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Why use HostAfrica for my Cloud Hosting?

Why use HostAfrica for my Cloud Hosting?

SMME focussed At HostAfrica, we realize that one of the major obstacles to the growth of Small, Medium and Macro Enterprises (SMME’s) is cash flow, or rather, lack thereof. Ths is why we focus on providing the best value for money at each tier. If your business is successful, ours is too. We rely on your prosperity […]

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The POPI Act and data

The POPI Act and data

 What is PoPI? PoPI is an abbreviation for “The Protection of Personal Information”. Simply put, the PoPI Act is there to make sure that all South African institutions conduct themselves in a responsible manner when working with another entity’s personal information. It does this by holding these institutions accountable should personal information be abused or […]

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Virtual Private Servers

Virtual Private Servers

A VPS is an effective way to host your own website affordably and easily. A VPS, or virtual private server, has its own operating system, disc space and bandwidth. This means that a physical server that resides in a data centre is divided into several spaces that each creates their own virtual server. As a […]

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Virtual Hosting Concepts – Multi-Tenanted hosting

Virtual Hosting Concepts – Multi-Tenanted hosting

  Hosting has its own challenges and two types of hosting can be more challenging than most. These are web-hosting and containerized hosting. True virtualization (HVM) totally isolates the VM from the environment. The Hypervisor has only one function – to emulate a hardware platform for every VM. Multi-tenanted hosting is where multiple tenants share […]

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Virtual Hosting Concepts – Shared Storage

Virtual Hosting Concepts – Shared Storage

  Shared storage is a term readily thrown around, but just what is it and why do we use it? Who shares it? Do I need to worry about it? What is shared storage? This is storage that usually resides in a specialised device or set of devices that form a SAN (Storage Area Network) […]

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Virtual Hosting Concepts – Bridges as Switches

Virtual Hosting Concepts – Bridges as Switches

The virtual networking we will focus on here will all be Linux based as we only use Linux for virtualization at Host Africa. Virtual networking or Software Defined Networking (SDN) is the way we set up networks in cloud environments. SDN is a method to provide the same functionality in a virtual environment as you can […]

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Windows RDS – Part 2 (Applications)

Windows RDS – Part 2 (Applications)

    In our previous post on Remote Desktop Services – Part 1, we had just completed installing Remote Desktop Services. Before we continue, just a reminder:  your server hostname MUST be a full domain name (FQDN) that resolves e.g rdp01.mydomain.co.za. If it is not, the Remote application links will NOT work.   Remote Desktop […]

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Windows Remote Desktop Services – Part 1 (Server Roles)

Windows Remote Desktop Services – Part 1 (Server Roles)

Ever since Windows Server 2008 R2, we have been able to break away from the need to access a full desktop in order to use a single application. This means that we can have an application shortcut on your desktop which looks and acts like a normal shortcut but opens an application directly off a […]

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Linux vs Windows – TCO, ROI and more

Linux vs Windows – TCO, ROI and more

When IT Managers get asked why they prefer Windows over Linux, the excuse is often given that it would be too expensive to run Linux as they would need to retrain staff or hire a specialist. Other reasons given are software compatibility and “lack of support”. I have been a hardcore Open Source fanatic for […]

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SQL Database Options

SQL Database Options

What database options are there ? When it comes to a database for your server, there are many more options than just Microsoft SQL. As we all know Linux users have a free choice of database options. Less known is that Microsoft Server users also have a choice. Instead of paying a fortune for MS […]

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