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Migrating To The Cloud   no comments

Posted at Mar 28, 2017 @ 10:20am New York Datacenter,turnkey cloud

Choosing to migrate your company’s IT infrastructure and data to the cloud is no easy decision. However, the number of benefits that the cloud offers to you and your business can make this change well worth it. The cloud is able to offer you many more security features and guarantees for your data than you typically have in your own on-site server room. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits migrating to the cloud will provide.

 

Better Data Security

Possibly the most important aspect of cloud storage, data security is the main priority of cloud services. With some high-profile companies becoming the victims of data breaches in the last couple of years, cloud providers have upped their investments in access control, identity management, intrusion prevention and virus and malware protection. These improvements have resulted in increased security protocols and more protection for communication between users and servers.

 

Improved Availability

Cloud providers are exceptionally reliable. The connection is on 99.99 percent of the time, only going down for maintenance, and you will have access to your applications and data at all times and from practically anywhere. Data stored in the cloud is available to those who need it no matter where they are located. With today’s internet connections via tablets and smartphones, you will be able to access your data and your applications no matter what you are doing.

 

Reduced Costs

Migrating all of your data to the cloud will allow you to reduce the size and cost of your on-site location. For example, you will be able to remove servers, lower your software costs and potentially reduce IT staff without compromising the integrity or security of your data. Most cloud storage is paid on an as-needed basis, so you will only pay for the amount of server and infrastructure capacity that your business needs, and you can change that amount at any time.

 

Finding the Right Data Center

Once you have decided that storing your information in the cloud is the right decision for your business, you will need to find the right provider and data center. You are placing all of your important data in the hands of this provider, so you must make sure that you choose the right one. Technology is constantly changing and improving, and you need to be able to trust that your cloud provider will keep up with the evolution of security needs. Before choosing a data center, you should inquire about the physical security of the facility, what back-up measures for power and internet are in place, as well as what level of support is available to you if you need it.

When you are searching for a data center, ask potential candidates about their compliance to SSAE-16. This set of standards measures the amount of control that a service organization maintains over your sensitive data and financial information. An audit will report any flaws in data flow. You should also inquire about compliance to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This regulation ensures the security and privacy of private health information that is stored on cloud services. A HIPAA audit will demonstrate holes in the security of such specific and sensitive data. If your data center choice is compliant with both of these standards, you can rest assured that your sensitive data will be monitored and its integrity will be maintained.

TurnKey Internet owns and operates its own private data center located in New York’s Tech Valley region. Our SSAE-16 Certified data center was a former U.S. Government building that was purchased by TurnKey in 2010. It is made to U.S. Federal Government standards, with 1-foot thick concrete along the perimeter, plus additional reinforced walls and security enhancements. We have installed advanced security systems, and infrared based surveillance monitoring cameras. Employees all undergo background screening, and clients are not permitted within the facility except with photo ID and escorted by trained security personnel at all times. Owning our data center, we have been able to design, build and maintain every aspect of its construction to provide an ideal hosted server environment. This allows us to provide our clients fast, secure and reliable performance at all times.

 

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Written by David Maurer on March 28th, 2017

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Is Your Business Benefiting From The Cloud?   no comments

Posted at Mar 7, 2017 @ 10:48am cloud,Small Business,Web hosting

Cloud Benefits

Running a business of any size today requires that you make use of today’s most innovative and affordable technology. Whether it’s to improve performance or Disaster Recovery planning, utilizing cloud-based servers and backup solutions is essential. When you want to expand your brand without putting a lot of money into a restrictive and outdated IT infrastructure, you can stay at the top of your competitive game by moving your company to the cloud today.

 

As the cloud goes mainstream, businesses everywhere are capitalizing on the new technology—both internally and as a potential area for expansion. The faster you move your business to the cloud, the faster you will be able to incorporate new technological advances into your business model. The longer you wait, the more difficult getting a handle on the new services will become. Start now, start small, and soon enough your business will be launching ahead of your competition. It is not every day that an opportunity presents itself to take a giant business leap forward without any risk to the business’ foundation or to day-to-day operations. You can get cloud services up and running while everything else stays in place then, when you are ready to switch over, do it seamlessly and without any glitches.

 

IT infrastructure is extremely costly, from a monetary and environmental perspective. Housing, cooling and powering your business servers requires a large amount of energy. From an individual business’ perspective, this matters, but it also matters on a macro level. Provisioning a virtual cloud server for each of your clients is far more efficient than providing a dedicated server for each one. As more and more businesses move to the cloud, we will reduce carbon emissions exponentially. That alone is a good enough reason to switch.

 

Time is money when it comes to serving your customers. When your IT infrastructure goes down, you are unable to help your clients and thus end up losing money that your business needs to survive and grow. You could even lose sales and profits to your competitors. Because it is not prone to costly, time-consuming outages, the cloud proves to be the better, more affordable option for your business. You avoid losing time and money and your business can grow and profit at a pace that is not available with outdated technology. The latest studies show that more companies of all sizes are deciding to switch to cloud and away from outdated, costly, and time-consuming technology. By 2020, close to 80 percent of all businesses worldwide will have made use of cloud technology.

 

By moving your business to the cloud, you stay on top of your competition and make available technology that will let you serve your customers better and increase your profits to even higher levels. For years, many businesses have been utilizing cloud services to run things behind the scenes. There is no foreseeable end to the cloud—it is growing every day as more people realize how powerful, cost effective and useful it really is—and for many small and medium-sized businesses, the sooner they implement cloud services, the better for their bottom line.

 

If you are serious about your business, you plan to grow – and picking TurnKey Internet as your Cloud partner provides you future growth ready flexibility. TurnKey Internet offers a wide range of cost effective cloud service options and platforms to get your business online. From value-priced Web Hosting Plans, Virtual Private Servers, Dedicated Servers, Managed Servers to Secure Colocation Services, TurnKey Internet can meet your cloud-based needs from 1 small virtual server up to hundreds of dedicated servers. The foundation and core of TurnKey Internet is structured for lighting speed and rapid growth through our company-owned network and datacenter.

 

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Written by David Maurer on March 7th, 2017

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Shared Hosting vs. VPS: Is it Time to Upgrade?   no comments

Posted at Feb 14, 2017 @ 10:15am Web hosting

Shared Hosting vs VPS

When you are first getting started, a shared hosting plan is enough to help you meet your goals. It gives you a place on the web to collect leads, showcase your samples and sell your products and services. The problem with shared hosting, though, is that it comes with limited speed and storage space. Although it’s enough while your business is still small, you might want to think about upgrading as your business starts to grow. Many people have a hard time deciding when to make the switch, and if you can relate to this problem, then the following information will get you started in the right direction. You will learn about the benefits of using a VPS, but you will also get a clear picture of when to take action.

With most shared hosting plans, your performance can be impacted by the way that other people on the server use their resources. If someone else’s website is getting a lot of traffic or being attacked, then your website might slow down or even go offline for a while. If you depend on your site to generate sales, then this downtime is unacceptable. When your customers want to make a purchase, they are not always going to wait for your content to come online again. So any performance issues that you experience can hurt your profitability. A virtual private server, or VPS, will help you avoid that problem by providing you with exclusive resources. A VPS also enables your business to customize the performance resources and software based on your company’s unique needs. Things like Virtual CPUs, memory, and storage space, can all be customized and upgraded on a VPS. With shared hosting, you are limited to the software already installed on the server, and sometimes it may lack a requirement or feature your business needs. But with a VPS, you have full flexibility over which software your virtual server runs, even down to the Operating System.

Another downside of shared hosting is the lack of Administrative or root access to the server. This limitation affects what software you can install as well as the settings and options that you can configure on the server. This can greatly impact the potential of what you are able to do with your website.  However with a VPS, you do have root or admin access, giving you the ability to better monitor and troubleshoot your website, with full access to your virtual server’s logs. With a VPS, you have exclusive access and can dictate who shares that access. This allows you to better secure the contents on your server and alleviates the concerns of sharing a server with malicious or careless users. Also because you have full control over the virtual server, you can better enhance and customize its security based on your unique needs.

If you have decided that you need to upgrade, then consider it a good thing. Needing more resources means that your business is growing and that you are attracting plenty of new customers. Having a VPS will help you accommodate even more web traffic, and you will not need to worry about losing sales or customers due to downtime. The speed and performance of a VPS will also help you maintain a professional image, which will enhance and preserve your reputation.

Some business owners procrastinate when they need to upgrade their website, but doing so hurts them more than they likely suspect. Ensuring that your hosting plan is capable of meeting your needs is a vital factor when it comes to getting the most from your business, and you can get started right away.

But, before you select your VPS / Cloud Server Provider, there are 10 Questions you should ask first.

 

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Written by David Maurer on February 14th, 2017

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Moving your Business to the Cloud – Why it Makes Sense   no comments

Posted at Aug 23, 2016 @ 8:16am cloud

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Today’s fast-paced and competitive business market demands that you keep up with the latest technology if you want to outperform your rivals. One of the greatest challenges with running a business today centers on storing your business’s information securely and efficiently. Rather than get bogged down with costly, time-consuming, and outdated IT infrastructures, you can increase your profits, expand your brand, keep your information secure, and outpace your business competitors by moving your small business to the cloud today.

 

Serving Your Customers Better

Time is money when it comes to serving your customers. When your IT infrastructure goes down, you are unable to help your clients and thus end up losing money that your business needs to survive and grow. You could even lose sales and profits to your competitors.

Because it is not prone to costly, time-consuming outages, the cloud proves to be the better, more affordable option for your business. You avoid losing time and money and your business can grow and profit at a pace that is not available with outdated database technology.

 

Growing Your Corporate Brand

Onsite or in-office data centers only allow your business to grow and expand so far in the market. When you want your company to go beyond your current limitations, you can go just about anywhere when you move your business to the cloud.

With its mobility, easy access, and user-friendly design, the cloud does not limit you to a physical location or within a specific boundary in the local market. You can access your company’s information from any location as well as send out projects to your employees regardless of where they are when you move your company’s operations to the cloud. This mobility puts you on target to reaching more customers and getting your business’s brand before an even larger audience.

 

Staying Up with the Latest Trend

You are not alone in your decision to move your business to the cloud. In fact, you will find yourself in great company as more business owners likewise decide to take advantage of this technology.

The latest studies show that more companies of all sizes are deciding to switch to cloud technology and away from outdated, costly, and time-consuming IT databases. By 2020, close to 80 percent of all businesses worldwide will have made use of cloud technology. Why be one of the last ones to take advantage of the newest and most innovative technology when you can make the switch today to the cloud? By moving your business to the cloud, you stay on top of your competition and make available technology that will let you serve your customers better and increase your profits to even higher levels.

Running a business of any size today requires that you make use of today’s most innovative and affordable technology. Whether it’s to improve performance or Disaster Recovery planning, utilizing cloud-based servers and backup solutions is essential. When you want to expand your brand without putting a lot of money into a restrictive and outdated IT infrastructure, you can stay at the top of your competitive game by moving your company to the cloud today.

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Written by David Maurer on August 23rd, 2016

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TurnKey Internet 2016 Expansion – Sneak Peak   no comments

Posted at Aug 3, 2016 @ 11:53am New York Datacenter

Ever wondered what goes inside those state of the art datacenters that run ‘the cloud’? Here is a sneak peak on day 1 as TurnKey Internet (https://turnkeyinternet.net) is expanding its New York Datacenter servicing the Capital Region with Colocation, Cloud Services and Disaster Recovery backup solutions.

More videos and pictures coming soon… Stay tuned!

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Written by David Maurer on August 3rd, 2016

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Ransomware 2.0 – Are your servers safe?   no comments

Posted at Aug 2, 2016 @ 10:53am internet security

Are your servers safe from the latest evolution of malware – Ransomware 2.0?  You better hope so or else you will pay the price, literally.

Ransomware primarily began through email and malicious ads. However, this new breed of ransomware is targeting network and server-side vulnerabilities, with the ability to self-propagate. It will be able to quickly switch methods to maximize efficiency and will evade detection by limiting CPU usage to refrain from command-and-control actions.

Ransomware 2.0 “will start replicating on its own and demand higher ransoms. You’ll come in Monday morning and 30% of your machines and 50% of your servers will be encrypted. That’s really a nightmare scenario,” said Cisco Engineer Jason Brvenik in the Cisco 2016 Midyear Cybersecurity Report. These new ransomware strains will spread faster and self-replicate within organizations before coordinating ransom demands. It is critical that companies take the needed steps to prepare and protect their network as well as their local and cloud-based servers.

Now you may be wondering “What steps should I take?” Well I’m glad you asked! There are some easy yet vital best practices you should follow to protect yourself. First and by far the most important, backup your data. Second, consistently keep your software and systems up-to-date. Third, make sure you are utilizing some form of antivirus and malware protection software on your PC’s and servers. Finally, BACKUP YOUR DATA! Yes, I know I said that already, but this step is so critical it’s worth mentioning twice. If you don’t currently have a backup solution, there are many cloud-based disastery recovery and backup options to choose from, such as TurnKey Vault or Windows Server Backup.

Your primary goal is to protect your users, not just your network. Whether they are on a laptop, tablet or smartphone, your users need to be protected everywhere.  However, it is unreasonable to assume that you will be 100% protected from every threat that exists. New more advanced methods to attack computers and encrypt their files are popping up everyday. This is why your number one priority should be to backup your data regularly. If that moment comes where you find yourself infected with ransomware, the comfort of knowing your data is backed up, safe and secure, is priceless. However, if you chose not to backup your data… be prepared to pay the price.

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Written by David Maurer on August 2nd, 2016

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TurnKey Internet is EXPANDING!   no comments

Posted at Jul 29, 2016 @ 10:23am New York Datacenter

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We are excited to share with you a sneak preview of the latest expansion to our New York Data Center.

Today we begin construction on our newest POD as we expand to meet the high demand for Cloud Hosting and colocation services.

We’d love to share more with you however there are still multiple tractor-trailers full of equipment, and unfortunately they won’t unload themselves.

However please stay tuned… there will be more information, photos, and even videos to come!

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Written by David Maurer on July 29th, 2016

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No not Pokemon, teenage bugs are attacking your website server   no comments

Posted at Jul 26, 2016 @ 9:36am Web hosting

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Unfortunately, despite the trend, the bugs I’m referring to are not Pokemon.

Instead, they’re easily exploitable security bugs, discovered 15 years ago, that have reemerged, leaving your website or server potentially open to hijackers.

It’s being called the “httpoxy flaw” and it exists in a variety of server software, including PHP, Go, Apache HTTP server, Apache TomCat, and Python. If exploited, it can potentially be used to seize control of your website and access sensitive data.

Httpoxy is a set of vulnerabilities that affect applications running in CGI, or CGI-like environments. Essentially it comes down to a simple namespace conflict. This, in turn, can be exploited to configure outgoing proxies, allowing attackers to remotely execute malicious code.

Red Hat, Microsoft, The Apache Software Foundation, Ngnix, CloudFlare and others have released security advisories in an attempt to warn users of the httpoxy flaw.

Based on the affected software, specific CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) numbers have been assigned: CVE-2016-5385 in PHP; CVE-2016-5386 in Go; CVE-2016-5387 in Apache HTTP server; CVE-2016-5388 in Apache TomCat; CVE-2016-1000109 in PHP-engine HHVM; and CVE-2016-1000110 in Python. Researches expect more CVEs coming for httpoxy as less common software is inspected.

Luckily if your website is hosted on TurnKey Internet’s cloud hosting platform (https://turnkeyinternet.net/linux-cpanel-web-hosting/) you are already protected. If you have any questions or additional concerns, feel free to email our support team (helpdesk@turnkeyinternet.net) and we would be more than happy to assist you.

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Written by David Maurer on July 26th, 2016

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Earth Day And Your Datacenter – Green Is Not What It Used To Be   no comments

Posted at Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:29pm New York Datacenter

Turnkey_Internet-16As we enter into the 45th anniversary of Earth day on April 22nd, 2015 – many business, organizations and individuals will take additional time to reflect on their impact on our environment and the contributions we can all make to a sustainable future.  Organizations like EarthDay.org help spear head awareness, and direct action options we can all consider in our own lives to be more ‘Green’.

The term “Green”, “Being Green” or “Going Green” all have multiple variations and meanings, but in general we all accept that it means to help sustain the environment in some fashion.  many years ago the Earth Day movement started more with a focus about recycling and has involved today into awareness of sustainability by reducing overall carbon foot prints through less consumption (and output of non-renewable resources to produce the goods and/or power we consume).

 

One of the largest non-green impacting areas we see are those electronic devices like our smart phones, laptops, office computers and computer servers.  Believe it or not , your trusty iphone consumes more energy than a refrigerator (see this article for the power comparison math by time magazine) – and while desktop computers at least have power save modes that often can reduce their usage, they still consume (and impact the environment) roughly the same as 4500 miles driven per year of a typical US car.  Computer servers are the worst offenders of the bunch, running 24 x 7 and consuming maximum energy all the time to keep your email, files, and web sites running all the time even when we are asleep.

Those high energy consuming computer servers, and in some cases office desktop PC’s, can all be moved to the cloud through cloud-based servers and virtual desktop PC’s.  It may not seem obvious, but moving your typical computer servers and desktop pc’s into the cloud can make a huge impact.  While datacenters can consume massive amounts of energy to keep those cloud based servers running 24 hours a day, and especially the massive industrial air conditioning and redundant power systems in place to support these facilities – the fact is that datacenters can be scaled up to effectively utilize the best of class options to be efficient and sourced from green energy to substantially reduce or in fact zero their entire carbon foot print.  And if you house your computer servers and desktops in a cloud based environment in such a datacenter, you effectively reduce your impact on our environment significantly.

TurnKey Internet’s Green datacenter was built to have an effective carbon foot print of zero  – sourcing all its power from a massive On-Site Solar Array and Hydro-Electric power provided from New York’s Recharge New York System, on top of the most cutting edge power efficiency and datacenter cooling technology.  TurnKey Internet has been focused on Green on our state of the art datacenter and won the New York State Environmental Excellence award and The U.S. Federal Government’s Environmental Protection Agency awarded the facility the 2nd only New York Energy Star Certified Datacenter designation.  So from our stand point green is about minimizing or having zero impact on the environment- and more so, we are helping businesses take their office servers and computers, and other IT into the cloud to minimize their carbon foot prints too.

 

Here are some pictures of TurnKey’s cold containment systems that provide the frame work of our ultra efficient cooling systems, just one piece in the multi tiered efforts we have in keeping forth in our mission for a Greener world, and Green Datacenter.

 

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This Earth Day, take a look around your home or office – and see what small changes you can do to help improve your impact on the world.

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Three Certain things in Life : Death, Taxes, And Data Loss – Make April 15th Your Backup Checkup Day   no comments

Posted at Apr 14, 2015 @ 11:01pm backup

death_taxes_and_data_lossAs Tax day hits here in the United States, the dreaded April 15th, there is the old saying from Benjamin Franklin that there were only two things certain in life, Death and Taxes.  While that remains true, the reality is in this digital age there is one item just as likely as paying taxes this year, you are going to run into some form of data loss this year.  Tax documents are supposed to be saved for 7 years, the reality is you are far more likely to loose that data in the next 7 years than get audited, and you probably want to avoid both like death.

Data loss is a reality, just like taxes – Kroll’s survey about data loss states that 61% lose their data because of an inadequate data protection plan, and less than 33% of companies that had a data loss in the last year were able to recover all of their data! – that can mean no backups, or backups that didn’t do the job to keep your data safe or your business running when you need it most.

Computer servers, office pc’s, online web sites and mobile devices – all are at risk every day from outside threats like hackers and inside threats like careless or malicious employees, and the fact that hardware breaks eventually (certainly when is the last time a hard drive, laptop, or mobile device been around for the 7 years you need to store those tax returns in case of an audit?) makes data loss as inevitable as death and taxes.

Having a backup plan is a good start, there are many pieces of do-it-yourself software out there, tape backups, and even external USB drives you can copy data.   There are even many traditional online cloud backup service providers out there – but these methods just copy some of your data, leaving you often with an inadequate true data backup protection plan to get you back up and running after disaster strikes.

The reason the traditional method of backing up your data or traditional online cloud backup services are still inadequate, and leave over 2/3rds  of companies unable to recover 100% of their data is because when something breaks or is lost –  you still can be offline for days or weeks while you re-install operating systems, your specific software, or try to find the same old operating system files to install on a new server only to find it is not compatible with the new server like you thought.  Then you waste more time trying to restore files that wont work on the newer version of software you had manually re-installed- and you now have spent days and $1000’s on expensive IT consultants to try to pick up the pieces and put it back together from all those well intentioned backup plans.

The next generationg of secure online cloud backup service like TurnKey Vault offer new technology to solve this – with cloud-based replication and complete business continuity in mind.  You remotely backup your data securely over the Internet like traditional cloud based services to a secure remote data vault that encrypts and stores your backups.  Unlike traditional backup services, TurnKey Vault  gives you the option at the push of a button to restore your data like traditional services, or replicate your entire office as cloud-based servers, pc’s and laptops.  TurnKey Vault lets you convert your backups to live fully identical to the original pc’s, laptops, and servers  right into the cloud to be securely accessed remotely over the Internet.  So no more re-installing applications, operating systems or replacing broken hardware in the event disaster – the cloud is easy and fast to access with completely secure copies of your office servers, pc’s and laptops.

So if you want complete peace of mind – make April 15th not only your tax filing date each year but a chance to double check your backup plans are adequate, and if not consider moving to the latest generation of cloud based backup technology to get peace of mind.  While Death and Taxes can’t be avoided, data loss can at least be survivable if you put the right plans in place before its too late.

 

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Written by Adam on April 14th, 2015

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