Hosting Technology

The 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


All websites hosted with us will utilise state-of-the-art Dell technology which means they have built a web hosting platform that is second to none
The 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 their 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

The network arrays operate RAID, a way of configuring a system so a disk can fail with no impact to data. As explained above, they also operate 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. Their backup procedure goes above and beyond the majority of web hosting companies.

Web Hosting Infrastructure

The following diagram represents the web hosting infrastructure that we use.

100% Cisco Gigabit Network

Cisco Gigabit Network

The network also operates on industry-leading network equipment from Cisco Systems. All the switches and routers are developed by Cisco. The network is based on 10 gigabit technology, which means that it runs at a speed of 10000 Mb per second – most web hosting networks are limited to much less.
The 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.

  

  

Linux Redhat Enterprise

Linux Redhat

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.
The 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 their 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

Windows Server

They use Microsoft Windows Server 2008 to power our Windows 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.

  

  

Connectivity

They operate a multi-homed network utilising BGP4 technology. Simply put, they 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 they 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 they have been able to configure the network always to take the fastest paths.