In order for your website to be seen on the World Wide Web, the files created for / by you must be hosted on a web server.
This is a computer that is constantly connected to the internet which has your files stored on it’s hard drive. This is accessed through the internet via your domain name once it is correctly configured.
I offer hosting, email set-up & domain registration at competitive rates to supplement my web design and development service that includes all the necessary server side scripts and resources that your website solution needs.
I’m not going to lie to you and say that it’s perfect, no hosting is. However, it is very reliable and you can see the current status of hosting provided through me in the footer of this page, on the left hand side.
You will also have access to a comprehensive control panel to manage your hosting. You can view a demo of how this works on here:
(Please note not all features will be available for all accounts).
If you would like to read more on the technical capabilities and performance of my hosting, the sections below go through the details of the data-centre set-up.
Cutting edge technology puts you in front of the competition.
100% Dell Servers
We only use Dell servers in our web hosting platform. Utilising state-of-the-art technology we have built a web hosting platform that is second to none
Our platform is designed in such a way that if any server fails another server automatically and without delay takes over that server’s workload. For example, if one of our mail servers breaks down another server automatically comes online, with all the correct configuration, and takes over the work of the failed server. During this period no email is lost.
As well as this, all data is stored in two large network disk arrays. Data is automatically synchronised between the arrays so that in the event of an array failing the remaining array continues to serve data to the servers with no downtime.
Strong Data Backup
Our network arrays operate RAID, a way of configuring a system so a disk can fail with no impact to data. As explained above we also operate our network arrays in mirrored pairs so a whole array can fail with no impact. Each array is also backed up each night to a separate backup cluster which is then written to tape and stored offsite.
Our backup procedure goes above and beyond the majority of web hosting companies.
Web Hosting Infrastructure
The following diagram represents the web hosting infrastructure.
Our current server specification is as follows:
- Dual Quad Core Intel® Xeon® 3.16GHz with 2X6MB Cache
- 8 GB RAM
- Dual 136 GB SCSI Drive (for the operating system)
- RAID Mirroring (for the operating system)
- Dual Power Supplies
- Dual Gigabit Network Adapters
100% Cisco Gigabit Network
The network operates on industry-leading network equipment from Cisco Systems. All our switches and routers are developed by Cisco. Our network is based on gigabit technology, which means that it runs at a speed of 1000 Mb per second – most web hosting networks are limited to 100 Mb per second.
Our network also utilises 100% CAT6 network cable, which contains four pairs of copper wire and, unlike CAT5, utilises all four pairs. CAT6 supports Gigabit (1000 Mbps) Ethernet and supports communications at more than twice the speed of CAT5e, which is the other popular standard for Gigabit Ethernet cabling.
Redhat Enterprise Linux Platform
Redhat is the leading provider of Linux open source software. For many years now Redhat Linux has been the number one choice for web hosting companies, not just because of Redhat’s amazing scalability but also because of its track record as the most stable operating system available in the market today.
Our systems utilise the latest Redhat server technology to allow our servers to be continually up to date with Redhat system & security patches.
Unlike many of our competitors we run Redhat Enterprise Linux, the most stable release of Redhat Linux available and the only version that keeps completely up to date with security patches.
Windows Server 2008
We use Microsoft Windows Server 2008 to power our Windows shared hosting platform.
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is the most advanced Windows Server operating system yet, designed to power the next generation of networks, applications, and Web services. With Windows Server 2008 you can develop, deliver, and manage rich user experiences and applications, provide a highly secure network infrastructure, and increase technological efficiency and value within your organization.
We operates a multi-homed network utilising BGP4 technology. Simply put, we have multiple connections to the Internet with different backbone providers, should any connection fail our other connections automatically take all the traffic. Not only does this mean that we are very unlikely to lose connectivity to the Internet, but it also means that traffic moving to and from our network can choose from a range of paths to get to its final destination. This means that we have been able to configure the network always to take the fastest paths.