Everything you need to know about Galera Cluster

Galera Cluster is a synchronous multi-master database cluster developed by Codership of Finland. This open-source software operates as a patch for MySQL and MariaDB and offers its own command-line interface. It provides a range of features including certification-based replication, which uses individual nodes to certify the replicated write set against other write sets. Database reads …

What are the benefits of infrastructure-as-a-service for businesses?

The proliferation of on-demand cloud services represents one of the most significant technological advances of recent times. Businesses and organisations can now access highly specialised software and hardware remotely while paying a recurring subscription fee that is a fraction of the cost of bringing that same infrastructure in-house. Infrastructure as a service is a hot …

What are the benefits of fast DNS servers?

Fast, reliable browsing is paramount for all internet users. DNS servers facilitate the efficient and smooth utilisation of the web and efficiently route traffic to their intended destination. Struggling with a slow DNS server can significantly increase the loading time of web pages and make browsing websites a time-consuming and frustrating experience. To maximise browsing …

Why your business needs a managed IT service provider

If you’re in the market for IT services, you’ll have doubtless come across the phrase “managed service provider”. What actually is a managed service provider, what do they do, and why should your business think about investing in one? What is a managed service provider? A managed service provider oversees the implementation and integration of …

Keep things simple with managed server hosting

One of the first decisions you’ll need to make when choosing hosting for your new website is whether to choose a managed server hosting or DIY server infrastructure. If you’re not sure what the implications of these two choices are, it’s likely you’re going to want some kind of managed server hosting; this is for …

CloudLinux launches RHEL clone AlmaLinux

CentOS Linux’s parent company, Red Hat, caused consternation among many users recently when they announced they would be shifting focus away from CentOS Linux in favour of focussing on CentOS Stream. Shortly after the announcement, CentOS co-founder, Gregory Kurtzer, confirmed he was launching a clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the distro that CentOS was …

What are NVMe drives, and should your server use one?

The biggest upgrade you can make to any computer is faster storage. One of the easiest ways to do this is by investing in an NVMe drive. But what exactly is an NVMe drive? And why should you consider purchasing one? Here’s everything you need to know. What are NVMe drives? An NVMe, or non-volatile …

Top ten tips for video calling whilst you work from home

The need for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic has meant that as many as one in four of us now work remotely. Of course, the need to communicate effectively is still incredibly crucial, and video conferencing has played a vital role in ensuring working teams are all on the same page – even when …

Hosted Exchange Platform – TLS changes

In December 2017, Microsoft announced that in October 2020 they would disable older versions of their Transport Layer Security (TLS) in Hosted Exchange and Office/Microsoft 365. This means that following this change, users must use version software that uses version 1.2 of TLS or above to connect to Hosted Exchange. catalyst2 will be applying this …