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About CARI.net

Since 1997, CARI.net has remained a hosting leader with a wide variety of hosting options including dedicated servers, clusters, public and private cloud offerings as well as server virtualization hypervisors. We build, own and operate all of our datacenters and are capable of handling customers and demands of any size. We service some 8500+ customers and resellers around the globe.

CARI.net has always known that the way to keep customers is to exceed expectations and not lock them into long-term contracts. The CARI.net team holds ourselves accountable to our customers. We also recognize that some customers may not need a server for more than a month or two and that is why we have always provided on-demand services in which customers can add and remove services in their account at will. 

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What puts CariNet ahead of competition?

CariNet’s competitive advantages are numerous. Some things that set us apart are that we build, own and operate our own datacenters. We own the real estate so we have been able to install all of the generators and other redundancy measures that we want, without limitations. Because we own all of the real estate, we can provide tailored networks and infrastructure that the canned server rack companies can not provide. CariNet has remained a privately held company since our founding in 1997 and we have customers in our datacenters from over 150 countries, providing us with financial strength in a fluctuating global economy. CariNet can provide you with multi-gig uplinks and HSRP if you need it. Most importantly, CariNet works hand in hand with all of our customers with the realization that we are partners. We start every working relationship with the full knowledge that if our customers don’t succeed, neither will we; whereas when our customers grow, so do we. We are all on a first name basis.

CariNet stays ahead of competition by staying ahead of changing technology. In our partnerships with Intel, 3tera, Blade Network and others, we are able to beta test hardware and software before it makes it to market. One example is 3tera’s AppLogic Cloud OS. CariNet recognized the paradigm shift from traditional server clusters to cloud computing, so we searched far and wide for the best cloud solution on the market. We decided to not just sell, but fully partner up with 3tera in providing their AppLogic Cloud OS on our hardware in our datacenters. CA recently purchased 3tera for an estimated $100 million dollars, verifying for us once again that we made the right choice at the right time.

While there are plenty of server and/or cloud hosting companies out there, CariNet excels in clustering and clouds. We work hand in hand with all of our customers with the realization that we are partners. Additionally, we always offer the latest technology available as well as HSRP and multi-Gig uplinks. We have sister companies and partners that provide services including website and application development as well as system administration. If you need something that is not on our website, just ask.

5 Reasons Your Company Needs A Dedicated Server

Five reasons your company needs a dedicated server.

If your companies data is not on a dedicated server you are taking a big risk. Think about it if you are hosting your companies site on an internal server you run the risk of theft, electrical outages and many other possible threats that can be completely avoided by simply renting a dedicated server. The advantages far out weigh any disadvantages that you feel may feel will accrue. Think about the amount of money you will save in electricity alone. Now lets go into the five reasons you should have a dedicated server for your business.

1.Should you go with a dedicated server or should you rent a shared hosting account?

Shared hosting accounts are good for putting up your son or daughters web site or if you simply want to test your tech knowledge. However if you are serious about security you have to go with a dedicated server. On shared plans you are sharing your space with other people. Think about it do you really want your accounting records to be on the same server as the people who are trying to get your customers ?

2.How is a dedicated server going to help your website?

If you site is currently on a shared plan or on a companies server you may have experienced times when your site was slow. This simply may have been caused by to many people on your server at one time. If the whole server is dedicated to your site than this will eliminate this issue all together. .

3. Flexibility and Software 

With shared servers, you will have limited access to the operating system, and software applications will be limited to those, which are provided by the host. If you want to be able to install run your own advanced, customized ecommerce or database applications you will probably need a dedicated server.

4. Scalability 

As your site grows, your traffic grows and your applications become more demanding, you will need to upgrade your server. If you are using a shared server, your upgrade options will be limited. Your host will usually allow you to increase the amount of disk space available to your site — but that is all. You will not be able to upgrade the hard drive, Ram processors, platform or software applications yourself. When you are using a dedicated server, you can do all of these things.

5. Security 

Information on a shared server is likely to be less secure than information on a dedicated server. A dedicated server can also be provided with its own firewall. If you are storing highly sensitive information on your server, this increased security will obviously be a high priority.

Cloud Hosting - What is it?

Most people these days have heard of cloud hosting, but what does it really mean? To fully comprehend the true meaning of cloud hosting, you first need to define it and understand what cloud computing is. Cloud hosting has been recently broken down and clarified as Public, Private and Enterprise.

Public cloud is similar to shared hosting in that it is more affordable. However, when you buy a shared hosting plan, you are stuck with the limitations of the plan that you selected. On the other hand, public cloud is scalable so you can start with a little and then expand your resources as you need more.

Cloud computing, in layman’s terms, separates the software from the hardware requirements.

All the information that you create and/or use within these programs are stored online across multiple servers. You may also get into this data from anywhere around the world that you have internet. It’s services may vary from a small application on a public cloud to entire virtual networks running inside a private cloud. The specific characteristics of cloud computing is that the applications and all of the data are spread across multiple servers. In reality, it’s a cluster of computers that act as a whole, yet instead of a RAID array of drives, you actually have what I would call RAIDed servers.

With a private cloud, any downtime or failing moments on any server won’t affect your applications. Not to mention, you’re only benefiting from the bandwidth levels and power of processing. This translates into an unlimited amount of bandwidth, storage, or processing power as a result of a system of hosting with a wide spread amount of space capacity.

Given, cloud hosting might sound a little bit like shared hosting, but don’t get them confused, for the are completely different, leaving cloud hosting the best way to go. Shared hosting deals with your applications and it’s related data on a single big server with tens and maybe even hundreds of separate websites. You are at risk of security and share among many other sites.

But with cloud hosting, all of the sites, applications, and data are uploaded and spread across the entire infrastructure. The hosting provider then makes a decision on what websites need what processor power and bandwidth by identifying how much traffic they are receiving. This type of setup guarantees plenty of space in the system. If your site instantly needs more power and/or bandwidth, the provider adapts by adding what resources are needed.

While this sounds great and amazing, you still need to make the big decision of what company to host with. CariNet is a leader in the cloud hosting field with a wide variety of cloud services to supplement our traditional servers and server clusters. We’ve hosted the world for over a decade, and are fluent in all things Internet related. We build own and operate all of our datacenters and facilities in the United States and are capable of handling customers and demands of any size. We give you the best dedicated server, managed server, or cloud server you’ll find today. We’ll take good care of you. That’s a promise.

N-Tier Applications

This is an important subject to think about when in the process of developing an application. Many different area need to be thought about when choosing on the architecture of an application, such as future development problems and complications, scalability, and performance. When you choose which architecture to actually use, you should choose on which of the three elements mentioned before that you think is the most important, as some choices that you will make can impact the other ones. For example, some choices that may increase and enhance performance, will affect scalability.

But what exactly is N-Tier architecture? The N-Tier architecture relays to the architecture of a certain application that has at least 3 layers or sections that are separate. Each section interacts with solely the section directly below, and has a very definitive function or role that it’s responsible for.

But why should you use N-Tier architecture? Each separate section can be found on physically different servers with merely minor coding differences, meaning they can scale out and handle more load on a server. And, each individual section is completely hidden to other sections internally, making it capable to update a single section without modifying or recompiling another section.

This is an extremely powerful feature that is available with N-Tier architecture, as additional changes or features to a section can be accomplished without re-uploading the entire application. An example would be, by separating access code data from the business logic code. When the server’s database changes, you simply need to change the code of the data access, because the logic code of the business stays put and doesn’t change.

The N-Tier application typically contains three sections, named the data section, business section, and the presentation section. And you’re probably wondering what each section really does, so lets go into that.

The presentation section has the duty of showing the user interface and “pushing” that interface using some business section objects and classes.

The business section has the duty of getting into the data section to get, edit, and delete data to and from the data section and transfer those results to the presentation section. This section also gets the duty of computing the data received and relayed to the presentation section.

The data section gets the duty of being the database for all the actual data. You’ll often see that when in .net, it will be an access database or an SQL server, but it’s not bound to just those.

Physical and Logical sections are often the ones that give people some trouble. First off, a logical section defines that the sections are different in terms of sets of classes or assemblies, but are still being hosted on the same exact server. Physical section defines that those sets of classes or assemblies are hosted on separate servers with some extra coding that handles the networking between the section. An example could be remoting and web services.

In determining to differ the sections physically, or not doing so at all, is extra important. It honestly lies on the total load of your applications.

Choosing A Reliable Backup Solution

Choosing A Backup Plan In Your Disaster Recovery Situation

Your livelihood may depend on your business and its success. Protect your business with a Disaster Recovery Solution. You may be thinking that a disaster could never happen to you or your business or that you would be fine if you lost your data, but the fact is disasters happen and the recovery process is slow and expensive. If you do not already know the value of a good disaster recovery solution, you will after you have experienced a crashed hard drive/Virus/Natural Disaster/Disgruntled Employee, etc…

There are many different solutions available however some of the solutions are better then others. When deciding on a disaster recovery solution you need to re-evaluate your business plan. Take into consideration what you would absolutely need in order to stay in business, then decide how important this information is to your business. Examples of the mission critical files you would need to backup would be your sales and marketing data, accounting data, engineering data, and your client database.

If you do not already know how costly a disaster could be to your business, you should know that even a mediocre disaster could put you out of business. The cost is far to great to ignore, According to the National Computer Security Association, it could take a month or more and several tens of thousand of dollars to replace all of your lost data. Having a backup plan in your disaster recovery solution is the best sense of insurance you could ever get for your business. Just to replace 20MB of your sales and marketing data it could take up to 20+ days and cost over $17,000. To replace 20MB of your accounting data would take about 21 days and almost $20,000. Lastly but not in the bit the least, to replace your engineering data you would be looking at 42+ days and roughly $100,000 for 20MB of data.

One way to backup your data, which I would not recommend, is via Cd’s, Zip Drives, and Tape Backups. I can not stress enough how failure prone these methods of backing up can be. Cd’s can be damaged in so many ways weather it be heat, scratches, cracks, or corrupted data. Zip Drives are very unreliable and have a low shelf life much like Cd’s. However unreliable Tape Drives can be, they are still a popular way that Data Centers offer a backup solution for their clients. In order for tape drives to function when they are needed they need to be cleaned very carefully and often.

Many businesses back up their data to a Hard Drive. This method of backing up to a hard drive is the most popular and most reliable way to back up your mission critical files. Businesses that backup data to hard drives usually use two different options, Removable Hard Drives and/or Remote Backup Servers stored securely in a Data Center.

Backing up to a removable hard drive is a decent way to backup your businesses important data, however, these removable drives can be subject to harm as well. The issue with the removable hard drive would be the fact that you would be removing it from your computer and taking it home with you everyday. If you actually remember to bring it off site everyday, which you should, the hard drive is subject to being dropped, weather conditions, and theft.

Without a doubt, the most secure choice when deciding on a backup for your disaster recovery solution, is to backup your data to a remote location preferably to a secure Data Center. Companies like Cari.netoffer what is called a Remote Backup Dedicated Server. When you see all of the words like; Remote, Backup, and Dedicated Server, you know that you are backing up to a remote backup server that is dedicated to you and only you. No one else is sharing the hard drive space with you and your data is available to you any time that you wish, where ever you wish. Not only can a backup server be used as means to backup your files, it can also be used as a file server that you and your employees can access from anywhere they like. With Cari.net’s Remote Backup Dedicated Server you can create directories, set permissions on who is able to access certain directories and from which IP address they would be able to connect from.

This diagram shows the many ways that you are able to access, backup and/or restore from your Remote Dedicated Backup Server. You may backup your computers from home, work, and even at remote locations where you would be able to connect to the Internet. For example, if you were working on a project from home/coffee shop/etc.. and you needed a certain file simply connect to your backup server and grab the file that you would need. This just goes to show that a Remote Backup Server that acts as a vital part in your disaster recovery solution, can be easily used as a file server as well.

Maybe you will choose to stay with your current solution and hope that nothing happens, however when you experience a disaster and loose your data you will then truly know how important it is to have the best backup solution available. Remember, for you and your business, the big difference between a complete disaster and a minor inconvenience is good disaster recovery plan. It’s your data, Cari.net’s Remote Dedicated Backup Server is your best solution

Reliable Backup Solution

When running a business one of the first things that you should look for is a good disaster recovery plan. A strong point in a disaster recovery plan is a reliable backup solution for your important data and mission critical files. You may have already been online searching website to website looking for a backup solution with a reasonable price tag that would offer you the protection you would need for your important data. Cari.net’s Remote Dedicated Backup Server is a secure offsite solution for you to back up your website, server, workstations, and your personal computer that will easily fit in your budget, Using this backup solution on the Windows Operating Systems could not be any easier. Simply download the netdrive program or the WebDav update for online folders. Take advantage of Microsoft’s Backup Utility Program to make this solution automated by selecting what you need backed up and when. This product offers mapped drive access using WebDAV, Windows Network Configuration, as well as HTTPS access. You can add a virtual hard drive for backup to your computer without actually having to go through the trouble of installing a physical hard drive or dealing with a removable hard drive.

If you use a Linux Operating System, all you would have to do is simply run a cron job to your server/directory for your backup solution.

It takes a lot of work to get your business up and running. Think about all of the time you spent to get your business established. All of your Sales & Marketing Data, Accounting Data, and Engineering data rest in your hands and in your disaster recovery plan. Also think about your client base, their important information that you hold for business purposes.

Depending on your line of work, you may be developing a project for your client, or securing important information. Take a look at some of these data loss facts. 25% of all PC users suffer from data loss each year. 7 of 10 small businesses that experience a data loss go out of business within one year 15% of all laptops or stolen or experience a failed hard drive $55,000,000,000 Annual Virus damage to Businesses in the US alone All disks and tape drives will eventually fail, almost a 100% chance.

What would happen if you lost all of your clients critical files? Would you be able to keep them as a client? Would you be able to recreate the files, if not, would you be held legally liable? Would your business be able to survive a major data loss? Do you have the time and money that it would take to recreate all of your lost sales, marketing, accounting and engineering data?

The only difference between a small inconvenience and a complete disaster is a secure remote backup solution. Its your data, Cari.net’s Remote Dedicated Backup Server is your recovery solution.

We’re SAS 70 certified!

SAS 70

In February 2010, CariNet passed the stringent auditing controls necessary for a SAS 70 certification, as determined by NDBLLP, an independent accounting and auditing firm.

CariNet’s Certification Statement

We have examined the accompanying description of general controls supporting CariNet’s cloud computing platform in San Diego, CA. Our examination included procedures to obtain reasonable assurance about whether

(1) the accompanying description presents fairly, in all material respects, the aspects of CariNet’s controls that may be relevant to user organization’s internal control as it relates to an audit of financial statements;

(2) the controls included in this description were suitably designed to achieve the control objectives specified in the description, if those controls were complied with satisfactorily, and user organizations applied the controls contemplated in the design of CariNet’s controls; and

(3)such controls has been placed in operation as of February 4, 2010.

The control objectives were specified by management of CariNet. Our examination was performed in accordance with standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and included those procedures we considered necessary in the circumstances to obtain a reasonable basis for rendering our opinion.

NDB Accountants & Consultants, LLP

What is SAS 70?

Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 70, Service Organizations, is a widely recognized auditing standard developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). A service auditor’s examination performed in accordance with SAS No. 70 (“SAS 70 Audit”) is widely recognized, because it represents that a service organization has been through an in-depth audit of their control objectives and control activities, which often include controls over information technology and related processes. In today’s global economy, service organizations or service providers must demonstrate that they have adequate controls and safeguards when they host or process data belonging to their customers. In addition, the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 make SAS 70 audit reports even more important to the process of reporting on the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting.

For additional information please visit http://www.sas70.com