What is auto scaling for virtual servers?

If you are running your own website then it can sometimes be tricky to define exactly how much traffic you expect to get and predict spikes in demand from consumers. This is especially true for businesses where sudden changes to your usual engagement levels from consumers can really catch you out. Being able to respond …

Disabling TLS v1.0 – Everything you need to know

On June 30 2018, server clients who use the encryption protocol Transport Layer Security (TLS) v1.0, to protect their site’s data, will be required to disable and upgrade to TLS v1.1 or above. Clients who do not comply with this deadline will be in breach of the new PCI DSS Requirements as agreed by the …

Docker – an overview

Container-based virtualisation is probably the hottest tech in cloud computing today, and Docker has taken container-based virtualisation into the mainstream of app development. So what are containers, and what are the pros and cons of Docker and this new technology? What are containers? Containers are also known as ‘operating-system-level virtualisation’. Containers provide the bare minimum …

MSSQL Database Administration – myLittleAdmin

For all sites that have databases on our shared Windows Plesk servers now have the myLittleAdmin installed. This is a straightforward way of managing MSSQL databases via a web interface.             myLittleAdmin is the a web-based management tool specially designed for MS SQL Server. It allows managing most objects of …

The benefits of hosting on an SSD hard drive as opposed to traditional models

From home and office PCs, to data centers and web hosting providers, time is ticking for the traditional platter-based hard disk drive. Recent generations of Solid State Drive (SSD) storage devices are silent, more reliable, faster and consume less power. As their unit prices have fallen and storage size has increased, they have become a practical …

How a dedicated server can boost your business

Everybody likes to save money, but if you are running ecommerce as part of your business then saving it in the wrong places can have major consequences. So if you are selling products or services on your website, then you should really invest in a dedicated server as soon as you reasonably can. Shared resources …

Managed servers v. unmanaged servers

Whether you run a multinational corporation, or you have just launched a flourishing start-up, selecting a hosting service that will incorporate all of your company’s software and hardware is a crucial aspect of any business. Fundamentally, your choices can be resolved into two options; managed servers and unmanaged servers. To help you decide which service …

Google to potentially step up Chrome security alerts

The proposed changes to the Chrome browser suggested by Google engineers in 2014 are poised to come into effect, meaning a slightly different, and theoretically more secure way of navigating the internet for web surfers. A new system will warn users should they navigate towards a website deemed insecure. The feature is designed to act …

IPv6 Dedicated Servers

The World Wide Web is moving on. IPv4 has served us well, but it’s time for a new system, IPv6, and catalyst2 can provide dedicated servers that support it. If you are thinking of changing, it’s time to weigh up the benefits. IPv6 is, quite simply the future of the internet. IPv4 cannot support the …

Introducing managed hosting plus

Confused about hosting? Don’t know your DNS from your SSL? Our Managed Hosting Plus is for you. This is ideal solution for users interested in getting their website hosted while receiving a helping hand in getting everything started and managed. Why not leave the technical side to the experts so you can concentrate on running your …