Today's Date

Thursday, 19th of October, 2017

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Technical Specifications

All our hosting packages are supplied by one of the UK's leading hosting providers. They have used state of the art technology in their data centre to build a web hosting platform that is second to none. All services within the data centre have redundant backups so that if any particular service should fail (for example the power supply or the air conditioning) a backup will automatically take over the failed service's job.

The Servers

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The web hosting platform has been built using state of the art Dell servers, and is designed in such a way that if any server fails another will immediately take over the failed server's workload. This changeover will happen automatically. For example, if one of the mail servers were to break down another server would automatically come online and take over the work of the failed server ensuring that no email would be 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.

Picture of one of the servers

The current server specification is:

  • Dual Intel Xeon Processor 3.4GHz with 2MB 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

The Network

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The network operates on industry-leading network equipment from Cisco Systems. It is based on gigabit technology (which means that it runs at a speed of 1000 Mb per second) and uses 100% CAT6 network cable. CAT6 supports Gigabit Ethernet and supports communications at more than twice the speed of CAT5e, which is the other popular standard for Gigabit Ethernet cabling.

The Software

Redhat Linux

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 servers all run Redhat Enterprise Linux, the most stable release of Redhat Linux available and the only version that keeps completely up to date with Redhat system & security patches.

Connectivity

The data centre has multiple connections to the Internet with different backbone providers. If any connection should fail the other connections will automatically take all the traffic. This means that the data centre is very unlikely to lose connectivity to the Internet. It has also made it possible to configure the network so that all traffic to and from the Internet will always take the fastest path available.

Power Supply

Dual power feeds enter the data centre at different points and Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) ensure that all power to the server area is clean and spike free. In the event of a power failure the UPS can take the entire data centre load for up to five minutes. However within 20 seconds redundant generators are able to indefinitely take on the entire data centre load.

Cooling & Fire Suppression

The temperature of the data centre is kept at a steady 20°C to allow optimum equipment performance.

Fire detection systems monitor the centre for any sign of fire and allow operators to respond to such a situation using a variety of fire suppression techniques.