Sprocket Networks – Colocation Deal-Full Cab $389 with 20A Power and Network Included

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Sprocket Networks in Dallas, Texas, a 10-year veteran of enterprise hosting, is providing an end of year colocation special in our own SSAE-16 audited and certified data center.
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Sprocket Networks full cabinet colocation special is $389 per month on a month-to-month term with $389 setup fee (want to lower your setup fee, you can sign up for 24 month-half off setup fee or 36 month-no setup fee). Here is everything you get for only $389:
* Full 42U Private Cabinet
* 1 Mbps blended IP on a 100Mbps port
* 1 20Amp A+B power circuit 
* UPS protected power
* Generator Protected Power
* /29 CIDR (8 total / 5 usable IPs)
* Free initial setup
* Free reverse DNS
* Free IP/KVM as needed for troubleshooting
* Free remote hands support
* 24/7 Support
$389.00 per month

ONLY NEED A HALF CABINET?
* 20U ½ Private Cabinet
* 1 Mbps blended IP on a 100Mbps port
* 1 20Amp A+B power circuit 
* UPS protected power
* Generator Protected Power
* /29 CIDR (8 total / 5 usable IPs)
* Free initial setup
* Free reverse DNS
* Free IP/KVM as needed for troubleshooting
* Free remote hands support
* 24/7 Support
$289.00 per month with $289 setup fee that can be waived 
with a 36 month contract or half price with a 24 month 
contract!
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We have space available now for immediate activation and you can be online the same day.

Your cabinet will be hosted in Dallas, Texas in Sprocket Networks wholly owned, fully certified data center that provides 24/7 support. If you would like a tour, please let us know.

This is a month to month deal but if you sign a 24 month contract, you can cut your setup fee in half or on a 36 month contract, there is no setup fee.

If needed, we can customize your order any way you would like.

This is a special for new clients only.

Please contact us at: salesticket@sprocketnetworks.com or call us at 214-855-5020 for any questions or to place your order!

Sprocket Networks Has Joined Forces, Expands Capabilities With Opus-3 Data Center

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DALLAS, Dec. 16, 2013 - Sprocket Networks has joined forces with Opus-3 Data Center, expanding its capabilities and resources into a global platform. Sprocket Networks is a privately held hosting solutions company based inDallas, Texas, that specializes in Colocation, Dedicated Hosting, Cloud Hosting, and Managed Services.  Sprocket Networks is an industry veteran with over 10 years of hosting business success with customers in 27 countries on 6 continents and in over 35 states in the United States. This was a private transaction and terms were not disclosed.

“With Sprocket Networks joining with the Opus-3 Data Center global platform, clients will now have a broader range of capabilities and services they can choose from to best meet their needs,” says Justin Clutter, Sprocket Networks CTO. “Not only can Sprocket Networks provide the services our customers have come to expect from us,” says Justin Clutter, “we now have a stronger technical staff, greater capacity, and new offerings such as Virtual Data Center Services and Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity solutions.”

“We are very excited about Sprocket Networks joining with our Opus-3 Team,” says David Herr, COO of Opus-3. “Our commitment at Opus-3 has always been to exceed customer expectations. One aspect that is so attractive about Sprocket Networks is their culture to provide the best customer service. Our commitment has always been to best serve the client, first and foremost. With Sprocket Networks and Opus-3 joining forces, it will be easier and faster for organizations to adopt the game-changing cloud services that we provide.  Opus-3 will enable Sprocket Networks to deliver the security, privacy and reliability of private clouds with the economy and speed of a public cloud.”

About Opus-3
Opus-3 Data Center provides SOC1, SOC2 & SOC3 Tier III Data Center solutions on a global basis that are fully SSAE16 Type II certified. Opus-3 offers custom and scalable Colocation, Private Cloud Hosting, Virtual Data Center Services, Dedicated Servers, Virtual Servers, Managed Services, Mass Storage and Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity solutions.

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The Benefits and Threats of Moving to the Cloud

By: Ninja@s3c

What is the cloud, anyway?
The term may be new, but the concept certainly is not. Throughout the history of computing, IT organizations have been using their own infrastructure to host applications, data, servers etc. Now most of them are renting the infrastructure, with remote servers to host their application or data. Organizations called service providers exist especially to provide, manage and maintain the infrastructure on which their client organization’s application or data are hosted. The client organization gets access controls to manage their applications and data hosted on the remote server. This is the main idea behind cloud computing.

More precisely, cloud computing is a method of accessing, delivering and managing IT services over the internet. Network resources are provided to customers on demand. As a customer, you need not own infrastructure, you just have to just rent or pay for what you use to your cloud service provider.

Benefits of Cloud computing:

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The organization may get benefit in terms of reduced cost, online support to flexibility. However, the major benefits can be summarized as:

Location Independent: As a customer, you need not worry about where your data is hosted. You can access and manage them from virtually anywhere in the world. All you need to be is to be connected to the Internet.

Low Total Cost of Ownership: Since you use the service provider’s infrastructure and resources, you are exempted from the cost of setting up your own.

Pay-as-per-you-use: The most appealing thing is the option for pay for what or when you use. That suits well under your organization’s budget.

Support: As service providers host your data on their infrastructure, the onus for maintaining and supporting the client’s request is on them.

Secure and storage management: The service providers securely manage your data, and do have a backup and disaster recovery plan. Therefore, your data is always safe.

Scalability and Sustainability: Service providers have large infrastructure, high-end processors and memory devices that you may rent as per your requirements.

Resources are dynamically allocated between users. Additional resources are dynamically released when needed.

Highly Automated: Your IT personnel do not need to worry about keeping software up to date.

Maintenance: Maintenance of cloud computing applications is easier, since they don’t have to be installed on each user’s computer.

Types of Cloud Computing:

Infrastructure-as- a-Service (IaaS): Infrastructure-as-a-Service gives the customer a virtual server / storage with unique IP address. Amazon web services are an example. The user’s application interface accesses the virtual servers and storage hosted by Amazon to read books online.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS): Platform-as-a-service is services like Software development tools hosted in provider’s server and customers can access them with APIs. The users execute the application in the platforms hosted by the cloud provider through the platform or Application Program Interface (API). Google Apps is an example of platform services.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS): Software-as-a-service model, software along with data resides in providers cloud and end customers can use both on a contract basis from the provider.

Challenges faced by the Organization:
The basic issues that an organization may face can be categorized as the following:

Privacy: You are never sure if the service provider can monitor your data, be it sensitive or not.

Security: Security concerns arise because both customer data and programs reside in the Provider premises.

Availability: The cloud service provider needs to make sure the system is available for its consumers. There are service level agreements (SLA) between the cloud service provider and the consumer that is related to the availability and performance.

The following picture describes how you lose your control over data and other resources as it moves from your dedicated environment to premises of your services provider.

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Cloud Hosting

As you can see, the blocks in green shows the resources under your control, the blue blocks show when you are sharing the resources with your service provider, and finally the orange blocks depict the features under the control of your service provider. If you are hosting data, servers in your environment you have maximum control over them. However, as soon as you are renting out the resources from service providers and finally move your resources to actual cloud, you can’t personally control or manage them. However, the cloud provider gives you access controls through which you can manage and control your data and other resources.

So still some organizations, especially smaller ones, are skeptical about it despite the fact that the cloud is much more cost effective for them. Rightly so, because they may have concerns about the following:

Accessibility issues: Organizations may face problems with accessing resources from the cloud if some communication outage happens due to attacks such as denial of service and distributed denial of services.

Authentication issues: There is a chance that due to some TCP/IP related attacks like IP spoofing, RIP attacks, ARP poisoning and DNS poisoning in which routing tables can be altered, organizations may not be sure of its trusted machines’ authenticity. For more information on these types of attacks, check out the CCNA security course that’s offered by Intense School.

Data Verification, tampering, loss and theft: While on a local machine, while in transit, while at rest at the unknown third-party device, or devices, and during remote back-ups.

Information transmitted from the client through the Internet poses a certain degree of risk, because of issues of data ownership; enterprises should spend time getting to know their providers and their regulations as much as possible before assigning some trivial applications first to test the water

Data segregation: Data in the cloud is typically in a shared environment alongside data from other customers. The cloud provider should give evidence that encryption schemes were designed and tested by experienced specialists.

Recovery: A proper recovery and backup plan should be in place. Any offering that does not replicate the data and application infrastructure across multiple sites is vulnerable to a total failure. In addition, the timeframe within which restoration will be complete is a concern.

Physical access issues: Both the issue of an organization’s staff not having physical access to the machines storing and processing a data, and the issue of unknown third parties having physical access to the machines.

If we summarize, these are some top potential threats of cloud computing that must be thought about instead of moving to the cloud blindly. The Cloud Security Alliance identifies following potential risks in the Top Threats to Cloud Computing V1.0 research report:

  1. Abuse and Nefarious Use of Cloud Computing: Cloud providers offer their customers the illusion of unlimited computing, network, and storage capacity. There are registration processes where anyone with a valid credit card can register and immediately begin using cloud services. By abusing the relative anonymity behind these registration and usage models, spammers, malicious code authors, and other criminals have been able to conduct their activities with relative impunity.

Cloud computing providers are actively being targeted, partially because their relatively weak registration systems facilitate anonymity, and providers’ fraud detection capabilities are limited. Criminals continue to leverage new technologies to improve their reach, avoid detection, and improve the effectiveness of their activities.

Examples: IaaS offerings have hosted the Zeus botnet, Infostealer Trojan horses, and downloads for Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF exploits.

  1. Insecure Interfaces and APIs: Cloud computing providers expose a set of software interfaces or APIs that customers use to manage and interact with cloud services. The security and availability of general cloud services is dependent upon the security of these basic APIs. From authentication and access control to encryption and activity monitoring, these interfaces must be designed to protect against both accidental and malicious attempts to circumvent policy.

Reliance on a weak set of interfaces and APIs exposes organizations to a variety of security issues related to confidentiality, integrity, availability and accountability.

Examples: Anonymous access and/or reusable tokens or passwords, clear-text authentication or transmission of content, inflexible access controls or improper authorizations, limited monitoring and logging capabilities, unknown service or API dependencies.

  1. Malicious Insiders: This threat is amplified for consumers of cloud services by the convergence of IT services and customers under a single management domain, combined with a general lack of transparency into provider process and procedure. For example, a provider may not reveal how it grants employees access to physical and virtual assets, how it monitors these employees, or how it analyzes and reports on policy compliance.

The impact that malicious insiders can have on an organization is considerable, given their level of access and ability to infiltrate organizations and assets. Brand damage, financial impact, and productivity losses are just some of the ways a malicious insider can effect an operation.

  1. Shared Technology Issues: Often, the underlying components that make up this infrastructure (e.g., CPU caches, GPUs, etc.) were not designed to offer strong isolation properties for a multi-tenant architecture. To address this gap, a virtualization hypervisor mediates access between guest operating systems and the physical compute resources. Still, even hypervisors have exhibited flaws that have enabled guest operating systems to gain inappropriate levels of control or influence on the underlying platform. Attackers may focus on how to affect the operations of other cloud customers, and how to gain unauthorized access to data.
  1. Data Loss or Leakage: There are many ways to compromise data. Deletion or alteration of records without a backup of the original content is an obvious example. Unlinking a record from a larger context may render it unrecoverable, as can storage on unreliable media. Loss of an encoding key may result in effective destruction. There is damage to one’s brand and reputation and a loss could significantly impact employee, partner, and customer morale and trust.
  1. Account or Service Hijacking: If an attacker gains access to your credentials, they can eavesdrop on your activities and transactions, manipulate data, return falsified information, and redirect your clients to illegitimate sites. Your account or service instances may become a new base for the attacker. With stolen credentials, attackers can often access critical areas of deployed cloud computing services, allowing them to compromise the confidentiality, integrity and availability of those services.
  1. Unknown Risk Profile: Versions of software, code updates, security practices, vulnerability profiles, intrusion attempts, and security design, are all important factors for estimating your company’s security posture. Information about who is sharing your infrastructure may be pertinent, in addition to network intrusion logs, redirection attempts and/or successes, and other logs. When adopting a cloud service, the features and functionality may be well advertised, but what about details or compliance of the internal security procedures, configuration hardening, patching, auditing, and logging? How is your data and related logs stored, and who has access to them? What information if any will the vendor disclose in the event of a security incident?

Have You Outgrown Shared Hosting?

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The advancement in technology has enabled the majority of businesses, both small and large, to significantly rely on technology resources to enhance their outputs and improve their competitive advantage. An element of technology resources that modern businesses are using is web hosting. The most commonly used type of web hosting is shared hosting. In shared hosting, a web hosting provider uses one dedicated server to support numerous websites that belong to different clients. Although different businesses will share one server in shared hosting, they have safe and secure access to their websites. Despite the benefits that you may be gaining from using shared hosting such as its affordability and its efficiency, there is need for you to know when is shared hosting not enough.

When Is Shared Hosting Not Enough

You may consider shifting from shared hosting to other types of web hosting such as cloud hosting or a Virtual Private Server when you have a significantly large website that not only has a high degree of traffic but also has specialized requirements. Such a website will require you to improve your hosting infrastructure in order to enhance the reliability, performance, security and scalability of your website, which cannot be achieved using shared hosting.

Shared hosting is not enough when you constantly experience performance problems that are associated by sharing a server with heavy users. Performance problems in shared hosting are often caused by limited storage space. The incapacity of your website to function optimally as it is expected to due to constant outages may mean that your website visitors are not having pleasant experiences. When this occurs, it is a clear sign that shared hosting is not enough for your business and it may be time to identify other better, more reliable and scalable, dependable and efficient types of web hosting to use for your business.

 

 

Co-location or Dedicated, What is Right For You?

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Modern businesses and organizations are no longer confined to the ‘brick and mortar’ form of running operations. Instead, they have taken their businesses, processes, systems and operations online and are heavily relying on the internet to enhance their competitive edge, attract and retain their customers and increase their market share. Development and maintenance of quality, accessible, reliable and efficient websites is one way of achieving this. Web hosting is an essential element that your website requires in order to provide productive and pleasant experiences to your website visitors.

There are different types of web hosting services, each offering varied connectivity and administrative services that cater for particular types of users. You may have heard so much about shared hosting and cloud hosting since they are the most discussed and used types of web hosting. It is important for you to know more about other types of web hosting, which includes colocation and dedicated web hosting so that you can decide what is right for you.

Deciding between Colocation and Dedicated Web Hosting

Colocation web hosting is a form of web hosting, which permits you to position your server in another person’s data center. The advantages of using another person’s data center are that they pay and provide power that your server uses, they offer internet connectivity and you have the advantage of a dedicated IP address. Be it as it may, you are still responsible for maintaining the server. Colocation web hosting is suitable for your business if you require the features and the advantages of a large-scale IT unit without incurring the huge costs of powering and maintaining safe environment for your server. Nevertheless, you may opt for other types of web hosting if the costs of maintaining the server in colocation hosting are too high for you, when you have more and multifaceted hosting needs and when you cannot find a suitable and proximate colocation provider.

With dedicated web hosting on the other hand, you have an opportunity to lease a complete server from a web hosting provider for your website and you do not share the server. The main difference between colocation and dedicated web hosting is that in the latter, the provider owns the server and you only have the control of it. The advantage of dedicated web hosting is that the cost of buying server hardware, server maintenance and software installation is borne by the provider who owns the server. Dedicated web hosting is right for you if your business offer mission-critical ecommerce, which has high speed needs and involves significant transfer of data. Understanding what colocation and dedicated hosting entails is the first step to establishing what type of web hosting is right for you.

 

What Distinguishes Cloud Hosting from Shared Hosting?

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The 21st century has witnessed the greatest shift in terms of production, lifestyle and more importantly, in how organizations and businesses transact their businesses and how they search, store and retrieve information. Information as a resource has been so essential for the success of modern organizations such that these organizations are investing millions of dollars in efforts to keep their information safe while making it easy to access and use. It is in the background of this that organizations are presently investing in web hosting. There are varied types of web hosting and among them is shared hosting and cloud hosting. So, you may be asking, what distinguishes cloud hosting from shared hosting?

Differences between Cloud Hosting and Shared Hosting

Shared hosting, which is the most commonly used form of web hosting allows multiple web sites to operate by utilizing one dedicated server. The element of sharing makes shared hosting more affordable compared to other types of web hosting. Although various websites share one server, the accessibility of each website is tightly regulated and therefore, security of the sites is assured. Nevertheless, the security flaws and vulnerabilities of websites compromise the security of other websites sharing the same server.

One aspect of shared hosting is that users are limited to a fixed quantity of physical space, which more often than not, generates capacity challenges, rampant downtimes and reduced performance. It is this aspect that mainly distinguishes shared hosting from cloud hosting. Cloud hosting is similar to shared hosting only that it has virtualized infrastructure that has enhanced scalability, which allows you to easily and effectively increase or reduce memory and even swap hard drives without the risk of interfering with the operations of the site and without data loss.

Shared hosting is most beneficial for your business if you are just starting out and when you may not have sufficient financial resources to run your own server. However, you may find that shared hosting is not enough and seek out other types of web hosting such as cloud hosting that are guaranteed to offer you increased reliability, enhanced scalability, better security and infinite performance. Your ultimate choice of the type of web hosting to use for your business will be determined by your needs and expectations in regards to web hosting.