FirstLink Virtual Private Server (VPS) systems can provide the solution you need to succeed while avoiding the frustration and headaches of a system not capable of operating your tools and services. When there are business model changes, growing employee and/or customer base, new software; these things could then cause you to buy additional hardware or replacements.
- Virtual Desktop
Buying computer hardware for a new business can be a guessing game. If you don’t know how much computing power you might utilize you could spend more than you need to on wasted resources.
VPS & Virtual Desktop
VPS – FirstLink Virtual Private Server (VPS) systems can provide the solution you need to succeed while avoiding the frustration and headaches of a system not capable of operating your tools and services. When there are business model changes, growing employee and/or customer base, new software; these things could then cause you to buy additional hardware or replacements.
VPS systems from FirstLink Technology are an ideal solution for companies that require the ability to develop and maintain hosting and network environments, within the latest modules and services, but do not have the ability to purchase, manage, or develop their own dedicated server environment. Pick your CPU speed and number of processing cores, memory, disk space, bandwidth needs and we’ll build the Virtual Machine for you. The FirstLink VPS can grow and change along with your business needs.
Virtual Desktop – FirstLink hosts virtual desktops for businesses so programs and applications are accessible wherever they are and their data is backed up daily. This allows for the flexibility and cost savings that come with not having to have a physical office location for employees. At home on a desktop, or on the move with a mobile device, employees can access calendars, company intranets, billing systems and more. Ideal for businesses that require a lot of travel, are not in feasible proximity of the employees to have a central office, or that concentrate on doing on-site work.
Third party software is any program developed by a company for use with systems that the company did not develop. FirstLink can help you implement third party software into your website or develop in-house custom code applications to meet your specific requirements.
- Application Hosting
Third party software is any program developed by a company for use with systems that the company did not develop. Any software created for use with Windows that was not made by Microsoft would be considered third party software. The majority of software developed today is made by a third party. Free, open-source applications are also being used more and more in the development of websites, internal systems, reporting or logging software, Webmail viewers and games.
That much usage would lead to the belief that these are fully trusted, legitimate software solutions. That is not the case however and vulnerabilities and exploits are discovered and used to breach the systems that host this software. This is where FirstLink can become your trusted partner to reign in and lock down threatening third party software defects. We can run your systems through our tests to determine if there any potential risks.
Application Hosting – Website applications give visitors to your site that special interactive experience without them having to install any software on their device. By using the website browser it bridges the gap between the website server and the user’s computer or device so that the experience remains consistent without worry of the user’s device type or operating system conflicting with the application. Common applications are online stores and checkouts, hotel or restaurant reservation systems, website based e-mail or shared calendars.
CMS – Content Management Systems (CMS) are a way to manage all the publicly viewed content on your website without having training in website coding or programming languages. Simple, logical layouts with intuitive graphical user interfaces allow easy updates to your website. The client side back end allows for images, content and color schemes to be changed without changing or bringing down the website while making updates. Adding new products, changing menu prices, or simply changing a contact e-mail address is all done through CMS.
WordPress – The most popular CMS for blogging websites and one of the most popular overall is WordPress. With an extensive base of themes and plugins, along with paid plugin options that offer greater utility, WordPress allows for very specialized and unique websites. WordPress also has extensive documentation from the user community so support for common issues or instructions for plugins are easy to come by. We host single WordPress instances and multi-site WordPress instances within a single codex. Our experience with WordPress is impressive and our programming knowledge can help your organization with simple or complex WordPress integration.
WordPress is widely used because of its versatility and free open source nature, and therefore widely targeted for attack. We have developed security measures to monitor and defend against standard and advanced attacks against WordPress.
Drupal – Like WordPress, Drupal has a large base of users that actively contribute to online forums. Drupal tends to be more of a generic CMS than directed toward blogging like WordPress. It has a ton of modules to allow you management of forums, profiles and even setting different permission levels and types of categories to determine the content that displays.
Reliable e-mail service is a must have for anyone conducting business. FirstLink understands this and has multiple solutions that will keep you on top of your critical communications. In-house hosting or third party service migration and implementation available.
- FirstLink Hosted E-mail
- Microsoft Office 365
- Mailer Solutions
FirstLink can work with you to deliver the best e-mail solution for your needs.
FirstLink Hosted E-mail – We can manage your unique domain name specific e-mail accounts on our system. E-mail addresses and users are easily created through a customer back-end or support ticket system. You can created forwards to other e-mail accounts, manage a whitelist and blacklist to help cut down on unsolicited e-mail and adjust filtering policy levels.
Accounts can be accessed via Outlook, Entourage, Thunderbird, or many other e-mail clients on multiple devices. FirstLink e-mail accounts also offer a Webmail service so you can check and use your e-mail anywhere you have an internet connection.
Microsoft Office 365 – This has become a pretty popular e-mail service in the past few years. With MS Office 365 it is like having your own enterprise Exchange level e-mail system. All folders automatically sync to the devices you use to check your mail. If you send an e-mail from your office desktop but need to check your sent items from your phone you can see what you sent. If you file an e-mail document in a client’s folder on your tablet over the weekend, it will be in your desktop computer e-mail folder when you are back in the office.
Depending on your business needs, the calendar function can be even more of an indispensable tool allowing you to check your schedule, those of your employees, invite attendees to meetings or scheduled conference calls, all synced to accessing devices. Microsoft Office 365 is a true counterpart for the modern, hectic, on-the-go business lifestyle where being able to access centralized information from just about anywhere, anytime is the norm.
Mailer Solutions – FirstLink has helped businesses manage their customer reach-out or retention initiatives through different e-mail marketing strategies. We have developed customer retention mailers that send out updates for products, new arrivals, coupons, discount codes, or general ad mailings. See how many of your sent e-mails were opened, deleted, kept or bounced. Detailed reporting gives you an idea of what is working to bring potential customers to your website or business location or engage them in repeat business.
We use our broad network of clean IP addresses that show multiple outgoing server identities that help keep your e-mail blast from being identified as a SPAM sender. We adhere to current opt in and opt out requirements and restrictions for solicited and non-solicited e-mail campaigns.
If your website or application has changing content or features that allow user interaction to change the behavior and or content displayed, you use a database to store and manage the content. FirstLink offers both shared and dedicated database hosting solutions.
Database’s provide diversity and complexity to your website or application. They allow for content to be delivered to the user based on the specific requirements or choices made. Whether changing the sort order of a list or accessing completely different content, databases store your website material in ways that can be queried and displayed based on user preferences.
FirstLink offers both shared and dedicated database hosting solutions. Depending on the nature of your database needs and the processing power you’ll need behind it, shared vs. dedicated hosting comes down to sharing the servers processing resources or having the full power of the server at your disposal. MySQL and PostgreSQL are hosted in Linux environments and Microsoft SQL is hosted in a MS Windows server environment. SPLA licensing is an option available for Microsoft database hosting.
If you are looking for all of the security, capability and control of a dedicated hardware solution, but don’t want to purchase the equipment and house the environment, a private cloud solution may be the perfect fit. Whatever your requirements and specifications are, we can virtually replicate the hardware that would have been needed to meet them.
If you are looking for all of the security, capability and control of a dedicated hardware solution, but don’t want to purchase the equipment and house the environment, a private cloud solution may be the perfect fit. Whatever your requirements and specifications are, we can virtually replicate the hardware that would have been needed to meet them. Processing power, memory, disk space and bandwidth can all be predefined and allocated to your private cloud environment. Firewalls, Multiple IP addresses, databases and even multiple access points to the internet can all be managed remotely from wherever you are.
The biggest advantage of a private cloud is the architecture of the setup. Unlike using a public cloud where multiple clients share the resources, you have dedicated control over all aspects of the environment. All this is done without having to invest in physical media that will only depreciate and need upgrades over time. With cloud backed computing, if your needs change, even if only to increase or decrease processing resources, you are able to tweak available assets without the downtime associated to physical hardware component upgrades or additions.
FirstLink will help you establish a strong foundation for your IT necessities and afford assistance toward your future internet endeavors. Contact us today to discuss the varied and exciting options a private cloud has to offer.