Category "The Cloud"

When it comes to apps, there are two big choices: the native app meant for use on a particular device, and the web app that resides on a server and is accessible by any device with Internet access. While the native app has its benefits, the fact that copies of itself exist in each device using it introduces a number of problems. One of these is it uses up space on the device. This makes people reluctant about using up their devices’ memory by installing too many apps. The more apps they already have, the less inclined they are to installing another one. So, why should you use application hosting?

On the other hand, a web app doesn’t have this problem because only one exists on its server and no app download is required. This also means that the web app user needn’t be concerned about app updates. As long as it accommodates the screen sizes of different mobile devices, the web app is also device independent. This allows a much larger customer base for the business using a web app as SaaS.

One of the greatest strengths of the web app, is its access to a central data base that can be shared by all who use the app. This makes it immensely useful in the business environment where collaboration and real-time access to important business data, such as inventory, are essential.

In-House Server or Application Hosting?

If you’re sold on using a web app, an important decision to make is where it will reside. Should you place it on your own server or use application hosting? Unless you want to get into the data center business, application hosting is the best choice. It allows you to focus on your web applications and their business uses, rather than hardware upkeep.

Using Whoa’s application hosting means you can rest assured that you and your web app customers will always have access to your apps. This is important when your business profits depend on it. For answers to any questions you might have on application hosting, don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Domain Name System (DNS) is a critical component of almost every business operating today. Despite the fact that DNS is crucial for ongoing operations very few organizations give a lot of thought to the security and business continuity of DNS. Think about it, without DNS there is no website, no applications, no email, and possibly no business. Outsourcing your DNS can improve your business continuity and security.

DNS is the underlying protocol that translates the IP addresses that underpin the Internet to human readable domain names. So, instead of having to remember 23.50.225.123 you can just type www.whoa.com into your browser. DNS does more than just translate IP addresses to domain names, it is also used to tell mail servers where to direct e-mail, and it can be used to load balance busy websites across multiple servers.

Given the importance of DNS it is surprising that most organizations trust their DNS management to their domain registrar without giving any thought to whether or not that domain registrar can meet the needs of the organization. Most domain registrars include basic DNS management at no cost. This can be adequate for small organizations, but often these organizations quickly outgrow the capabilities offered by most registrars.

Even small businesses can impacted by the limited capabilities of domain registrars. One common method hackers use to gain access to a domain is by using social engineering against the domain registrar, as was the case against a large Brazilian financial organization last year. The hackers contact the domain registrar pretending to be the owners of the domain and convince the registrar to point DNS entries to servers controlled by the hackers. The organization’s entire infrastructure is compromised and it can take days to get it restored.

That is where Cloud DNS services, like those offered by WHOA, can benefit even small organizations. To start, all WHOA Cloud DNS services have two-factor authentication. An attacker can’t just claim to represent your organization, they have to actually authenticate properly or they cannot make changes. In addition to two-factor authentication WHOA also offer role-based access control to our Cloud DNS services. This allows organizations to assign certain people control over specific domains or even specific management features, ensuring that only trusted administrators have full control over an organization’s domain infrastructure.

Of course, Cloud DNS is not just about managing access, it is also means providing robust DNS services. WHOA’s Cloud DNS can help improve your business continuity with 60 second DNS propagation. Let’s say that there is a cascading failure in your primary data center you can activate your disaster recovery site and within 60 seconds DNS, globally, will be pointing to your backup infrastructure. Instead of having to wait hours or days for recovery, you can be back up and running before your customers know there was a problem.

Of course this capability isn’t just useful for accidental failures. Hackers have gotten bolder about launching DDoS attacks against a wide range of companies, often accompanied by demands for ransom in order for them to stop. These DDoS attacks tend to focus on the IP addresses of the target servers. If your organization is under attack you can simply point your DNS to your back up systems and avoid any service disruption while you are dealing with the attackers.

Whether you are interested in Cloud DNS for security or business continuity purposes contact us to find out more about how WHOA can assist your organization.

At WHOA.com, we do not just provide you with excellent solutions in cloud storage technology. We go above and beyond by providing you with the opportunity to partner with us in our referral partner program. Our partner referral program gives you the benefit of being compensated with commission bonuses based on the revenue generated by the customers you refer. Let’s take a look at how this works and the specific benefits it provides you with.

Our Referral Partner Program

By joining our Referral Partner Program, you have the opportunity to add incremental revenue based on the customers that you refer. Our referral program features two commission levels. At the first level, you get a 10% referral commission rate with potential earnings of up to $25,000 every month. At the second level, you are bumped up to a 14% commission rate for your referrals and have the potential to earn over $25,000 every month. If you are already using and loving the service, it isn’t hard to tell people about it. You might as well be making some extra money while you are at it!

At WHOA.com, we give you important tools to help you grow your business. One way we do this is by providing you with recurring revenue streams if you partner with us in our referral program. If you are interested in learning more about this amazing opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would love to bring you on board and give you the chance to reap the rewards of this incredible program.

What exactly is application hosting? Believe it or not, you probably use it everyday without even realizing it. Everyone uses smartphones and smartphones use applications or apps for short. The hosting for these apps has to happen somewhere and you are able to use these apps because they are made available to you through a remote cloud infrastructure that hosts them. That is where we get the term application hosting.

What are the Benefits of Application Hosting?

There are many benefits to using application hosting. Let’s take a look at some of those benefits below.

  • Low Maintenance: With application hosting, the only thing the client has to maintain is internet access. There is no software or hardware to worry about, making things very easy on the client.
  • Less Expensive: When compared to other options, application hosting is a much more affordable option. This is largely due to the fact that there is no software licensing to worry about. If you are looking for an inexpensive hosting option, application hosting may be a good option for you.
  • Low Risk: When it comes to application hosting, the risk is very low due to the fact that there is no need for long-term commitment, making it a great option for anyone looking for the freedom of the pay-as-you-go approach.

WHOA.com is your source for secure cloud computing solutions. If you would like to learn more about application hosting or about the other services we provide, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

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