An online presence in this fast-paced technology-focused world is imperative for a business who wishes to grow. This presence will include not just a website but email as well – an essential part of a functional business.
Hosting your own website is possible, but does come with inherent risk that could cause you to lose everything if a power failure or dropped internet connection occurs. Professional services will ensure that your website is available for viewing continuously without fear of interruption. Choosing a third party service for your web hosting makes sense as they are specialists in managing and configuring a web server, patch management, firewalls and virus protection.
Website owners can choose web hosting providers based on a range of factors. A good web hosting company will provide the following services:
- 24/7 FTP access – so you can update your website at anytime
- A number of small email accounts i.e. email@example.com
- An online control panel for managing your website
- Online traffic statistics
- A robust database management system such as MySQL or MS SQL
More specialised services can include; ColdFusion, SQL Server and PHP and it is best to inquire with a potential web hosting provider before you make a commitment to a web hosting plan.
At iFactory we have a hosting partner framework to ensure our clients have access to ‘real-world’ hosting providers. Our list of hosting partners includes:
- AWS Amazon
Our web hosting evolution in conjunction with our website Support Plans allows iFactory clients access to a range of flexible, effective and affordable internet services.
It is the first commercial OS that aims to make the ability to offer stable hosting a reality.
Customers are unable to monopolise the resources as each user has tenant isolation which means customers are isolated from each other so if one customer’s server fails everybody else is protected. There is also resource limits available to control the amount of resources used by each client to stabilise the server and these can be customised for web applications such as a blog or shop so that if one area is exceeded it will not affect the rest of the site.
Security patches are released quickly to ensure customer safety and Lightweight Virtual Environment Technology is employed to further stabilise and protect customer server connections.
A way to protect and enhance your website online. CloudFlare offers services which can speed up your site, increase site loading time for sites with ad servers, protect it from a range of online threats, provide full analytics for your site and enable easy installation of web apps on your site.
CloudFlare operates with any web hosting, domain name or CMS platform to provide its users with enhanced website features who require a more sophisticated web approach. On average a CloudFlare website loads twice as quickly, uses 60% less bandwidth and generates 65% fewer requests. CloudFlare powered websites enjoy a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.
It is an innovative cloud-computing service which offers a complete set of infrastructure and application features to enable you to run everything for your online project in the cloud. Cloud-computing is the ability to run on-demand IT services through the internet using a pay-as-you-go system.
Adopting a new application can be difficult with estimated capacity needs, cloud-computing eliminates shortfalls or exaggerations through the provision of extra resources based on your needs at any given time.
AWS Amazon works within a diverse set of industries such as media, financial, retail, education and government offering a number of infrastructure resources including apps, big data, backup and storage, digital media and gaming. It offers its clients supreme flexibility and customisation and it provides it to hundreds of thousands of customers globally.
The Domain Name System is a hierarchical naming system for any resource connected to the internet or a private network. Its role is to convert domain names to numerical IP addresses for the purpose of locating computer services and devices worldwide. A DNS provides a worldwide, distributed keyword-based redirection service which is an essential part of the internet. Think of it as a virtual telephone directory that converts your request to visit a website into a command your web browser understands.
iFactory offers DNS management enabling us to control our DNS server clusters used by our growing list of clients. The system allows us to reduce human error whilst editing complex and repetitive DNS data, to validate DNS before it is published and to automate the distribution of DNS data. Our DNS management software gives us code diversity and application performance which increases security and therefore the reliability of our services.
BulletProof offers mission critical hosting with dedicated servers, ITIL principles and maintenance of its Standardised Operational Procedures (SOPs) which extends their reliability and efficiency. They provide tier 1 infrastructure and support to their leading international clients, which includes several of the ASX 220 companies such as BlueScope Steel, Telstra, Woolworths and Foster’s Group.
BulletProof provides its customers with an easy to use control centre where they can monitor, report, support and self-service their own servers. The infrastructure is comprehensively monitored and managed to ensure that clients receive the highest possible performance and availability possible.