Sep 2, 2020

SaaS: How to utilise Software as a Service

Technology
SaaS
Kayleigh Shooter
2 min
cloud coming out of laptop screen
We take a look at how you can utilise SaaS (Software as a Service...

 Software-as-a-Service (more commonly known as SaaS or cloud-based software) has become mainstream in the technology industry, from multinational, established businesses to small corner shops, SaaS is the default deployment method in this day and age for almost every type of business technology in the world. SaaS is a type of innovative software that allows vast amounts of data to be stored and also accessed from any device that has an internet connection and a web browser.

One way that you can utilise SaaS is by personalising it, it is able to be personalised and changed to your specific business needs and uses. Users can also customise their user interface to change the look and the feel of the programme to meet what they want and expect from the user experience. SaaS is easy to use which is why companies are adopting it so widely, its offerings are easy to use as they already come with best practices and samples. The cloud software also comes with a lower cost, from running costs to maintenance costs. 

Recently, InCountry, a services provider, has raised over $18mn in funding to support SaaS corporations. This round of funding will be able to provide not just a set of software to store and handle data in a safe and secure way, but also an extensive list of legal advisors with a lot of expertise. 

Overall, SaaS is very useful for businesses of all sizes. It offers many benefits which work in the interests of both suppliers and users. While some businesses many, rightly so, prefer to set up their own cloud management services, however, for the large majority of small companies SaaS offers many unrivalled opportunities that can help them develop, expand their expertise and offerings, and therefore provide more value to both its staff and its customers.

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Jun 8, 2021

Fastly's CDN Reportedly to Blame for Global Internet Outage

Technology
Fastly
servers
websites
Tilly Kenyon & Oliver James Fr...
3 min
Multiple outages have hit social media, government, and news websites across the globe

A huge outage has brought down a number of major websites around the world. Among those affected are gov.uk, Hulu, PayPal, Vimeo, and news outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC, and Financial Times.

It is thought a glitch at Fastly ─ a popular CDN provider ─ is causing the worldwide issue. Fastly has confirmed it’s facing an outage on its status website but fails to specify a reason for the fault ─ only that the problem isn’t limited to a single data centre and, instead, is a “global CDN disruption” that is potentially affecting the company’s global network.

“We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” the firm said.

What is Fastly?

Fastly is a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content more quickly. The company also provides security, video delivery, and so-called edge computing services. They use strategically distributed, highly performant POPs to help move data and applications closer to users and deliver up-to-date content quickly.

The firm has been proving increasingly popular among leading media websites. After going public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019, shares rose exponentially in price, but after today’s outages, Fastly’s value has taken a sharp 5.21% fall and are currently trading at US$48.06. 

What are CDNs?

Content delivery networks (CDNs) are a web of small computers, or servers, that link together to collaborate as a single computer. CDNs improve the performance of internet-connected devices by placing these servers as close as possible to the people using those devices in different locations, creating hundreds of points of presence, otherwise known as POPs.

They help minimise delays in loading web page content by reducing the physical distance between the server and the user. This helps users around the world view the same high-quality content without slow loading times. 

Without a CDN, content origin servers must respond to every single end-user request. This results in significant traffic to the origin and subsequent load, thereby increasing the chances for origin failure if the traffic spikes are exceedingly high or if the load is persistent.

The Risk of CDNs

Over time, developers have attempted to protect users from the dangers of overreliance through the implementation of load balancing, DDoS (Denial of Service) protection, web application firewalls, and a myriad of other security features. 

Clearly, by the state of today’s major website outage, these measures aren’t enough. Evidently, CDNs present a risk factor that is widely underestimated ─ which needs to be rectified with haste. Content delivery networks have become a key part of the global infrastructure, and so it’s imperative that organisations start to figure out risk mitigation strategies to protect companies reliant on the interconnected service from further disruption and disarray. 

Over the coming days, both Technology Magazine and Data Centre Magazine will continue to provide updates on the current situation as developments are made.

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