Know-how

MAMP: the local development environment for Mac OS X

If you’re developing a website, it’s important to regularly ensure that all the elements function as intended. Although there are no specific tools required for creating a basic info page with static content, it’s not possible to preview a project containing dynamic elements without some additional tools. The simplest solution is to use an all-in-one development environment like MAMP. [...]  

DNSSEC: internet standards for authenticated name resolution

Without the Domain Name System, users of the World Wide Web would have serious problems when trying to load websites and other online presences. It’s only thanks to this system that internet addresses appear in their trusted text format: they’re actually nothing more than combinations of numbers. The communication between browser and name server responsible for this isn’t actually as secure as you might think – which is why experts have been working on security solutions like DNSSEC for years. [...]  

What’s the OSI model?

Those working with network technology are bound to encounter the ISO-OSI model sooner or later. This system subdivides communication between computer systems into seven different layers. Each of these layers is assigned a certain task. With the help of this layer model, subareas of abstract processes are able to be descriptively explained. [...]  

Managed cloud hosting: flexible server structures at the click of a button

More and more website operators are turning to managed cloud hosting as a solution for their server environment. This option promises flexible scalability of required resources in real time, along with a wide range of services offered by the provider including the installation, maintenance, and protection of the hosting platform. So how does managed cloud hosting work? Find out what services managed cloud hosting can offer you. [...]  

Linux vs. Windows: a comparison of the best web hosting solutions

The duel between Linux and Windows may have an obvious victor on the home computer front, but the battle for server use paints a very different picture: since the beginning, Linux has defeated Windows, as usage figures show. But many users remain unconvinced by statistics and rightfully ask the question: what are the actual differences between the two platforms? [...]  

Resource-oriented web services based on REST

Combining different application systems has become increasingly important over the past few years. This trend is especially due to the increasing number of web applications being developed. In order to react to this trend, many different web services were developed that make data transfer across multiple systems possible. The Representational State Transfer (REST) is an architectural style that serves as a popular basis for developers seeking to realize these goals. [...]  

Server operating systems: history and today’s situation

Operating systems have gone through some major changes over the years. While their beginnings are rooted in more humble, purely text-based user interfaces, today’s options have evolved into complex software packages with graphical interfaces, comprising an elegant go-between for hardware and software applications. Users, who have long since been equipped with a keyboard and mouse, are able to easily manage system resources. Operating systems for servers are also in greater demand than ever, particularly when it comes to web hosting. But what are today’s most widespread operating systems? And which systems were they predated by? [...]  

VPN — secure data transfer through public networks

VPN implementations offer an affordable alternative for locally connecting networks, as well as making network resources available for external devices. In contrast to corporate networks, no private communication network is required. Instead, like the internet, VPNs rely on networks, and protect sensitive data through a process known as tunneling. [...]  

For when the going gets tough: the IT disaster recovery plan

For businesses, a reliable IT infrastructure is just as integral to day-to-day operations as competent management, productive employees, and reasonable working conditions. A server outage is able to paralyse an entire company. Adequate preparation can help prevent some of the most common errors from occurring; unforeseen risks, however, will always remain a factor. In order to be on top of your game when the worst-case scenario strikes, it may be worth your while drafting an IT disaster recovery plan. [...]  

DNS – the internet naming system

Translating domain names to IP addresses is one of the central services on the internet. Your computer sends daily requests to the domain name system (DNS) without you knowing. Name resolution on the internet usually only captures our attention when something isn’t working properly. But have you found yourself asking: What is DNS? And what is a DNS server? [...]