Know-how

MySQL tutorial: the comprehensive guide for beginners

Along with Oracle and Microsoft SQL server, MySQL is one of the most popular management systems for relational databases. Nowadays the software developed by MySQL AB belongs to the product portfolio of the Oracle Corporation and is proprietarily marketed under a dual license. Since 2009, an open source MySQL fork, known as MariaDB, has also been available from the original developers. Here we give an introduction into dealing with relational databases, as well as providing you with a practical beginner’s tutorial for MySQL and MariaDB. [...]  

The Docker ecosystem: the best Docker tools at a glance

Docker significantly simplified the use of software containers with its efforts at standardization. The lean container platform is part of a steadily increasing ecosystem that provides users a wide range of application options in the realm of software deployments, orchestration of containers, and multi-container applications, as well as continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD). In this guide, we present the most popular Docker tools and extensions and elaborate on the role of container technology within a digital infrastructure platform. [...]  

ECC RAM – the error-correcting code memory

Memory is one of the most important components of a computer system and is particularly important for processing large amounts of data. In addition to increasing the storage capacity, it is also necessary to guarantee the security of the data. Bit errors, for example, are one of the key foes that ECC RAM is battling against to protect the main memory. To date these error-correcting memory modules have so far been used primarily in the server environment. [...]  

Remote desktop: Application, troubleshooting, and alternatives

Remote desktop connections are indispensable for day-to-day business. More than anything, allowing remote control access from another computer saves time: Whether for support, online conferences, or home office — with remote desktop, you can easily and conveniently connect your computer to distant devices. Private users also benefit from remote use: By connecting with different operating systems, you can, for example, manage all of your apps from a single location. Read here with us about how it works and whether it’s right for you. [...]  

Reverse proxy server – core components in security architecture

Cyber criminality is a big issue for most companies’ IT departments. Online attacks threaten the security of private networks and cause millions of dollars of damage per year. Popular targets are servers that provide online services and therefore require a permanent internet connection. An extra layer of security can be applied by using an upstream network component – the reverse proxy. This retrieves resources on behalf of a client and then returns them to the client as if they came from the proxy server itself. [...]  

Server failure: risks, consequences, countermeasures

Server failures can be devastating for businesses, especially if central business areas are controlled by IT systems since the longer the server is down, the costlier is it for the company. This can result in loss of sales and in the worst case, the loss of business or customer data. Here we demonstrate the internal and external sources of danger that can lead to server failure, explain the consequences for the business, and provide you with some possible countermeasures. [...]  

DNS server unavailable? Here’s what to do

‘DNS server not responding’ is a typical error response on Windows. Its presence indicates that some sort of problem is occurring with your internet connection. This phenomenon can be the result of many different causes. In addition to network problems, routers, Windows Firewall, and the web browser are also taken into account when troubleshooting. [...]  

Alternatives to ownCloud: an overview of the best hosts

When it comes to cloud storage services with synchronization functions, many users see ownCloud as the most reliable option. That being said, it is also worth broadening your perspective, as the best alternatives to ownCloud also offer some other interesting features, which cloud storage service enthusiasts should not be missing out on. This article is here to help you find the alternative to ownCloud that is right for you. [...]  

What is a floating IP?

IP addresses are essential for modern digital communication. They are the 'connection numbers' of all devices in the network and this is why they are one of key foundation elements of the internet as well as other networks. Communication is based on a common 'language': the internet protocol. But what exactly is a floating IP and what is it used for? What is the difference between a floating IP of static and dynamic IPs? [...]  

Deduplication vs. compression: two concepts in data reduction

With the mass of data constantly increasing, ever more efficient storage techniques are required to reduce storage requirements with as few losses as possible. For this purpose, there are two compression techniques that are currently in use. While data compression identifies and eliminates redundant information within a file, deduplication is a cross-file method that is particularly suited to backup processes where files are only partially replaced. [...]  

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