Rocky Linux as the next clone of CentOS

Misery may love company, but the right company heals misery, too. Red Hat’s controversial move of forgoing the development of CentOS towards the end of this year has upset many. But in times of crisis like this, the Linux community always shows their ability to adapt and selflessly make change for the better.

In March came AlmaLinux, a one-for-one open-source CentOS clone developed by the creator of CloudLinux. Getting its name from the Latin word for “soul”, AlmaLinux pulls together the collective wisdom of the Linux community and delivers robust and stable performance that is praised by all accounts. That’s why we, too, jumped on the bandwagon and has started offering AlmaLinux as one of our operating systems and ISO templates.

And the good news does not stop there, a beta version of yet another replacement has joined the party. On the last day of April, Rocky Linux launched a release candidate – Rocky Linux 8.3 Release Candidate 1, a community enterprise operating system believed to be a reliable substitution of CentOS with complete bug-for-bug compatibility.

The intelligent minds behind the creation are led by one of the founders of the CentOS project, Gregory Kurtzer. Similar to the AlmaLinux, this new Linux distribution is developed and supported by the joint effort of the Linux community. The final release of the actual operating system is yet to announce, but the release candidate is now available and serves as a testing ground for IT professions to dip their toes in the waters of Rocky Linux, trying out features, validating its functionalities and reporting issues before the official launch.

According to Kurtzer, the system is intentionally built to resemble CentOS. Everything from installation to actual operation should be instantly familiar to users of the old platform, making it as much of an easy swap as possible.

If you are also interested in this new kid in the block, visit the download page here and give it a go!

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AlmaLinux to join LayerStack’s Cloud Servers Family

April is the month of rebirth. It is where Easter falls. Astrologically, it is when the sun enters Aries – the first zodiac sign that marks the beginning of the new year (happy birthday to all the Aries!). It’s also the start of a new fiscal year, and schools in Japan start in April.

All I’m trying to say is, this is a perfect time for new thing – AlmaLinux, the new enterprise-grade Linux distribution. Upon the beta release last month, the new operating system is now officially launched as CentOS’s replacement.

The mastermind behind is the creator of CloudLinux that we have known for years and loved by over 4,000 tech companies worldwide. With such a solid foundation, expertise, stability and reliability, the license-free AlmaLinux OS is poised to follow CloudLinux’s success in filling the gap of CentOS EOL.

Named after the Latin word for “soul”, AlmaLinux taps into the collective wisdom of the Linux community in its creation and future maintenance. This means the Linux distribution will be owned and governed by the community. Due to its open-source nature, it allows IT professionals to tack on any issues, as well as explore and contribute to the AlmaLinux community.

In the month of rebirth, souls reincarnate. To help you embrace in this exciting journey, LayerStack is excited to announce that we will include AlmaLinux as part of our cloud servers option. Most importantly we are committed to a simple yet seamless transition from CentOS to AlmaLinux with zero downtime for existing users.

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How LayerStack can help start-ups power through technical obstacles

Opting for a cloud service seems to be a big source of anxiety for many start-ups. It’s true that it takes a certain level of technical know-how (and to be completely honest, it’s not for everybody). Infinite scalability sounds like a synonym for infinite cost. And even with all the benefits that come along with cloud technology, those countless hours spent in tending the cloud just don’t seem to make it worth the pain.

We hear you. Start-ups have enough anxiety as they are without these stressors, and LayerStack is here to at least take these worries of yours out of the equation.

Intuitive and powerful control panel

A centralized panel is a key to effective management, and LayerStack has just that. Not only is it user-friendly, this comprehensive control panel allows you to monitor every detail of the servers – CPU and RAM usage, disk read/write, bandwidth usage – in the forms of intuitive charts, graphs and track systems, all through a web-based interface. It is also a place where you can manage a slew of features – including scale-ups and spin-downs – with just a few clicks.

If you have what it takes, the API that comes with our solutions gives you the option to customize the server with ease. You can build, scale and manage your cloud, exactly the way you want.

The same is also true when it comes to information access. Through the user permission management tool, you can assign users to various permission sets and have complete control over who can access what. All users will only see what you want them to see.

Predictable pricing

It is not uncommon that a cloud service provider charges based on data usage. It sounds logical – and it is. But when coupled with the instant scalability that cloud technology boasts, it could descend into a virtual nightmare, long before you realize it.

Many start-ups choose to use a cloud server for the very reason that it can handle unexpected traffic spikes, and you know what start-ups can’t handle? An unexpectedly huge bill.

At Layerstack, we offer cloud solutions with fixed, fully-transparent prices and unlimited bandwidth traffic. When data usage exceeds the “fair usage” threshold, our cloud service continues with a reduced network speed during the rest of the billing cycle instead of charging extra, keeping unpleasant surprises at bay. Plan upgrade is only a few clicks away if you want extra data credits with a guaranteed normal speed.

Necessary resources and the LayerStack Community

Even the most experienced IT experts may be stumped by the smallest technicalities, so if you are managing the infrastructure as a layman in a start-up, more power to you! LayerStack makes sure you will get the help you need, whenever you need it.

Make use of the preponderance of product documents and step-by-step tutorials – doing backups, setting up firewalls, protecting against DDoS attacks, addressing billing issues, and everything in between – available for free on our website.

You can also benefit from our LayerStack Community where you can ask questions, receive information about the latest features, explore possibilities, send feedback, and interact with fellow LayerStack users.

Cloud server managed service

A 9-to-5 workday can easily spiral into 7-to-10 if the cloud manager lacks the necessary technical knowledge to maintain the infrastructure. In fact, even with a tech-proficient team, overseeing every detail of the infrastructure could take hours. For start-ups, these hours would have been translated to important revenue that keeps the company up and running.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. Our cloud server managed service allows you to focus your time and energy on your business, and leave the heavy lifting to our world-class technical team. LayerStack will provide important API support, help with the operating system installation, carry out preliminary configurations of the server, backup and firewall to fit your needs, and many more. All you need to do is choose a server plan, opt for our managed service, and let LayerStack take the ball and run with it. Your time after hours should be spent on a family dinner, a night out with your friends, a romantic date with your loved one, not worrying about how to set up an e-mail server.

Free migration service

Not unlike moving into a new apartment, server migration is stress-inducing. This is why LayerStack offers free, customized server migration solutions that quell any anxiety you may have. After careful evaluation and planning by our cloud experts, your applications and database will be encrypted and migrated through a secure channel from your existing environment. The process is easy, secure, and fuss-free.

Every big company was once a start-up, and LayerStack has every way to help you power through any technological obstacles regarding cloud technology along the way. If you want to learn more about how start-ups can benefit from our services or need help getting started, feel free to contact us here.

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NVIDIA’s GPU Powers Up LayerStack’s Cloud Server Services

At LayerStack, our infrastructure continues to evolve to best fit your ever-changing needs. This time, we bring you NVIDIA®’s GPU – an add-on now available to LayerStack’s selective plans – and the next-level acceleration that comes with it.

A universal deep learning accelerator sitting on a low-profile 75-watt PCI-e card, the performant GPU is powered by NVIDIA’s latest proprietary Turing Tensor Core technology that enhances thermal management and offers powerful, energy-efficient, mixed-precision computing (FP32 to FP16 to INT8 and INT4) in real time.

Thanks to the new Turing core built specifically for AI inferencing and diverse workloads, NVIDIA’s GPU is 9.3 times faster than using a CPU alone on training, 36 times faster on inference. Its advanced multi-precision computing ability makes it ideal for deep learning and inference applications, machine learning and data analytics. Factory automation and smart sensing are among many other use cases that benefit from the uprated GPU.

Parlaying NVIDIA’s RTX™ technology, the Turing core also boosts its graphics prowess by realizing instantaneous ray-traced rendering and delivering all the horsepower to produce photorealistic objects and environments. The ability to generate physically accurate shadows, reflections, and refractions is no longer curtailed. Equipped with the superlative GPU, LayerStack’s cloud solutions take high-quality video/image rendering tasks and intensive gaming in its stride.

Installation is fuss-free as the NVIDIA GPU fits into our infrastructure – both Windows and Linux – effortlessly. Check for details on LayerStack’s selective plans with NVIDIA GPU available.

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Why Should You Adopt Cloud Servers?

Why Should You Adopt Cloud Servers? Benefits of Cloud Servers.

Cloud Servers has been a business trend for years. With cloud servers, documents and applications can be accessed through the internet on a quicker basis, cloud users can also practice Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with any smart device for remote working.

It is accounted that more than 85% of businesses worldwide are making use of cloud technology to store and process data. In fact, 67% of enterprise has already turned into cloud-based. It is not surprising that the numbers keep rising today and cloud computing will become even more common in the coming future (Bulao, 2020) .

Below are some reasons why you should definitely adopt cloud solutions:

Reduce Cost

Reduce Cost with cloud servers

It is commonly agreed that application of cloud servers is able to help the organizations to cut cost which is the major reason for most of the enterprise moving workloads to the cloud. Companies can save costs from several aspects such as IT infrastructure, Energy cost, IT specialist and Data security. You can reach another blog article HERE for more details.

Scalability

Scalable Cloud Server

Scalability is another selling point of cloud servers. It may involve big investments and some time-consuming workloads to activate a physical machine, and that time lost may eventually affect your businesses. However, it takes only 5 mins to resize cloud servers to perfectly meet the changing needs and traffic spikes in a simple and cost-effective way.

Data Privacy and Security

Data Privacy and Security

Data security is the major concerns resisting businesses to apply cloud solutions. However, cloud servers are proved to be more secure than legacy system in most cases. Many cloud services possess different security solution like Firewalls, DDoS Attack Protection, Online Backup, Private Networking. You can reach another article HERE for more details.

Cloud Management

Simple Cloud Management

Cloud providers are responsible for the cloud management, once there is any error occurred, the trained specialist would respond immediately. Thus, employers do not need to worry about the IT training and the potential of human error which may lead to businesses disasters. Moreover, cloud users may apply backup solutions to prevent possible data corruption.

Conclusion

The business environment is changing rapidly, more and more workloads were moving to online to meet the changing needs. This move has been speeded up due to the outbreak of Covid-19, remote working has become more common today. Surely, there are many benefits for businesses to apply cloud computing solutions which are not discussed in this article. It is no doubt that you should get on board now and start enjoying the benefits of this megatrend!

 

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LayerStack And 2nd Gen AMD EPYC ™

LayerStack And 2nd Gen AMD EPYC 64 Core CPU

To cope with the demanding workloads, LayerStack maximize the cloud performance with AMD EPYC to deliver the best cloud computing service to our valued customers. Today, AMD dominates the cloud computing market, the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ Processors series is specifically designed for cloud-based solutions which sets a higher standard for cloud deployments. Innovative design makes AMD EPYC™ #1 in performance across industry to propel cloud users’ workloads simply and cost-effectively.

LayerStack Cloud Configuration & Use Case

LayerStack Cloud Server CPU Configuration and Use Case

LayerStack cloud servers are configured with top-class AMD EPYC aiming to provide leading cloud efficiency in the industry. It delivers outstanding values for users to manage most of the general and CPU-intensive workloads such as machine learning, video editing, compiling programs and AD serving.

 

Enhance Performance By High Ranked AMD EPYC

LayerStack standard cloud servers uses 2nd Gen AMD EPYC 64 Core CPU. All selected CPU are with 64 cores and 128 threads and launched after Q3 2019. They runs with base clock speed 2.0 GHz and max. turbo boost 3.4 GHz. Moreover, LayerStack’s coming high frequency CPU servers are configured with AMD EPYC 7742 with higher operating frequency and turbo speed.

CPU Comparison By Geekbench Browser

The new High Frequency CPU Cloud Server (Launch on 27/10/2020) is specially for CPU-intensive cloud usage. We have conducted a simple comparison for the CPU used by top cloud providers with Geekbench Browser on 23rd Oct , a cross-platform processor benchmark to evaluate single-core and multi-core performance. We purchased the most similar optimized-CPU servers with 2 vCPU and 4GB Ram directly from each provider for comparison. It can be seen that LayerStack High Frequency CPU Server is rated the highest with 7919 multi-core score. Vutlr is ranked second with 7820 points. AWS Lightsail and DigitalOcean are at the third and the fourth place with 6246 and 4670 points respectively.

 

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Full Geekbench Report of Server’s CPU Performance:
1. LayerStack High Frequency Plan 2. Vultr High Frequency Compute Plan
3. DigitalOcean CPU-Optimized Droplets 4. Amazon Lightsail Plan

Move Backwards From Multi-cloud to Single Cloud Provider?

Why Users Should Move Backwards From Multi-cloud to Single Cloud Provider?

Multi-cloud is the use of two or more cloud providers. Many enterprises divide the businesses into several parts and place in different cloud environment. Although multi-cloud strategy might give businesses extra values, the risks of multi-cloud outweigh the benefits. Placing data in several providers may reduce the data security because securing a multi-cloud environment can be significantly more difficult than with a single cloud provider. In fact, moving the workloads from multiple cloud providers to one can also enhance the efficiency and lower the cost. In this article, it will discuss about the benefits of cloud integration and what solutions are available to keep your data secure.

Save Cost

Single Cloud Save Cost From Multi-Cloud

One key selling points of cloud is the scalability, cloud server can be freely upgraded and downgraded. In fact, the subscription fee of larger-sized server tends to be much cheaper than small-sized server combinations. Besides, cloud users are installing diverse software in servers, the IT expenses of software licenses like antivirus software can be reduced.

Employee Training

Single Cloud Save Employee Training Time

The systems of cloud providers are most likely different, it requires large effort and is time-consuming to train IT staff to control multiple cloud computing platforms. It is also very hard for them to manage the cloud and the data in usual as cloud structure is complicated especially when workloads are involved with hybrid cloud infrastructure and multi-cloud strategy.

Security Concern

Single Cloud Provider's Data Security Solutions

Cloud providers are offering different solutions to protect clients’ data, such as auto-backup and DDoS protection. Auto-backup refers to automatic snapshot of the cloud server that users can restore the servers in any disasters. Due to the big cost saved from single cloud, they can activate these features without any extra investment to enjoy entire protection to the cloud.

Virtual Private Cloud

Global Virtual Private Cloud VPC

For sensitive data, global virtual private cloud (VPC) is an advanced solution for users to keep data like confidential projects, customer information and transaction data. It works with global private network and a true isolated instance. VPC is also effective in safeguarding business from disasters. Data can be real-time mirroring to those isolated instances and work properly to minimize the negative impacts.

 

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Why Businesses Should be Looking At Cloud Providers in Singapore for Global Expansion?

Expanding your business is a crucial decision that involves meticulous consideration related to a multitude of factors. When you are considering Asia business expansion, you cannot rule out well-developed world city like Singapore because of infrastructures, tax policies and trade openness, as well as the maturity of data center. Reach the full article at Serchen Blog.

Cloud Computing For Education: Distance Learning

Cloud and Education: Distance Learning

Cloud computing is playing an important role in Education, textbooks and classrooms are no longer a restriction to study. With the Covid-19 outbreaks, the evolution in the education industry has been sped up. Institutions are now applying different distance learning programs, students can access the class anywhere simply with a computing device.

A study shows that the market size of cloud computing in the education industry was USD 8.13 billion in 2016, it is estimated to reach USD 25.36 billion by 2021. This hike is due to large-scale cloud adoptions because of the accessibility, scalability and resource availability of cloud computing.

Improve Educational Productivity
Improve Educational Productivity

Education institutions can move resources to the cloud and makes distance learning practical. Many organizations like universities and training courses start launching e-learning programs so students can take distance courses and online tests instead. In fact, cloud-based system benefit to both e-learning and traditional courses because students can download the resource without geographic restrictions.

Save Cost and Time
Save Cost and Time

Since the resource is available online, teachers no longer need to spend time on printing study materials. Besides printing cost, education organizations can save IT expenses from hardware, IT specialists and energy usage. The University of Notre Dame saved 40 percent ($1.3million) on its annual IT operations. Moreover, it also benefits to students because digital textbook tends to be lot less expensive.

Enhance Teachers’ Accountability

As all the materials are processing online, it is much easier for accountants to calculate teacher’s salaries. The online system may also provides evidences to teachers to get reasonable pay for works. Furthermore, cloud improves the accuracy of teacher’s evaluations as schools recorded all the works. When things go wrong, all resources can be reviewed and the accountability is enhanced in result.

 

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Smart Home/Store and Cloud Computing

Smart Home and Cloud Computing

It is no doubt that our world is becoming more intelligent and convenient, many innovated ideas is generated and gradually taking shape over the past 10 years due to the rapid development on AI. Smart home and unmanned shop are the most popular topics among numerous business creatives, they have one thing in common that they both involve with cloud computing in practice. This article will discuss about the position of cloud computing in future intelligent technologies.

Amazon First Unmanned Store
Unmanned Store and Cloud Computing

In Feb 2020, Amazon opened its first unmanned store in Seattle and named it as Amazon Go Grocery. The meaning behind the name is “Grab whatever you want and just go”. No payment process is needed during the shopping experience, all payment will be done automatically on your Amazon account after shopper walking out with the items. The unmanned retail solution relies on integration of RFID technology, infrared sensing technology and video surveillance. Thus, Amazon Go Grocery is a combination of unmanned store and cloud computing technologies, there are numerous cameras and sensors in store tracking shoppers’ movements, all videos will be sent to the cloud for massive analysis as for calculating the total bills. In unmanned store, cloud computing is acting as a professional analyst and accountant.

Role of Cloud Computing in Smart Home
Role of Cloud Computing in Smart Home

The smart home is a concept of the pervasive computing which is gradually becoming the trend of modern house. Although intelligence appliances work with different functions, it is commonly agreed that there is a non-substitutable connection between cloud computing and smart home system. For numerous data and complex control bring about a much heavy burden on the local computers, it is suggested that moving the calculation to the cloud can reduce local workload, meanwhile AI can access real time information through Web browser. For instance, smart refrigerator can order food online automatically once it has connected with cloud computing. Smart toilet, on the other hand, can record your health and send the data to healthy applications for daily analysis.

The Future of Smart Homes

Obviously, cloud computing is playing an important role in intelligent future, it is accounted that global public cloud market was $272 billion in 2018 which is expected to reach $488.5 billion by 2026. If everything goes well, cloud computing will be applied in more innovative technologies and smart cities in coming future, it will gradually replace traditional datacenter. Perhaps it is the right time for you to move your business to the cloud and take advantages from coming technology revolutions!

 
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