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What is the Difference Between Windows and Linux Cloud?

The cloud is one of the most reliable and fastest ways for users to connect. It allows them to perform daily tasks efficiently from anywhere. In fact, it is trending in business and entrepreneur settings because of fast connection speeds with the best security to back them up. However, when it comes to choosing which cloud-based system is the best option for you, things can be more difficult. At Solar VPS, we offer our clients two cloud services: Linux and Windows. 

What is the difference between Windows and Linux Cloud, and which one is the suitable investment for you? While both options can apply to most people, it is worth comparing the two to learn more about each individually. Learn more about Solar VPS by visiting our website today to discover our robust IT infrastructure service plans. 

Intro to the Cloud

First, let’s briefly overview what we mean by ‘the cloud.’ The cloud is any non-physical server system that can be used globally. We call it ‘the cloud’ because of its persistent connection, which can be accessed anywhere. The cloud can mimic physical servers without having to be established in a physical server. 

Elements of the Cloud

The cloud is composed of multiple elements. These elements include software and databases that are strung together to create a web or cloud-like system. Often, cloud systems are referred to as VPS systems, which stands for “virtual private servers.” Anyone with a reliable internet connection can access these virtual systems from any location on the planet. The information from these connections is stored in data centers. Although cloud systems are not based on physical servers, they still rely on these physical databases to store their data securely. 

Cloud Services with Solar VPS 

At Solar VPS, we offer two primary cloud services: Windows Cloud and Linux Cloud. We specialize in optimizing your critical connections, performance, quality, security, and speed with every plan we offer. The best part about our cloud services at Solar VPS is that every project comes standard with multiple functions and features you can count on for all your IT needs. However, we also offer additional add-ons to ensure you always have all the features you need to succeed. 

Choosing between Window Cloud and Linux Cloud services can seem daunting. However, the process isn’t as complicated as it seems once you learn the basics of each service plan. Plus, at Solar VPS, we pride ourselves on friendly and knowledgeable representatives who are happy to discuss both options with you. Let’s take a quick overview of both cloud services to grasp which might be the best option for you. 

Cloud Hosting

Overview of Windows Cloud Services at Solar VPS

With plans starting as low as $30, Solar VPS offers Windows Cloud services you can count on. Windows Cloud is a good choice for business owners of all backgrounds and sizes because it offers a secure connection with vital features for operating a business in an easy-to-use interface. Here are some typical applications of Windows Cloud systems that give you an idea of how handy it can be for businesses and individuals alike. 

  • SQL Server Hosting
  • Forex Trading
  • Remote Desktop/VDI
  • Windows Development

Overview of Linux Cloud Services at Solar VPS

However, Linux Cloud services are also a valuable asset to entrepreneurs and business owners. The best part is these plans begin at just five dollars for the most basic plan, with add-ons available as needed. Linux also offers five different ‘flavors.’ These options include CentOS, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, or CloudLinux. Linux is beneficial for the following uses:

  • DNS Hosting
  • Game Server or MySQL Database Hosting 
  • CPanel Hosting or Plesk Hosting
  • LAMP Development

Choosing Your Cloud Services

Choosing your cloud services can be overwhelming at first. However, with this understanding of some of the key differences between Linux and Windows cloud systems, you can begin to understand which is the best option for your needs. 

A helpful way to choose begins with writing down key features you need in your cloud system. This might quickly eliminate one of the two options. Listing your budget is another way to price out which option is best for you. Finally, speaking with one of Solar VPS’ friendly representatives is the best way to make your final decision for either cloud-based service. 

Also, remember that in addition to the essential feature on every Solar VPS plan, numerous add-ons are available. Knowing what you need is the most critical step to choosing the right cloud services for your needs. Asking questions is a crucial step to take. However, if you still find yourself stuck, looking over our add-ons might help you quickly customize the exact plan you need. 

At Solar VPS, security, reliability, and affordability come with every service we offer. You can trust that no matter which choice you make, we will have your back.

Contact Solar VPS Today

If you are ready to dive into Solar VPS’ affordable, reliable, and secure cloud services, then contact us today. Whether you choose Linux or Windows cloud services, we’ve got you covered. Follow us on social media, visit our website, or give us a call today toll-free at (800) 799-1713 to begin your future cloud plan now. 

Cloud Workouts: Best Fitness Apps for iPhone & Android

Taking a break Much of what’s covered in our blog has to do with cloud hosting and the culture developing around it. We’ve explored the effect the strategy has had on medical research. We’ve also looked at how the IT approach is used in education. The Internet of Things, also known as Web 3.0, is a subject we’ve assessed in numerous articles as well. Since mobile apps are standardly stored and accessed through the cloud – both for cost and the functionality allowed by the its speed – we’ll highlight some of those programs too. Software running on our handheld devices isn’t just changing the way we approach our lives. In some cases, they’re making us healthier. Just as cloud-based medical research makes an impact on health by leading the way to cures for diseases, fitness applications help people structure their workouts and monitor their physical development. We hope this list comes just at the right time since it’s now a couple months past January 1st. Many people make New Year’s Resolutions – fully half of Americans, for example – but most of us are unsuccessful at keeping them.  In fact, according to psychologist Richard Wiseman, only 1 in 10 of us succeeds long-term. Since “getting in shape” is one of the most common resolutions, these apps can get those back on track who are backsliding after starting 2014 with a fitness commitment. Below are a total of 20 applications, 10 for Android and 10 for iPhone, that can help you with your fitness goals. Top 10 fitness apps for Android The website Heavy covered the top 10 fitness programs for Android in 2013. They are as follows:
  1. Runtastic Pedometer – Doctors recommend that each of us take at least 10,000 steps every single day, and many of us don’t always hit that limit. That’s the basic idea behind this pedometer environment. Keep in mind, it’ll only work if you have the phone on you at all times: that’s the only way it can track your steps.
  2. Calories Counter – MyFitnessPal – There are various calorie-counting systems out there, but this one is especially complex and uses our natural social needs for motivation. Calories Counter integrates with the My Fitness Pal website and its community message boards.
  3. Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO – This tool gets really great ratings for exercises related to logging distance – biking, running, etc.. You have access to various stats and diagrams, such as your heart rate and how fast you’re going.
  4. Lose It! – Obviously you want to both be concerned about the calories that are coming in and the extent to which you’re burning them. Lose It serves as a general fitness aid by focusing on diet and exercise. You can also participate in challenges with other users.
  5. Instant Heart Rate – Azumio – This application makes it simple to know your heart rate at any time. Just put your finger on the camera of your mobile device for 10 seconds, and it’ll be able to let you know your pulse.
  6. Nike+ Running – This app gives you all your running details, such as your speed and how far you’ve gone on an established route. You can even set it up to feed pep talks from friends through the system as you run.
  7. RunKeeper – GPS Track Run Walk – Utilize GPS to gauge your progress in real time. Drawing on your speed and distance data, it then ties to caloric output, letting you know if your workouts are adequately accounting for any heavy meals.
  8. MapMyRun GPS – This tool helps you generally organize and monitor your physical activity. Its sophisticated searchability makes it especially helpful: you can search workouts by type of activity, mileage, and other variables.
  9. Zombies, Run! – This choice is nothing like the other options. It’s more like a video game. As you exercise, a plot develops. If a zombie is after you, you are urged to run faster. You can also collect items to help you survive down the road.
  10. WebMD for Android – There’s nothing like visiting a doctor, but if you want a quick sense of what might be ailing you, this program has a Symptom Checker, organized by body part or system.
Top 10 fitness apps for iPhone Just as Heavy covered Android workout and health applications last year, Active.com compiled a similar list of iPhone programs as well. Here they are:
  1. Zombies, Run! – This solution is also available for iPhone, and due to its creativity, it’s easy to see why it would be selected for both lists. Plus, novelist Naomi Alderman helped develop its storyline.
  2. Couch-to-5K App – Well, this selection is a little biased. The creator is Active.com, so it’s understandable that it’d make their “best of” list. However, Couch-to-5K is legitimately interesting due to its laser-focus, working toward a 5K race.
  3. Obstacles XRT – Extreme Reality Training – This entry offers a highly outside-the-box environment, reminiscent of the zombies app. Break free from quicksand, make it beyond fences, and get to your destination.
  4. Kettlebell Training: The Basics – Robert Budd, an expert at the kettlebells, takes users step-by-step through a series of almost 2 dozen exercises.
  5. See Me Get Fit – Make use of an interesting, almost too-obvious approach to motivate you: selfies. You can watch yourself get in shape over time.
  6. BMI Calculator – Not everyone agrees this tool’s calculations should be trusted, but it’s worth a try. It gives you your body mass index (BMI) so can have a sense of how much fat you have in relation to total weight.
  7. Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker – Crash dieting can be a huge and dangerous mistake. However, if you want to get rid of some extra pounds quickly, this app can help you with its massive dietary database and almost 400 exercises.
  8. P90X – This choice really excels in the area of interactivity, both with other users and with a complex virtual environment. Interactivity can in turn be great for goal-setting and continually raising the bar.
  9. Pocket Yoga – Convenience is critical to keep your fitness level improving. Pocket Yoga helps you keep your practice going even when you’re travelling.
  10. Abs Workout –  Like the 5K program, this one is all about specificity. Over the course of 4 weeks, you strengthen and tone your abs. It is straightforward, directing you down a narrow, disciplined path.
Mobile apps are one of the greatest assets of our technological landscape. Fitness programs are especially beneficial because so many of us resolve each year to get into shape. Cloud virtual private servers (VPS’s) provide fast, scalable, and reliable platforms to deliver these valuable environments.  

Forget the Driver: Put the Cloud Behind the Wheel – Self-Driving Components & How the Cloud Plays a Part

Cloud Computing and Driving

The idea of a robot car may seem outlandish and futuristic, but automotive technology has been gradually automating over time. In 1939, General Motors took the first bold step forward with automatic transmission. More recently, GPS tracking became prevalent. The pace of adoption for automation technologies has increased rapidly since the turn of the century, as computers have become more sophisticated and virtual technology has accelerated to allow for more complex processing and integration of data.

In other words, like images in your side mirrors, the self-driving car was always much closer than it appeared. It does not need to be built “from the ground up.” Instead, the automated features in cars that have been developed over the years are being  pieced together and combined with new technologies and software to allow for 100% self-driving capabilities.

One important advance in computing technology that will allow these cars to eventually drive without human assistance is Cloud Computing. Speed, efficiency, reliability and affordability all make Cloud Computing the simple and most efficacious choice to host the applications that allow for interaction between cars and elements of the road.

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Was the Cloud Designed to be This Way?

Cloud Confusion

There is a question we need to ask. It is a question which might end up annoying some people in the Cloud industry however it is one which we need to ask. Was the Cloud designed to be this way? This is to say, was the Cloud designed as terminology meant to distract everyday consumers from what really goes on in the world of data centers? Was the Cloud designed as a distraction?

Cloud Education

For the past two years, we have dedicated this space to one thing above the rest: explaining, highlighting and educating consumers on how the Cloud works and more importantly, how Cloud solutions can work for you. We have done this because here at Solar VPS, we firmly believe the more you know about how the Cloud works and how Cloud services can positively impact your business, the more prone you will be to investing in said Cloud services. And yet, on another level, we have dedicated this space to explaining Cloud and IT concepts because we know, just as other providers know, the more the public understands about the Cloud, the more the public will demand better IT solutions from providers. The more you know, the more you push for higher level services.

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Is Cloud Killing Human Communication?

Social Interaction

Is the Cloud killing human communication? More specifically, are social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram mixed with texting and video conferencing killing day-to-day, face-to-face human interactions?

Reaction, Not Reason

Before we get into this, we need to preface by stating: we love Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and Pinterest. We love them because they serve as a megaphone for well placed content. Social media networks serve the business as an avenue for large scale PR and branded content distribution. This said, we have to admit, Cloud based social media applications provide us distraction over contemplation. Beyond any other social media network, Twitter provides us with the ability to react to news/comments in a near stream of conscious. For all of the benefits of Twitter, the micro blogging service has transformed our global culture into reactionary as opposed to contemplative.

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