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Spend in Cloud – controlling cost

Spend in Cloud – controlling cost

  Cloud computing can be a big saving. If you get too enthusiastic though,  you could end up spending money on computing you do not really need. Striking a balance is the key to using cloud and virtualization technology for controlling cost.         The Cost of Virtual Sprawl Virtual machines are easy […]

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What is your Cloud Driver ?

What is your Cloud Driver ?

Choosing your cloud hosting provider is an important decision. How to choose the correct provider depends on what your priorities are concerning your data and your computing needs. Cloud Driver: Features vs Price Often a hosting provider will offer all you ever need, but at a price that s not sustainable. Sometimes the price may […]

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Linux Security Tips

Linux Security Tips

Linux security is often overlooked in the mistaken assumption that security is built in. While this may be true to a certain extent, not taking any security measures makes you a target. No security often indicates to an attacker that the server administrator is possibly inexperienced and an easy target. At Host Africa, we care […]

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POP3 or IMAP for my email ?

POP3 or IMAP for my email ?

Setting up your email is often a quick rush “to get it working”. Taking a moment to decide which protocol can save you a lot of headache down the line. What do the available mail protocols mean ? What is the implication of each and why choose a specific one ? POP3 – What is it […]

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A short guide to designing faster websites

A short guide to designing faster websites

Designing a website and then expecting your site to speed up by throwing more resources such as CPU and bandwidth at it will never work. The main reason is that many people are still on slow connections or have low data caps. This means that they will only ever visit your site once. If a […]

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VPS or Shared – Types of Hosting

VPS or Shared – Types of Hosting

    When it comes to hosting, there are various types that are often confused or misunderstood. The cost of each type is different and the scalability, redundancy and complexity of each also differs. The rule of thumb is “more features = higher price”.  True “CLOUD” hosting is not that common and the term is […]

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The Art of Infrastructure

The Art of Infrastructure

  IT Infrastructure is an often underrated and misjudged part of IT. The observation is sometimes made that “any techie can do it”. The unfortunate reality is that many do ! What is this “Infra” – Structure ? Infrastructure is also sometimes confused with architecture. This is not too much of a stretch as infrastructure […]

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Protect your Data with a Superior Online Backup Solution

Protect your Data with a Superior Online Backup Solution

Are you prepared for the shock of data loss? Whether your data has been lost accidentally through defective hardware or software, or by user mistake or physical damage, or destroyed maliciously by viruses, worms, Trojans, ransomware and other types of malware, the negative effect on your business is the same. Can you afford this kind […]

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What size VPS do I need ?

What size VPS do I need ?

Determining your server size and specification The size your VPS (Virtual Private Server) depends on how many users you expect to use it at one time and the complexity of the software that you run.  Even very busy servers can serve simple, static content without using a lot of server resources.  But a site which […]

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Using Linux for Business

Using Linux for Business

Business and Linux – in the same sentence ? The impression often exists that Linux is reserved for the desktop hobbyist and servers only. After all, aren’t all the business applications written for Windows. A less known fact is that some big business run whole divisions on ONLY linux for their desktop usage. This saves […]

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