NEW! – Premium AMD EPYC™ VPS Hosting now Available on West Coast

We are excited to announce the beta release of our premium AMD EPYC™ VPS hosting cluster in Los Angeles, now available for all beta testers. These new VPS hosting plans include both Intel and AMD EPYC™ server CPUs on a Triple-Replicated NVMe SSD cloud server. This architecture is particularly designed to better handle client-server requests and accelerate the process of data transfer, querying, and processing for more intensive workloads. Fortunately, the time has come for all beta users to access these premium machines.  

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New Google Chrome HTTPS Security Update: Can it Affect your Website?

This month of July, Google pushed a new Chrome update with version 68 which had a large emphasis on web security. So, how will the Google Chrome HTTPS update affect the websites that you host? This particular change will mark websites without HTTPS as “not secure”, presenting them in a different manner than before. Some addresses may even require a user to go into the advanced settings in order to go forth and access the site. However, the benefits of using HTTPS include not only heightened security but visibility and better SEO rankings as well.

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The Best Dropbox Alternative? Self Hosted Cloud Storage with NextCloud

Looking for a Dropbox alternative? Cloud storage isn’t a hard service to come by in recent times. However, some of these platforms come with unseen limitations. For instance, your data is never truly “private” when storing it with a larger platform. Given that companies like Google are rumored to have the authority to access its user’s data, this can raise red flags for many. Albeit when it comes to privacy, it’s not a subject that should be overlooked. The purpose of self-hosted cloud storage is not to prove its superiority, but rather provide a competitive alternative to Dropbox and Google …

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How to Host a Discord Bot using a SkySilk VPS

A Discord bot can provide invaluable functions to your public chat server. Whether you want to play music while you game, send memes to your friends, or more importantly (perhaps) automate server administrative tasks, learning how to host a discord bot will prove more than useful. In theory, you could program it to do whatever you’d like if you’re an experienced programmer (and know discord.js well, of course). This guide will allow you to learn how to host a Discord bot using a Node.js server and the discord.js package.

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How to Install OpenVPN on a Linux VPS

How does one keep their network activity secure? One of the solutions to this pressing issue is OpenVPN, a virtual private network. Users can transfer and request data while connected to a public network, as though they are connected to the private network. Therefore, once a VPN is set up and you navigate to google.com and type in “what is my IP“, you will see that your IP would match that of your private server. While this technology is nothing new, learning how to install OpenVPN on Linux to setup and utilize it is an invaluable skill.

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Digital Transformation as it applies to your Business

Metrics are revelatory, and they paint operational portraits from multiple angles. Computational technology makes digital transformation more apparent so regularly that changes seem to be of a daily kind. Big Data today uses cloud computing arrays to process more data quicker, allowing for more in-depth, applicable insights over time. Better insights help direct your operation in terms of digital optimization putsches. If you know where solutions are necessary, and when, it’s a lot easier to fix things. This is as true internally with your business as it is externally in terms of marketing. When it comes to marketing, applications are …

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How AI is Transforming & Shaping E-commerce Models

For certain industries, the emergence of the internet drove nails into the coffin of traditional brick-and-mortar retail. Now AI is set to do much the same thing for many of the processes in the now-standard e-commerce models. Supported by ever-improving cloud resource distribution and IoT technology, here are some of the major ways in which AI is overhauling the basic structure of e-commerce models and forcing retailers big and small to move with the times or be left behind:

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Location-Based Slack Status Updates

Location-Based Slack Status: Using Automation to Update Slack Status by Location

Why update your Slack status manually when you can have automation do it for you? Better yet, why not create automation to set a location-based Slack status? There hasn’t been an easy way to set a location-based slack status up until now, but we have figured out a method that works while requiring no coding experience whatsoever! Being able to update a slack status based on location can be an extremely useful tool to help optimize any workflow, click inside to see how to easily set up automatic slack statuses based on location using IFTTT, Zapier, and Slack app integrations.

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New York VPS

NEW! – East Coast/New York VPS Hosting Now Available, Hello Big Apple!

SkySilk has achieved Manifest Destiny! As SkySilk server locations continue to expand, New York VPS hosting has now been added to our list of available server locations. More data center locations provide more local support, meaning an improved user-end connection. With the addition of the New York VPS servers, users can now deploy their Linux VPS to the East Coast.

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Is it Time to Switch to GitLab? Microsoft Acquires GitHub for $7.5B

Is it time to switch to GitLab?  This morning on June 4th, 2018, Microsoft has officially announced its acquisition of the git repository giant, GitHub. This has left most developers in a state of curiosity, but others in a panic looking for alternatives to GitHub.  While the official statements from Microsoft are centered around retaining a “developer-first” and “open platform”, one can’t help but wonder how this acquisition will play into a larger business model.  So what does the future look like for GitHub and will developers be looking to switch from GitHub to GitLab?  Additionally, how does one approach …

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