The A to Z of Hosting - Part 1

150120---AtoZofHosting Choosing the right hosting provider can be a minefield so we thought we’d produced this A to Z to help you decide on which hosting provider is right for you. We’d love you to become an intrahost customer and hopefully within this article we can prove to you that we have all the bases covered.

A – Accreditation

Our data centres are accredited with ISO27001, the international standard for Information Security Management, which assures customers of the physical and logical security of our hosting facilities. They are also accredited with ISO14001, the international standard for Environmental Management, which allows us to control the impact of our operations and facilities on the environment.

B – Backups

Intrahost offer free backups as standard for customers buying Cloud and VMware Servers and as an optional extra on our dedicated servers. Web Hosting customers can backup easily via their control panel free of charge!

C – Cloud Servers

Cloud server hosting enables you to enjoy all the benefits of a dedicated server while reducing your monthly overheads. With a cloud server you share the expense of acquiring the server hardware and network connections and to eliminate the difficulty and cost of maintaining them.

Cloud server customers share the same hardware node, or physical host computer, they do not have access to each other’s hardware resources (RAM, CPU and disk storage). In other words the cloud server has its own operating system, dedicated application software and complete directory structure. You can restart the cloud server without it affecting any other virtual machines which share the same physical host server.

D – Dedicated Servers

A dedicated server is a physical network-grade computer optimised to 'serve' web pages, database queries, etc. to end-users. Intrahost dedicated servers are mounted in a tall rack/cabinet in one of our four data centres.

Dedicated servers still have a place alongside cloud options It also gives you the best value for money for the resources that you receive and we can customise the hardware to meet your exact requirements.

You can either use a dedicated server as a stand alone box, combine a cluster to create a highly-secure private cloud or add them on to your cloud package and create a hybrid system with the best of both worlds.

E – Ecommerce

According to the Aberdeen Group, page load delays can cost an ecommerce website millions of pounds in sales per year. Host with intrahost and make sure your site loads quickly year-round—even during your busy seasons.

F – Fast and Friendly Support TM

Our infrastructure team can recommend and design your full hosting solution or build a system based on your exact specification. Our Fast & Friendly approach guarantees that you will always speak to an expert, UK based senior engineer who speaks in plain English. Our Investors in People Award testifies to our commitment to staff training and full involvement with company direction and management.

G – Guaranteed Service

At Intrahost we offer:

  • 99.99% Network Uptime Guarantee
  • 99.99% Server Uptime Guarantee
  • 99.99% SLA Guarantee

H – Hosted Exchange

Microsoft Exchange is an email server with calendar, contacts, tasks and notes functionality. Traditionally this software is run from a server within an office which can be very complicated and costly to maintain. Our hosted exchange service offers all the powerful features without any of the complicated set-up and maintenance.

Our exchange experts have configured our packages to include everything that you could possibly need from your exchange server.

Our Hosted exchange solutions offer:

  • Scalable (from 1 up to 1000’s of users)
  • No specialist knowledge required
  • Award Winning Anti-Spam and Anti-Virus solutions included
  • Uptime SLAs and guarantees
  • Instant ‘Push’ Mobile Technology
  • Outlook Web Access
  • Migration Service
  • Triple Hosted Mailbox

I – Industry Leading Hardware

The quality of the server hardware plays a silent but critical role in the loading speed and performance of your website. This means you should make sure the web hosting provider for your ecommerce site uses advanced and best quality hardware to power your website. If the hardware configuration is not mentioned on the site, you may have to check it out with their customer support to ensure this. Better server hardware will provide better navigation of the website without any kind of degradation of service. So, it is better to steer clear of those who use outdated hardware.

We use only premium, branded hardware. This ensures the reliability and performance of your servers.

J – Judge for yourself

If you’re thinking of moving to a new hosting provider, why not give us a try. Above all else, Intrahost provides a high quality service that you will be proud of. We are so confident about our services that we offer a full, no hassle 30 day money back guarantee on managed web hosting and cloud server hosting if you are not satisfied with the service provided.

K – Knowledgeable

Intrahost engineers are Microsoft, Citrix and VMware qualified and we have decades of hosting experience across the team. Our pre-sales team are trained to deal with your enquiries however complex and are on hand to advise you on the best solution for you or your customers.

L – Load Balancing

Your business's website, applications, and web-based workloads depend on high availability. Intrahost Cloud and VMware Load Balancers enable you to quickly balance the workload of multiple Cloud Servers for optimal traffic management and maximum failover protection. Load balancers distribute workloads across two or more servers, network links, and other resources to maximize throughput, minimize response time, and avoid network overload.

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