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VPS with Jelastic: CentOS, Ubuntu and Windows

By | CentOS, Jelastic, Virtual Hosting, Virtual Private Server Hosting | No Comments

Jelastic VPSMost people choose VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting because it doesn’t have the limitations of shared hosting and it allows for reinforced security, flexibility and complete control over your environment.

Today we will review how to set up VPS using Jelastic and 3 pre-configured certified stack templates on top of 3 operating systems – CentOS, Ubuntu and Windows.

Virtual Private Servers

CentOS (Community ENTerprise Operating System) is a free community-driven project, with open source code delivered from RHEL Linux distribution.

CentOS offers enterprise-level stability strengthened by robust performance and represents a reliable, low-maintenance, secure option for running virtual private servers.

Ubuntu is one of the most popular operating systems for running virtual private servers inside the Cloud. Built over the Debian Linux distribution, Ubuntu shares its commitment to principles of open-source software and offers continually developing solutions with agile, secure and versatile performance capabilities.

Windows Server OS (2012 and optionally 2008 R2 versions are provided) allows you to run any Windows-based software on your virtual machine with support of popular tools and technologies: ASP.NET, PHP, SQL, Visual Studio, Active Directory, etc.

Due to the fact that Windows OS is a proprietary software and can’t be distributed freely (i.e. requires the license to be applied to the platform), you can be charged for using such containers (regardless of whether it’s running or stopped).

Installation

Let’s see how easy it is to install your own VPS in the Jelastic cloud.

1. Firstly, log in to your Jelastic account and access environment topology wizard.

2. Select the VPS section at the bottom left corner and choose which VPS (Ubuntu 16.04 in our example) from the expandable options list.

ubuntu vps

Specify the cloudlet limits for this node, scale it out (if required) and type the name of the environment and click on Create.

3. In a couple of minutes, your new environment with the chosen virtual server will appear at the dashboard. You’ll also receive an email notification with its administration data (i.e. login / password credentials, attached Public IP and access URL).

And it’s that simple – now your own virtual private server is up and running!

environment success

Elastic VPS Scaling

Flexibility of VPS hosting in Jelastic’s Cloud is achieved because of automatic scaling, both vertical and horizontal, that is easily tuned during creating and configuring your environment topology.

Automatic vertical scaling allows to choose your scalability limits with the appropriate settings, whilst make your hosting costs meet your budget and at the same time prevent outages during unexpected load spikes. The system will automatically provide the server with the required resources based on the load.

To scale your environment, simply increase/decrease the maximum number of available resources (cloudlets), moving the cloudlet sliders in the Vertical Scaling section.

vertical scaling

Horizontal scaling allows you to easily adjust the number of servers in your environment using the appropriate “-” and “+” buttons. Operating several same-type nodes in the confines of a single environment highly increases its management capacities – all of them can be simultaneously configured, reset to get new passwords, inspected for logs and statistics, restarted etc.

All the newly added VPS instances will clone the master node (i.e. the initially created container) with all its configurations. However, each node will have its own hostname and administration data, delivered via the corresponding emails. These are going to be independent servers that are able to handle separate applications.

horizontal scaling

Make sure to Apply changes you’ve made.

Access Your VPS

You can apply some basic settings to your VPS instance directly via the dashboard UI with a set of inbuilt tools, provided by Jelastic.

In case you want to implement more complicated configurations, simply access your VPS using:

Use Cases

To see how you can use your VPS in practice and make some widely-used configurations, review the following tutorials:

Java Console Application with CentOS VPS. Installing a sample of Java console application to your СentOS virtual private server and checking its operability.
Setting Mail Server Inside CentOS VPS. Integration of mail server to your virtual private machine, accessing the required container over SSH protocol and using the preferable connection flow.
Setting Windows VPS Roles and Features via Server Manager. Basic functionality of inbuilt Server Manager for configuring Windows VPS.

Conclusion

VPS, Virtual Private Servers, is an advanced solution to run large scale applications and ensures their simple administration at the same time. That’s why VPS hosting becomes is the preferred choice of both inexperienced and advanced users, being able to suit anybody’s needs. Try VPS with Jelastic with a free 2 week trial to see how a virtual private server solution can work for you.

Do you have a data and disaster recovery plan?

By | Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Hyper-V, Veeam, VMware, VMware Disaster Recovery | No Comments

veeam vmware hyperv

Your data is everything and business need to consider data loss seriously. Nowadays we rely heavily on knowing that our data is secure, private and safe.

But how can you assure this with your company’s data? Do you have an established plan for your business?

Image you lost your phone or laptop. Scary right? Now imagine that you haven’t backed up that data – catastrophic right? Now imagine your phone or laptop is your business data, and it’s gone, vanished, done. Is there a word that’s more impactful than catastrophic? Because that’s the effect  on a business without backups and a recovery plan.  There would be no business.

A business disaster recovery plan

A Business Disaster Recovery Plan is implemented  in preparation of a serious issue such as a server going down, or a disaster such as a hurricane, flood or fire.

There are various ways to store your own backups. It could be via a hosted cloud server, devices such as an external drive, a local server and more.

Or you could talk to us and set up a serious backup and recovery plan that’s 100% guaranteed.

Benefits of a disaster recovery plan

  • Rapid replication and copying of information, software, and application
  • Reliable recovery of information
  • Business continuity
  • Long term cost savings
  • Protected business reputation
  • Non-disruptive system testing
  • Minimal system downtime during replication
  • Compliance with industry regulations
  • 24/7 client support
  • Peace of mind!

Who needs a disaster recovery plan?

The simple answer – every business should have a VMware disaster recovery plan. Try to imagine dealing with the loss of your businesses information, perhaps accumulated over years of work. How would you cope? How long would it take to recover what your business needs to become functional? For most companies, the downtime alone in a disaster situation would be catastrophic. VMware disaster recovery solutions ensure that your business is protected and secure, no matter what happens

Veeam Backup & Replication for Windows Server with Hyper-V

Veeam helps you maximize your cloud opportunity and becomes your entire virtualized platform.

Webhosting.net uses Veeam as its backup solution for VMware and Hyper-V backup, recovery and replication. It is fast, flexible, and a reliable recovery method of client hosted applications and data.

Backing up Microsoft Hyper-V environments

Veeam Backup & Replication produces image-level backups of VMs. It treats VMs as objects, not as a set of files. When you back up VMs, Veeam Backup & Replication copies a VM image as a whole, at a block level. Image-level backups can be used for different types of restore, including Instant VM Recovery, entire VM restore, VM file recovery, file-level recovery and so on.

The backup technology is typically used for VMs with lower RTOs. When the primary VM fails, you need some time to restore VM data from a compressed and deduplicated backup file.

Veeam provides fast and reliable backup for vSphere and Hyper-V virtual environments —
all without the use of agents.

  • Image-level VM backups: Create application-consistent backups with advanced
    application-aware processing
  • Backup from Storage Snapshots for HPE, NetApp, EMC and NimbleNEW:
    Generate ultra-fast backups with low RPOs
  • Scale-out Backup Repository™: Create a single virtual pool of backup storage
    to which backups can be assigned, offering the freedom to easily extend backup
    storage capacity
  • Veeam Cloud Connect: Get backups off site without the cost and complexity
    of building and maintaining an off-site infrastructure; fast and secure cloud
    backup to a service provider

how veeam cloud connect works

  • SureBackup®: Automatically test and verify every backup and every virtual
    machine (VM) for recoverability
  • Built-in WAN acceleration: Get backups off site up to 50x faster and save
    bandwidth
  • Direct Storage Access: Perform vSphere backups faster and with reduced impact
    by backing up via Direct SAN Access and Direct NFS Access

The 3-2-1 Rule

The 3-2-1 rule suggests that you should keep three copies of your data, store it on two types of media and ensure that one copy is off site. However, backing up off site can be problematic due to restricted bandwidth, surging data volumes and insufficient resources necessary to build or manage a true offsite backup repository.

With Veeam Cloud Connect, you can adhere to the 3-2-1 rule without bleeding money and resources into a second site or increasing bandwidth—simply utilize cloud backup repository services from Webhosting.net and leverage Veeam’s Built-in WAN Acceleration technology and so much more.

Data Backup

We also have a VMware data backup solution and here’s how it works.

vmware backup diagram

If you are an existing Veeam client, or looking to deploy Disaster Recover on your VMware infrastructure, WebHosting.net can help. We can simply connect your Veeam Proxy Server backup to our secure cloud and leverage our virtualization technology and infrastructure for your peace of mind.

Webhosting.net’s customized solution based on Veeam’s Backup and Replication software is an affordable, simple to deploy, recovery of virtualized applications and data. It combines backup and replication in one solution, replicates data protection and increases the value of backup for VMware.

If your company is not backing up virtually, you could be losing time, money and putting your data at risk.

Safeguard your future

If your business is not protected by a VMware disaster recovery solution, you are putting yourself at risk. Take the necessary precautions of safeguarding your future and implement a VMware recovery plan now. All of Webhosting.net’s recovery plans use state-of-the-art network architecture and ensure 100% uptime. All of our VMware disaster recovery solutions include free access to our 24/7/365 live chat and email support.

Learn more or get in touch with one of our consultants to discuss!

WordPress Vulnerabilities Blocked by Sucuri Website Firewall (WAF)

By | Sucuri CloudProxy Website Firewall, WordPress | No Comments

WordPress 4.7.2 was released on January 26th and if you’re running your website with this popular CMS, we recommend that you check for updates ASAP.

To do this, login to your admin panel and select Updates

wordpress updates

You will see the version of WordPress you are running and the option to update (if you haven’t already done so).

We also recommend enabling automatic updates on your website.

Earlier in January, our partner Sucuri reported a security issue to the WordPress team – a severe content injection (privilege escalation) vulnerability affecting the REST API. This vulnerability allows an unauthenticated user to modify the content of any post or page within a WordPress site.

They worked closely with the team at WordPress and version 4.7.2 and the updates includes protection against this threat.

Sucuri WAF

If your version of WordPress is up to date, you are protected, however we recommend an extra layer of protection – we use it on all of our sites also.

For just $15 per month, your site will be protected from:

  • Zero-Day Exploits
  • Cross Site Scripting (XSS)
  • Remote File Inclusion (RFI)
  • Local File Inclusion (LFI)
  • SQL Injection Attacks
  • Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF)
  • Login Form Bypassing
  • Out-Of-Date Software
  • Insecure Plugins
  • Vulnerable Themes
  • Bad GET or POST Methods
  • Insecure Direct Object Reference
  • Drupalgeddon
  • Heartbleed
  • Bash Bug / Shellshock
  • POODLE
  • Malicious HTTP Requests
  • Remote Code Execution
  • Malformed Cookie Requests

Sucuri WAF works with any CMS or custom website. Learn how Sucuri protected our WordPress hosted site from 12,000+ attacks in just 6 months. Read More