Day: September 11, 2013

UTM – 4D Protection for Your Hosted Desktop

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IronOrbit utilizes a unique 4D security approach to ensure that your data is always secure. IronOrbit Infrastructure Security (OIS) is a powerful, fully integrated group of services, managed devices and best practices all designed to ensure the highest levels of security for your data.

Our utilization of Unified Threat Management (UTM) security services for cloud computing allows us to build a robust barrier between your IronOrbit hosted infrastructure and the dangerous world that exists beyond your private network. The UTM cloud security service is specifically designed to filter out threats at the network level and to mitigate attacks long before they can reach your IronOrbit infrastructure

What is UTM?

Unified Threat Management (UTM) is a term first used by IDC to describe a category of security solutions which integrates a range of security features into a single system. UTM systems combine firewall, gateway antivirus, and intrusion detection and prevention capabilities into a single platform. UTM is designed to protect users from multidimensional threats while reducing complexity.

Introduction to UTM

UTM products replace the traditional firewall at the border of the enterprise with an all-in-one security system capable of performing a multiplicity of threat management services.  Common UTM features include:

●     Traditional firewall protection

●     Intrusion detection and prevention

●     Virtual private networking

●     Content filtering

●     Gateway malware filtering

●     Spam filtering

●     Data loss prevention

●     Vulnerability management

While not every UTM product offers all of these features, you’re likely to find several that provide the subset you need for your enterprise.

The two major benefits offered by UTM are bundled cost and ease of management.  Typically, the price of a UTM appliance is only slightly higher than what you’re already paying for your firewall, but a UTM device provides a tremendous amount of added functionality at a fraction of the cost. From a management perspective, you’ll have a single interface to administer all of your perimeter security controls. This is a significant timesaver, reducing the number of programs you need to review during your security and maintenance checkups.


1      Easy management

2      Reduced technical training requirements

3      Increased security

4      Regulatory compliance

5      Lower costs

Industry Leading 4-D® Protection:

IronOrbit utilizes an advanced security system called Unified Threat Management (UTM) by True Defense®. With UTM, your QuickBooks Hosting and hosted desktop solutions are under 24×7 monitoring for threats or suspicious activity. We ensure that your data is safe and sound at all times with security measures such as state-of-the-art firewalls, secure facilities, and the most comprehensive anti-virus protection around.

The Hidden Costs of Public Cloud Servers

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Using virtualization technologies, physical servers can be divided into multiple, independently-functioning “virtual” or “cloud” servers. Users of cloud servers can’t view or access the other cloud servers housed on the same physical server. A cloud server enables clients that don’t need a dedicated server to sign up for and use only ¼ or ½ of a hosted server.

However, by selecting cloud server hosting for its cost-efficiency, these clients actually raise their IT costs in the long run. By signing up for cloud servers, businesses incur hidden costs.

Hidden Costs:

  • Increased downtime.
    Cloud servers are less stable than Dedicated Servers and more likely to suffer outages. The average cost of downtime is a devastating $5,600 per minute.
  • Decreased performance.
    A cloud server has less processing power (CPU and RAM) and storage capacity than a Dedicated Server. Because applications hosted on a cloud server are slower, employees that use applications hosted on cloud servers are less productive.
  • Non-compliance.
    Data security regulations (PCI DSS, HIPAA, etc.) prohibit businesses from storing sensitive files on a multi-tenant hosted server such as a cloud server. The penalties for flouting these regulations include hefty fines and public disclosure of the violation.
  • Increased responsibilities.
    With no-frills cloud server hosting, businesses have to provide their own security, maintenance, IT support, and data backups. To manage a cloud server, companies have to assign non-IT employees to IT management tasks (which is a distraction) or hire a managed services provider (which is costly); or they can also leave the cloud server unmanaged (which will make the cloud server even slower, unreliable, and less secure than normal).

In contrast, IronOrbit’s Dedicated Servers are reliable, powerful, fully-compliant, and fully-managed. Our Dedicated Servers are single-tenant and equipped with an entire server’s worth of CPU, RAM, and storage capacity. All of our Dedicated Servers come with performance-boosting Atomic Speed Technology, comprehensive Orbital Security, 24x7x365 all-inclusive technical support, and managed data backups. IronOrbit Dedicated Server Hosting also shares many of the same advantages as cloud server hosting, including:

  • Anywhere-accessibility.
    IronOrbit Dedicated Servers can be accessed from anywhere with any Internet-connected device.
  • Cost-efficiency.
    IronOrbit Dedicated Server Hosting costs only a low, flat monthly fee.
  • Scalability.
    More CPU, RAM, and storage space can be added to a Hosted Dedicated Server at any time.
  • Quick deployment.
    It takes less than a day for IronOrbit to deploy a Dedicated Server for a client.

Contact an IronOrbit sales representative at or (888) 753-5060 to sign up for Dedicated Server Hosting, Virtual Private Server Hosting, or VPS Hosting today!