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Best Practices for Working in a Cloud Server

One of the most frustrating problems when working in the Cloud is latency or slowness. Here are a few things that you can do (or avoid doing) in order to keep your Cloud server running effectively.

  • When possible, browse the Internet on your personal computer to avoid unnecessarily using server resources
  • Don’t stream videos or music
  • Run programs like TeamViewer, Citrix, or LogMeIn on your personal computer (not on the Cloud server)
  • Don’t use unnecessary browser extensions or add-ons on the Cloud server
  • Avoid copy-pasting large amounts of data through Remote Desktop, as all data is cached in RAM and consumes CPU/network resources
  • Avoid excessive amounts of printing/scanning/faxing in a short period of time
  • Avoid having many users log in at the same time (just like freeway traffic, sudden congestion will cause things to slow down)
  • Avoid running a lot of resource heavy programs at the same time
  • Try to spread out the times when users are active and working in the server to more evenly distribute resources over time
  • Set a weekly server reboot schedule in the C9 Portal (click here to go there)
  • Avoid sending mass email distributions through the Cloud server (sending/receiving a high volume of emails can cause things to lag)
  • Installing and/or running registry cleaners, defragmentation, network hacks, or other potentially unwanted applications is not only against our T&Cs, but can impact performance and compromise the security of the server
  • Don’t run your server at max capacity for an extended period of time (doing so severely degrades the performance of your server and the underlying host systems)
  • Understand that the Internet is susceptible to latency (slowness), congestion, and even outages. Reducing the amount of network traffic in your office and in the Cloud server will help reduce latency.