Network attached storage (NAS): the basics of network storage

Growing sums of data require cost-effective, high-performance storage solutions. One option for fulfilling this requirement is a network attached storage. In business contexts, this model has already established itself as a viable alternative to file servers, hard drives, and the cloud. Private users have also caught on and use NAS systems at home. But what is a NAS? Read on, and we’ll show you...

Secure network connections with IPsec

A big problem with the previous Internet Protocol version, IPv4, was the missing guarantee of security standards of integrity, authenticity, and confidentiality. This previous protocol lacked the necessary means to identify data sources or enable secure transport. The protocol suite IPsec, developed for IPv4’s successor, IPv6, has changed the situation for Internet Protocol overnight.

Application containers: the next generation of virtualisation

The introduction of Software containers is widely regarded as a revolution in server administration. The idea of isolating applications in virtual runtime environments is nothing new, but with platforms like Docker, users can enjoy extensive functionality, which facilitates working with server containers. So, what exactly can application containers do?

What is a proxy server?

A proxy server is a network component that provides an interface between a private network and the internet. A proxy makes it possible to have an influence on the data traffic, to cache packet data, and to conceal the identity of the communication partners by using different IP addresses.

What is a server?

When talking about web hosting, it is impossible to avoid the term ‘server’. So what is a server? And how does it work? In IT, there are actually two definitions of the term. The traditional server is the software for network services, but more recently the word has also been used to describe the corresponding hardware used to carry out server programs. Here is our overview of the most common...

Servers with SSD storage: a forward-thinking hosting strategy

SSDs have been gaining ground for years now. Until recently, these flash-based storage devices have been mostly used by mobile devices, like smartphones or MP3 players. But more recently desktops and servers have been making use of this technology. What advantages do SSDs have over traditional storage devices? Find out here.

Server Backups with rsync

A server backup is the best method for securing the data of your online projects, thereby preventing any damaging losses. Server environments are especially in need of cleverly devised backup strategies that take every type of device into account. Here, backup programs become essential. Free applications, like rsync, offer reliable and compelling alternatives to their expensive conventional...

Traceroute: the simplest way to follow data routes

Whether at home or at your business: network issues can really grind one’s gears. When ensuring that all the cables have been connected and the settings have been checked multiple times is of no help, it may be time to make use of traceroute or tracert. These help users find the source of all their frustration.

Optimal password protection: how to choose a strong password

It only takes a few seconds for a hacker to gain access to your private data without you having any idea. More often than not, a password is the only means of protection when logging into online services; and if it is too obvious, it will not prove too much of a challenge for criminals to crack. There are numerous options to increase password security.

Backing up your database

Backing up your data is a popular option for securing your database. In order to create backup copies, you need additional hardware and to install a suitable backup structure. How do you secure your own network and web server against attacks and proceed to protect your databases?