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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 …

Why you should be outsourcing your servers to the cloud

Not yet outsourcing your servers to the cloud? Consider these huge benefits of trusting this essential part of your IT infrastructure to a dedicated, industry-leading organisation. Security Whether cloud-based or not, your systems are vulnerable to internet security breaches. At catalyst2 we have network and server teams constantly managing and maintaining all elements of security and performance …

Load testing websites and why it is important

One of the most important (and perhaps one of the most overlooked) aspects of web development is the ability to load test a site. Load testing used to be a straightforward exercise to make certain that a site or web app could handle multiple loads of users, and has since evolved to become a vital …

The importance of SSL certificates

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates are the standard technology that is used online to establish an encrypted connection between a server and a web browser. When installed and used on a website it creates a secure connection meaning all of the information and data that passes between the users browser and the server is encrypted. This way …

Is a dedicated hosting plan the right choice?

For most start-up companies, particularly those that receive normal amounts of internet traffic, a shared hosting plan is ideal. However, for a larger business, especially those that host huge amounts of data and are more resource intensive, a dedicated server might be a better fit. Below we discuss some of the benefits making a switch …