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Secure Virtual Desktops!   no comments

Jan 30, 2014 @ 2:08pm Web hosting

I was recently asked by a potential client in the financial services field if we had the ability to provide them with a safe and secure virtual desktop platform for some work-from-home staffing they were about to setup. My response of course was that we could provide a secure platform that will have multiple layers of security and further explained how you could go about this.

Anytime you have remote staff logging into a corporate environment with devices other than those supplied and locked down by that particular company’s IT department, you need to be sure the connections will be secure. In this case it would be remote users logging in from their home computers,   so you have to be sure the Virtual Desktop deployment would be setup utilizing multiple layers of security in the following manner.

The first layer of security entails locking down the virtual desktop itself to restrict the ability of the users by properly setting the permission levels to avoid downloads to the desktop that might cause it to be compromised. Secondly to ensure you have a secure connection, a VPN tunnel should be setup between the Home PC, Mac, Thin Client, iPad or Tablet and the URL assigned as the login to the Virtual Desktop. This will provide you with a secure encrypted connection between the two.

Virtual Desktop Security

As you can see in the schematic by setting up an SSL Certificate on the login page, an additional layer of encryption would then added. Once you are have secured the login page each user should login with credentials complete with a minimum of 12 character alpha numeric passwords. Once the username and password are accepted the connection protocol begins utilizing another layer of encryption to connect to the Virtual Desktop. Now finally you have entered the virtual desktop environment that should be hosted in an SSAE 16 Certified data center which ensures the facility is compliant to host secure infrastructure. From this vantage point the computing as well as the connection protocol is completely secure with three layers of encryption and ready to transfer any type of protected data staff would then have access to.

Virtual Desktops are becoming the standard for many types of industry verticals and organizations. The key reasoning is security, accessibility and mobility. You can setup connection protocols from just about any device capable of accessing the internet. Your information and data always stays in the data center and is not available on your local device unless you are connected. Therefor if your laptop, tablet or smartphone is ever lost or stolen your data would never be compromised.

For more information on Virtual Desktops and Hosted VDI please visit TurnKeyDesk.com

Written by Tim Kirsch on January 30th, 2014

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TurnKey Internet launches cloud based hosted server reseller platform   no comments

Jan 30, 2014 @ 12:06pm turnkey cloud

cloud-serverLATHAM, NEW YORK (January 30th, 2014) – Sustainable IT solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced that it has launched their all new cloud server reseller platform targeted at channel partners, IT service companies and cloud based service providers. 

 

For more information please see http://www.turnkeyinternet.net/cloud-reseller/

 

TurnKey’s cloud server reseller platform allows access to a fully automated white-labeled product line of enterprise-class cloud-hosted servers featuring over 100 pre-loaded Microsoft Windows Server and Linux Server template choices hosted on the world-class platform within TurnKey Internet’s SSAE 16 Type 2 and ENERGY STAR® certified datacenter in New York. 

 

The new cloud server reseller platform offers channel partners the ability to establish a reseller channel and address the hosting needs of a wide range of customers across different markets without having to build and deploy their own cloud-based infrastructure.  Resellers are given access to a fully automated web interface to manage their clients by allocating resources such as virtual servers, ip addresses, bandwidth, memory and disk space as well as the ability to select from multiple operating system templates.

 

 “TurnKey has always derived a significant portion of its business from channel partners,” said Adam Wills, CEO of TurnKey Internet.  “We have been focused on expanding offerings that resonate within the channel partner community, and are pleased to release our new cloud reseller platform allowing complete white-label access to provision and manage cloud-based servers on our existing enterprise based TurnKey Cloud platform.”.

 

The new cloud server reseller platform lets channel partners, web designers, web resellers and IT companies offer enterprise class cloud based servers without any cost investment.  Resellers can set their own prices, server plans, and bundle the cloud server offering with their own unique services to create a unified cloud-based offering to their clients.

 

About Turnkey Internet

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet, Inc. is a full-service green data center and leading provider of sustainable web hosting and IT solutions. From its SSAE 16 Type 2 and ENERGY STAR® certified facility in Latham, NY—New York’s Tech Valley Region—TurnKey offers web hosting, communication services, web-based IT systems, software as a service (SaaS), enterprise colocation services, and computing as a service to clients in more than 150 countries. For more information, please call (518) 618-0999 or visit www.turnkeyinternet.net/media.

TurnKey Internet’s green data center wins New York State Environmental Excellence Award   no comments

Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:41am Announcement,green

The award from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recognized TurnKey’s innovative facility design and outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability

LATHAM, NEW YORK (December 11, 2013) – Sustainable IT solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced that it has been awarded the 2013 Environmental Excellence Award by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for TurnKey’s work on transforming a vacant, former post office building into one of the nation’s leading high-tech, sustainable data centers.

 

The award from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recognized TurnKey’s innovative facility design and outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability.  Turnkey’s  innovative green data center sets a benchmark for the data center industry through use of ultra-efficient cooling, unified power systems and renewable energy sources that create a carbon neutral facility.

 

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TurnKey’s sustainable data center includes a roof-top solar array, backed by hydro-electric renewable power sources and cutting-edge cooling technologies that minimize energy consumption.   TurnKey’s green data center is one of only two ENERGY STAR® certified data centers in New York and one of just 39 in the United States.

 

In recognition of their commitment to the environment, TurnKey Internet has seen several prestigious titles and certifications this year including the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially naming its Latham, New York facility an ENERGY STAR® certified data center.  In April, the company announced their implementation of the New York State Governor’s ReCharge New York hydroelectric power system. This, combined with the solar power the facility generates on site, allowed them to achieve a zero carbon footprint. Additionally, they announced their SSAE 16 Type 2 security certification earlier in the year.

 

“We are honored by New York State’s recognition of our facility and our ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Adam Wills, president and CEO of TurnKey Internet. “Data centers are massive power consumers, and the industry as a whole is expected to be larger polluters than the airline industry by 2020. TurnKey has created a zero carbon foot print facility and a working blue print for ultra-efficient data centers that we hope will be adopted by other facilities across the globe to help create a sustainable environment.

 

 IMG_2242About Turnkey Internet

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet, Inc. is a full-service green data center and leading provider of sustainable web hosting and IT solutions. From its SSAE 16 Type 2 and ENERGY STAR® certified facility in Latham, NY—New York’s Tech Valley Region—TurnKey offers web hosting, communication services, web-based IT systems, software as a service (SaaS), enterprise colocation services, and computing as a service to clients in more than 150 countries. For more information, please call (518) 618-0999 or visit www.turnkeyinternet.net/media.

 

Is your Web Site and Business ready for a Black Friday Rush?   no comments

Nov 21, 2013 @ 12:20pm turnkey cloud,Web hosting

blackfriday_rush  If you are asking today if your business is ready for a Black Friday Rush, it may already be a bit late to change your preparations for this year – but it’s still good to take a look.  Online businesses and brick and mortar businesses have a lot in common, they both are trying to capture that surge of traffic around the busiest shopping season of the year.

Black Friday got to this place of massive discounts and big glitzy promotions over the last 25+ years due to the basic supply and demand equation.   Since the early 1980′s the amount of brick and mortar retail floor space across the United States has increased on average 4% year over year, yet the population has only increased roughly 1% each year.  In short, there are more stores and items to shop than 25+ years ago on a per person basis (more supply and less demand).

 

According to Gallup, consumers estimate they will spend just $704 this holiday shopping season, on average. This is down from 2012, when the average consumer said they would spend $770.  All this is leading to more businesses competing for customer attention by using glitz, glamor and of course massive discount promotions to lure you in.  Black Friday is the big event of the year for many of these retailers – online, and brick, and mortar alike.

 

Online businesses are of course more recent to the ball game than the brick and mortar retail stores – but similarly compete for the attention of online buyers, and often have similar showcased promotions this time of year. Similar to brick and mortar retail stores, the online businesses have to fight that same supply and demand concept to get as many potential clients eye-balling their products and services versus their competitors – and its common to see deep discounts, promotions and low pricing to lure your attention.

Planned promotional strategy is the official term in business speak, but the reality for healthy well run businesses is wisely used discounting to bring new and existing clients to the store or web site.  It could be that $100 TV door-buster to get you in the store which in turn leads you to spend extra money on accessories and other high profit products (say special audio visual cables that have massive mark ups that help balance out the profit of selling that $100 TV door-buster).  Buy 1 get 1 free, 75% off black Friday discounts, super-sized upgrades, etc are all part of a well run business utilizing discounts to grab market attention.

Retail stores run into problems during the big rush for black Friday because literally there are more people than their stores can handle waiting at the doors, too busy a show-room floor for people to browse, and too few discount items (say that $100 TV at the door) to go to everyone who wants one – which can lead to customer dis-satisfaction and even hinder the overall goal which is for the business to make a profit by having the client browse all those high-mark up accessories next to the discounted items.

 

It’s crucial any business be ready for the potential rush.  Online businesses are no different, and online businesses have the extra ability to handle larger sudden volumes of transactions as long as their ecommerce system, web site and back end servers can handle the traffic spike during the busy season.  The last thing you want to do is be selling buy 1 get 1 free offers, and have your web site so slow that the consumer won’t stay in the shopping cart check out process to browse the profitable add-on items you are using to make up the profit margin.  It’s essential to plan ahead, have a fast and reliable web site, good back end cloud-based servers that can scale on demand and provide reliability when you need it most.  You don’t want to be caught with all your clients trapped outside the store with no way for them to get in and shop when it counts most, online or in-person at your retail location.

So if you are an online store, brick and mortar, or selling via online auction sites – plan ahead and be prepared for the Black Friday Rush.

 

 

Written by Adam on November 21st, 2013

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Black Friday Web Hosting Deals In the Cloud   no comments

Nov 19, 2013 @ 3:39pm Deals and Promotions

banner-black-friday      TurnKey Internet, Inc Launches Black Friday Deals for The Cloud

 

 

LATHAM, NEW YORK (November 19, 2013) – Sustainable IT solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced today the launch of their Black Friday Deals offering some of the best black Friday web hosting and cloud services deals for 2013.

TurnKey Internet is known for running it’s eagerly-awaited, industry-leading Black Friday specials, and this year is no different. TurnKey Internet is offering 75% off for life of nearly every product they offer – dedicated servers, virtual private servers, cloud servers, web hosting, colocation services, SEO hosting, reseller hosting, and much more. More information can be found at http://www.turnkeyinternet.net/blackfriday.

“Last year’s special was an epic success, and we couldn’t wait for our 2013 Black Friday promotion to kick off” remarked Adam Wills, CEO of TurnKey Internet. “We have been receiving phone calls and inquires for over a month asking about our Black Friday promotions, and I am happy we are offering deals like these to our clients; we want them feeling like shopping TurnKey’s Black Friday Special was well worth their time and effort– two commodities we find positively invaluable.”

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet, Inc. is a full-service green data center and leading provider of sustainable web hosting and IT solutions that received the EPA’s Energy Star Datacenter certification in 2013. From its SSAE 16 Type 2 certified facility in Latham, NY—New York’s Tech Valley Region—TurnKey offers web hosting, communication services, web-based IT systems, software as a service (SaaS), enterprise colocation services, and computing as a service to clients in more than 150 countries. For more information, please call (518) 618-0999 or visit www.turnkeyinternet.net/media.

Written by admin on November 19th, 2013

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Growing Up in the Hosting World   no comments

Nov 5, 2013 @ 11:11am Web hosting

topppHowdie do Turnkey Lovers,

How long has it been? 4, 5 years? Probably only a few months, but with all the exciting things happening at Turnkey lately, it’s been easy to lose track of time. Well, I’m back with a special treat. One of my co-workers asked me to help write a post comparing VPS’s(Virtual Private Servers) to dedicated servers and finally to colocation. Well, I have to admit, it sounded a bit boring to me. I didn’t want to just write one long article comparing those 3 very different items. I wanted to write something different, but didn’t have many ideas on where to go with this. What are VPS’s, dedicated servers and colocation services?

Enter stage left, the Marketing Room.

I went and spoke with someone you’re probably very familiar with, Dylan Youngs. Top 5 best marketing coordinators: Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, and Dylan (I’ve always enjoyed saying that since I’ve met him).

Dylan and I get to talking and begin throwing some ideas around. We came up with an idea to compare some of our services to a common experience that most people can relate to. The process of living with your parents to getting your own house. I came up with this analogy on this:

Shared hosting is to living with your parents as VPS’ are to getting your own apartment.

That may sound a bit confusing, but stick with me.

When you’re a child living with your parents, they provide for you. They place a roof over your head, food on your table and hopefully a nice bed to rest your head. How does that relate to shared hosting and VPS’s?

Well, let’s say you wake up one day and decide that you want to have a website. Maybe you have a business and want to reach out further to potential customers or maybe you just want to display some art that you’ve been working on to the world. Whatever reasons you may want a website you will need a place to “house” it. Host the site if you will.

We provide you with a website building tool to help get your website created. We also provide you with different tools to get your site listed on the greater internet. Providing you a “house” and “food” for your website to perform properly.

Next thing you know, your art goes viral and everyone wants to see your site. Some people even want to buy a piece of your art. You reach out to a developer and using the tools provided through Turnkey, they create you a database to allow you to begin to sell your art online.

Your new site is in full swing with new people seeming to view your site every day. New inquires for your art are flooding into your email inbox, but something happens. Customers are beginning to complain about the slowness of your site. Some saying that it takes 15 seconds plus to load the site.

What do you do?

You reach out to us! TurnKey Internet (parents in this extended metaphor) and they make some tweaks for you.

We inform you that your site has “grown up” a bit and no longer is eating baby food, but now is ready for full on adult food! Your bandwidth is increased and you’re given more disk space, however, you only see a small increase in the performance of your site.

Your developer informs you that you should install some additional modules to help speed up the site, but when you attempt to install them, you discover that you need greater access to install these features. Your host informs you that the modules you’re requesting would affect everyone else on the server and as “parents” of the server, they won’t install the custom software to ensure a stable environment for the rest of the customers.

Or in laymen terms, your “parents” say you will play by their rules while living under their roof.

It’s at this point that your site has matured and grown to a point that it’s time to move to its own environment.

It’s time to get your own “apartment” so that you can run and install items for your site to perform better. It’s time to get your own place and that’s when you discover that TurnKey sells these items called VPS’s (Virtual Private Servers). From a bit of research, you learn that on the VPS, you can have your way. You can install custom applications. Tweak the settings and just have greater control, however, the best part is that you will have your own “apartment” which means no more sharing resources with other customers. With that, you send a sales inquiry to Turnkey Internet to gather more information.

And there it is. Come back next week to learn more about becoming an adult in the hosting world!

Have any more questions? Email us at sales@turnkeyinternet.net

 

Written by Jeremy on November 5th, 2013

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The Adventures of The TurnKing – Here, Hold This.   no comments

Oct 31, 2013 @ 9:07am TurnKey Kronicles

The Adventures of The TurnKing

TurnKing_Vol5-01As Vint and Leif continue their journey, they finally find the key-sword to fight against the DDoS Dragon! They also meet a new friend.

Past Volumes

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After being abducted by the deadly Ban-dits, Vint and Leif safely continue their journey. This time around they need to get a special shield in order to kill off the DDoS Dragon!

TurnKing_Vol3-01

In honor of Leif Erikson Day yesterday, we would like to introduce Volume 3 of our TurnKey Kronicles! In this volume, Vint and his sidekick Lief are off on their journey to stop the DDoS Dragon from destroying their city, Cloudtopia. They run into a minor technical difficulty, where they are greeted by some unfriendly travelers.

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Young Vint and his friend Leif go to the city’s merchant to see if they can get some weapons to fight off the evil DDoS Dragon and it’s bots. The merchant gives them a magical firewall and explains to them that this is not all they need! Check back next week for chapter 3 of this epic tale!

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Young Vint dreams of saving his town from a DDoS attack by the DDoS Dragon and his bots! Check back next week for chapter 2 of this epic tale!

Written by Dylan on October 31st, 2013

Black Friday Gadgets – 8 Tech Toy Ideas   no comments

Oct 29, 2013 @ 10:17am Web hosting

gifts Black Friday is right around the corner. You know what that means! Time to get the hottest tech toys while acting as if you were participating in Spain’s Running of the Bulls at your local Wal-Mart! From TV’s to tablets, 2013 is filled with tons of new toys for men, women and children. Whether it’s your first time heading out into the chaos of Black Friday, or you are a seasoned vet to pushing people into shopping carts, it is time to start preparing! So let’s check out some of this year’s hottest items.

Top of the Line Gadgets

Microsoft  Surface Pro  microsoftIf you’ve got some extra cash this holiday season and want to give someone an awesome gift, this could certainly be it! Microsoft leads the way with a tablet/laptop hybrid and it sure is pretty cool. Have kids going to college? Replace those outdated notebooks with this bad boy and eliminate lugging a backpack around full of textbooks and folders with this sleek, innovative product from Microsoft.

Price: $799.99

PlayStation 4 ps4-hrdware-large18I’m sure you’ve heard the news. There will be a new PlayStation due out just in time for Black Friday! While the Xbox One is also on it’s way to the market, it seems that the hype surrounds the PS4. One cool feature? Download a game on your smartphone and your PS4 will wake up, download it, and go back to sleep so by the time you get home, it’s ready to play! A great gift for any gamer!

Price: $399.99

Gifts for Under $300

Pebble Pebble_watch_trio_group_04This product got it’s kick start on… KickStarter! Raising over $10 MILLION!

So what’s so sweet about this watch? Well it holds a charge up to 7 straight days, it works with Android and iOS devices, comes with a variety of watch faces, and lets you receive notifications such as calls and text messages. It’s a pretty cool gift for those who like to stay up on the latest gadgets. With such a simple design, you can get it for almost anyone!

Price: $149.99

Nest Learning Thermostat nest-learning-thermostat-xl

Probably one of the coolest new gadgets! Made by the same guy who brought you the first 18 generations of the iPod, Tony Fadell is back to bring you the Nest. This thermostat learns what temperature it should be everyday, all day within your home. The Nest learns when you are away at work, if you like it cooler at night while you sleep, and even catches on during different seasons. Why do we like the Nest so much? Because it is green and helps you save energy! And while it is easy to use, this gift is perfect for your tech savvy mom or pops!

Price: $249.00

Gifts for Under $100

myCharge Freedom 2000 Case SilverBlack_Blur_600x600_large“The perfect balance between protection, function and fashion.” The Freedom 2000 Case by myCharge allows you to charge your phone from its case! With a beautiful design, this is a great gift for someone with an active lifestyle. Whether it’s for a busy business man or woman, or for someone who likes to listen to music while on long jogs or bike rides, it’s an awesome gift for anyone who is constantly on the go.

Price: $79.99

Kindle Ereader 

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For $70, you can’t go wrong. The Amazon Kindle Ereader is a simple way  to carry  up to 1,000 books without needing a mule (although we might be able to get you a mule for the same price if you contact jared@turnkeyinternet.net). This is a great gift for your bookworm friend who can’t leave home without their latest read!

Price: $69.99

Gifts for Under $50

Maple Wood Grain iPad 2 Skins

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iPad’s are pretty simple looking if you ask us! So what WOOD we do? Well first we would apologize for the bad pun. But next we would get one of these cool looking iPad cases. Very different from the standard iPad look, and something that might look a little nicer sitting around the family living room. Did your mom just get an iPad? Bada bing, bada boom!

Price: $29.99

Star Wars Death Star Tea Infuser ed08_star_wars_death_star_tea_infuser

Does your friend or family member love Star Wars? Do they drink tea? WELL DO WE HAVE A GIFT THEM! That’s right. It’s the Star Wars Death Star Tea Infuser! I don’t think we need to elaborate much more on who would love this gift. So we will leave that to you ;)

 

Price: $19.99

And there you have it. 8 awesome gifts ranging from a $20 tea infuser to an $800 laptop/tablet/futurething! We hope we could help get you started with your Black Friday gift ideas, and remember to check back here in the upcoming weeks to see what we will have to offer!

Written by Dylan on October 29th, 2013

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Fun Fact Friday – YouTube’s 10 Hours of Videos Per Minute   no comments

Oct 25, 2013 @ 10:08am Web hosting

Did you know that every minute, 10 hours of videos are uploaded to YouTube?
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Written by Dylan on October 25th, 2013

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The Adventures of The TurnKing – The Shield of Norton   no comments

Oct 21, 2013 @ 10:25am TurnKey Kronicles

The Adventures of The TurnKing!

TurnKing_Vol4-01After being abducted by the deadly Ban-dits, Vint and Leif safely continue their journey. This time around they need to get a special shield in order to kill off the DDoS Dragon!

Past Volumes

TurnKing_Vol3-01

Volume 3

In honor of Leif Erikson Day yesterday, we would like to introduce Volume 3 of our TurnKey Kronicles! In this volume, Vint and his sidekick Lief are off on their journey to stop the DDoS Dragon from destroying their city, Cloudtopia. They run into a minor technical difficulty, where they are greeted by some unfriendly travelers.

TurnKing_Vol2-01 (1)

Volume 2

Young Vint and his friend Leif go to the city’s merchant to see if they can get some weapons to fight off the evil DDoS Dragon and it’s bots. The merchant gives them a magical firewall and explains to them that this is not all they need! Check back next week for chapter 3 of this epic tale!

TurnKing_Vol1-01

Volume 1

Young Vint dreams of saving his town from a DDoS attack by the DDoS Dragon and his bots! Check back next week for chapter 2 of this epic tale!