Welcome!

Related Topics: SYS-CON MEDIA

SYS-CON MEDIA: Article

Leave GoDaddy Behind with VPS Hosting Plans

How valuable is the uptime for an Internet business?

How valuable is the uptime for an Internet business? Plenty valuable, especially in the wake of the September server outage at web hosting firm GoDaddy, which affected a multitude of customers.

GoDaddy is the Internet's largest registrar, hosting millions of websites on its servers. At the time of the outage, rumors were strong that someone had hacked the GoDaddy servers. According to TechNewsWorld, a Twitter user named @AnonymousOwn3r tried to claim responsibility for bringing down the servers at GoDaddy.

But GoDaddy later announced that its downtime loss wasn't the work of an anonymous hacker, but rather was due to 'a series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables.' To make up for the losses to clients, GoDaddy later offered a 30 percent discount to compensate customers.

But that wasn't enough for some. In the weeks afterward, a class-action lawsuit was filed against GoDaddy by a website owner, who claimed in the lawsuit filing that GoDaddy's guaranteed services failed his site and others. By violating its 99.9 percent uptime hosting guarantee, GoDaddy failed to provide the required services to its customers. Mentioned specifically in the lawsuit was that GoDaddy didn't meet its guarantee of no downtime of more than 43.2 minutes over a 30-day period, which it  certainly had on that downtime day.

So where does this leave small business users who need a stronger guarantee of service from a partner? Should website owners stay with the Internet's largest registrar, or move on to another? With choices available from discounters to shared cloud server hosts like VPS hosting from Myhosting.com, opportunities for web hosting are vast on the web. Here are a few tips to look for when researching potential new partners in web uptime management.

Web Site Storage
How much web storage space does your site need? Many beginner sites use less than 5MB of web space, especially if your site is mostly text-driven. But as you add video clips, images and more, your needs for storage will rise accordingly. Ask your web host company about different storage levels.

FTP Capability
FTP is commonly used by web developers and clients to transfer web pages and other files from their computer to a web host's computer. Once files are sent FTP, the web pages are uploaded to the web for viewing. When searching out a web host, getting FTP access and the ability to upload your pages by email or browser is pretty much mandatory.

Speed and Reliability
Reliability of web pages loading is the backbone of the Web. If a user visits a website that doesn't load, the user clicks elsewhere. This is what's at the heart of the class action suit filed against GoDaddy.

Web hosts need to guarantee 99.9 percent reliability. A site that's frequently down will lose a lot of visitors. Make sure your choice of new host provides you with documentation of uptime for websites it hosts. Try out different sites during peak and off-peak times.

What's exciting about finding a great hosting firm is the ability to choose flexible pricing, including even bundled services in many instances; choosing your desired needs in power supply, bandwidth and rack space for your company, and having options to grow your hosting needs as your business grows.

More Stories By Katie Lark

Sara Bird is a computer programmer working on her PhD in robotics. She loves talking about Higgs Boson, reading New Scientist and is getting tired of her thesis but is glad it is nearly done.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. The company co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure network...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place in November in Silicon Valley, California.
Developers want to create better apps faster. Static clouds are giving way to scalable systems, with dynamic resource allocation and application monitoring. You won't hear that chant from users on any picket line, but helping developers to create better apps faster is the mission of Lee Atchison, principal cloud architect and advocate at New Relic Inc., based in San Francisco. His singular job is to understand and drive the industry in the areas of cloud architecture, microservices, scalability ...
Back in February of 2017, Andrew Clay Schafer of Pivotal tweeted the following: “seriously tho, the whole software industry is stuck on deployment when we desperately need architecture and telemetry.” Intrigue in a 140 characters. For me, I hear Andrew saying, “we’re jumping to step 5 before we’ve successfully completed steps 1-4.”
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain.
@DevOpsSummit has been named the ‘Top DevOps Influencer' by iTrend. iTred processes millions of conversations, tweets, interactions, news articles, press releases, blog posts - and extract meaning form them and analyzes mobile and desktop software platforms used to communicate, various metadata (such as geo location), and automation tools. In overall placement, @DevOpsSummit ranked as the number one ‘DevOps Influencer' followed by @CloudExpo at third, and @MicroservicesE at 24th.
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
Did you know that you can develop for mainframes in Java? Or that the testing and deployment can be automated across mobile to mainframe? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Vaughn Marshall, Sr. Principal Product Owner at CA Technologies, will discuss and demo how increasingly teams are developing with agile methodologies using modern development environments and automating testing and deployments, mobile to mainframe.
As pervasive as cloud technology is -- and as persuasive as the arguments are for using it -- the cloud has its limits. Some companies will always have security concerns about storing data in the cloud and certain high-transaction applications will always be better suited for on-premises storage. Those statements were among the bottom-line takeaways delivered at Cloud Expo this week, a three day, bi-annual event focused on cloud technologies, adoption and associated challenges.
Multiple data types are pouring into IoT deployments. Data is coming in small packages as well as enormous files and data streams of many sizes. Widespread use of mobile devices adds to the total. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the tools and environments that are being put to use in IoT deployments, as well as the team skills a modern enterprise IT shop needs to keep things running, get a handle on all this data, and deli...
Quickly find the root cause of complex database problems slowing down your applications. Up to 88% of all application performance issues are related to the database. DPA’s unique response time analysis shows you exactly what needs fixing - in four clicks or less. Optimize performance anywhere. Database Performance Analyzer monitors on-premises, on VMware®, and in the Cloud, including Amazon® AWS and Azure™ virtual machines.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Grape Up will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct. 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company specializing in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market across the U.S. and Europe, Grape Up works with a variety of customers from emergi...
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.