Explaining The Cloud To Non-Technical Users

 January 06, 2015

Explaining The CloudIf you’ve been in the IT industry for a while, you’ll have an almost instinctive familiarity with what the cloud is, its various modalities, deployment models, and types. Intuitively, one would think that a deep understanding would make the cloud easy to explain to less technical people, but in fact the opposite is true. It’s very difficult to put yourself in the mindset of someone who lacks the conceptual framework that those of us who have been around enterprise IT for a long time have developed. (more…)


Cloud-Backed Narrow-AI Applications Will Power The Age Of Context

 February 12, 2015

Cloud Backed Narrow AIWhen we think about artificial intelligence, what comes to mind is usually none-too-friendly fictional examples like HAL and the machines from The Matrix, although there are some more friendly AIs, like Data from Star Trek. Friendly or not, we’re a long way from having functional AIs of this type, but over the next few years, most of us are going to be relying on a narrow sort of AI: AIs capable of organizing a limited subset of data in useful ways. (more…)


We’ve Restructured Our IaaS Cloud Servers To Provide Even Better Value

 October 20, 2015

cartika-restructures-iaas-servicesWith the restructuring of our IaaS cloud server platform, we offer even better value for money with a tiered structure that empowers enterprise cloud clients to choose the best resource profile for their workloads.

We’ve been hosting enterprise clients for a decade and half. Over the years we’ve developed a deep insight into the infrastructure hosting needs of business. To further empower our clients to deploy — and pay for — exactly the infrastructure they need, we’ve restructured our infrastructure-as-a-service offering. (more…)


Hybrid IT’s Role In Small Business Growth

 September 30, 2015

Hybrid IT Role In SMB GrowthThe cloud now plays a greater role in the enterprise world than ever before – of that there can be no doubt. It’s become a core deployment model for IT departments all across enterprise, and a key factor in small business growth. That last one is what we’re interested in discussing today.

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Why Are Banks Still So Unprepared For The Cloud?

 August 28, 2015

Banks Unprepared For The CloudIt’s something of a disconcerting statistic – fewer than one third of American financial organizations have a cloud strategy. Other regions don’t fare much better, either. EMEA shows 35% of firms preparing for cloud computing, while APAC is slightly higher, at 41%.

Given the immense popularity of cloud computing in both enterprise and the consumer space, these statistics are troubling – even if they do show that more institutions are starting to realize the importance of going digital. What exactly is the root cause here? Why exactly are firms lagging behind to such a great degree?

And more importantly, what can be done about it? (more…)


Recent round of WordPress, Joomla and Script Injections

 August 19, 2015

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Some of our customers are facing and are impacted by the recent round of “Forex” site injections. The typical symptoms are site injections redirecting users to a “forex” landing page.  Content can either be injected into existing pages, or, the injected bots can delete the content entirely and replace the content with code which accomplishes the same thing.

The majority of the reported infections exploited a vulnerability in out-of-date Joomla and WordPress core, plugins, modules and templates. Infections leverage publicly known vulnerabilities in WordPress, WHMCS, and Joomla enabled servers, and other customized dynamic PHP/ASP/SQL web applications. Database injections, via these exploits is also possible, and can act as a back door to re-inject websites after they have been cleaned once.

I wanted to take a few minutes and discuss what Cartika is doing to help our customers, and what customers should be doing to deal with this situation if you have been impacted by it

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New Relic Integration Into Cartika Services

 August 10, 2015

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Cartika is pleased to introduce New Relic analytics integration and roll out (phased roll out outlined below). We are very excited about this roll out and what it will mean for both our customers, and internally for our support staff to have access to this data. The benefits it will present to our customers is simply enormous.

Developers, Sys Admins and DBA’s will gain invaluable insights into the health of their environments, be able to more quickly identify problems, streamline their resource usage and make educated decisions about capacity and capacity planning.  Internally, we are very excited to provide these sorts of tools and analytics to our support staff.  Their ability to help customers identify issues, identify bad plugins or bad code and provide advise and consultations regarding upgrading strategies, code optimization and various other day to day issues is simply increased exponentially and dramatically. Their ability to identify such issues is expedited by presenting them the data in real time, in an easy to understand and clearly defined interface.

We are enabling our support staff, with the tools they need, to quickly and efficiently provide the superior level of service and support we demand from our team.

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It’s High Time The Data Center Space Improved Its Server Management

 July 29, 2015

Improved Server ManagementA troubling report was published earlier this month by IT consulting firm Antithesis Group. Through a partnership with Stanford University and TSO Logic, the firm examined the state of data centers all across the world. Among its findings was the revelation that at least 30% of data center servers have been idle in excess of six months. They are, as the study puts it, ‘comatose.’

And there are at least ten million of them. (more…)


Watson’s Making Waves: What This Could Mean For Healthcare Tech

 July 14, 2015

Watson and Healthcare ITEarlier this year, some of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence met in Puerto Rico for a private conference. The purpose? To determine whether or not intelligent machines would be good for human society or bad.

Not surprisingly, IBM’s Watson Supercomputer was a central topic of discussion. First developed in 2005 by IBM Research, Watson enjoyed its first real moment in the spotlight when it defeated Jeopardy winners Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. From there, it experienced a meteoric rise to fame, finding its footing in a host of different fields – healthcare among them. (more…)