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To explain our Cloud technology, let's compare it with the common environment used by most hosting providers — a single server setup. What this means is that hosting providers host all their customers' web server, email, databases, FTP, DNS on a single machine — which could impact your website as it fights for resources between all these functions, not to mention sharing them with more than 500 to 1000 other websites.

Over the years we have invested money, technology, hardware and ingenuity to ensure that our resellers are not restricted to a single server setup. As a result our Cloud technology is based on a multi-layered infrastructure offering:

What makes our Cloud hosting different?

  • Load balancing

    We have implemented a number of load balancers across our network, so as to not re-direct all traffic to one busy server. This means that all requests are dynamically distributed across our servers to ensure your sites are served faster.

  • Database servers

    We are focused on providing a premium service, with high-volume traffic websites that outperform our competition. As a website is only as fast as it's slowest component, we have invested in high end IBM database servers utilising SSDs and highly tuned MySQL software.

  • Anycast DNS

    We have deployed DNS nodes around the world. When you host your customer websites with us we announce their IP address across our DNS network so when visitors from around the globe visit a website on our network, the DNS query will be completed from the physically closest DNS node resulting in a faster response.

  • Back-up & redundancy

    Backups are important which is why we utilise several layers of backup. Our NAS performs nightly snapshots which are used to provide fast access to data and this data is then replicated to our DR site in Alexandria. Weekly backups are performed on site to a separate device to provide a final layer of redundancy.

  • Network storage

    With Network Attached Storage (NAS) there will be no delays when retrieving data from a local disk. There is also the added benefit that if a web server goes down, there is a greater level of redundancy, as all files are served on our NAS.

  • Hybrid architecture

    As some services perform better on a physical machine whilst others prefer a virtual environment, we deploy a hybrid architecture dependent on the service.

  • Web clusters

    Unique to our hosting is the segmentation of all services within our network, where most services are being served on their own cluster. That is, HTML/CSS and images are served via its own server cluster, PHP is served through another cluster, incoming mail, outgoing mail, webmail, and so on are all on their own cluster. What does this mean? If a server fails or is over loaded, the server is automatically removed from the pool minimising any effect on customers, as websites are dynamically distributed to other servers. Learn more about our technology.