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Startup is very important part of the current business environment. Considering the fact published by Indian Government, India has 2nd largest startup ecosystem in the world.

Bangalore, Mumbai and NCR top startup destinations with over 65% of the total Indian startups. Domain name plays a very important role in this Startup EcoSystem. The government of India has recognized 41,061 startups so far. More than 39,000 of which have reported 4,70,000 jobs creations, according to the Economic Survey 2020-21.

Under Startup India program, government recognizes such initiatives and help them develop and nurture. This is done by providing Tax Benefits and assisting in showcasing their products and services to get funding.

What role does a domain name play in Startup?

Take an example of Oyo or Flipkart or Ola or Zomato… All these Indian startups have made their place in people’s mind. A well thought domain name has played a very important role in helping these startups to cement its place in people’s mind.

Along with a product/service which helps a society, domain name is equally important for such start ups. Here is how to choose a domain name for your website. Consider registering .CO domain name for your start up. You will need a domain name which is publicly available to register and legacy domain name extensions like .com, .net would already have been taken.

You can learn here how to get your website online.

Why is cloud technology expected to be the lifeblood of future societies?

Cloud is one of the major widely used technologies. Everything that we perform online, has Cloud behind it. Every device that takes the affix ‘smart’, also uses cloud computing technologies. Even today, almost everything is connected to every other thing even if we don’t realize it.

It is a common observation that small and medium businesses are reluctant to migrate their workload to cloud out of worrying about business continuity. However, big names in the industry such as Netflix, Adobe Systems, Airbnb, etc. have already adopted the cloud.

For CIOs around the world, it is no longer a choice whether or not they should adopt cloud. They know they must adopt it.

Question is how quickly can they adopt one.

A brief history of Cloud Computing

To understand the future of Cloud Computing, it is essential to know its history and how it has evolved over the years to reach the stage where it is today.

If we trace back the routes of cloud computing, we will reach ‘Client-Server Architecture’. In this architecture, the client uses the data and programs that reside on the remote machine. Also, a client program can consume the data generated by the Server program on the same machine.

In the stack with ‘Client-Server Architecture’ in the bottom, ‘Distributed Systems’ laid above it.

In distributed systems, all the systems are connected in a web together in order to generate a combined resource pool.

At the top of the stack came cloud Computing.

Around the year 1961, John McCarthy first proposed the idea of selling computing like a utility, calling it ‘utility computing’.

Almost 40 years later, in 1999, the first big player in the industry, Salesforce.com started delivering the services over the internet through a simple website.

Fast forward to 2004, Amazon launched its first public web service – SQS (Simple Queue Service) under the brand Amazon Web Services a.k.a. AWS.

Google launched G Suite in 2006 and later, Microsoft launched Microsoft Azure in 2010.

Over time, tech giants such as Oracle, HP, IBM, and Alibaba also ventured into the Cloud industry.

Cloud Computing: Present Status?

Over the years, cloud computing has seen exponential growth. We will now shed a look at how certain industries will be having Cloud as their future.

With the footfalls of tech giants in the Cloud Computing industry, the number of SMEs moving their workloads to the cloud has significantly increased.

According to the data published by Statista, the revenue of AWS in 2013 was less than 5000 million dollars. Whereas, it increased to a staggering figure of 25.6 million dollars in the year 2018.

With the increase in the number of Managed Service providers (MSPs) in Cloud Computing, the cloud adoption figures have increased further.

As per the study published by Canalys in Palo Alto, Shanghai, Singapore and Reading (UK) on Monday, 5 February 2019, AWS held the largest market share of about 31.7% in 2018.

Also, the following were the overall statistics of market shares of other cloud providers:

AWS: 31.7%
Microsoft Azure: 16.8%
Google Cloud: 8.5%
Alibaba Cloud: 4.0%
IBM Cloud: 3.8%
Others: 35.2%

Cloud Computing: In the future

As per Doc # US41883016 published by IDC on Nov 01, 2016,

“Cloud 2.0” — By 2020, 67% of All Enterprise IT Infrastructure and Software Spending Will Be for Cloud-Based Offerings; the Cloud Will Morph to Become Distributed, Trusted, Intelligent, Industry Focused, and Channel Mediated.”
[Source: IDC]

These are the fields that cannot escape Cloud technology:

1) Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence has begun showing its impact on corporate functions. However, the true potential of AI is yet underutilized. There is no doubt that AI and cloud computing when used together can work wonders.

As per the survey conducted by Deloitte, the data issues, such as accessing quality data, cleaning data, and training AI systems, was one of the two top obstacles to AI adoption, ranked as a top-three challenge by 38 percent of the surveyed companies.

As they have quoted in the report,

“ The cloud is democratizing access to AI by giving companies the ability to use it now.” [Source: Artificial intelligence: From expert-only to everywhere, Deloitte Insights, December 11, 2018.]

Machine Learning is an application of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning that extends the Machine Learning concept further.

Most of the developers use their local devices (laptops/desktops) which lack the resources required for training the neural networks on larger datasets. The data is usually very big in size. Thus, it requires a few hours or even days to train a neural network.

In this situation, cloud adoption not only gives quick access to infinite resources and computational power but also provides higher accuracy. The calculation part happens in the cloud.

Machine Vision is an emerging application of Artificial Intelligence which can have high requirements of GPU. Which can be possible only in the cloud.

Amazon Web Services has its own utility for Machine Learning practitioners. As mentioned by AWS:

“You can choose from pre-trained AI services for computer vision, language, recommendations, and forecasting; Amazon SageMaker to quickly build, train and deploy machine learning models at scale; or build custom models with support for all the popular open-source frameworks.”
[Source: Machine Learning on AWS]

2) Bigdata

According to the definition by Gartner,

“Big data is high-volume, high-velocity and/or high-variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing that enable enhanced insight, decision making, and process automation.”

As published in the IBM Big Data and Analytics Hub,

  • 294 billion emails are sent every day.
  • Over a billion searches are recorded on Google.
  • Trillions of sensors monitor, track and communicate with each other, populating the Internet of Things with real-time data.
  • 30+ petabytes of user-generated data are stored, accessed and analyzed by Facebook.
  • 230+ million Tweets are recorded every day on Twitter.

[Source: https://www.ibmbigdatahub.com/gallery/quick-facts-and-stats-big-data]

With such a tremendous amount of data, it is virtually impossible to process the data with a limited array of machines. It is regardless of whether the data is structured like the data generated from a sensor or unstructured like the data generated on Facebook by users.

Though it is possible for Big data to work fine without a cloud backend, it is ideal to collaborate it with cloud technology.

Cloud technology helps overcome the following challenges:

  1. How much RAM does the laptop have?
  2. Unoptimized Hardware Utilization
  3. No multi-tenancy support
  4. Limited access to big data expertise
  5. High Operational Cost (OpEx) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Extracting valued information from this titanic data involves complex and sophisticated algorithms that require high computing capacity and resources.

3)IoT

IoT is another emerging sector powered by Cloud. IoT or Internet of Things represents a huge group of objects that are ‘smart’. These objects are connected with each other through the internet. These devices are meant to collect the data.

Following are some examples of IoT applications:

  1. Smart TVs
  2. Amazon Go
  3. Smart homes
  4. Driverless Cars
  5. Smart Thermostats
  6. Heart Rate Monitors
  7. Smart Refrigerators
  8. Smart Wearables such as Smartwatches

Every device continuously generates data that is stored on the server-side. The server side is cloud and the connection to the cloud can be through a variety of methods such as cellular, LPWAN, satellite, WiFi, Bluetooth, or directly connected to the internet via ethernet. The processing happens in the cloud.

If we look closer at the examples mentioned above, we will understand that the computing power of all the devices is negligible.

For example, a smartwatch comes with multiple utilities such as calendar collaboration, message/call notifications, and sensors for heart-rate monitoring, pedometer, accelerometer, GPS, sleep tracking, etc. But, a regular smartwatch doesn’t weigh more than a few grams. It is impossible to carry a full load of computing on our wrist. So, the processing happens at the server through the cloud backend and we can fetch the result on our mobile phones.

4)Mobile Cloud Computing

Mobile cloud computing is another emerging concept that is thought to have an incredible potential of growing further.

As the name suggests, Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC) is an amalgamation of two techniques –

Mobile Computing + Cloud Computing

Or, to be more precise,

Mobile Computing + Cloud Computing + Wireless Communication technologies

When we think about why traditional cloud computing became so popular, the first answer that comes to our mind is the computing requirements that we cannot afford to keep buying and storing physically on our premises.

Therefore, achieving the computing power for the execution of an application on Mobile Phones is automatically out of question.

Cloud computing thus provides the platform for development along with computing power and scalable storage.

MCC applications are therefore feature-rich and can be accessed through the internet, generally via the browser. Installation is typically not needed for an MCC application. This facilitates faster development, availability of shared resources and a cost-effective solution.

In the upcoming years, MCC is predicted to shake up the current mobile computing industry.

There are three major aspects that we have to consider.

  • As reported by wearesocial.com, in 2019, there are 5.11 billion unique mobile users in the world. Also, as per Statista, there are about 1.5 billion desktops installed in the world.
    This immediately reflects the number of users mobile cloud computing can reach as compared to traditional cloud computing.
  • The second aspect is from the perspective of the distribution of mobile applications.

    If you are an iPhone user, you will have to visit the Apple App Store to download and install the applications specific to iOS. The same goes for Android (Play Store), Windows OS (Windows Phone Store), BlackBerry OS (BlackBerry World), etc.

    However, in the case of MCC applications, you will have access through the Browser as long as you are connected to the internet.

    This issue will also diminish with the usage of developing HTML5, local caching and Content Delivery Networks.

  • The third aspect is from the developer’s perspective.

    When developing a mobile application, the developer has to take care of Operating System compatibility. This further includes the different SDKs (Software Development Kits) and skill sets for different programming frameworks.
    For example,

    Operating system Programming languages/Frameworks Development Environment

    Android

    Java

    Android Studio

    iOS

    Swift

    Xcode

    Windows

    XAML, C# .NET, MVC

    Visual Studio

However, since the Mobile Cloud Computing Applications have to be accessed from the browsers, developers can focus on adding more utilities to their ‘web based application.’

Let’s take an example of the application ‘WhatsApp’. The company announced that “WhatsApp will no longer be supported on Windows Phone after December 31, 2019.”

Conclusion

Some experts believe that the era of cloud has already reached its peak. However, others believe that this is an iceberg. What we see today, is the tip of cloud computing. There is a huge juggernaut that lies below that we are yet to find out.

However, it is for sure, that there is no doubt that cloud computing will be the ruler of the future.

Top 7 tips to protect your business against ransomware

You might have heard about WannaCry, the world famous Ransomware Attack held in May, 2017. If you haven’t, here is a quick story:

WannaCry is the name of a Ransomware Cryptoworm that had shaken the world in May 2017. The victims were the computers running Microsoft Windows Operating System. It encrypted the data in the computers and the owners had to pay a bulky ransom to get their data decrypted. The ransom was to be paid in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. Apart from the data kidnapping, Wannary also built a backdoor from the systems it had infected.

The scope of this attack was across 150 countries. It affected over 200,000 computers and caused the damage of hundreds of millions to billions of dollars. If you want to read more about WannaCry, Wikipedia has a beautifully explained story here WannaCry Ransomware Attack

Wait! Don’t switch now! Let us first understand:

  1. What is Ransomware?
  2. How Ransomware Attacks Work?
  3. How to Avoid a Ransomware Attack?
  4. What to do in case of a Ransomware Attack?

Why do we need to know what Ransomware is?

Primarily, because it’s interesting!

Secondly, because Ransomware-As-A-Service actually exists in the market! Wait, what?

Yes! Unethical vendors sell Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) to hackers and malicious elements usually over the dark web. It generally comes in the form of a software distribution kit which the hackers use to kidnap the data.

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a very popular type of malware. After infecting a system, it restricts the users from accessing their data stored on it. On such computers, the alert is usually displayed on the screen. The hackers ask the victim to pay the amount in exchange of the data. This payment has to be done using Bitcoin in most cases. This way, the malicious practitioners make sure that they cannot be traced.

7 tips to protect your data against ransomware

1) Backup your data often

The best fight against ransomware is by not being vulnerable to it. So what do attackers really want? They want to hijack your data and expect you to pay a ransom against it. so in the first place if you have your data safe both locally and on cloud, the first win falls in your court. The next part is making your data understandable to the attackers. so it’s best practice to backup your data daily both on your local computer system and on Cloud Service at multiple geo locations.

Why backup to multiple locations on cloud & offline? Ransomware attackers are smart. They first gain entry to your desktop and then they make their way and reach your servers. That means if you only have your primary server on the cloud, it can be vulnerable. even if you are backing up your data on an offline device, make sure that the device is connected to the network only in the process of backing up. the backup is done disconnect your device and keep it offline. This way, the attacker gets access to backup data on the offline device.

Remember the main function of backing up data safe. it does not prevent ransomware attacks. but it surely does provide you with a boost to fight against it keeping your important data safe.

The last but very important point regarding backup is its testing. You have your data on a cloud server and it is safe, your local system was attacked by ransomware and you lost your data. But you are sure that your data is safe on the cloud. Now you realise that the Restoration of data is not working. All the efforts, money and backup time in vain. Therefore when you create a backup important that you make sure it really works.

2) Avoid falling for suspicious emails or links, block unknown email ids

So how does ransomware attack the access system. You must be knowing about phishing and pharming. It is spamming you with seemingly okay mails which have either a fraudulent link or malicious document attached to it. It can be a video or a file that has a program written in it. It can be anything which has the power to rule your computer system. Therefore it is important to say no to search malicious and suspicious emails. Better yet, mark these emails as spam if they reach your primary mailbox.

Another way which has become common is known as malvertising. What is malvertising? when you search on Google almost every other website has advertisements hosted in it. What attackers do is they attach Malware Codes in these ads. Therefore, when you are not sure of an advertisement, don’t click on it.

3) Restrict network access

Ransomware attack can praise his or her part from one computer immediately therefore it is important that the computer system network that you are using is highly steady, restricted and secure. In this way, the entry of an attacker to your system becomes difficult and even if the entry happens, you have established an arrangement to remove the system from the network instantly.

4) Antimalware and Anti-Ransomware software

Whatever your work may be, whether personal, professional or industrial, you simply cannot operate your system without a protective software. A good Antivirus or Anti-Malware software protects your system by every filterable threat such as viruses, malicious files, etc. It frequently scans your system to find malicious documents or files. Most of the Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware have real time scan which prevents such ransomware attacks. Also make sure that your Firewall security is highly robust. If you are hosting your data on the cloud, don’t forget the security procedures that the data centre has provided to your data. If you are feeling threatened, go for excess security for your server.

Even though you are using an efficient anti Malware software it is important that you keep an eye on the logs. The ransomware may be in the plain sight not visible to the naked eyes.

5) Make your employees aware about ransomware

It is important to make your employees aware of ransomware attacks. let them know how and by what ways a ransomware attack and gain access to your system. This is especially important if one system office gets infected, ransomware attackers can easily trace a path through the local area network established in the Institution. Train Your employees about concepts like phishing and pharming.

It is always better to be protected. Therefore businesses – individuals and small scale companies should take strong security measures to protect themselves. If they are using a software, it is important to upgrade them from time to time and patch the security holes.

6) Use strong passwords

Hackers can attack your system if you have not been used in a strong password. There are multiple methods to secure passwords and access your system: brute force attack, dictionary attack, rainbow table attack, credential stuffing, password spraying, keylogger attack etc. All these attacks give Direct Access of your system to the hacker and the deed is done.

7) Immediately disconnect if your system is attacked.

If you see any symptom of a ransomware attack on your system, immediately disconnect from any network. Whether it is a lan, Wi-Fi or even Bluetooth,turn it off. It is like placing a rotten mango in the basket of mangoes. Also don’t forget to unplug the devices such as external, pen drive, USB aur even your mobile phone from the infected system.

Last but not the least, do not pay the ransom. it only encourages the attackers to attack more and more victims and leverage their helplessness. Instead try reaching the cybersecurity firm in your country and complain against the attack.

What is a dedicated server? Easiest explanation!

When we buy a laptop or a mobile phone, we check the configuration.

  • How much RAM does the laptop have?
  • What is the storage space?
  • Which processor does it take?
  • Can we afford Intel i7?
  • Or, should we go for an i5?

But this configuration is only suitable for your personal computing needs.

Assume that you have an e-commerce website. You want to store the transaction data of all the visitors to your website. If on average, 5 to 10 people are visiting your website daily, you can store that on your PC.

But, what if lacs of customers visit your site daily? Would you be able to save their data on your PC?

Of course not!

This is why we use servers.

It is the space that we rent on the internet to store our data. It is like renting a giant CPU!

A server is something that processes your tasks.

It is a machine located in a data centre somewhere on earth. It helps you with storage, computation, and any other tasks that you have.

That means –

If you want to run the high-processing application such as Oracle Database, Tally, etc.

You can rent that processing power too!

There are two ways through which you can rent this server.

Shared Servers v/s Dedicated Servers

Let’s consider an example.

You are booking a car ride to go to your aunt’s place.

You have two options:

FIRST: You will either book a shared ride or what we call a carpool.

SECOND: You will book a personal cab.

If you choose carpool –

You will NOT have a say in the decisions about the usage of resources, such as

  • AC temperature,
  • whether you play songs, etc.

It will be the driver’s decision. The car will be his, and he will give ride to 4 different – unrelated passengers, in his car.

In the second case –

So, YOU decide

  • The temperature OF the AC
  • Whether TO play songs,
  • WHICH songs to play. [The driver will help you set up the Bluetooth and speaker, etc.]

SIMILARLY,

You can either have a SHARED server or a DEDICATED server.

In the case of a shared server-

Imagine that the server is sliced into many thin slices of equal volume. Well, nobody is actually slicing the server. Only imagine.

If you need a server of 20GB, a 20GB slice will be assigned to you.

If your friend requires a storage space of 60GB, a slice of 60GB or slices totalling 60 GB, will be assigned to him.

In the case of the dedicated server, you get the complete server.

There is one more thing to this…

Whether a carpool or a personal cab, the maintenance of the car is the responsibility of the owner. You don’t go on checking the condition of tyres, engine, etc. That is the driver’s deal.

He/She has to make sure that you and your luggage – both are safe in the car.

You enjoy what the ride has to offer you.

Similarly, in our case,

Hardware maintenance is the deal of the hosting provider.

You have to configure it the way you want.

It’s a dedicated ride! So, you get to decide what the AC temperature should be in the car.

This takes us to our next point of Data Safety.

Depending on your concerns for safety, you book the car – sedan, an SUV, minivan, etc.

Similarly, here, you decide how much safety you want to provide to your data.

Based on that, you can pay for the backup plans, disaster recovery plans, etc.

Like our normal computer system, the dedicated server configuration contains:

  • Hardware in the bottom layer such as RAM, processor, etc.
  • On top of that, there is the Operating System.
With a shared server, you can face limitations with storage. You will be charged as soon as the storage gets exceeded. It is a multi-tenant environment.

Let’s put it all together:

Here are the things you should know about the Dedicated server:

  1. You reserve the entire server for yourself. There is no limit on storage space. You reserve the entire usable space in the server.
  2. The dedicated server provider manages the physical maintenance of the server.
  3. You can use the dedicated server the way you want.
    • You can use it for computing, you can use it for storage.
    • You can virtualise it and use multiple operating systems on the same server.
    • You can host multiple websites of your company on the same server.
    • You can partition the server and use it for different jobs such as
      1. One partition is assigned to the accounting department,
      2. Another partition is assigned to the IT department.
  4. In case of dedicated hosting, that entire server is given to a single website or multiple websites from the same company.

So, When and where can you use a QualiSpace dedicated server in the most optimal way?

  1. If you have intensive computing needs
  2. If you have large sensitive data to store
  3. If you want your server configured in a certain way.
  4. If you want to run Big Data applications
  5. If cloud security is your super-primary concern
  6. If you want to run applications that are difficult to virtualize or carry compute-intensive workloads such as Oracle, SAP, Grid Compute
  7. 3-tier applications
  8. SaaS applications
  9. Mission-critical applications
  10. Application and database servers
  11. Media transcoding software
  12. Render farm: 3D animations and CAD software
  13. For all the requirements associated with video conferencing and video streaming
  14. When the workloads are predictable, dedicated servers are best. Example, the visitor count is highest during happy hours or Black Friday sales, etc.
  15. Load balancing across multiple dedicated servers
  16. Predictability of bandwidth usage.

What does QualiSpace provide you with?

  1. The dedicated server will be collocated at tier 4 and tier 5 data centres located in Mumbai and the USA.
  2. QualiSpace promises a 99.9% uptime SLA. That means you will almost never lose access to your server. Your websites will almost never be down.
  3. Technical support. QualISpace is staffed round the clock with techies. They will be more than happy to help you and resolve your queries.
  4. Highly flexible control panel
  5. You get to choose which OS you want. Whether you want Windows or Linux.
  6. Free setup
  7. Reliable Enterprise-grade hardware
  8. Easy payment plan
  9. 24/7 customer support
  10. To handle all issues that may arise
  11. Increase the speed of your website
  12. Customer experience & satisfaction
  13. Boost your revenue with our managed SSD Dedicated Server
  14. With the QualiSpace server, you will get full root/admin access to the system.

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Getting Started with Cloud Computing – Easy Explanation!

When we were young, we had a cloud which would rain. We only knew the ‘cumulus cloud’ which was ‘Puffy’ and would ‘float through the sky’.

As technology advanced, we came to know that there was one more ‘cloud’! And, soon, it became as important a part of our lives as the traditional cloud.

We could no longer tell him to ‘go away and come again another day.’

Why? Because it has our data!

We didn’t realize how and when our lives became dependent on it.

There was a time when everybody around us was talking about this ‘cloud’ even more than they discussed Justin Biber. We did not want to sound naive so we decided to dig down (or fly up?) in the ‘cloud’!

Getting Started…

Hosting a fully managed cloud server is always more profitable than…

  • Are you in any field other than information technology?
  • Have you ever stored your data on Google Drive and wondered where did it go?
  • Have you ever used ‘websites’ such as a doc-to-pdf converter, image compressor online?
  • Have you ever heard of ‘Dropbox’ where you can store your images without having the slightest idea of how it does that?

If yes, then this little article is where you start!

What is ‘Cloud’?

To begin, we cannot see this new-‘Cloud’ the way we see the traditional cloud in the sky. It is not a physical entity or a thing, as such.

‘Cloud’ is an umbrella term used to refer to a global network of servers.

It is an ecosystem… An ecosystem of servers!

What is a ‘Server’?

A server serves the client.

This server can be a computer program/application or a computer device itself.

Similarly, a client can also be a computer program/application or a computer device itself. Search for ‘Google server’ or ‘Facebook server’ on your browser and see how magnificent their machines are!

These servers serve various ‘specialized’ services.

Let’s take an example…

When you use your Gmail account to send mail, you are using the services of the ‘Mail server’.

This mail server stores your account details and receives emails for your account.  

This is the reason you can sign in to your account from any desktop, cell phones or tablets and still find the latest mails unread in your inbox. 

These mails are not really stored on your computer but are stored on the server of Google somewhere far away. 

You are just fetching these details from that server (which of course, you can do anywhere from any machine!)

Coming back to ‘Cloud’…

So, these servers are not confined to any specific country/area. They are all over the world and connected to each other by some means. (LAN/MAN/WAN/Internet).  

‘Cloud’ is an umbrella term given to this global network or ecosystem of the servers. This network is so huge that we can just call it a juggernaut! 

This explanation escorts us to the fact that ‘the cloud is not the internet!’

There are many distinct clouds present.

Anyone from any corner of the world can access any of those clouds, at any time, through the Internet.

What is ‘Cloud Computing’?

You are cloud-Computing when you store and retrieve your data ‘on/from the internet’ rather than storing it ‘on your computer’.

Alice: I can’t take more pictures! My phone’s ‘memory’ is all full.

Bob: Ohh! Why don’t you store them on Google Drive, Dropbox, Onedrive etc.? stuff?

Alice: Yeah, I guess, I have to now!

That’s cloud computing! However, there is a lot more to it than just storing ‘stuff’ on the internet. Gartner defines cloud computing as “a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service using Internet technologies.” Local means anything that is present in your computer system.

In simplest terms, cloud computing means delivering computing services such as the following over the internet (cloud!).

Server Storage Database
Networking Software Analytics
Intellegence

Who are ‘Cloud Service providers’?

Cloud Service provider (CSP) or simply, the cloud provider is a company that provides us above (or some of the above) services over the internet (‘Cloud’).

For example, we are a cloud service provider. So, if you want a large storage place or a server to carry out large functions, you will contact us. We will rent you space.

What if the cloud service provider runs away with my data?

This is a very common safety concern that holds us back from leveraging cloud computing.

We are a cloud service provider. You are our customer. The agreement that will happen between us is called SLA – Service Level Agreement. It will be created by us and we will abide by our agreement.

What will the agreement have?

It will contain the level of services we will be providing. For example, we promise a 99.9% uptime SLA. That means we assure that 99.9% of times your website will always be up. Have you ever heard someone saying that the server is down? Well, our server almost NEVER goes down!

Conclusion

So, we saw the basic concept of what cloud computing is and how it is different from the internet. If you have any more queries, feel free to reach us at +91 22 6142 6099 or visit www.qualispace.com.

How To Get Your Website Online: Simplest explanation.

Getting a website online is one of the most fundamental and most important steps in business development. In the present era, where almost everything sales online, running a business without a website is not an option.

Even before the present scenario of COVID-19, many businesses had started giving their employees the privilege of working from home. Gallup recently conducted a research. According to it, 39% of employees worked remotely in some capacity in 2012. In 2016, this number grew to 43%. They also mentioned it explicitly that “54% of office workers say they would leave their job for one that offers flexible work time.”

If you are stuck in the technicalities, let us help you with this short and simple guide for getting your website online.

So, what do you mean when you say “getting the website online”? What is it exactly?

We will solve all your questions here.

Let’s begin…

There are three things you will need to publish your website online.
1)Domain name
2)Web hosting
3)Website files

Let us go through them one by one –

1)Domain name

What is a domain name? Remember when searching for a website you type something like www.qualispace.com? That’s a domain name. To be precise, qualispace.com is the domain name.

The domain name has two parts – domain name + top-level domain (TLD)

Look at this illustration:

So, without getting into the jargon, let’s keep it simple with a short example.

Imagine you are starting a clothing store. You will need to name that business. Let’s name it Happy Kids, children’s clothing store. So, people will recognise and remember your store by the name Happy Kids. Not only that, but people will also remember the location with this name.

Where are you going?
I am going to the Happy Kids store.

They won’t remember you are Geographical coordinates.

This exact story repeats in the online world. The IP address represents the geographical coordinates. While the domain name represents the name of the shop.

You will need to register a domain name for your brand. In our example, it will be happykids.com, happykids.clothing, or happykids.fashion etc.

So, people will know whom to visit and where to go in the online world – your online name and address. You will get this domain name from a domain registrar.

Inherently we assume that every website ends in .COM. However, there are many other great TLDs in the market such as clothing and fashion, that can offer us better options.

Where should I go to buy a domain name?
Here: https://www.qualispace.com/domain/

Wait. There is one more thing that can help you.
How To Choose A Domain Name For Your Website: A Checklist

Web hosting

Now that you have decided your shop name, you will need a physical place to build the shop. Let us assume that you will contact the mall authorities to rent a space in the mall.

Again, it happens to be the same situation in the online world.

Here,

  • The mall authorities are web hosting service providers.
  • The mall is the data centre where that server is located.

There are various types of hosting. If you are not very well acquainted with technology, WordPress hosting is the best option for you. It won’t need any coding background to get started with. If you know technology, then Linux hosting or Windows hosting can also serve a robust deal to you.

Where can I buy web hosting?

WordPress hosting: https://www.qualispace.com/web-hosting/wordpress-hosting/
Linux Hosting: https://www.qualispace.com/web-hosting/linux-web-hosting/
Windows Hosting: https://www.qualispace.com/web-hosting/windows-web-hosting/

Website files

These are the files that a website is made up of.

Let’s go back to our clothing store example. You have space and you have a brand name. Now you will need what goes inside that shop – the furniture, the racks, the clothes and so on.

Similarly, in the online world, you will need these building blocks for your website. usually, a website’s main function is to deliver information. So, there will be text, images, videos, etc. But content in plain textual form appears boring. Therefore, there will be some formatting elements. This was a very basic explanation of what a website is made up of.

If you have WordPress hosting, you will not need to know all these details in the beginning. With regular hosting, you will have to upload these files to your web hosting – the panel that your hosting provider has given you. Web hosting also provides an option to install applications such as WordPress, Joomla, etc.

This was the simplest possible explanation for getting a website online. If you have any queries, feel free to contact our support. They will be more than happy to help through the process.

Top 3 collaboration tools to boost Work-From-Home productivity

If you are an adult and you have not yet heard of the concept of working from home, then chances are – you are lying! For the businesses in the twenty-first century, the work from home concept is not a luxury anymore. The reason could be anything. Many organisations have started preferring freelance remote workforce instead of investing in office-based resources.

Even before the present scenario of COVID-19, many businesses had started giving their employees the privilege of working from home. Gallup recently conducted a research. According to it, 39% of employees worked remotely in some capacity in 2012. In 2016, this number grew to 43%. They also mentioned it explicitly that “54% of office workers say they would leave their job for one that offers flexible work time.”

So, yes! From the research and the experience we have had since the Global lockdown, work from home is quite effective. In some jobs, it is more effective than employees working from offices. Some tasks when outsourced cost very less than investing in an employee. For example, website management, content writing, graphic designing, SEO, animation and videos, etc.

Outsourcing work also helps companies hire the best person in the world on a contract basis. As new technologies come in every day, the business demands are also growing very fast. Consequently, the required results are becoming more complicated. Therefore, remote and virtual teams have become the need of the hour.

The only problem in this scenario is the lack of coordination and difficulty in collaborating.

Why do we need more powerful collaboration tools?

When you hire freelancers for writing content, collaboration is not an issue. But, when in business, hundreds of people are working from home (just like we are doing in present lockdown situations) collaboration can be difficult.

Instead of managing multiple applications on multiple levels, it is always better to find something, which can help us manage multiple things if not everything.

Here is why we need more powerful collaboration tools:

  • Effective communication
  • Centralised information and database
  • Simultaneous working on the same data
  • Increased security and data protection
  • Controlled and authorised access to data

Apart from the practical demands in a virtual-team setting, working-from-home can induce a feeling of isolation and loneliness. Therefore, it is important to feel that you are a part of a team. Collaboration tools, thus, instill a feeling of belongingness among your team members.

Also, as Keith Ferrazzi, CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight mentioned in his 2012 article with Harvard Business Review, “Collaborative activity is the “secret sauce” that enables teams to come up with innovative new products or creative, buzz-worthy marketing campaigns.”

So, it is clear that the team that proactively collaborates well using powerful tools has greater chances to flourish in future.

Best 3 Tools for easy collaboration:

1. G Suite for collaboration

You must have been using Gmail and Google Drive already. Well, they are a just part of G Suite. Really?

Yes. G Suite comes with multiple things, such as –

  • Storage
  • Data archiving
  • Vault for ediscovery
  • Email and chat archives
  • Smart shared calendars
  • Message retention policies
  • Security and admin controls
  • Business email through gmail
  • Video and voice conferencing
  • Gmail log analysis in big query
  • Data prevention – gmail and drive
  • Gmail integration with third-party tools
  • Documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
  • Enterprise-grade access control with security key enforcement

Okay, enough of the jargon! Let’s keep it simple. G Suite is a one-step collaboration solution. It is a collection of subscription-based products for enterprises which includes Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, etc.

But, aren’t these the applications that we use daily, for free?

G Suite is a SAAS (Software as a Service) product by Google. This product is primarily meant for large groups of people working together like businesses, enterprises, organizations, colleges, etc. Now, you must be using your email id with you@gmail.com extension, right?

With G Suite, your email id will have a customised ending like you@yourcompany.com. Along with it, you also have an option of the calendar, optionally unlimited cloud storage, advanced administrative controls, etc.

These were all the technical stuff. To brief G Suite, you can collaborate with your team, and perform the following functions:

  • Send messages over Hangouts
  • Use a professional email address for work
  • Send invites for meetings, and plan events with calendar
  • Chat, and audio/video call your team, for the conference
  • Collaboratively edit the documents presentations and sheets
  • Create surveys, floating forms, share the reports with Google forms

Click here to know more about G Suite

2. Office 365 for collaboration

Office 365 is very similar to G Suite. It is a collection of multiple apps and services provided by Microsoft. This includes applications like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel that can be used on a subscription basis. Again, with office 365, you can add customised email addresses.

Many people often get confused between Office 365 and Microsoft Office. Let’s take a moment and understand the difference.

These two are de facto services offered by Microsoft Office Suites. We are all probably very well acquainted with Microsoft Office, which has been around in the market for ages. Microsoft Office 365 was launched in 2011. To explain in the simplest terms, Microsoft Office is usually installed on personal computers (desktop Office Suite) whereas Office 365 is cloud-based. So, Office 365 can be used for either personal or professional purpose.

On the other hand, Office 365 is for businesses and individuals and it can be accessed online only. being on the cloud, collaborative access becomes the plus side for team collaboration.

So, what do you get with Office 365?

  • Yammer
  • Outlook
  • Microsoft Planner
  • Microsoft StaffHub
  • Microsoft Bookings
  • Skype for Businesses
  • Security and Protection
  • Professional email with storage
  • Online office apps (web version)
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access

Click here to know more about Microsoft Office 365!

3. Tally on Cloud for accounting purpose

This one is especially for the accounting team. Tally, the popular ERP accounting software, has been serving many companies across the world.

Not many organizations have their accountants working from home. But, in situations like the COVID-19 epidemic, installing Tally on employees personal computers can not be possible in all cases. So, why not install it in one place and give the remote access of that place to everyone?

That place is “the cloud”. You install Tally on the cloud and access it from anywhere, anytime through an RDP client. Also, you will be able to expand storage as and when you need.

QualiSpace Tally on Cloud comes with following benefits:

  • Demand-based RAM
  • Provision to add multiple users
  • Customised plans that suit variable storage and processing power requirements

Please click to know more about Tally on Cloud.

So, even if your team members are working from different time zones from different continents, these tool kits will streamline the process of collaboration.

How to choose a Domain Name for your website: A Checklist

A specialised guide for the time when selecting a domain appears harder than running an actual business!

‘How to choose the right domain name’ – immediately sounds like a classic cliché topic. It’s been chewed upon so much that it has already started losing its value. Just copy the phrase and put it on the Google search box. A bunch of search results will fall down your browser screen like the fall of the classic solitaire cards upon winning. 

However, even if there is tons of material available already, the process of finding the right domain name is  still unclear. 
So, we decided to create a one-stop and fully exhaustive check-list raisonné to solve your problem.

1. Keep it Simple, Silly!

The domain name is the face of any company. It is the first direct point of interaction with your visitors. Don’t make it too hard to comprehend. 

Keep it short and easy to

  • pronounce
  • remember
  • type
  • trust
  • understand
  • comprehend  

Avoid:

  • numbers 
  • hyphens 
  • underscores
  • special characters

Have you ever heard of the Radio test? Let’s say your domain name is announced on the Radio. How many people around the world, from all the countries, will be able to pronounce and remember it? For example, if a German vendor who sells cosmetics decides to register his domain with glcklichefrauen.com (happywomen.com). How many non-german people would be able to pronounce it? (Keep aside remembering it!)

Look at these funny examples:

https://comcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcom
comcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcom
comcom.com

2. Wise Usage of Keywords

‘Does the domain name affect the SEO of the website?’, this has been a topic of debate for a long time. However, it is always better to keep SEO in mind before registering a domain name.  As you go online, you will come across the word ‘Keywords’ now and then. Keywords are the words that people use to search for their queries online. It adds value to your SEO strategy. 

3. Avoid EMDs

In 2012, Google floated this update in the form of a filter to prevent poor quality sites from ranking because they have keywords in them. Spammers used to use such EMDs for driving traffic by putting poor content on their website. 

If we talk about its current status, it is not completely irrelevant. As the blog ‘Are Exact Match Domains Still Relevant?’ aptly says, Google likes an EMD unless it has spammy content. But, if you are vying to buy an EMD only, you will have to do a lot of research and work hard to earn a higher trust rank with excellent content. 

Let’s prate on the topic just a little more to justify it… 

The exact-match domains are often assumed to be related to the spammy websites. EMDs, as the name suggests, use the exact words that people are searching on the browser. Would you trust a domain name such as www.besttravelblog.com?

Look at the following search results:

No domain name has the words ‘best’ ‘travel’ or ‘blog’ in it. Okay. So, what happened to ‘Use The Keywords’? Keywords are the words that help Google crawler to ‘find’ the pages. Sure that helps! But, if your content quality is good and your website is SEO optimised, it can still rank better even if you have not used a direct keyword in the domain name. 

If you only use keywords, it will be an EMD. For example, cheap flight tickets. But, you can embed a keyword in the domain like the 5th result has done  it – traveltriangle.com. 

P.S.: Check the URLs. That’s the secret sauce! 

4. Make sure that the words are not creating something funny.

There are many jokes and memes already popular about the domain names that have turned embarrassing. Examples, 

www.itscrap.com (IT Scrap)

www.bendover.com (Ben Dover)

www.teacherstalking.org (Teachers talking)

5. Your domain should brand itself without your help.

Your domain name should be creative and unique enough to reflect your brand. Whenever you see the word ‘Google’ or even the simple ‘G’ with the color code of Red-Yellow-Green-Blue, you will immediately know what it is. Well, Google is so huge that it has become a verb now! But, you get the point, right? Brands like Facebook, Google, HubSpot, etc. are also popular for their unique and original name. 

6. Make it intuitive.

Don’t make people guess what is behind the URL like www.sayyestoexpert.com. Which field are you talking about? If you are into plumbing services, use domains like plumbingexperts.com or plumberforyou.com, which immediately delineate what you do.  

7. Go for the right extension

www.rockinfreakshow.org – no way! It doesn’t sound like an NPO or NGO at all. 

www.pasta.monster ? Really? What’s the point? 

www.luniversitedefrance.au We know you are a scam already! 

Every extension has some protocols ascribed to it. 

For example, 

Domain ExtensionUsage
.comCommercial
.eduEducational
.netNetwork/Internet
.orgNGO, NPO, Organisations

8. Use the help of domain name generators available online.

There are tons of domain name generators available online. These generators take your query as input and throw a bunch of domain name options after analysing the trending keywords. 

9. Check for the domain twinnies in the market

Let’s take an example. 

  • You want to register a domain ‘Qualispace’ for your restaurant. 
  • But Qualispace.com is already taken. 
  • You registered for Qualispace.org. 
  • But the name ‘Qualispace’ is already famous for Cloud hosting. 
  • Boom – a brand clash!

It affects brand loyalty and brand recognition. Also, it can appear to be a phishing site if the products/services are similar. 

Example, 

www.google.com

www.g00gle.com 

10. Beware of the trademark infringement

Before you register a domain name, search the name on social media to check if any Facebook page, Twitter account, etc. is already active with that name.  Also, you will want to check if the domain name is already trademarked by a party. For this, you can use free trademark checker tools available on the internet.  

11. Have a long-term vision

When you buy a domain, you are paying bucks not only for buying it but also for its hosting and branding. You sell baby clothing now. But, after 5 years, you might want to start a new-mother/pregnancy clothing section. But, you are already famous as www.babyclothes.com. It will be a big hurdle changing and re-branding your already established identity. 

12. Make it quick!

Domain names go fast. You decide a perfect domain name after thorough research and turns out that it is registered with a price tag of INR 1,25,345. Fortunately, regular domains are not as costly. So, grab yours as soon as you think of one! 

Selecting the perfect domain can appear daunting. But, if you follow this checklist, the process will be much easier and unambiguous. 

Click here to quickly reserve your domain before someone buys it!

10 Reasons Why Businesses Should Move to the Cloud

It’s a no-brainer that Cloud Computing has paved way for new opportunities to the large as well as the small businesses. It has enabled businesses to operate and run applications on the internet by eliminating the tedious conventional method of storing data files, running software and other applications on a physical box. But is this reason good enough to swap your old server with this new kid on the block? Well, am sure you might be in a little bit of a dilemma here. But don’t worry as today I will be telling you 10 reasons on how businesses can benefit moving to the Cloud.  

So, let’s get started!

It’s Flexible

Yes, it’s as flexible as you demand it to be. Cloud Computing is ideal for the developing businesses and for their fluctuating bandwidth requisites. Depending upon your demands you can scale up the resources or scale it down to get baked into your system. It’s not only favorable for the large enterprise but more efficient for small businesses in increasing employee productivity and elevating business to new levels.

Cost-efficient

With pay-as-you-go models, you only pay for the services that you utilize. Cloud Computing cuts down on unnecessary server maintenance and storage device costs. It a relief for businesses who are burdened with the server expenditure incurred to store tons of data. With Cloud, you get the best of both the worlds- Save more money and manage your financial resources for other activities.

Boost performance

Cloud Computing gives you more power, keeping you at bay from all the storage and management trouble. Your Cloud server providers take up the task of managing the underlying infrastructure, allowing you to focus on other aspects of growing your business. Leveraging the Cloud power makes you move faster than the competitors who are depended on other infrastructure management services.

Easy Accessibility

Just like you can see the clouds wherever you go, Cloud Computing gives access to all your files anytime and from anywhere. Take the Cloud edge to collaborate with your team members and work together real-time with perfection. Cloud makes it feasible for the employees to access the files, segregate them and keep it free from duplication and human errors.

Automatic Updates

The Cloud providers timely rollout software updates without the need of you getting involved in any maintenance activities. The Cloud storage system is upgraded with the latest features from time to time. All these updates are free, which is again a lot of money saved. The updates cover both software as well as the security upgrading that keeps your business going smoothly all the time.

Disaster Recovery

Prior to the Cloud evolution, a business prone to disaster had to load their servers to the OS and application software and patch it to the last configuration in use, to restore the data. However, with Cloud you can safely recover and move your data in minutes as the entire server including OS, applications, patches and data confined in a single software bundle or virtual server. It not only recovers all your crucial data but also implements a failover in the event of a sudden catastrophe.

Data Security

The biggest concern for any businesses is data loss. Cloud secures all your data online and keeps it highly accessible. If you lose your laptop, all the sensitive information can be washed out in one click before it falls into the wrong hands. It also eliminates the need to take manual backups on multiple storage devices and saves the time and energy of your business force.

Cutting-edge Technology

Cloud bestows businesses with unparalleled flexibility and reliability. Each year Cloud is touching new horizons and getting hotter in the market. This cutting-edge Cloud technology has made it possible to compute via. internet, saving procurement time, rebooting server instances in minutes and providing high scalability of resources to fit all-around business needs.

Reduce CAPEX

Cloud ease you from the burden of huge capital expenditure for servers, storage, security and other technical aspects. The pay-as-you-go model allows you to minimize on the huge costs of hardware with all the setup and management being handled by the providers themselves. With all this capital saved and labor removed what more can one ask for?

It’s Eco-Friendly

Amidst the technological boom, Cloud shares a little love for our mother earth too. By only optimizing the number of resources that are required for the business you minimize the carbon footprint in the ecosystem. Now this Cloud solution is surely something phenomenal for the IT industry.

These are the 10 reasons which I feel are enough to get your doubts cleared over choosing a Cloud Server. With Cloud, you can leap farther than you ever could have otherwise. Transition to Cloud Computing saves money, time, efforts and gives you peace for building new strategies to promote your business more effectively.

So, when are you moving your business to the Cloud?