Cloud transition: how can you move from over subscription to capacity utilisation?

28th February 2014 by Mark Sutton

The journey of many businesses from a heavily over subscribed infrastructure solution to the flexible, scalable world of cloud we are in today is a very interesting one. It is still possible to draw parallels between what is now considered …

Controlling your costs on public cloud

16th October 2013

You may already be using a public cloud service, or perhaps you’ve just decided to take the plunge. Either way it can difficult to control your costs, and often users will see much higher costs than expected, especially in the …

95th Percentile Billing – An Explanation

13th September 2013

As a hosting provider, one of the most important components of our services is the ability for customers bandwidth to be burstable. Customers will usually commit to a committed data rate (CDR) each month as their baseline level of traffic, …

SEO friendly web hosting. How friendly can it be?

13th May 2013

One of the many considerations when choosing a web hosting service should be the impact it will have on the SEO of your website or a blog. We met up with Laurence O’Toole, the founder and CEO of Analytics SEO, …

Prevent image hotlinking

4th March 2013

Image hot linking is when another website displays your images by linking back to the image URL hosted by you. This means that every time a page containing your hot linked image is displayed, it costs you bandwidth and processing. …

Is ‘Metal as a Service’ too heavy for the cloud?

3rd January 2013 by Joe Gardiner

Metal as a Service is a new layer in the stack under IaaS and is described by Mark Shuttleworth as, “…bringing cloud semantics to the bare metal world.” Essentially MaaS supplies bare metal that can be deployed similarly to cloud …

Installing WordPress Multi-Site on Apache localhost using Sub-Domains

30th March 2012

One of the often missed features of WordPress is the ability to run more than one site off it. It’s thought that WordPress can be a bit bloated at time with the number of database connections it does, but so …

Value for money: one year on

3rd February 2012

At the end of June last year I published a report entitled ‘Does the UK Government get value for money?‘ which analysed the COI’s ‘Reporting on Progress 2009/10′ document. The publication listed key website metrics such as page views, hosting …

Introducing SocialBizzle.com

31st January 2012

I met with Lee and Ali last year to talk about SocialBizzle.com and how CatN vCluster could help their business grow not only through stable, fast hosting, but also through a partnership with CatN. My objective is to build an …

CatN vCluster beta closed

11th November 2011

Since launching vCluster version 1.0 early last year, we have had a lot of interest and uptake from people looking to test our clustered hosting service for their websites and applications. We have now exceeded our quota of beta users …

The dangers of budget, shared hosting

26th August 2011 by Joe Gardiner

There are plenty of web hosting companies offering low cost shared hosting that has continued to get cheaper over recent years. Cheap web hosting is particularly prevalent in the US where bandwidth is much cheaper than the UK and Europe. …

CatN Hosting for Beginners

15th October 2010

Let’s imagine a USB thumb drive. You’ve probably used one, and you can just plug it into your computer and copy files onto it. The great thing about a usb thumb drive is that you can carry it with you …

Common .htaccess Rules

7th September 2010

In Apache web server, the .htaccess file is a configuration file that enables local management of the web server. The .htaccess file in a shared environment allows a user to change specific configuration settings local to their web directory, and …

How accurate is Alexa?

16th August 2010

Alexa Internet is a web company owned by Amazon that provides a toolbar that offers advice to it’s user on navigation, and tracks a users behaviour transmitting it to Alexa for analysis of browsing patterns. Alexa is widely used, especially …

MySQL Best Practices

12th August 2010

Do you know how to best design a MySQL database, or how to best structure a MySQL query? If not then this post will certainly interest you. Here we will be discussing the best MySQL practices you can use not …

Cloud provider sign up check list

16th July 2010 by Joe Gardiner

With a plethora of cloud hosting services available to the market it is becoming more difficult to find a provider that suits your specific needs. I decided to put together a list of questions to help you analyse exactly the …

How do large web sites benefit from cloud provisioning?

14th July 2010

A cloud hosting platform offers many benefits. These are often reduced to four main categories, Cost, Stability, Security, and Scalability. You can read about these categories in more detail in a previous blog post… For large websites arguably the two …

Benefits of cloud hosting

30th June 2010 by Joe Gardiner

Cloud hosting is often referred to as an “up and coming” technology that is, “the future”, and it is certainly taking the IT industry by storm. Cloud computing is already here and if there was ever a buzz word, “Cloud” …

What is clustered hosting?

11th May 2010

Clustered hosting is the newest way of hosting your website. A cluster is a group of computers or servers, whose combined computational power provides a service. Clustered hosting involves spreading the website across multiple servers, like layers. In the CatN …