ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted on August 25th, 2014, by Matt Meier
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Matt Meier and Michael Samuel Martin Schwake do the ALS #IceBucketChallenge.

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Dousing your friends and family with ice cold water is creating a media storm around North America, raising awareness for ALS. The #IceBucketChallenge, inspired by Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who is living with ALS, has placed the challenge to anyone who wants to get involved.

For more information about ALS, please visit:
http://www.als.ca/en

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How to set up CloudFlare with RackNine

Posted on August 5th, 2014, by Rick McKnight
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CloudFlare is a global Content Delivery Network (CDN) and distributed Domain Name Server (DNS) provider, that acts as a reverse proxy for websites by placing itself between your website visitors and RackNine’s web hosting.

By optimizing the delivery of web pages visitors get in most cases faster page load times and improved performance. CloudFlare operates out of 28 data centers around the world, caching your static files at their edge nodes so these files are stored closer to your visitors while delivering your dynamic content directly from RackNine’s web servers.

CloudFlare also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers […]

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Server Upgrades

Posted on July 26th, 2014, by Matt Meier
Server Upgrade

We are pleased to announce that RackNine has completed the following server upgrades:

Migrated from 2x Quad Core to 4x Quad Core Xeon 3.0Ghz on each of our servers

The benefits of this upgrade are very significant because the new Quad Core processors include two separate dual-core dies, as opposed to our former dual-core where a CPU only included two cores per physical processor in one CPU package. In our new setup cores 1 and 2 would share a memory cache, as would cores 3 and 4. If core 1 or 2 needs to communicate with 3 or 4, it will […]

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6 Models of the modern Data Center

Posted on June 12th, 2014, by Charles Babcock
Hosting Servers

The cloud hasn’t killed the company-owned data center.

Companies from General Motors to Fidelity are taking the best infrastructure ideas from Web giants such as Facebook and Google and adapting them to their very different business needs in order to build a new generation of data centers.

To highlight the different approaches and strategies these companies are taking, we looked at six companies beyond the Web giants that have made or are planning major data center investments. Our point isn’t that data center construction is booming; Gartner forecasts only 2.3% growth in data center spending in 2014, to $143 billion. Companies […]

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Cloud Providers must share discovered vulnerabilities

Posted on May 13th, 2014, by (ISC)2 Writers Bureau
Cloud Security

Government agencies must band together and insist in their contracts that cloud service providers share vulnerability information.

Government agencies that rely upon cloud service providers have to trust that cloud providers will protect their data or services from risk and harm. In a perfect world, cloud providers would have a complete understanding of the unique missions — and risks — that agencies face.

In reality, cloud service operators tend to provide a “one size fits all” approach to services that often overlooks specific or unique mission risks. As a result, government agencies must ultimately accept responsibility for ensuring that cloud providers […]

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