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6 Reasons You Should Use The Cloud

6 Reasons You Should Use The Cloud

Does this situation seem familiar to you?

— Hey, can you please send the snaps that you took at the cafe last night?

— Sure. I will upload it to the Cloud, will share the link in a while. :-)

(With a confused face, you scratch your head and look up at the sky) — What the heck is the Cloud?

This is exactly what happened in the hit movie, “Creed”, when Michael Jordan told Sylvester Stallone that the photo he clicked was sent (or “uploaded”) to the Cloud. Muscular Stallone had little to no idea what the Cloud was – like a caveman discovering the joys of electric heating.

I have to agree that tech terms (to non-techies) can get very confusing sometimes. Although they sound simple, it’s often another world to them.

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Interestingly, we use “Cloud services” on a daily basis: Gmail, Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive – these services are all cloud-based.

What exactly is the Cloud?

Let’s look at this like we’re newbies. I was – I didn’t understand much of the technology at first. As I found nuggets of knowledge that were explained clearly, I “got it” much quicker, and everything made a lot more sense.

We have been using emails and accessing websites for more than a decade now. For all these services to work, it needs a server (which is essentially a computer that is connected to high-speed internet 24/7). In most cases, this computer has similar components to what we use: RAM, harddisk storage, CPU, motherboards, graphic cards, etc. The main differences, though, are that it never shuts down, is connected to internet 24/7 and has specific applications installed on it that transform it into a server.

Now, imagine, if there is no space left in your hard disk, the RAM (or CPU) has crashed and you are unable to connect to the internet. In that case, you will not be able to login to your computer. So, if there are any important files in your PC, you will not be able to access them because you will get a connection error. This is called DOWNTIME. You know those sites that are “down”, with pages showing “503 Error” (unable to connect to the server)?

Usually, that downtime is a result of those components crashing. Technicians or webmasters have to go into the server and fix errors.

This doesn’t happen in the Cloud ever. The Cloud has 100% “uptime”, because it isn’t just one thing – it’s a series of internet servers based online.

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So, after getting the dirt on what Cloud is, let’s look at what the Cloud actually does.

What does the Cloud do?

1. Redundancy

When there is a hardware (RAM, CPU, motherboard etc.) failure in a server, it will route traffic to a backup server. Therefore, hardware failures won’t affect the evil downtimes. Similarly, in the case of software failure (server configuration), when files are not accessible, the server will again route traffic to backup servers. In the case of traffic spikes, the Cloud will route partial traffic to a backup server to avoid load issues which can crash the server.

2. Scalability

In Cloud servers, you can increase/decrease resources (RAM, CPU, storage etc.) anytime as you see fit. This is not possible with traditional shared, VPS or dedicated hostings.

That is why many industries run their services in the Cloud. When traffic goes off the chart and one can easily increase resources of the server.

3. Cloud = 100% Uptime

Whatever application, files, images, videos are there on the Cloud, they’re all accessible all the time. The Cloud also makes accessing and sending everything faster.

So, if one server or some hardware goes down, the other one comes up. So, you don’t have to worry about losing information at all.

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4. Hosting

It is difficult to find a web host that has almost 100% uptime rate.

  • Dedicated hosting would be a better choice than a shared or VPS hosting, as dedicated hosting has 100% server-hardware/resources dedicated to it
  • Whereas with shared hosting, all resources are shared with neighbours
  • While in VPS hosting, specific resources (like 2GB RAM out of server 32GB RAM etc.) are assigned

Surprisingly, neither shared, VPS, or dedicated hosting can guarantee 100% uptime when there is hardware failure. Whether it’s because of heat, unforeseeable crashes, or anything else that can derail you – such as software failure which is often due to traffic spikes that can’t be handled with the current server’s configuration, configuration faults, or server update faults.

It’s important to remember that Cloud servers are expensive, meaning they will take a check out of your wallet. This is because Clouds are a phenomenal service to the internet, and Cloud hosting services know this.

5. Cloud Hosting Providers

Public Cloud servers like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, RackSpace, and SoftLayer are incredibly (and almost unbelievably) expensive.

Luckily for us, there are true Cloud servers that are top tier providers like the big guys mentioned before. The only difference? They aren’t expensive.

Servers such as Linode, DigitalOcean and Vultr, just to name a few. Linode was actually listed among the top 4 cloud servers being used by top 10,000 Alexa sites.

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There is a downside, however. These more affordable Cloud hosting servers may not have 100% scalability or redundancy features, the way the big dogs do. Keep in mind that they are just as worthy of hosting your files/documents/site etc. as the more expensive providers.

6. Installing & Configuring Cloud Servers

Sadly, the main trouble comes in when it’s time to actually set up a Cloud server, which requires high-end technical skills and costs a good sum. Luckily, we have ServerPilot that can do this work for free! That’s something to cheer about.

With all the advantages Cloud hosting offers, it’s still confusing how people resort to traditional hosting methods. Hopefully you’ve learned a thing or two about the huge benefits Cloud hosting gives you and your valued visitors. In the end, aren’t we doing this for the happy experiences of our visitors and customers?

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7 Best Project Management Apps to Boost Productivity

7 Best Project Management Apps to Boost Productivity

Project management doesn’t need to be a complicated thing, not if you have apps that make things a whole lot simpler. When you have project management apps, you can take care of your team, tasks and deadlines, without even being in the office. You don’t even have to spend a lot of money to get most of the apps you might need.

Here are the 7 best project management apps to super boost your team’s productivity:

1. Basecamp

    It’s probably the most well-known project management app out there. It allows you to organize projects that act as a central location for everything and contains such things as to-do lists, notes, events, files, and much more.

    It is user-friendly, and has a free 30-day trial period. After that, the plan is $99 per month.

    Find out more about Basecamp here.

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    2. Asana

      If you are looking for something that is not difficult to use, check out Asana. This is a great task management app that can be used for managing projects as well.

      In a nutshell, Asana helps you create and share task lists with your team. The app is simple but smart enough and has got a lot of integrations. Teams with up to 15 members can use Asana for free. Teams with 15 members and up can choose plans that range from $10.99 per month.

      Find out more about Asana here.

      3. Casual

        This is a unique app that offers a different way of doing things. On Casual, you plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. The neat thing is that Casual helps you visualize and track dependencies between tasks.

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        This app is incredibly intuitive and works great for personal projects, as well as for organizing projects for small teams. You can try it for free, and if you don’t like it, there is no obligation to pay for anything.

        Find out more about Casual here.

        4. Trello

          This app is incredibly user-friendly, and is based on Kanban boards. It actually works like a virtual whiteboard with post-it-notes.

          Trello is great for organizing your to-do lists, ideas, and is very easy to use. You can create several boards to use for various projects, and it’s free of cost. Trello is available to iOS and Android users as well.

          Find out more about Trello here.

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          5. OmniPlan

            This is an awesome app for iPhone and iPad users. If you love Gantt charts, this is definitely an app that you can get a lot out of.

            You start out by creating a simple project outline. Then you can use the app to help you through every step of the project until its completion.

            A standard plan for iOS costs just $99.99, and the pro plan is only $199.99.

            Find out more about OmniPlan here.

            6. Podio

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              This is a great app for medium and large-sized teams working on projects. The special point about Podio is that there are additional features such as CRM and social intranet.

              There are four different packages: Free, which is free for up to five employees and five external users; Basic, which is $9 per month per employee; Plus, which is $14 per month per employee, and Premium, which is $24 per month per employee.

              Find out more about Podio here.

              7. Microsoft Project

                This is one of the most commonly-used project management apps. However, it is also one of the most difficult apps to use. It does have a lot of features that are popular with project managers, which is why we have chosen to include in on this list. You can customize reports, track burn rates, and stay on track until projects are complete.

                The basic plan starts with $7 per month, which allows you project team members to collaborate in the cloud, via web browser or mobile.

                Find out more about Microsoft Project here.

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