Category Archives: Datacenters

Building A Contact Center Isn’t As Expensive As You Think

Contact CenterHistorically, call and contact centers have been notoriously expensive and complex to build and manage. It’s not just the telecoms technology — which is complicated enough on its own — it’s also the software to manage dozens of calls, to feed operators a stream of contact data, to handle complex dialing scenarios, to provide intelligent call scripts with automatically filled placeholders, and so on.

A contact center, whether its used for promotion, product support, or customer feedback, is something that smaller businesses ranging from manufacturers, to realtors, via software developers, and many businesses in-between would find useful, but they don’t want the expense and hassle of building a solution or buying an expensive proprietary software suite.

Three Reasons You’ll Need A Virtual Private Server In 2015

Virtual Private ServerVirtual private servers are one of the most flexible and cost effective ways of acquiring a powerful server without breaking the bank. They’re much more powerful and versatile than shared hosting, and they’re much less expensive than dedicated servers.

You might think I’m biased (and I am), but I believe that web hosting is something that almost everyone can find a use for, and that virtual private servers are the best option for most. An always-connected, remote Linux server environment is an incredibly flexible tool that can serve many different purposes. In this article, I’d like to take a look at three ways a virtual private server could be useful to you this year.

Choosing An Operating System For Your VPS

VPSWhen configuring your virtual private server, one of the most important decisions you’ll make involves your operating system. It’ll form the core of your server, regulating which apps you can install, how long it takes to tune everything, and even how well your server performs.. It goes without saying that it’s not a choice you should make lightly.

But maybe not for the reasons you’d think.

Five Factors That Could Be Slowing Down Your Website

Slowing Down Your WebsiteAlthough there’s mounting evidence that page speed doesn’t have as much of an effect on PageRank as was initially believed, that doesn’t mean it’s not extremely important to your success in the online arena. A slow site can still have an adverse effect on your traffic, as frustrated readers decide to take their business elsewhere. It goes without saying, then, that if you’ve got a slow website, you want to do everything you can to address the problem.

We’ll lend you a hand with that. In today’s piece, we’re going to go over five of the most common causes of website slowdown. More importantly, we’ll detail how you can deal with each one.

Managed vs. Unmanaged: Which One Should Your Business Choose?

Managed or UnmanagedIf you’re looking to set your business up with a dedicated or virtual private server, you’ve a very important decision to make, perhaps even more important than which hosting company you choose. It involves how much money you’re willing to spend in the interest of convenience. More importantly, it involves how much work you intend to put into your server – and how much control you’ll have over its operation, besides.

I am speaking, of course, about choosing between managed and unmanaged hosting – literally, choosing between having a host run a server for you and running that same server yourself. It’s important that you understand the differences – and strengths – of each approach as well as your business’s resources and needs. Otherwise, you might end up making the wrong choice.

We’re here today to ensure that doesn’t happen.

The Advantages (And Disadvantages) Of The Yii Framework

Yii FrameworkLet’s have a chat about frameworks. Although certainly not the best choice for every development project, when used in the proper context, a framework can be incredibly powerful. By using one of the many frameworks available on the web, a savvy developer can significantly reduce development time while simultaneously creating compliant, structured, and easily-maintained apps.

There are a ton of different frameworks available to you as a developer, regardless of the language you’re programming in. Today, we’re going to focus on one in particular: Yii. Designed for the development of high-performance, Web 2.0 applications, the open-source Yii Framework has been around since 2008.

Let’s Encrypt Plans To Bring Free SSL To Everyone

Let's EncryptWhen the web was first developed, it was designed to meet the needs of academic and scientific institutions like CERN, for which Tim Berners-Lee worked when he laid the web’s foundations. There was no concept of secure communications baked into the protocols that underlay the web. Tthe web and the world have changed since the early 90s, and the need for secure encrypted connections is clear.

We have a reasonable technological solution for providing encrypted connections between clients (often browsers) and servers. SSL (more properly known as TLS) and HTTPS are conceptually sound, even if the implementation sometimes leaves a little to be desired. But although SSL works, it is a million miles away from being user friendly: even technically adept people have trouble implementing SSL on their domains, which is why many don’t bother.

The Advantages And Disadvantages Of CentOS

CentOSIf you’re planning on using Linux to run your server, then you’ve an impressive array of different distributions to choose from. In truth, there are so many distros that it can get a touch overwhelming. Faced with such variety, how can you determine which choice is the correct one?

It starts with knowledge. Each Linux distribution is best suited for a particular brand of computing – and each distro has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. Understanding those benefits and shortcomings is the key to making an informed decision.

We’ll help you along. Today, we’ll be focusing on CentOS.

Should You Use A Dedicated Server To Run Your Website?

Dedicated ServerSo, you’re a small business owner or webmaster thinking of setting up your first website, and you’re looking for a hosting partner to help you run things. Chances are pretty good that whichever company you end up going with, you’ll select a shared hosting plan. After all, everyone’s always saying this is where a small business should start, right?

What if I were to tell you that isn’t always the case?

While it’s certainly true that most first-time webmasters will want to start with shared hosting – it’s far cheaper than any other plan, and far simpler to manage – that doesn’t mean it’s the Holy Grail of hosting for every small business. Before you settle for a shared plan, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself.

Troubleshooting The Most Common Apache Problems You’ll Encounter

ApacheAlthough Apache is an immensely powerful – and capable – web server, it’s not perfect. There isn’t a platform on earth that runs flawlessly all the time. With that in mind, you’re fairly likely to eventually run into a problem or two with your Apache installation. Whether those issues are minor road-blocks or website-crippling catastrophes is entirely up to you.

Knowing what to expect can make all the difference here. That’s why today, we’re going to go over some of the most common issues you’ll encounter with Apache – and how you can deal with each one. Armed with this knowledge, you should be perfectly capable of keeping things running smoothly.

Four Quick Tips For Performance Optimizing The Apache Web Server

Apache Web ServerApache has an undeserved reputation for poor performance. While it’s true that Apache isn’t quite as resource efficient as servers like Nginx that implement an event-based rather than process based architecture, with a little bit of tweaking and the right approach, Apache can be as fast as, if not faster than, Nginx.

Let’s have a look at four things webmasters can do to improve the performance of their web server. There’s a lot more to be said about performance optimization than can be fitted into a four item list, but the tips I’ll discuss here are a good start.

Setting Up MySQL On A Linux-Based VPS

MySQLMySQL has a great deal to offer your server – there’s a reason it’s among the most widely-used database platforms in the world. Offered by the majority of Linux-based web hosts, the open-source database is incredibly fast and lightweight, in addition to being closely integrated with PHP. This makes it ideal for a wide variety of different installations including data warehouses, web hosting, web development, application management, and digital storefronts.

Even better, it’s open-source. That means that not only does it provide you with a great deal of freedom concerning how you use it, but at an incredibly low total cost of ownership. Factor in that it’s one of the more intuitive platforms on the market, and there’s a clear case in favor of installing it.

Now, it’s worth mentioning that – even though it is known to be one of the simpler database platforms in terms of usability – it isn’t necessarily easy to work with if you don’t know what you’re doing. Today, we’re going to walk you through what’s involved if you want to install MySQL onto a virtual private server. There are several ways you can do this, and which one you use depends on what your server’s running your server is using (via the MySQL Dev Site)

Future Hosting Introduces Dedicated Servers in London

NOVI, MI (February 19, 2013) — Future Hosting (http://www.futurehosting.com), a specialized VPS hosting and dedicated server hosting provider and developer of Future Engineer™, today announced it has introduced dedicated servers in its London data center. The company already offers a variety of Virtual Private Servers in the facility.

The new dedicated servers, which are available as either managed or unmanaged, feature enterprise-level hardware configurations, connectivity to a world-class international internal backbone for added redundancy, and optional Future Protect™ data backups. The London facility also boasts three Riello UPS units for power and six Airedale DX CRAC units for cooling, providing true N+1 redundancy. Physical security includes 24 hour guards, pan-and-tilt CCTV monitoring throughout, and compartmentalized key-card access in the building.

“Serving the European market is an important part of our business, and many of our clients rely on our international footprint to effectively serve their customers throughout the world.  By adding a new line of enterprise-grade dedicated servers in London, we can meet rising demand and deliver a higher level of integration and performance for our customers,” said Nick Zyren, CTO of Future Hosting.

Future Hosting recently opened a new facility in Brisbane, Australia, providing an additional gateway the Australian and Asian hosting markets. Future Hosting’s global services support team, which continuously operates from five separate international time zones, monitors each facility.

Future Hosting operates out of datacenters in Brisbane, Chicago, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, D.C. The company’s unique international footprint gives it a significant competitive edge and allows it to attract multinational clients who require globally-accessible hosting services.

Future Hosting is the developer of Future Engineer™, a technical support automation system designed to automate time consuming server configuration and repair tasks on Virtual Private Servers (VPS). Future Engineer™ allows clients to receive a greater level of technical support than is available when technicians spend their time performing routine or basic maintenance tasks. With Future Engineer™, technicians are free to spend their time offering a level of technical support that is unrivaled and otherwise unaffordable.

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About Future Hosting, LLC

Founded in 2001, Future Hosting is a privately held leading Internet solutions provider specializing in managed hosting, including Dedicated Servers, Virtual Private Servers, and Hybrid Virtual Private Servers. The company has built a strong reputation for its
high-quality service, innovative pricing models, and 3-hour Service Level Agreement. Future Hosting is based in Novi, Mich.

Future Hosting Adds Servers in the Land Down Under, Grows Global Footprint with Australia Expansion

NOVI, MI (February 4, 2013) – Future Hosting (http://www.futurehosting.com), an Internet solutions provider serving SMBs and enterprises internationally and developer of Future Engineer™, today announced that its international expansion has entered the land down under, with an array of new services now available in a new Brisbane, Australia data center facility.

Future Hosting will offer Virtual Private Servers and Hybrid Servers immediately in the new facility. Customers can also take advantage of the company’s flagship technical support solution, Future Engineer™. Future Hosting’s global services support team, which continuously operates from five separate international time zones, will monitor the new facility’s network operations.

Brisbane, which is Australia’s third largest city and home to more than two million people, offers an ideal location for a data center. The new facility boasts complete redundancy in its network infrastructure, onsite power, security, and climate control. Its multi-million dollar network infrastructure includes Cisco routers and switches and premium hardware in other areas.

“The Australian hosting market is rapidly growing and represents an important opportunity for Future Hosting. As we continue to refine our network infrastructure and make our services available to more parts of the world, Australia is an important addition to our global footprint. Our facility in Brisbane not only offers the robust physical network infrastructure that our clients demand, but it also provides us with the physical capacity we need to continue our growth,” said Nick Zyren, CTO of Future Hosting.

In addition to the new Brisbane facility, Future Hosting operates out of datacenters in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, and Miami. The company’s unique international footprint gives it a significant competitive edge and allows it to attract multi-national clients who require globally-accessible hosting services. Future Hosting also plans to bolster its presence at its existing international locations.

For more information about Future Hosting’s global locations, please visit https://www.futurehosting.com/facilities/.

About Future Hosting, LLC


Founded in 2001, Future Hosting is a privately held leading Internet solutions provider specializing in managed hosting, including Dedicated Servers, Virtual Private Servers, and Hybrid Virtual Private Servers. The company has built a strong reputation for its
high-quality service, innovative pricing models, and 3-hour Service Level Agreement. Future Hosting is based in Novi, Mich. For more information, visit https://www.futurehosting.com.

Future Hosting Expands Into New Miami Data Center, Builds Global Footprint

NOVI, MI (July 30, 2012) — Future Hosting, an Internet solutions provider serving SMBs and enterprises internationally and developer of Future Engineer™, today expanded into a new Miami datacenter facility, a move aimed at broadening the company’s global footprint and creating an entry point into the rapidly emerging Latin American market.

The Miami facility, where Future Hosting is leasing space for nearly 600 servers, features more than 30,000 square feet of enclosed space, and more than 20,000 square feet of raised floor space. The structure itself is positioned outside of Miami’s 100 year flood zone, and is engineered to withstand a category five hurricane. The facility is equipped with fully redundant N+1 architecture, including in its power, cooling and network infrastructure specifications. The facility also boasts world-class onsite security to prevent unauthorized physical entry.

Future Hosting’s complete portfolio of services, including Virtual Private Servers, Dedicated Servers, Hybrid Servers and Future Engineer, will be immediately available at the new facility. The company’s global services support team, which continuously operates from four separate international time zones, will monitor the new facility’s network operations.

“We chose Miami in large part because of its important proximity to our new Latin American clients. Miami itself is the principal landing point for most of the fiber servicing Central and South America. Our new facility offers fast, secure international connectivity at competitive prices that will empower our growth in emerging markets,” said Vik Patel, CEO of Future Hosting.

In addition to the new Miami facility, Future Hosting operates out of datacenters in Chicago, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. The company’s unique international footprint gives it a significant competitive edge and allows it to attract multi-national clients who require globally-accessible hosting services. Future Hosting plans to continue its global expansion in the coming months.

Future Hosting is the developer of Future Engineer™, a technical support automation system designed to automate time consuming server configuration and repair tasks on Virtual Private Servers (VPS). Future Engineer™ allows clients to receive a greater level of technical support than is available when technicians spend their time performing routine or basic maintenance tasks. With Future Engineer™, technicians are free to spend their time offering a level of technical support that is unrivaled and otherwise unaffordable.

For more information about Future Hosting’s new Miami datacenter, please visit http://www.futurehosting.com/company/facilities/miami-florida.

About Future Hosting, LLC

Founded in 2001, Future Hosting is a privately held leading Internet solutions provider specializing in managed hosting, including Dedicated Servers, Virtual Private Servers, and Hybrid Virtual Private Servers. The company has built a strong reputation for its
high-quality service, innovative pricing models, and 3-hour Service Level Agreement. Future Hosting is based in Novi, Mich.

Future Hosting Opens Second London Data Center

NOVI, Mich. (July 8, 2011) – Future Hosting, an Internet solutions provider serving SMBs and enterprises internationally and developer of Future Engineer™, today opened its second data center in London, a move that adds capacity and enables the company to serve customers with more advanced requirements.

The new facility, which is located just outside the city, provides substantially greater access to IP transit providers and offers additional redundant infrastructure to minimize chances of downtime. Additionally, the new facility will provide Future Hosting with far greater control over its network infrastructure and enable it to deploy new technologies and services.

“Our presence in London remains essential to the expansion of our global operations. As a key interchange between North America and Europe, London provides our international clients with access to the high-performance fiber they need to reach users around the world. By transitioning to a second facility in London, we are able to deliver on significantly higher performance standards and improve stability. This is a sizeable investment, but we believe the benefits are tremendous,” said Future Hosting CEO Vik Patel.

Future Hosting has already begun deploying servers in the new facility. Eventually, all clients will be migrated to the new facility. New customers will all be placed in the new facility.

In June, Future Hosting expanded features on its Cloud Delivery Network (CDN). Through partnerships with upstream providers, Future Hosting’s CDN offers a physical presence in North America, Europe, South America, and Australia, and additional locations are planned, including in the Middle East. This unrivaled connectivity allows for low-latency, high throughput file transfers worldwide, and delivers failover protection and instant scalability.

Future Hosting is the developer of Future Engineer™, a technical support automation system designed to automate time consuming server configuration and repair tasks on Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Future Engineer™ allows clients to receive a greater level of technical support than is available when technicians spend their time performing routine or basic maintenance tasks. With Future Engineer™, technicians are free to spend their time offering a level of technical support that is unrivaled and otherwise unaffordable.
For more information about Future Hosting, please visit http://www.futurehosting.com.

Future Hosting Introduces Colocation In D.C. Datacenter

NOVI, Mich. (February 1, 2011) – Future Hosting, an Internet solutions provider serving SMBs and enterprises internationally and developer of Future Engineer™, today introduced colocation services in its Washington, D.C. datacenter, marking the first time the company has offered colocation in its nearly decade-long history.

Colocation services from Future Hosting are affordable and can be customized widely. Scale ranges from individual servers to partial or full cabinets, and customers can select their desired power circuit, voltage, port speed, and bandwidth allotment. Future Hosting also offers an optional server management service for colocated servers.

“Colocation has been a component of our strategic growth plan for several years, especially as many of our customers continue to expand and seek to further integrate Web services into their business operations. We aim to provide affordable and phenomenally customizable colocation services in a world-class datacenter facility,” said Future Hosting CEO Vik Patel.

Built in 2009, the 71,000 sq. ft. Washington, D.C. facility features 36” raised flooring, redundant power and cooling, and 24/7 onsite security. The facility offers access to several gigabits of tier-1 connectivity and access to multiple carriers.

Last month, Future Hosting expanded its entire line of hosting services to Washington, D.C., adding dedicated servers, hybrid servers, and other ancillary services, including high-bandwidth ports, integrated management control panels, Ksplice Uptrack rebootless upgrades, and other specialized network services. Previously, Future Hosting had offered only Virtual Private Servers in the Washington, D.C. facility.

Future Hosting is the developer of Future Engineer™, a technical support automation system designed to automate time consuming server configuration and repair tasks on Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Future Engineer™ allows clients to receive a greater level of technical support than is available when technicians spend their time performing routine or basic maintenance tasks. With Future Engineer™, technicians are free to spend their time offering a level of technical support that is unrivaled and otherwise unaffordable.

For more information about Future Hosting, please visit http://www.futurehosting.com.

For more information about colocation from Future Hosting, please visit http://www.futurehosting.com/colo.

About Future Hosting, LLC
Founded in 2001, Future Hosting is a privately held leading Internet solutions provider specializing in managed hosting, including Dedicated Servers, Virtual Private Servers, and Hybrid Virtual Private Servers. The company has built a strong reputation for its high-quality service, innovative pricing models, and 3-hour Service Level Agreement. Future Hosting is based in Novi, Mich.

Future Hosting Adds Entire Line of Hosting Services in Washington, D.C.

NOVI, Mich. (January 17, 2011) – Future Hosting, an Internet solutions provider serving SMBs and enterprises internationally and developer of Future Engineer™, today expanded its entire line of hosting services to Washington, D.C. The move is the latest step in the company’s international expansion, which spans five cities in the United States and Europe.

Previously, Future Hosting had offered only Virtual Private Servers in its Washington, D.C. facility. With today’s announcement, customers can take advantage of all products and services in the facility, including dedicated servers, hybrid servers, and other ancillary services, including high-bandwidth ports, integrated management control panels, Ksplice Uptrack rebootless upgrades, and other specialized network services.

“Washington, D.C. is an important location for our line of global hosting services, With a broad array of demand for government and private sector firms, Washington, D.C. offers low latency bandwidth to the southern United States, Europe, and the eastern seaboard. Offering our full line of services in this location will enable us to meet the growing demands of our customers who view our services as mission-critical to their operations,” said Future Hosting CEO Vik Patel.

Last year, all Future Hosting were given a 50 percent across-the-board increase in disk space as well as an increase in bandwidth, depending upon the level of the hosting package. The minimum monthly bandwidth allotment was increased from 100GB to 2TB, a boost of a whopping 200 percent.

Virtual Private Servers from Future Hosting are available in a wide variety of configurations, including on both managed and unmanaged plans. Clients are also able to locate their server in any of Future Hosting’s six international data centers, in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, London, Seattle, or Washington, D.C.

Future Hosting is the developer of Future Engineer™, a technical support automation system designed to automate time consuming server configuration and repair tasks on Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Future Engineer™ allows clients to receive a greater level of technical support than is available when technicians spend their time performing routine or basic maintenance tasks. With Future Engineer™, technicians are free to spend their time offering a level of technical support that is unrivaled and otherwise unaffordable.

For more information about Future Hosting, please visit http://www.futurehosting.com.

About Future Hosting, LLC
Founded in 2001, Future Hosting is a privately held leading Internet solutions provider specializing in managed hosting, including Dedicated Servers, Virtual Private Servers, and Hybrid Virtual Private Servers. The company has built a strong reputation for its high-quality service, innovative pricing models, and 3-hour Service Level Agreement. Future Hosting is based in Novi, Mich.