the erroneous suggestion that adopting the program amounts to decriminalization of file sharing. The post British Officials Deny New Copyright Regulations will Decriminalize Online Piracy appeared first on Web Hosting Talk.

Featured Blog: Economist's View

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NAME: Mark Thoma BLOG: Economist's View TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2005 WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: As a macroeconomist and econometrician, and a Professor of Economics at the University of Oregon, Mark Thoma knows economics. He is a regular columnist for The Fiscal Times, and an analyst at CBS MoneyWatch. His blog, Economist's View, has been called "the best place by far to keep up with the latest in economic discourse". FOLLOW: Typepad | Twitter

Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight On Artifact Uprising: Making Tangible, Eco-Friendly Products For Digital Photos On The Rackspace Managed Cloud

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Artifact Uprising is an internet-based startup that wants to free your photos from the confines of your smartphone or tablet and bring them back into the physical world. The startup is known for a suite of tangible products for digital photos that is beautiful in its minimalistic design and eco-friendly roots. Its signature products include Instagram-friendly photo books with interior pages printed on 100 percent recycled paper and a collection of wooden products handcrafted with mountain beetle pine. Introducing AU Mobile: Artifact Uprising for iPhone from Artifact Uprising on Vimeo. Prior to launching Artifact Uprising, the founders ran a successful photography business in Denver. When they realized their documented lives were sitting on their phones and computers – with no true, physical place to live- the Artifact Uprising seed was planted. “It’s something we kept coming back to – that question of ‘what are we leaving behind?’” says AU’s Chief Operating Officer, Jessica Lybeck. “And so the story goes, we were inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible. We are a printing company – yes – but at the end of the day we are just a few people who think about that – the stories we’re leaving behind.” Lybeck says that it’s important for a startup to be able to focus on its core business, without the worry of being able to scale infrastructure due to limited capital. That’s where the Rackspace Startup Program lends a helping hand. “Every penny counts when you’re building a company,” she says. “The Rackspace Startup Program has helped us divert more resources to growing our business. We need to be able to scale our hosting along with our business, and Rackspace is a company that offers the scalability and support we need.” What’s on the horizon for Artifact Uprising? “We seek to cultivate a community of inspired storytellers – of movers, shakers, doers, designers, creatives, artists, thinkers, joy-makers,” concludes Lybeck. “We’re building a great team, working on exciting partnerships and improving our web platform. We believe in the power of community to ignite creativity, and look forward to making a difference in the lives of our customers and employees.” The Rackspace Startup Program was there to help Artifact Uprising bring tangible products for digital photos onto an ecommerce website. Drop the Startup Team a note and let us know if you need help building your startup.

Americans Spend Around 40 Minutes Each Day on Facebook

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Facebook’s Q2 earnings shed light on the social network’s vast adoption within the United States. In fact, it proved that the average person in the United States spends 40 minutes every day on the site. This means that we are each spending more than ten days in the entire year communicating with friends and family, sharing photos and videos, exploring Facebook profiles, and researching businesses via social pages. Furthermore, Zuckerberg revealed that Facebook’s mobile user count is up 7.4% from Q1 this year bringing the total to 654 million. These significant growths help make strong business cases for companies that are already present on the social network to explore advertising opportunities within the platform. But what are the benefits? Expansive User Base – The Q2 results prove that Facebook is not only expanding in how much time people are spending on the social media channel, but also how many people are on it in general. What was once only popular to the younger, college generation is now being embraced by Americans of all ages – offering a great potential reach for advertisers. Precise Targeting – The ability to specify an exact age range, personal interest or geographical location are just a couple of the criteria which advertisers can specify for their target market. Choose between PPC or CPM Structures – With two different options of how you pay for the advertising, you can choose to pay based on how many clicks the ad receives or by how many thousand impressions the ad gets. Inexpensive – Creating a business page costs $0 and you can still manage a limited advertising budget without breaking the bank. This can be from paying for ads, boosting posts, or running sponsored stories. Furthermore, you can shape exactly how much you wish to spend without going over the allotted amount dedicated to the campaign. Media Inclusion – The best way to drive traffic, interest, and engagement online is to offer sharable content. Through Facebook ads, you can include photos and videos via ads with guaranteed impressions to drive these numbers. Photo Credit: © hocus-focus

Build a Successful Web Presence, Not Just a Website

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Simply getting online isn’t enough. These days it’s very easy to build a website, however it’s not so easy to build a successful web presence. A website is simply a vehicle for building a successful web presence; it’s the central hub for all of your business’s online activity, but it’s often just the beginning of your journey towards online success.  The task remains to attract, engage and retain the customers and prospects that visit your site. Content Marketing: you must have heard the buzz? There are lots of complicated definitions of content marketing, but I like to keep things simple – so my favorite is this one: “Traditional marketing and advertising is telling the world you’re a rock star. Content Marketing is showing the world that you are one”. – Robert Rose It’s about providing content that keeps your visitors engaged and on your site, making your site a destination – not just a place for a transaction. With content marketing, there are no shortcuts, and it involves producing quality content consistently over an extended period of time. However, there are ways in which we endeavor to make your life easier,  and one of those is our range of web apps. Getting Found Online The foundation of a successful Web presence is getting found online. Integrating Web apps is great for engaging visitors on your site once they arrive, but often they won’t do much in terms of bringing visitors to your website in the first place. For this you need good search engine optimization (SEO). This means your website needs to be visible in search engine results. In my next post I will be discussing how we can help you achieve this. Tools to Help Build a Successful Web Presence While our eBusiness solutions are designed to help get businesses online quickly and easily, many may not be aware that our offerings are also geared towards helping our customers achieve continued success once their websites are up and running. Keep an eye out for my next post where I will be uncovering some of these tools, and hopefully saving you the trouble of having to hunt for them yourself. Photo Credit: © Marek –

This summer's box office hit? Twitter.

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On a hot summer day, few things are more appealing than a cool, dark movie theater. But with multiple films premiering every weekend, how do audiences decide what to see? According to studio executives, many turn to Twitter: Maleficent is such an iconic Disney character, and fans were eager to take part in her story beyond the screen. Twitter was a great place for us to connect with an audience of highly engaged moviegoers in an immediate, creative way and build buzz around the release of the film. Anthy PriceSenior Vice President of Media and Integrations at The Walt Disney Studios “Twitter was a key ingredient to the success of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ We had an amazing film and created some highly shareable content. As the live platform, Twitter was the perfect place for us to spread the word.” Marc WeinstockHead of Domestic Theatrical Marketing at 20th Century Fox To find out more about the role Twitter plays in movie viewing decisions, we partnered with Nielsen to conduct an exit poll of U.S. moviegoers age 13 and over who had just seen one of four big summer films on opening weekend. We found that compared to non-users, Twitter users are real film buffs. They see more movies and are more likely to head to a movie when it first opens. Furthermore, when it comes to picking movies, what they see on Twitter influences their choices. Read on to learn about Twitter’s box office influence and three key ways studios can use our platform to mobilize audiences. 1. Audiences use Twitter to track movie buzz – long before films are released. Many moviegoers (62%) go online or use mobile apps to find out about upcoming films, and Twitter is one of their favorite resources. When asked how they’d heard about the last movie they’d seen, 25% said they’d seen an ad, promo or Tweet about it. Among the Twitter users in the group, this number was significantly higher: 42%. We also found that audiences crave information long before films are released. Nearly a third (30%) of Twitter users like to catch movie information a few months before movies appear in theaters, and another 20% seek the scoop a month or so before opening day. In fact, Twitter users are so eager for movie news that most of them (65%) follow a film-related account. This includes accounts for movies, movie theaters and actors and actresses. Tip: Create a movie account at least six months prior to release, and involve actors, theaters and movie news sites in your Twitter strategy to maximize reach. For example, before “XMen: Days of Future Past” opened, the cast built buzz about the film by interacting with fans via a live Twitter chat. 2. Tweets mobilize moviegoers. The vast majority (87%) of Twitter users said what they saw on Twitter influenced their most recent movie choice. When asked how they’d reacted to seeing a Tweet about the movie they’d just seen, most Twitter users (88%) said they took action. Many (44%) proceeded to watch the trailer, and more than a third (41%) tweeted or retweeted something about the movie. A significant number later chatted about the movie with others, and some searched for showtimes or tickets. What kind of movie-related content do Twitter users want to see? Users say the top three categories they’d like to see more of are special previews and trailers (32%), Tweets from the movie’s cast (31%) and behind the scenes videos and pictures (27%). Tip: Tweet “insider”-type content to draw audiences to the theater. Here, @Maleficent engages users by tweeting a trailer. 3. On Twitter, audiences give and get movie recommendations. Twitter users like to have their say. Upon exiting the theater, most Twitter users (58%) said they planned to share their thoughts about the movie online. Another 14% of them had already done so. Of those who intended to give their two cents, more than half (56%) planned to do it via Twitter. Their words carry weight: A large proportion (47%) of Twitter users say that they are most influenced by movie recommendations from family or friends on Twitter. Tip: Moviegoers’ opinions matter on Twitter. Boost your box office numbers by encouraging audiences to tweet about your movie. When this fan shared that “Blended” was his favorite Adam Sandler film, @BlendedMovie spread the word with a Retweet.

A Powerful Partner in Applying for Business School: LinkedIn

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Before I went to business school, I spent my life in the luxury sector where I interacted with people from all over the world. I was very happy in this industry but I always felt deeply passionate about enhancing my overall leadership potential by attending an international business school. I found the research conducted at these schools really interesting and often applied the learnings to my work. These experiences eventually motivated me to begin my search for an international business school in the U.S. Extensive research and soul searching led me to the Global MBA program at Temple University’s Fox School of Business in Philadelphia. So far, my experience has been rich and rewarding, replete with immensely talented faculty and students from around the world who have chosen interactive learning in a dynamic setting. LinkedIn was a powerful partner in helping me identify my short list of business schools. If you’re considering going back to school for a graduate degree, here are some tips that helped me in the process: Clarify your short and long term goals, then identify the schools that can deliver explicitly on those goals. I created a portfolio of achievements both work and non-work related, included my future career aspirations, then saw how those aligned with each business program. This portfolio helped me determine which country, school, and program best aligned with my goals, and my short list helped me compose my personal statement. I also talked to people who knew me well, including teachers, trusted colleagues, friends and family to make sure I covered all my bases. Reach out to current students and alumni. I used Advanced Search to find current students, recent alumni who graduated in the past two years and alumni who graduated more than four years ago. By upgrading to a LinkedIn Premium account, I gained access to many features including complete profiles, InMails, as well as the ability to use the robust advanced search feature. I then leveraged InMails to contact them and they were all happy to help. After speaking with alumni, I gained an intimate understanding of each of my target schools, including their strengths and weaknesses. I considered this expense an investment in my future. Find out what alumni from your target schools are doing now by using the powerful LinkedIn Alumni tool. I researched all the areas that alumni are now working in after their time at the business school. I used this amazing feature extensively and found it to be extremely useful for considering dozens of career possibilities. Follow up your research on LinkedIn by contacting the school directly. I contacted the admissions office to verify the information I received especially as it related to tuition, living costs, and career services. This helped me be much better informed and balanced my judgment. Do not rely solely on published materials. Since business school admissions is a widely discussed topic, I found that there are tons of resources out there with varying facts and statistics. To be sure about my most important criterion, I had many layers of checks in place and took feedback from friends and family, colleagues, LinkedIn connections, and the school admissions committee before I arrived at my decision. Your relationship with your business school, much like your relationship with LinkedIn will continue long after you receive your degree so do your research and choose wisely. I wish you the very best. Editor’s Note: If LinkedIn has helped you transform your career or business, please share your story with us. For more inspiration, check out our Member Stories blog series.

VPS India Hosting – Now Live at BigRock

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It’s barely been a few months since we launched India Hosting for Shared and Reseller Hosting servers and we have now integrated a new product to our India Hosting family. We are super proud and excited to launch VPS India Hosting , yeah that’s right VPS Hosting with servers right here in India. This new marvel will not only give you the power of  VPS hosting but also 10x faster speeds for your website. So if we have piqued your curiosity, you should probably read more What is VPS India? VPS India Hosting is Geo Hosting, bringing the VPS servers closer to your website’s target traffic here in India. With servers already established in US and China setting up servers in India was the next logical step. With more and more Indian Businesses emerging online, it was imperative for us to establish India based servers as quickly as possible, to cater to the ever growing needs of super fast websites. Why should you host your VPS in India? Did you know that a 1-second delay in page load time can cause a 7% decrease in the conversion rate of your e-commerce website? Or that 40% of the visitors to your website will abandon your website after 3 seconds? One of the key components that contribute to a slow application/website is latency. Latency is the time taken by a server to receive and process a request from a client. By hosting your VPS on BigRock’s India servers, you will witness a significant reduction in the effect latency has on the speed of your application/website. Just take a look at the screenshots below: As you can see, the latency of a server hosted in India is more than 8X lower. This is because you are connecting to the server from India, and the distance that your request has to travel is significantly less than what it has to travel to make a request to our US-hosted servers. This means your application/website loads faster, your customers don’t leave your website, and your revenue increases. It’s like getting the best of both worlds, the power of VPS and the awesomeness of GEO Hosting. To make all of these benefits available to you, BigRock has tied up with the first Certified Tier 4 Datacenter in India, GPX. You can read more about the datacenter here. We agree that you have to pay a little more than what you will pay for VPS Hosting (USA), but it is a very small price for pure awesomeness. So if you’re ready to experience the best possible VPS hosting product, have a look at our plans. As a part of the launch celebrations we are running a very limited time offer where you can save 30% on VPS Hosting India. Use coupon code VPSINDIA at the checkout page or simply click here to avail the offer. We would also love to answer any questions, so feel free to leave a comment below.

Smaller Temples

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What caused the problem with movie theaters is not Netflix, but YouTube. What is making the old temples crumble is not smaller temples, but it’s rather this kind of polytheism — you know, you make your own gods. Paola Antonelli, a curator of the MoMA and apparently their first web designer, quoted in Megan Garber’s article The Most Modern Curator.

OnMetal Shows Phenomenal Performance In Early Benchmarks

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Since we launched the limited availability of OnMetal™ Cloud Servers – single-tenant bare-metal servers provisioned quickly via the cloud – last month, our customers have shown great interest. Some of them are looking to move away from the unpredictable nature of virtualized, multi-tenant environments, while others are intrigued by our promise of “elasticity of the cloud, plus economy of colocation” – particularly the economy side of it. Today, OnMetal moves into general availability and we unveil its pricing. The scalability economics of OnMetal is driven by the following variables: Consistency of performance and the need for over-provisioning. Cost of management. Price/performance ratio: how much work you can get done for every dollar spent. In a previous post, I addressed the consistency, over-provisioning and the management components. Here, let’s look at price per performance, since the numbers are now available. Total monthly price for Managed Infrastructure service level: *OnMetal billing is done by minute, though for simplicity I’m using monthly numbers here assuming there are 438,000 minutes in a month. **This is my back-of-the-napkin approximation of where real production environments usually end up. Your results could be more or less – to learn more about the available discounts go here. Now, let’s look at what kind of consistent performance you get for your money. We performed a number of early benchmarks to show how OnMetal performance stacks up against a competitor. Sysbench Benchmark SysBench is a modular, cross-platform and multi-threaded benchmark tool for evaluating OS parameters that are important for a system running a database under intensive load. I will let the SysBench repo site speak for itself. The idea of this benchmark suite is to quickly get an impression of system performance without setting up complex database benchmarks or even without installing a database at all. Current features allow you to test the following system parameters: file I/O performance scheduler performance memory allocation and transfer speed POSIX threads implementation performance database server performance (OLTP benchmark) For our testing of single core performance in OnMetal, we used the single-threaded CPU benchmark, specified as follows: Single Thread: sysbench --num-threads=1 --test=cpu --cpu-max-prime=128000 run We used SysBench version 0.4.12, which we installed with the distro’s package manager (apt-get install sysbench). The SysBench CPU benchmark is designed to complete 10,000 “jobs” as fast as possible, and measure the time it takes, in seconds, to complete all 10,000. Each job consists of computing all primes from three to 128,000 using the Sieve of Eratosthenes algorithm. When running in a single thread, each job is completed one after another. SysBench CPU can be a good indicator of the CPU performance and, to a lesser extent, of the memory I/O performance (mutex lock for shared counter, etc.) of a system. The results show a quite noticeable improvement by about 15 percent: This test was run on June 27, 2014. UnixBench Benchmark You can find more information in the UnixBench repo site for an explanation of each workload. As for our results, we reported the System Benchmark Index score, which is an aggregation of all the scores of each workload. Except for Dhrystone and Whetstone, these workloads are heavy on syscalls. Due to Xen’s architecture, historically, it hasn’t performed that well on the UnixBench benchmark due to the overhead involved executing the hypercalls (hypervisor syscalls). Tests that involve a lot of memory page table manipulation (i.e. process creation) tend also to score pretty bad with Xen. We used UnixBench version 5.1.3, but with a patch to allow it use more than 16 cores – most people run it this way, and it is actually a known issue. To run it, download the tarball from the repo and run: tar xvf UnixBench5.1.3.tar.gz cp fix-limitation.patch UnixBench5.1.3/ cd UnixBench5.1.3 patch Run fix-limitation.patch ./Run This test was run on June 27, 2014. The OnMetal Compute flavor performed better than the AWS instance (c3.4xlarge) in both SysBench and UnixBench tests. In addition, OnMetal Compute has 10 cores versus the eight cores of AWS’ c3.4xlarge. OnMetal price per core is also much lower than AWS’ thereby delivering amazing performance for a lower price. Pgbench Benchmark We haven’t done much yet with our “high RAM” OnMetal flavor, but 512GB of RAM at these prices speaks for itself, I think. We did, however, play with the PostgreSQL benchmark on the High I/O flavor and compare it to the highest performing virtual server available on our own cloud – Performance Cloud Server 2-120. We used the standard pgbench tool. We’ve used software raid – md raid0 on the OnMetal flavor, and the rest of the configuration was done as stated here: All filesystems were ext4, and the pgbench itself was run from an onmetal compute v1 using Debian Jessie, running Linux kernel 3.14 using standard PostgreSQL 9.3 as packaged by Debian. The results are below. As you can see, even without any special tuning the OnMetal instance delivers nearly three times as much performance as the Rackspace equivalent virtualized offering: This test was run on June 26, 2014. These results prove that the performance impact of virtualization is hard to ignore, especially if you run large-scale applications. We plan to perform more sophisticated benchmarking very soon, and we’ll publish the results here. One particular area I’m interested in is web application performance measured as an aggregate of the three most common layers: request handling, caching and database all tied together. Stay tuned!

How to Use a Domain Name

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You have registered a domain name and now you are wondering how to use a domain name. It is really easy and let me explain to you how it works. When you register a domain name, you are taking the domain name off the market. It gets registered under your name or company name & […] The post How to Use a Domain Name appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: How to Point Your New Domain Name to a Website When you buy a domain name you may just wish... Domain Registration – What does “register a domain name” mean? Domain registration is the process of registering a domain name... What is a Domain Name & Why Should I register one? A domain name gives you a way a much easier...


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