How is FreeBSD compared to other OS?

Installing FreeBSD from USB or the CD/DVD is an extremely fast. You only need to choose UFS or ZFS for the disk type. I would suggest using mirrors if using ZFS. After install is done, all the system admins needs to do is configure the IP, setup root, and add other usrs. It is recommended to add yourself to the list of users since ssh over root will not work by default. This is done for security reasons.

As for securing a dedicated server, the greatest security edge is that the operating system doesn’t come with a lot of preinstalled software. This prevents hackers from using exploits to gain access. As admins, you are only installing components that are required and it is much easier to maintain few components on a server.

The operating system itself has several security features such as different secure levels. Secure levels locks down the system and prevents any unauthorized changes. For example, it will prevent firewall rule from being modified once they are in place. Thus preventing any authorized user from making changes.

FreeBSD also comes with framework which allows programs to lower their permission when they need it. The program that allows this is capsicum and it is very handy tool when it comes to server security.

Avnet joined hands with SoftLayer to offer Cloud to the European Partners

To satisfy the data requirements and needs of the channel partners Avnet Technology Solutions has signed up with the Softlayer so that every client and Cloud user to get the much needed data so as to fulfill the needs. Avnet Technology Solutions has decided to open an Emea-oriented cloud with the aim to satisfy the data sovereignty necessities and needs of its clients and partners so that data can be acquired and used independently by the client companies and the firms who are the partners of Avnet Technology Solutions.

Avnet Technology Solutions signed up with the IBM’s SoftLayer system as their host so as the offer the partners of Avnet Technology Solutions a local and secured, scalable and reliable infrastructure where they could build their portfolios on cloud.

The company Avnet Technology Solutions contains a distribution and allocation liaison with the world renowned organization IBM for a pretty long span of time which is approximately thirty years and similarly Avnet is making quite the same progress in North America by establishing a European hosting centre that will facilitate data requirements to its partners.

Miriam Murphy who is the senior vice president for Emea project marketing and sales in Avnet Technology Solutions commented that the Avnet Technology Solutions and IBM shares the common objective and passion so as to carry on an investment in the up-and-coming technologies and cloud being the most promising one will help and support their business clients and partners to play a key role in the growth market.

Miriam Murphy further stated that be means of this partnership with IBM SoftLayer and Avnet Technology Solutions, the aim is to position themselves in such a way through which they can easily help and support the corporate partners to create and identify as well as capture the opportunities given by the SoftLayer so that the technologies of IBM are enrooted in the Emea area of expertise.

The agreement between the IBM SoftLayer and Avnet Technology Solutions wraps up the local prerequisites of IBM infrastructure-as-a-service assets, also known as (IaaS) so as to fulfill the increasing demands of the European Union’s business houses and companies so as to make sure the data sovereignty as well as the security compliance. The combination of the local divided and distributed data hubs as well as the international networks permits the partners of the SoftLayer to locate the user’s data as and when required.

How To Compare Web Hosting Companies

There is no dearth of web hosting companies. If you run a quick online search, note down the names of the webhosts, get a few more from classifieds and then a few more from references then you will end up with a few dozens of them at the least. The only way to ensure that you hire a good web hosting company from that huge list is to have an objective comparative approach.

Here is a brief but very useful guide on how to compare web hosting companies.

Cost

You should always start with cost. There is simply no point in considering companies that you cannot afford. The comparison of costs should be at par. You should compare different kinds of plans and check their cost and reject the one that charges you more. You should consider similar types of plans and check the corresponding costs to make the comparison. Be aware that some companies mention the lowest cost or their starting costs which may not apply to the plan you are referring to. Also, you must see to it that the costs you are considering are inclusive of all services and taxes. This is just to ensure that your comparison is being objective and with loopholes.

Plan

Once you have assessed the costs, check the plans. You must list out every feature and service mentioned in the plan. Create a table to see who offers what. You should not be overwhelmed by the tons of features and services that some web hosting companies offer. You must only take into account the features and services that you think you will use. There is no point in having twenty extra features and paying higher if you are not using them. Also, it is better to have ten features that you would use and get the best out of those ten features instead of having twenty features and receiving poor service at the same cost.

Uptime

A web hosting company will always claim a fascinating uptime but you must verify if they can deliver on it. You can ask around, seek experts’ opinions, read reviews and get an idea of the reality.

Credential

Credential of a web hosting company is very important. You can check out the credential of web hosting companies from review websites, forums and by speaking with present and former clients of the companies.

Approach

Finally, you should judge the kind of approach a webhost has when they are trying to vie for your contract. If you are uncomfortable dealing with them and if there is even one warning sign that they wouldn’t deliver or would be unprofessional later then you should back off.

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