Web Hosting News Update: Google’s Quantum Computing, Hybrid Cloud Backup and Celebrity Photo Hacking

Keeping up-to-date with the latest hosting industry news can help you have a website that covers any back-end needs as well as front-end preferences from your visitors. While we can’t cover all the news at one time here at WHSR, we will try to keep you up-to-date on the latest advances, security concerns and research.

Quantum Computing

Quantum computers gain their power from atoms to complete tasks.

If your thirst for more speed and more memory has not yet been quenched, then you’ll be happy to hear that Google has announced plans to build quantum information processors at its artificial intelligence lab. The project is called “Hardware Initiative”. The possibilities for this initiative are endless. Not only might we see faster computers that run a bit differently than today’s models in the near future, but the impact will eventually trickle down to Internet servers as faster, more powerful computers work from the back-end of web hosting companies.

Hybrid Cloud Backup

If your company uses a hybrid cloud, or you back up any of your data (website or otherwise) on a cloud-based system, then you’ll be interested to hear that iDrive, the online backup storage provider, recently released an upgrade that allows users to back up data not only off their local drives but also to backup data in the cloud. While your server may provide a restore option, it is always smart to have another backup available. Files can get corrupted and then you’ll be in serious trouble if you don’t have important data stored. The hybrid backup feature allows website owners to back up SQL, Exchange, Sharepoint and Oracle data.

To learn more, check out Jerry’s recent article:  Everything you need to know about Cloud Storage.

Internet Slowdown Day

Image credit: Mathias Klang

Image credit: Mathias Klang

Have you heard of Internet Slowdown Day?

I hadn’t heard of this either until it popped up in my news feed one day and I went to research it a bit more. Apparently, on September 10th, some net activities will join together to show people how slow the Internet might run if fast lanes are allowed under the new Net Neutrality rules that the FCC is considering implementing. The goal is to make Internet users aware of the potential change and why those for a free and fair Internet should protect Net Neutrality.

Some of the sites participating include:

  • Reddit
  • Vimeo
  • Foursquare
  • Boing Boing
  • WordPress

The issue with the new rules is that it would allow Internet service providers to offer premium services so that some users would have even faster access than others. This could be bad for other users. As a website owner, you should be concerned because it could impact the traffic your site receives or the speed at which some users are able to access your site and services.

 Celebrity Photo Hacking

If there is one thing that is certain in today’s tech-driven world, nothing is ever entirely safe from hackers. This was proven yet gain the recent celebrity hacking scandal, where hackers were able to gain access to the private photos celebrities had on the cloud. In response, Apple has announced that they are beefing up their iCloud security features and users will be notified of any changes, particularly password changes.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said to the Wall Street Journal:

“When I step back from this terrible scenario that happened and say what more could we have done, I think about the awareness piece. I think we have a responsibility to ratchet that up. That’s not really an engineering thing.”

Website owners should take heed of the occurrence, however, and make sure that any cloud where they store important data has security in place and also updates that security regularly. Hackers may be a pain in the neck, but they are smart. They eventually will figure out a way around most security patches. The only way to continuously protect your website and your clients from an attack is to continuously add new and more advanced safeguards.

WHSR brings you the latest tech news so you can keep your site functioning at top capabilities. We also share hosting reviews each month to help you make sure you are using the absolute best web host possible for your needs.