Between the Stripes
A letter from the Editor
We’ve been working hard to stuff all of the best bits of Zebra wisdom into a place we can share with our lovely client list, the result being this brand spanking new newsletter which we hope will inspire you & your business to, stretch, share and collaborate.
Zebra are definitely the oldies of the web world, and we want to share with you the things the last 20 years has taught us about tech, business, and building professional relationships. We’d love to know your thoughts on what’s going on, so why not tweet us @the_zebras…
What’s New at Zebra HQ?
From time-to-time we need to carry out essential maintenance, and occasionally even systems as advanced as ours can suffer minor hiccups. We know the biggest frustration our users face is not knowing what’s going on, so we’ve set up www.zebrastatus.net and our new twitter account @Zebra_Support. Get those bookmarked and followed and you’ll have the most up-to-date information from our technical support team at your fingertips 24/7!
Our Vibrant Team of Zebras
At the centre of Zebra Internet Services is our growing and specialist team of domainers, hardcore techies, and SEO’ers, who work hard every day to keep you & your business supported. New in the last three years is our Team Zebra School of Apprentices which is coming along nicely; last year saw the graduation of Administration Assistant, Reece Storey, who’s now a fully-fledged part of our crew. Next up is Declan Ellis, assistant in the SEO department, who has recently graduated from his apprenticeship, and is now pursuing further training courses alongside his employment at Zebra!
Zebra Internet Services are happy to announce a new partnership with CloudFlare, the web’s easiest performance and security solution.
As a CloudFlare Certified Partner, we deliver their simple and free solution to help protect and accelerate your website. Once your website joins the CloudFlare community, it loads at least twice as fast and is automatically protected from a range of online threats.
We are pleased to offer you the CloudFlare service for FREE! There is no commitment and turning CloudFlare on and off takes a few clicks of the mouse. Feel free to try it out, we think you’ll like it.
Getting started is super easy—you just need to log into your website control panel and look for the CloudFlare icon within the “Applications” tab. With a few clicks, you can activate CloudFlare and your website will automatically be faster and safer around the world.
In the Spotlight – Cloud VPS Solutions
Let’s look at Cloud VPS, one of the fastest growing areas in tech for business like yours and what issues it can address:
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server and is what’s usually meant when people describe hosting their servers ‘in the cloud’.
If you’ve outgrown traditional web hosting, but are not yet in a position to require dedicated hardware, a VPS allows you to store your information on a dedicated slice of a larger, physical server. As a result, this reduces your overhead costs without compromising on quality. As your business grows, so can your ‘server slice’, meaning it’s fully scalable until the point dedicated server hardware becomes more viable.
We’ve written a handy guide to VPS solutions which is available right here on Zebra Social, where we store all our little nuggets of tech and web related wisdom… http://www.zebra.social/vps-need-know/
Every month, we’re inviting an industry expert to make comment on some of the biggest changes happening in the tech world, and they can impact and influence your business.
This Month’s Honorary Zebra…
Dave Sharp, New Business Development Specialist within the Digital Sector
View Dave’s Profile Here
Cloudy Days Ahead
Professor Ramnath Chellappa was the first to use the term “cloud computing” in 1997. At the time it didn’t mean anything. Hosting was still done from specific data centres that you connected to. Without doubt it now probably the most overused (and misused) term bandied around in the tech world.
What is the cloud in layman’s terms?
The first thing to get your head around is that the cloud isn’t a physical object. It’s essentially a collection of computers called servers that do slightly different things in collaboration with each other. Some servers are running software, some are storage.
If you’re a user of graphics tools like Photoshop you will have noticed that you can’t buy the software on a disk any more. The same is also true of Microsoft Office. It’s now called Office365 and you subscribe with a monthly fee. These are all now cloud based services.
Other servers in the network are responsible for storing data.
We’re all very used to taking photos on our phones. It’s stored locally on the phone. When we add the pictures to Facebook to tag our friends we are adding the photo to the cloud.
What are the benefits?
If you’re a business then there are a couple of benefits. Firstly you don’t have to buy expensive equipment any more to run your own on-line services from. Equipment became out of date very rapidly and was expensive to keep up to date.
Secondly you can access your information from any location on any device. Before the cloud you could only retrieve information in the office or copy it to a dedicated device. The cloud allows ubiquitous access on the go.
How big is the cloud exactly?
We’re not going to fill it up any time soon. The cloud never stops growing so in theory it’s impossible to really know what the overall capacity is. Let’s just agree it’s big!
Can my stuff be lost or be stolen?
The cloud is based on replication, your information is mirrored in several places so if one machine did fail or the building where it’s stored burned down then your information isn’t lost, it can be brought back from one of the mirrors.
The cloud needn’t be something businesses fear, and instead presents opportunity for growth and development within a variety of market sectors. Efficient data storage and remote access to information is becoming pivotal to the day-to-day running of businesses, to which the ubiquitous cloud is the solution.