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Security & Safety

Five Tips for Businesses to Avoid Downtime

Salt Lake City companies never expected a tornado to take their business offline but that’s exactly what would have happened to XMission if we hadn’t properly prepared for the worst. Back in 1999, we decided to expand into the empty former battery factory next door and convert it into a modern data center. The Internet bubble was in full […]

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An honest discussion about data privacy, open source, and communications security.

Last week, Zimbra published their latest Zcast podcast about open source and security. I was fortunate to participate in the podcast. In preparation, I surveyed key XMission staff and found their candid responses regarding open source, data privacy, security, and the future of collaboration very intriguing. Today I’ll share their answers. You will learn valuable insights from Pete (XMission […]

Is Colocation Right for Your Enterprise?

While most Internet savvy people have heard about data centers, many don’t know what it means to colocate servers in one, why they’d want to, or how to when it makes good business sense for them to do so. Why would you need to colocate? Virtually all web sites you visit online are hosted in […]

7 tips for aspiring systems administrators who also like to sleep at night

Nobody likes to get a call in the middle of the night that the company web site is down, or worse, hacked. It’s one of the key reasons why businesses often choose managed hosting solutions, after all. Of course, not all web sites can be run by someone else and in many cases administrating your […]

Reduce Risk and Increase Revenue with a HIPAA Compliant Data Center

While everyone has a basic understanding about HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), few know why it might matter for their business. Even if you don’t currently have any customers with HIPAA requirements, what are you going to do when you have such an opportunity? With the recently expanded requirements from the new omnibus […]

Announcing – A Self Destructing Encrypted Notes Service

Today, XMission launched, our new free, publicly available service to fight off Big Brother, snooping individuals, hackers, and adversaries. Background Off and on for a few years, I had been toying with the idea that I wanted the general public to have access to 100% transparent encryption, repudiation, and deniable plausibility. I am a […]


Disaster Recovery Finally Affordable for SMBs

Any company that relies on computers to store and process data should understand the importance of backups. Unfortunately, many small and medium-sized businesses feel overwhelmed at the prospect and don’t know how to proceed. Sound familiar? Thanks to free and easy to use software, sensible off-site backups for disaster recovery can now be accomplished cheaply […]

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Preventing Participation in Distributed Denial of Service

Over the past week, XMission has seen a sharp spike in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. These attacks utilize spoofing of requests over UDP services to servers that would otherwise believe they are coming from a trusted source. Essentially these unwitting servers act as amplifiers, taking in a few bytes of a command and […]

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4 ways your business benefits from XMission’s privacy policy

In the past few weeks there has been a lot of media attention given to XMission’s stance on customer privacy (links below). Honestly, it feels great to finally be recognized for one of our core values. What isn’t being talked about is why our privacy policy matters to businesses. Earlier today, I asked our long-time […]


5 things I learned at HostingCon 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I attended HostingCon with another XMission long-time team member, Grant Sperry. We had an incredible experience and I wanted to share a few of the lessons we learned: * Love what you do. Staying relevant and connected with your customer base means that providers need to focus on the components […]


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