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Are Cloud Servers Bad for Sending Email?

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Public cloud servers are great for many things; however, sending email is not one of them.

Why Cloud Servers are Bad for Sending Email?

The IP address spaces used by the major public cloud vendors (i.e. Amazon, Rackspace, etc.) for their cloud servers are well known and are generally black- or gray-listed by anti-spam systems. Additionally, many of the IP addresses in use by these systems are additionally “polluted” from previous abusive use by spammers.  When you set up a new cloud server, you could be easily assigned a “tarnished IP.”  Even if you do not inherit an exceptionally bad IP reputation from the previous user(s) of your new IP, your server will still be in the uncertain neighborhood of “public cloud IP addresses.”  This is the “wrong side of the tracks” and thus considered a possible spam source.

Cloud servers are bad for sending email

 

We have investigated several services that claim to offer “Cloud-Based Outbound Email” and have found that many use cloud servers for things like scanning email messages for spam and viruses, but use non-public cloud servers for the actual sending of email.  This is obviously not true for all companies, but it points to the fact that if everyone might be affected, the solution is to NOT send email directly from your public cloud.  There are, however, straight-forward solutions to getting email originating from such servers delivered.

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Understanding Cloud Servers

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

There is a lot of talk about Cloud Storage, Cloud Computing, Cloud Servers, and related things that can be accomplished in the pervasive land of distributed, abstracted computers.

Cloud = “Someone Else’s Computer”

LuxSci offers the option of running on dedicated servers in the “cloud”, in addition to the more common options of running on shared server(s) and on physical dedicated servers.  However, this all begs the questions:  “What exactly is a cloud server?”, “How powerful is it?”, “How reliable is it?”, and “When is a Cloud Server a better solution than a Physical Dedicated Server?”

What is a Cloud Server?

Here we answer those questions for you. 

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Why LuxSci Enterprise Class Servers Stay Up when Hardware Fails

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

The server your email is hosted on had a power supply issue and now your email is down … and will remain down for a few hours until your provider repairs the hardware issue and gets you back online.

Downtime sucks and it can hurt your business.  However, you can protect yourself from downtime due to hardware failure issues like this.

Normal dedicated servers fail when hardware fails

LuxSci offers two service options: Business Class and Enterprise Class.  The most notable difference between these options is reliability.  Enterprise Class services (both dedicated and shared) will keep running even if the underlying server hardware fails.  How does that work?

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Should I use an external hard drive or a cloud backup service?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

A dilemma faced by so many individuals and small businesses … is copying my data to an external hard drive good enough, or do I need to pay for some cloud-based backup service?  Maybe I should do both?

The good news is that you are asking the question!  Make sure your data is backed up …. hoping things will “just work” is wishful thinking and will bite you some day.

What are you backing up?

Cloud backup services and external hard drives only backup the information actually stored on your computer(s).  They do not backup information stored elsewhere (e.g. email you have have stored at your email service provider) … you should also make sure important externally stored information is also being backed up.

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Affordable Dedicated Servers and Cloud Offerings

Friday, January 17th, 2014

LuxSci has a history of helping businesses with mission-critical needs by providing highly customized solutions on dedicated server(s).  These are fully-outsourced, high-performing, reliable, and private instances of LuxSci’s email, web hosting, and SecureForm services, managed and supported by LuxSci.

Recently, the physical server has grown out of the price range of our customers whose situation and/or budget require a dedicated environment.  Server providers are consolidating towards more powerful physical servers and cheap Cloud servers.

In response, LuxSci has expanded its dedicated offerings to include ones that are significantly less expensive.  We now have 3 types of dedicated server offerings, starting from $100/mo and with no long-term contract:

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