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Monthly Archives: January 2017

30
Jan
2017

Higher Quality Content Now Requires Much Larger Storage and Server Needs

by Bill

Seagate has announced that they are now focused on making a new external hard drive that will be the biggest consumer targeted Hard drive released to date. A 16TB product using a helium filled drive, with 12TB and 14TB options in the product line available as well. The company also announced that they would like to have 20TB drives out for public consumption by the year 2020.

What is driving the need for much larger data capacity? There are new technologies, including virtual reality and 4K HD video which require a lot of digital space to hold the much larger final file sizes that end consumers are now downloading. With higher drive storage sizes, users can accept more data and as bandwidth speeds accelerate the storage capacity just a few months ago would become a serious bottleneck for most customers.

Processing data on the server side of the equation is also becoming more important than ever as even the smallest percentage of a speed increase becomes magnified significantly when a user is downloading files that are reach 4 of 5 GB each. NationalNet continues to evolve all of the infrastructure our client’s sites are hosted on to maintain our position on the leading edge of data speed, security and reliability.

If you’ve been searching for a solution for your large data streams, the rise of big data on the personal community side of the market should be a strong catalyst toward doing all you can to maximize your own data efficiency and speed. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week every single day of the year – even on major holidays. We don’t take a break so we can ensure that your site and internet properties stay up and running the way you want it to every single day whether you are sending a tiny text file or a massive virtual reality video that requires many Gigs of data to execute effectively.

 

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19
Jan
2017

Even The Hackers Are Getting Hacked

by Bill

Everyone needs secure hosting, including hackers. In fact hackers should be the people who know best how to avoid hacks, and how important it is to work with a secure hosting provider. However, Cellbrite (a well-known company that provides hacking tools) has now reported that they had their own servers hacked recently!

An Israeli company selling products that can be used to hack into mobile devices, Cellbrite has disclosed that they got hacked and had a whopping 900GB of data stolen! Not only did hackers steal the data, they also provided it to all to Motherboard, a popular technology publication which is part of the Vice Media family.

Cellbrite’s products are often utilized by governmental agencies, and while the disclosure suggests the data stolen was mostly logins to the site’s customer accounts where you might login to update your software, nobody has independently confirmed that the hack did not go far deeper as of yet top article. More stunning was the fact that there were actual data releases from seized mobile devices in the leak too, retrieved by Cellbrite customers.

With the world the way it is now, and how dependent we have all become on technology to communicate or to perform the most basic tasks, it is increasingly important that anyone who does business online remain vigilant with regard to the security of their servers online. If a hacking tools company can be hacked, so can you, and while nothing is ever entirely secure, there are many steps you can take to protect your data, starting with choosing a collocated hosting provider that shares your sense of urgency about these issues.

NationalNet security experts review our practices and the measures we have in place to protect client data on a continuous basis. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. If you see something, say something, and our security team will immediately take action to safeguard your server, your business and the privacy of your end users. In this day and age, data security is a goal every digital business should aspire to achieve with each and every decision made along the way.

 

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09
Jan
2017

Mobile Internet About To Get Big Boost From Battery Life Improvements

by Bill

When cell phones first became common consumer items it was all about form and signal strength. Flip phones that got more than 3 bars of service were all the rage. Then the iPhone and its competitors took over thanks to feature sets that expanded Mobile to include all kinds of games, productivity apps and data services. Now the next step is happening and if this week’s presenters at CES are right, it will be all about expanding battery life far beyond the few hours most devices offer customers already.

George Zhao, the president of Huawei’s Honor brand spent the majority of his time on stage speaking about the improvements to the Honor 6X smartphone’s battery life. Asus proudly declared that their new ZenFone 3 Zoom features an enormous 5000MaH battery that they claim will last up to 42 full days on standby without recharging. Qualcomm explained the entire design of their new Snapdragon 835 processor (which will be part of many new phones) is designed almost entirely around maximizing battery life in every possible way. HP got in on the act with a new 15-inch Spectre X360 that boasts a bigger battery life as its main leap forward from the previous model.

A survey often touted at CES 2017 claims that battery life improvements are by far the most often requested upgrade of mobile device consumers, coming in at more than double the number of the second place finisher “shatterproof screens.”

“Consumers use these devices all day long,” says Avi Greengart, of Current Analysis, “and are using more of the capabilities—the camera, GPS, background data, streaming.” Snapchat, FaceTime, Pokémon Go and many other aps are chasing greater functionality with little regard for the amount of power they require beyond the needs of traditional phone calls and text messaging. “The camera takes up a larger portion of the battery,” said Randall Grilli, of Asus. “The flash takes up a lot, too, more than people think.”

Others made the inference that the maturation of the app markets and phone functionality are causing manufacturers to focus now on more mundane but perhaps even more important aspects of mobile connectivity. “Devices are mature enough now in other ways that differentiation can shift to things like battery life that have been kept at parity while working on other things,” said Jan Dawson, of Jackdaw Research.”

From a hosting and e-commerce perspective, one thing is becoming abundantly clear. The rise of mobile is still far from over, and the move toward an always on mobile apparatus for consumers is likely to make responsive design, mobile load speeds, CDN services and mobile data security even more essential to the continued health of any every business.

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