29 Jun

Web Hosting Resources with Customized Plan

As we all know, web hosting allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the WWW.

What is a Web Hosting plan?

Web hosting plan is term used for set of the resources with specified capacity / resources for your website.

Every web hosting company does their own market research and prepare suitable web hosting plans targeted to needs of specific audience and their business. As per the website/application and its traffic, web hosting resources are selected. Main factors that comprise of these resources are CPU power, Storage space, RAM and bandwidth. It is very tough for any web hosting company to devise a perfect web hosting plans as per the needs of website.


Various Web Hosting Options

  • Windows VPS Hosting (Self-Managed or fully managed)
  • SSD Windows VPS
  • Windows Shared Hosting / Reseller Hosting
  • Linux VPS Hosting
  • Cloud VPS Hosting
  • Dedicated Servers (Self-Managed or fully managed)
  • SSD Dedicated Servers
  • Unmetered Dedicated Servers

Are you thinking to go for your web hosting? But do not know much about various resources and how to customize your plan. Let’s have a look around for the list of resources and in what capacity are available in web hosting market.

Let’s take example of Dedicated Servers Configuration

Available Subscription time

How much time you want your website hosted with web hosting company, whether: 1 Month / 6 Month / 12 Month

Processor and RAM

Prices vary as per the processor, as you can observe below, they are of Intel processor with model number, speed and number of cores available.

Depending on resource usage, you can also select variety of RAM options which can typically start from 4GB to 8GB and go up to 128 or 256GB per server

  • Intel Atom D525 Dual-Core, 1.8 GHz (4 HT Cores) with 4GB DDR3-1333 RAM
  • Intel Xeon E3-1230v2/v3, 3.3 GHz (8 HT Cores) with a range of 8GB-32GB DDR3 ECC RAM
  • 2 * Intel Xeon E5-2620 6-Core, 2 GHz (24 HT Cores) with 32GB-128GB DDR3 ECC RAM

Hard Drive / Storage space

Web hosting companies use to provide some basic storage space. If there is a requirement for more storage space, it can be upgraded from below options:

  • 500GB / 1TB / 2TB / 4TB SATA III or 120GB / 240GB / 480GB / 1TB SSD

IPv4 Address

With your configured plan, one dedicated IPv4 is included. In case you need more, you can contact your web hosting company who can allocate more IP’s after providing justification for usage.

Self-Managed

As the term suggests, customer is required to perform day to day management tasks along with troubleshooting / fixing the issues in Dedicated Servers or VPS plans including regular monitoring, Security and maintenance.

Dedicated server providers will charge for any of the task, updates needed once server is with Customers.

An alternate for this is a fully managed service level whereby server experts handle day to day management tasks, security audits, automated 24×7 monitoring and daily backups.

IPMI KVM w/ Remote Reboot

This particular addon helps in accessing the server over console (as if you are physically sitting in front of server) in case you lose public connectivity to the server for any reason. It also has features to remotely load an operating system in server and perform hard / soft reboot of server.

Multiple Operating System Choices

Web Hosting companies offer to install your own Operating System or Linux or Windows based in your dedicated server

  • Linux (CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu Server) or
  • Microsoft OS (Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 R2 64-bit, Windows 2003 32-bit / 64-bit)
  • Install your own

SQL Server

SQL Server is one of the licensed products from Microsoft for any of the database applications. This one is paid.  Prices will vary in below options:

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 / 2012 Express Edition
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 / 2012 Web Edition
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 / 2012 Standard Edition

Backups

Having a robust backup plan is inevitable for all important / critical data since server can fail (and they do fail) any time. Using enterprise components along with having redundancy at storage level (through RAID / etc) helps in minimizing this risk to huge extent. However, it is always recommended to have some sort of off server backups in place.

Self-Managed Dedicated Servers does not include any backup services. Most Dedicated server and VPS providers have these options available and typically start with 40GB backup space up to several TB’s.

Network Port Speed

Each server comes with 100Mb/sec, by default. Optional 1000 Mbps (1Gbps) option is available for servers which require high data throughput.

Bandwidth

It is the rate of data transfer measured multiples of “Bytes” – typically GB’s. Most web hosting companies offer a variety of bandwidth options ranging from 5,000 GB / 10,000 GB / 15,000 GB / 20,000 GB. For high requirements, there are options for unmetered bandwidth as well.

Customized your plans as accordingly! Start it today for Windows VPS, Linux VPS, Cloud Servers and other web hosting services.

24 Nov

Cloud VPS Hosting – How We Do it!

For an end user, it is always very baffling to choose a right “Cloud” server with so many small hosts popping up who love to market their services as Cloud Enabled. I’ll walk through some important points explaining how we implement VM’s in cloud compared to traditional standalone virtual servers.

Setup

We have a completely separate physical space that we use to isolate our cloud infrastructure. The hardware involved with cloud setup includes:

1) Servers – Control server, HyperVisors, Backup Servers – all of these are enterprise class SuperMicro Branded servers.
2) SAN Arrays – We use multiple with 10K SAS drives in RAID 10 array. These have replication enabled and each array in itself is 100% redundant with multiple PSU’s, RAID controllers, RAID 10 disks, etc. All of these units are Dell Equallogic PS series.
3) Switches – Used for public connectivity, storage SAN connectivity, backup network. All of these are different brands of Juniper Switches.

From software perspective, we use OnApp cloud enabling software which manages the logic and intelligence for some amazing cloud features. Our cloud setup has enterprise-class resilience, with multi-layered security, a self-healing architecture, automatic hypervisor failover and disaster recovery supported automated backups.

How it works – Automatic Failover & Hot Migration

We have setup our cloud environment in a way that it is 100% redundant end-to-end. Hence, we can lose half of our entire setup equipment and your service will still continue to operate. There are multiple HyperVisors which host the VM’s and all of these are connected to redundant SAN arrays through fibre channel and 10Ge connectivity. In case one of the HyperVisor (HV) goes down for any reason, VM’s will automatically failover to alternate HV and it continues to work without any connectivity loss. 99% of the Operating systems (except legacy Windows 2003, etc) support hot migration – this means that VM will continue to operate with without reboot in same state even after migrating over to alternate HV (all open programs / services will remain open and operational). In case operating system does not support hot migration, it will be shut down, migrate to another HV and thereafter restarted back. This ensures that VM remains up and working at all times – ensuring 100% uptime guarantee even if HV goes down.

Load Balancing

Cloud hosting environment also supports automatic load balancing of selected VM’s. It is just a matter of few clicks to specify VM’s that will participate in load balancing cluster. With such a setup, all incoming traffic is intelligently distributed evenly amongst VM’s in cluster.

Auto Scaling

Cloud server hosting also supports, easy-to-configure autoscaling for virtual machines. VMs can be configured up and down (adding/removing RAM, CPU and disk resources), and scale VMs out (by cloning the VM) according to configurable thresholds.

For example, you can set up a rule that will add 1,000MB of memory to a VM if RAM usage has been above 90% for the last 10 minutes – but add no more than 5,000MB in 24 hours. Billing is automatically adjusted for autoscaled resources.

Automated backup

Virtual machine backups are also automated with cloud hosting in addition to availability of manual backup and restore functions. The Cloud enables automated/scheduled backups and ad-hoc backups of VM data. These backups in terms of VM snapshots are stored outside of SANs on separate cluster of backup servers, allowing true disaster recovery in case of SAN failure.

Operating Systems

We provide pre-built OS templates to build your VM with. There are 25+ supported operating system templates which include various flavours of CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, OpenSuse, ClearOS along with Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 R2 and the latest Windows Server 2012.

We’re having hundreds of customers hosted on our enterprise class Cloud VPS plans and it has been nothing but a stellar hosting experience with 100% positive customer feedback!