A Second Article on Understanding Basic Hosting Terminology
Back in June we published an article about Basic Hosting Terms which has proven to be rather popular. In it we promised to continue the series with another illuminating post, which we have done so in this post below and hope you find the information as interesting as that which we included in the first.
So without further ado, let’s simplify some more technical hosting terminology:
Load Balancing: This is the process in which data is managed across a network so as to ensure that a single server is not overburdened, as an overloaded server will become slower and in extreme cases even become unresponsive.
RAID or Redundant Array of Independent Disks: This is a popular method of data protection and involves the backup of data over numerous disks so that information will always be available, even if a single or even multiple disks fail.
SLA or Service Level Agreement: And example of this would be a formalised business agreement between us and one of our clients regarding what level of support the client is entitled to. This would cover anything from response times and technical (IT) support to hardware replacement and even offsite server maintenance.
SQL or Standard Query Language Database: This is a database that stores information about a specific website, an inventory of products and even customer information, to name but a few information types. In simplified terms it is like an excel spreadsheet (all be it a complex one) which a website utilises to operate properly. Normally there are two SQL options, namely MySQL (Linux) or MsSQL (Windows).
SSL or Secure Socket Layer: This is used to protect sensitive information such as that used in banking and e-commerce. A website that has SSL encryption will have https at the beginning of the URL. Take a look at the top of the web browser you’re using right now and you’ll see that our MacroLan website is SSL Encrypted as a good example.
SSL Certificate: This is a virtual certificate from a trusted certification outlet such as Thwate or VeriSign that verifies that a customer’s data is safe when visiting the site.
Early next year (2019) we will be posting the third and final article in our Web Hosting Explained for Non-Tech Types series, so please keep an eye out for it in the New Year.