Remote Working

Remote working has become a hot topic due to the Covid-19 outbreak, many medical experts across the globe are warning of second wave of Covid-19 infections, it is generally agreed that the inevitable second wave of the coronavirus pandemic could be more deadly than the first because it could be coupled with the seasonal flu. Remote working and learning have been proven an effective option during the global pandemic, according to a recent survey, 98% of respondent said they would like the option to work from home for the rest of their career.

Remote Work As New Business Trend

Many businesses are still concerning about the employees’ productivity as remote working make it uncontrollable, however many researches show that remote workers tend to be 35% – 40% more productive due to a more flexible schedule, lack of distractions, reducing commute time and a less stressful working environment. Moreover, a recent study indicated that employer can also be benefited from a sizable cost reduction, each remote employee could save up to US$11,000 a year in western countries due to the reducing rental and daily operation cost.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is a technology used to create a virtualized desktop environment on a remote server which is hosted on virtual machines and controlled by management software. Businesses can develop a secure remote office environment by simply moving the business to cloud servers and create an IP whitelist with the build-in firewall template function allowing specific IP address to work on the virtual desktop remotely. With virtual desktop, employee no longer need to worry about any hardware and crashing issues on physical machines.

Cloud File Server

Cloud File Server is an alternative way for enterprises to practice remote working, it works when company database runs on a cloud computing platform. Different level of access authorities are assigned to specific users, employee can then download files from cloud server to their own devices. Cloud owner can also set some rules on upload and download actions. Cloud control panels like Plesk and cPanel are server add-on options which are useful for non-professionals to complete files server setting and manage company resource with a user-friendly Graphic User Interface.

Data Security

User data security is always LayerStack’s major concerns, we offer multiple features and solutions for cloud users to improve the security level of servers. Auto-Backup is the most popular solution applied for data security purpose. Cloud server would automatically backup all the data at regular intervals, users can recover important business data at any time. Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), on the other hand, can provide an isolated environment for users to keep sensitive data. It works with a dedicated private network connecting a router server and an isolated server, all data will be transferred through a secure and ultra-fast connection.

Major Business Trend

It is no doubt that remote working is changing the global workspace operates and becoming a major business trend in the next few years. Business should take a step forward to maintain business daily operations in global pandemic and foresaw economic recession.

Official Launch – Virtual Private Cloud

User data security is always LayerStack’s major concerns, today we are pleased to announce that Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) is official launched on LayerPanel. LayerStack VPC is a virtual isolated network dedicated to any of your LayerStack cloud servers aiming to provide user with completely isolated cloud servers to place sensitive data and works.

Progression of Private Networking

LayerStack VPC is the natural progression of our existing Private Networking features. Although they are both sharing similar operating principle, VPC goes one step further by hiding the Public IP of isolated instances. It results in each private instance that you created is logically isolated from other private networks and the public Internet.

Thus, VPC cannot download and upload any data to the public network directly, all data transfer has to pass through gateway server which maintains the true privacy and data security inside the private instances.

Data Transfer

Efficiently transmit data over a dedicated VLAN circuit which is unreachable from the internet, data can be transmitted via a high capacity and low latency isolated network. Unlimited traffic is available for inbound and outbound transfers, unlike many cloud providers in the market like Linode, DigitalOcean and Vultr, no extra cost will be charged for data transfer.

Furthermore, enterprises can achieve data mirroring with the ultra-low latency bandwidth, the system can real-time copy sensitive data to multiple isolated instances as a part of crisis prevention plan.

The Use of VPC

VPC can be very useful when users want to store their business sensitive data separately in order to further improve the data security level, those sensitive data can be something like backend system, client’s personal information, transactions data etc.. VPC makes it extremely hard for third parties to stumble across data and employ them in negative way. In fact, multiple isolated instances can be deployed with one gateway server, the independence of different business projects can be enhanced. Multi-VPC may works for project-based companies like web and apps developers which resources do not need to communicate with each other, the clients’ data can be more secure and better managed by the service providers.

Once private network has been deployed on the clouds, a private IP would be auto-generated, then either one server can be configured to behave as the internet gateway. A complete VPC setup guide is available at https://www.layerstack.com/resources/tutorials/How-to-configure-Virtual-Private-Cloud.

Cloud-hosted eCommerce

With the global coronavirus outbreak and cities lockdown, e-commerce has become the indispensable platform for people to purchase food, daily necessaries and daily necessities. According to Statista E-commerce report, retail e-commerce sales worldwide amounted to 3.53 trillion US dollars in 2019, it is about 14% of the total global retail sales of the year (25 trillion US dollars), the ratio of online sales kept rising in the past 10 years and estimated to be proceed with the climb.

The technology is the key factors to e-commence evolution, e-commerce can be hugely benefited from cloud computing in many ways. Business who aim to capture values from the e-commerce market trend should pay attention to how cloud computing helps to save time and resource

1. Scalable

The scalability of cloud server perfectly complements the needs of e-commerce businesses, it allows brands to upscale or downscale to meet the changing demand, traffic and seasonal spikes. The change of cloud package can be activated in few minutes which help businesses to avoid any losses due to the overload website traffic.

2. Speed

A recent study found out that 40% of customers abandon a web page if it takes more than three seconds to load. While a sudden traffic spikes can slow down the website and make it nonresponsive, cloud server provides you a greater bandwidth, stronger computational power, faster and stable website connections.

3. Savings

Businesses do not need to invest in hardware and software infrastructure if they are placing their websites in cloud server. The overall I.T. spending would be reduced because they only pay for what they need and used with cloud hosting. I.T. supports from cloud providers may further reduce website maintenance cost.

4. Security

The firewall options safeguard business websites from virus and threats. The auto-backup service ensures all your websites data are protected and able to be recovering from the server. Last but not least, the DDoS protection feature protect your websites from DDoS attack, these superior security measures minimize the potential risk to your brand image.

Cloud Security

cloud security

Data is always the important value of businesses, the need of data protection become more critical now than ever. Many organizations are migrating to the new IT environment – cloud computing. According to the 2018 State of the Cloud Survey, 81% of enterprises are interested in cloud computing because cloud is cost-effective, user-friendly and scalable. However, data security is still the primary concern for brands to move their business to cloud. In fact, it may surprise you that cloud solutions are more secure than legacy system in most of the case. Here are some reasons how cloud computing better protects businesses’ systems and valuable data.

1. Cloud Provider Investment

1. Cloud Provider Investment

Cloud computing brands are spending as much as 75% of its R&D budget on security system. Many cloud services possesses different security features, such as Built-in Firewalls, DDoS Attack Protection and Private Networking. In fact, more investments have flowed into cloud technology recently due to the Covid-19 outbreaks, it can be foreseen that cloud is making enterprise’s servers even more secure in the near future.

2. Safeguard Your Business from Disaster

Cloud providers are offering different solutions to cloud users aiming to maximize their capabilities to secure business data in different scenarios. Auto-Backup is the most popular solution commonly offered to users for data security purpose. Cloud server would automatically backup all the data at regular intervals, backup date is protected on separate and fault-tolerant external data drives, allowing users to protect and recover important business data at any time. Private Networking is another useful technique, users can enjoy true private network in an isolated environment which is helpful for transferring sensitive data. Users may also further set up an efficient disaster recovery plan with a standby server housed at a different geographic location. Both suggested add-on solutions ensure business continuity in the event of natural or man-made disasters.

3. Controlled Access

Cloud owners have the rights to grant permission to different cloud users like employee and vendors in order to take granular control over the cloud environment. Authorized users have the limited access to manage specific instances which greatly reduce the risk of man-made disasters in every aspect. The lack of physical access also makes it extremely hard for third parties to stumble across data and employ it in negative way.

4. Careful Monitoring and Supports

As of the primary responsibility of cloud providers, they would monitor their infrastructure and system closely with no breaks in order to keep clients’ data safe. If a potential issue and threat arises, a qualified cloud provider should response to it immediately, they could even shut off any part of a system if something is affecting the overall security. It is cost-effective for enterprises to move business to cloud because all the supports from skilled IT professionals are included in the cloud computing plan.

New Release – Custom ISO Installation Guideline

Custom ISO features has been officially activated on LayerPanel 2 in all regions. Custom ISO is usually used for installing custom operating systems or booting custom rescue disks on Cloud Servers. With using the Custom ISO feature, user can be benefited from saving download and setup time while installing identical OS and applications in different computing server or VPS. In fact, some industrial software solutions are only compliable to specific operating systems which is supported by LayerPanel 2 from now on. 

The process involves the uploading of an ISO file through FTP or HTTP. The LayerPanel offers this uploading feature where a user can upload one ISO file per client as a default limit. The following steps will give user the correct method to upload and run a custom ISO.


1. Upload Custom ISOLog in to LayerPanel 2, go to the Services section and click Cloud Servers, then choose the Cloud Servers that you want to detach ISO file.

2. Click the ISO button.

3. Click the Upload option and choose from 3 options – FTP / HTTP / Google Drive URL for ISO uploading process. For more details: https://bit.ly/2LVOYKA

4. Once the upload process is completed, please click Switch, choose your custom ISO file and click Mount ISO and Restart for mounting this ISO into your Cloud Servers.

5. Click Console button to access the server console.

6. Click the Send CtrlAltDel button in the Console window, then immediately left-click inside the Console window, press the Escape key (ESC) as soon as the “Press ESC for boot menu” message appears in order to access the boot menu for the server. Lastly, press 4 to boot the server from DVD/CD (boot from ISO)

* If the Escape key (ESC) is not pressed on time, the below screen will pop-up when user accessing Console.

7. You may detach & delete ISO file after all installation is completed.

Comparison of Cloud Computing Brands

Price

The similarest cloud computing plan of several famous brands have been choosen for below price comparaison, all cost are counted in US dollar.


This report is for reference purpose only, the content may not be completely true or may become untrue in the future, we bear no responsibility for any listed information.

pricing-comparison

Major findings:

Many cloud server providers such as Linode, DigitalOcean, Vultr and Upcloud offer similar packages, it is shown obviously from the table that the cost of their cloud solutions are cheaper than other providers’ like AWS and Azure.

LayerStack’s offers are more cost-effective among all listed brand, its year plans are the cheapest options in every categories, up to 75% cost could be saved by moving your business to LayerStack cloud server.

Application Complexity
The below comparaison is sheerly a personal experience and suggestion. For reference only.

Major findings:

AWS, Azure and Goolge Cloud tend to offering detailed classified cloud solution for selection, customzation is an important factor for the cloud services of suggested brands, to a certain extent they require IT professionals to operate and make purchases.

On the other hand, LayerStack, Linode and DigitalOcean focus on providing stardard parckages with different vCPU, memory, SSD storage, data transfer and fixed monthly cost, it is user-friendly to non-IT professionals with simplifing the subscription of cloud computing.

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz)

With the Covid-19 outbreak, remote working is rapidly growing and becoming the new business trend. HK Gov has recently launched the Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) to support enterprises to develop distance businesses with innovative technologies and create new value. For each IT solution, the funding ceiling is HK$100,000 and each company may receive maximum funding of HK$300,000 to undertake a project to be completed within 6 months.

LayerStack cloud server is complied with high CPU and SSD performance which balance compute, memory and network resources. Besides, LayerStack is featured with Private Networking, Auto-Backup, User Permission Management and many more. Enterprises can effectively move their businesses and websites to cloud, allowing employee to access business documents without restrictions of space or time. Furthermore, enterprises can also be benefited with Data security, Scalability, Disaster recovery and Global disposition by applying cloud computing technology. 

Distance Business Programme (D-Biz) is open for application from 18th May 2020, contact us via email: salesinfo@layerstack.com NOW for your customized cloud solution.

5G and Cloud Computing

The world is now heading towards 5G fifth generation network connection, 5G is revolutionizing the network industry by providing ultra-fast transmission rates which can be 100 times faster than the existing 4G. 5G is now live in 24 market globally and reaching 1.31billion subscriptions by 2023, accounting for more than 10% global connection. It is generally agreed cloud computing as the best partner for business to capture value from new 5G era, here is some ideas how cloud computing benefits your business.

Website Speed

In order to optimizes user interface and website experience, most of the website developers are sacrificing the website quality for website speed aiming to comply “Website 3 second Golden Rule”. As of now, seldom high specification image and video would be uploaded to websites, they are mostly built in a simple and easy way without so many complicated functions. In the upcoming 5G era, these speed restrictions would be solved by 5G ultra-fast transmission features. Cloud computing features like stable connection and high bandwidth can provide all-rounded supports to the new generation and needs.

New Businesses

5G feature – zero latency improves people mobile experience in a substantial way. The latency is typically around 40-50 milliseconds with 4G network, it will be reducing to 1 millisecond with 5G network which is undetectable to user. In fact, many business opportunities have become possible and workable in the future relying on the significant improvement on latency, such as Gaming, Driverless cars and VR/AR industry would be generally benefited from 5G. Today’s business environment will be restructured by the new technology, capturing value from new markets and blue ocean will be the major missions of organizations. Scalable cloud server supports any new business expansions without advance investments on hardware and software infrastructures which is time and cost effective for new business goal achievements.

Contact us via email: salesinfo@layerstack.com NOW

The New Firewall Feature Has Arrived

One of the most brought up feature requests was Firewalls. The LayerStack Firewalls is a free add-on security solution, you can benefit from safeguarding your business while using your predetermined set of rules.

Tools like iptables are familiar to developers, but it can be complicated to use and may not work in all situations. LayerStack Firewall adds flexibility and simplifies firewall management, you can centrally manage rules and control common IP protocols to all of your cloud servers at ease. Beyond the LayerPanel v2.0, you can also assign firewall rule sets by our API.

Secure by Default

LayerStack Firewalls dropped all packets by default. This means that any traffic not matched by an explicit rule will not be allowed.

Easy to Configure

You can modify the rule sets in a Firewall Template to allow incoming or outgoing traffic access to the cloud servers from different ports within ICMP, TCP, and UDP protocols, also by targeting source or destination IP address.

LayerStack Firewall Create

Simple to Scale
You can create firewall templates for pre-defined rule sets, which makes it easier to manage your cloud servers in bulk and apply firewall rules as soon as you create a new cloud server. Each cloud server can also assign multiple firewall templates at your security preference.

LayerStack Firewall Assign

Read more about LayerStack Firewalls on the Product Docs.

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