How Was Hostens Data Center Born?

March 13, 2018 by · Comments Off on How Was Hostens Data Center Born? 

hostens-data-centerIn this special interview with the Head of Hostens data center Engineering we’re going to discover how Hostens data center was born and what the main challenges as well as lessons learned while building and starting to run one of the most modern data centers in the Baltic region were.

Vytautas Skirius, the lead person of Hostens data center, is one of those who spend most of their time at the data center. He knows all its corners so well as if it was his own home. He ensures the stability, integrity, and efficiency of all information systems operations and leads data center engineering projects. Today he agreed to share his know-how and experience with us.

Give us a short overview of how everything started. When was the decision to build company’s own data center made? How did the whole process of setting it up look like? How did facilities, premises, etc. have to be prepared for a DC?

When business is on the fast track and is experiencing growth, the company often finds itself in need of additional storage space for the data. That was the case with Hostens, too. Although we had good partners, in regards to the growing number of customers and increasing infrastructure requirements, we decided to build our own data center.

The whole process took approximately 2 years and started with a strategic step to choose location for the data center. In this case, choosing the right location wasn’t the same as finding premises for, let’s say, office space. The potential location had to fulfil not only such ordinary needs as geographical location, availability or parking options, but also meet really high infrastructure and security requirements.

Eventually, we had to connect all the systems, elements, and parts of the whole infrastructure in order to operate smoothly and serve a common purpose. It’s like all body systems working together to keep a human alive. Actually, that was quite a challenge.

Finally, Hostens data center opened on December 15th, 2015.

Do you remember the day when the first servers were implemented here at the data center? What was the feeling like?

Sure, I can even show you where those particular servers are placed right now. In general, as I remember, the first server setup was a really significant moment. All our team member could clearly understand that it marked the new beginning of providing a top-level service.

Tell us a bit about Hostens data center.

The most important part to talk about is its features.

So, first of all, Hostens data center is set up according to TIER III level. It means that we offer 99.98% availability.

We run the most modern data center in the Baltic region. It is also one of the biggest ones. Currently, 139 server racks are securely housed at the site.

The data center has an ecological and energy efficient new generation “free cooling” system installed. This system takes air from the outside and adapts the temperature and humidity to suit the equipment. No water is used for cooling, so there is absolutely no risk of a leak.

Also, we pay great attention to fire prevention. Our aspiration smoke detection system with a highly sensitivity range (from 0.001% to 20% obscuration/m) is made to detect smoke even at very low concentrations over an area of 2000 m2. For example, if the system detects a burning wire, it immediately provides us with an early warning by pinpointing to the source of that fire. It allows us to react and protect the data center against any possible danger even before the fire has started.

Finally, I would like to highlight the access control. As our data center has an iris recognition option, there is no doubt that it adds an additional layer of protection. Iris recognition is used to authenticate employee or customer identity prior to them entering the site by unlocking facilities with a simple glance.

What is your favourite feature at Hostens Data Center?

Without any doubt, it is the cooling system.

What were the main challenges in developing this data center?

For sure, building a new data center always brings multiple challenges. Talking about the very beginning, finding the right location was the main issue. We had to find the best and the most suitable location for the facility. I remember all those months of analysis and evaluation very well.

Also, other main factors that had to be considered were data center equipment and network infrastructure. It was a huge challenge to find systems that fully met our requirements. As I have already mentioned, all the systems are different, made by different manufacturers, designed for different loads, as well as different climatic conditions, but they all have to work together flawlessly. Data center managers must manage all of these processes, at the same time remain maximum efficient, and still meet strict deadlines. In fact, that was a tough challenge, but amazing lessons were learned.

Are there any funny stories or interesting facts regarding the data center?

To be honest, I cannot tell you any funny stories at all (laughing). Basically, everything is in such control, so well-estimated and secured, that there are no non-standard situations. Interesting facts? Oh, yes. Personally, I’m very interested in the fact that the building where our data center is set up has a special purpose property status. During the World War II, that building was a military factory. Therefore, its structure is of an exceptional strength. In general, our data center is designed as a secure “building in a building” with its own additional walls and ceiling as well as separate access.

Now, when the data center is successfully running, tell us which things have to be considered when building a data center. What should organizations pay most attention to when developing a data center?

I would highlight the following points:

  • It is necessary to evaluate how suitable the potential location of the data center is. There are a lot of things you need to keep in mind: performance characteristics, power availability, geographic issues, and climatic conditions.
  • It is crucial to choose the right technologies for the data center. Before building the data center, you have to evaluate all technical possibilities to be able to choose the most suitable equipment.
  • Strong project management. By implementing a project of such a huge scale and complexity, it’s almost impossible to avoid various mistakes. Therefore, it’s necessary to do your research first, have a clear plan with estimated budgets, deadlines, and precisely follow each stage of the project.

Tell us about your technical expertise.

I have more than 5 years’ experience in data center sector. At first, I commenced my career at another web hosting company here in Lithuania. This helped me to grow as an expert and gave me an opportunity to see how a data center was run from up close. This experience increased my enthusiasm to continue my career working at data centers. At that time exactly when could feel that I had reached the top of my career in this company, I was offered to move to Hostens parent company. I accepted this challenge and today I work here managing its data center.

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GlowHost Rolls Out New Free Graphic Design Tool

March 1, 2018 by · Comments Off on GlowHost Rolls Out New Free Graphic Design Tool 

glowhost-designproSTUART, FLORIDA – Florida-based web-hosting company GlowHost has announced a roll-out of powerful graphic design tool DesignPro as an additional free feature of all hosting plans. The upgrade is available immediately to all new and existing GlowHost customers.

The move comes as part of a newly-formed partnership with DigitalOcto. Its intuitive, user-friendly design allows users to simply ad quickly add professional-grade custom graphics to any web page and includes 1500 unique design templates.

“Through this new partnership between GlowHost and DigitalOcto, businesses will have yet another great way to improve their online presence,” said GlowHost CEO Matt Lundstrom. “We are confident that this new tool will make it easier for our clients to attract and engage with more customers than ever before.”

Lundstrom went on to say that the new suite of graphic design templates available through DigitalOcto will help enhance the user experience on websites and social media platforms where it is implemented. “Visual content is key to getting users’ attention and increasing a company’s reach online,” he said. “To many of our clients, it is the most important thing.”

GlowHost customers will now be able to create more engaging graphics to compliment all of their marketing content. “We see this new tool as being a tremendous asset for enhancing email, blog content, social media posts, ad content, and much more,” Lundstrom said.

Better still, using the DesignPro’s DigitalOcto platform requires no special skills. According to Lundstrom, even users who have never worked with other graphic design tools (like Photoshop) will find this platform easy to navigate and implement.

“Our clients are always interested in being able to reach more new customers and we are constantly thinking of ways we can help them do just that,” Lundstrom said.

Those interested in learning more about GlowHost are invited and encouraged to visit the company website at More information on the roll of of DesignPro DigitalOcto can be found at

For more detailed information or to speak with a GlowHost representative directly, interested parties are encouraged to call the company’s 24/7/365 support line directly at 888-293-HOST (4678).

Founded in 2002, GlowHost is an award-winning web host that provides highly reliable web hosting services at a fraction of the cost of other high-end managed service providers. GlowHost currently supplies tens of thousands of customers worldwide with dedicated servers located in 16 global datacenters and offers CDN services across 77 global POPs. GlowHost is committed to customer satisfaction offering a 91-day money back guarantee, 100% network uptime SLA and 20 minute support response/resolution. GlowHost is an accredited member of the BBB with an A+ rating, consistently receiving the highest awards from 3rd party web hosting sites.

GlowHost hosting accounts come with more than 300 popular web apps, like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal which can be installed with just a few mouse-clicks. GlowHost offers managed hosting via dedicated servers and cloud clusters and can easily build reliable, custom infrastructure based on their client’s needs, utilizing hundreds of years of combined employee technical expertise.

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Hosting Ireland Announces ICANN Accreditation Status at ICANN54

October 22, 2015 by · Comments Off on Hosting Ireland Announces ICANN Accreditation Status at ICANN54 

Hosting_IrelandHosting Ireland one of the fastest growing domain registrars in Ireland announced today that it has received ICANN Accreditation, a major stepping stone in the company’s development.
The week that ICANN, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is holding it’s public meeting in Dublin, known as ICANN54, Hosting Ireland signed the ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement.

‘ICANN Accreditation is a significant milestone for Hosting Ireland and tells the online community that we are serious about the internet and assures clients that we maintain best practise and quality standards when it comes to domain name registration… Says Jonathan Bate – Managing Director Hosting Ireland… It’s a highlight that we’ve been able to achieve our accreditation for the week of ICANN54, the week has been a great success for Dublin and has proved to be an ideal platform to continue to build the momentum behind Hosting Ireland’s success….’ Will Harrison – Technical Director Hosting Ireland commented…’It’s taken many months of hard work to ensure we could meet the strict ICANN accreditation criteria, and we feel this will be of real benefit to ourselves and ultimately our customers…’

Hosting Ireland is also an accredited registrar for the IEDR (.IE), EURid (.EU) and Nominet (.CO.UK and .UK) registries. Over the last five years Hosting Ireland’s domain name registration business has grown rapidly and ICANN accreditation will ensure Hosting Ireland is now able to continue that growth by developing direct relationships with many of the new registries that have launched over the last twelve months.

For more information on Hosting Ireland ICANN domain registrations please visit

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Hosting Ireland is a leading domain name registration company and is an accredited registrar for .ie, .eu and domains. In addition, Hosting Ireland provides cloud hosting services and solutions to small medium enterprise, public sector and corporates across Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. Hosting Ireland specialises in cloud website hosting, virtual and dedicated server solutions. For more information visit:

ICANN’s mission is to coordinate and ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet identifier system. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an identifier into your computer – a name or a number. That identifier has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation that supports and coordinates participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. ICANN promotes competition and develops policy on some of the Internet’s unique identifiers. ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the top level of the Internet’s identifier systems, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet. For more information please visit:

INetU Unveils PCI DSS Compliance Solutions for Amazon Web Services

September 22, 2015 by · Comments Off on INetU Unveils PCI DSS Compliance Solutions for Amazon Web Services 

PCI DSS ComplianceAllentown, PA. – INetU.Net, the customer-centric cloud company, today announced the availability of PCI DSS compliance solutions for customers hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Now, the company’s AWS clients can take advantage of its PCI DSS Compliance management solutions, including its PCI Dashboard, dedicated Security Operations Center (SOC) and audit support, in addition to its industry-leading customer service, around the clock monitoring/response and Managed Security Suite.

“As a payment processing company, PCI compliance is a top priority but is also extremely time and resource intensive,” said Ray Cote, president, Appropriate Solutions. “Because we’re able to take advantage of the PCI compliance solutions that INetU offers, our compliance burden is significantly reduced.”

INetU has invested heavily in helping its clients comply with the more detailed facets of PCI regulations. The PCI Level 1 validated company undergoes independent security audits and employs end-to-end security and compliance controls from the environment to its network. The INetU SOC is composed of a team of security experts that engineer, implement and maintain each client’s secure and compliant environment 24/7/365. The INetU PCI Compliance Dashboard helps clients maintain PCI compliance through evaluation and monitoring of their systems. Providing both high-level and detailed views of an organization’s PCI compliance status, it enables INetU to work with clients to meet the mandated criteria and simplify audits. This expertise, paired with the INetU customer centric approach, defines why INetU has the highest customer satisfaction rating in the cloud hosting industry.

“We are committed to helping our clients keep their systems safe and compliant, through our product offerings, like the PCI Compliance Dashboard, our Managed Security Suite, and our around-the-clock services,” explained Scott Walters, director of security, INetU. “We go a step further with our clients to help them assess their environment and ensuring they are ready to pass their PCI assessments.”

For more information on INetU PCI DSS compliant solutions, please visit: For more information about the addition of AWS support, please visit:

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INetU, the customer-centric cloud company, combines state of the art managed cloud and hosting solutions with the industry’s premier service and support. Industry leading companies have chosen INetU for their reliable, flexible, secure and compliant hosting services to safely accelerate their business growth while reducing their investment in managing their own IT infrastructure. The company’s global data centers, award winning hosting, technical expertise and unique approach to managed services and support have earned the company the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry. Visit for more information.

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WiredTree Upgrades Anti-Spam Filtering to Cut Down on False Positives

December 3, 2014 by · Comments Off on WiredTree Upgrades Anti-Spam Filtering to Cut Down on False Positives 

Chicago, IL – WiredTree, a leading managed hosting provider, today announced the completion of an upgrade to its spam protection system, dramatically increasing its effectiveness and allowing it to better avoid false positives.

Online spam has always been difficult to deal with, and some spammers seem always to find a way around even the most ironclad filters. To make matters worse, the more stringent systems have a tendency to mark even legitimate emails as suspect. The entire situation is somewhat out of control, and businesses are putting in their best efforts to battle it, often to no avail.

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R1Soft Server Backup Manager Selected by Codero Hosting for Highly Reliable Data Protection

December 3, 2014 by · Comments Off on R1Soft Server Backup Manager Selected by Codero Hosting for Highly Reliable Data Protection 

HOUSTON – R1Soft®, creator of the R1Soft Server Backup Manager (SBM) product line, was selected by Codero Hosting to provide continuous data backup and protection to its 4000+ global, technology-savvy customers. Codero, the leading provider of on-demand, dedicated, managed, cloud and hybrid hosting services, provides exceptional hosting with 24/7/365 support for its customers – some of the leading Internet and Web 2.0 organizations consisting of hundreds of thousands of eCommerce sites, SaaS platforms, media and gaming and medical research companies. Powered by R1Soft, Codero enables quick and easy backup in minutes with the SBM Continuous Data Protection®.

“Customers rely on Codero for enterprise-grade hosting services for their mission critical applications and backup solutions,” said Chandler Vaughn, SVP of Product and Development at Codero Hosting. “They require highly reliable and cost-effective hosted solutions with quick mean time to recovery. We conducted an extensive search in order to offer Codero customers a data recovery solution that meets their stringent requirements and selected R1Soft due to the speed of recovery, multi-OS platform capabilities and the ability to span our hybrid hosting portfolio.”

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Hosting Ireland ‘Beefs-Up’ Dedicated Server Proposition

October 7, 2014 by · Comments Off on Hosting Ireland ‘Beefs-Up’ Dedicated Server Proposition 

Waterford, Ireland – Hosting Ireland, one of Ireland’s leading domain name and cloud hosting companies has ‘beefed-up’ their dedicated server proposition.

Hosting Ireland’s range of dedicated servers now offer Intel Six Core Xeon 2.0GHZ as a minimum, Western Digital Enterprise class HDD drive or Samsung SSD drives and Bandwidth starts with 2TB data transfer per month.

“We want to offer the ultimate in power and resources when it comes to dedicated servers…’ said Jonathan Bate, managing director, Hosting Ireland. “we have the ability to fully customize to any customer requirement and with our state of the art data centre in Dublin, Ireland, offer the best is business continuity”

Hosting Ireland’s wants to ensure you get the dedicated server you require and so carries stock of new latest specification servers and offers a free 24 hours setup on standard configuration.  In addition, Hosting Ireland provides a multi-honed, managed Internet access service that guarantees the ultimate in connectivity, availability, performance, and scalability.  The highest security is deployed to protect your server and data, including 24 hours security personnel and CCTV surveillance, biometric and proximity card access systems.  Hosting Ireland’s Data Centre has a dedicated direct power supply from the ESB grid plus dual automatic generator backup.  All dedicated server equipment requires a controlled environment. Temperature, humidity and airflow are all electronically monitored with continual air sampling.  All this is backed up with our 24 Hour, 7 days a week, 365 days per year support.

For more information about our dedicated server range, visit our website or call our support team direct on +353 51 843464.

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Hosting Ireland is one of Ireland’s leading domain name registrars and cloud web hosting companies, supplying domain names and website hosting services to businesses across Ireland, the UK and Europe.  Hosting Ireland specialises in Cloud Shared Hosting, VPS, Dedicated Servers and Cloud Solutions.  For more information visit:


IBM Opens First SoftLayer Data Center in Australia

October 7, 2014 by · Comments Off on IBM Opens First SoftLayer Data Center in Australia 

Dallas, TX — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the opening of a new SoftLayer data center in Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne data center follows recent launches in Toronto, London, and Hong Kong, and is part of IBM’s $1.2 billion global investment to expand its cloud footprint farther into Asia-Pacific and throughout the world.

“Melbourne is our first data center location in Australia and a significant milestone for SoftLayer. We can now bring all the benefits and advantages of SoftLayer’s cloud platform to customers in country or to customers looking for an Australian location,” said Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer, an IBM Company. “This facility meets all the demands for deploying secure, in-country enterprise-grade IBM cloud services which will help accelerate cloud adoption among organizations responding to the current IT sea change.”

SoftLayer’s strategic global partner Digital Realty built the Melbourne facility, along with the Toronto, London, and Hong Kong locations. The design of the Melbourne data center matches that of other SoftLayer data centers around the globe, with capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers initially.

SoftLayer’s complete portfolio of infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, and networking, will be available out of Melbourne. The new facility will provide 10Gbps network connections to SoftLayer services with less than 40 milliseconds of latency from anywhere in the world.

In addition to Atmail, other SoftLayer customers in the region include FluccsRightshipLoft GroupHotelsCombinedDigital Market SquareBugwolf, Cartesian, and Portland Software.

“We’ve been a SoftLayer client for more than 10 years,” said Angus Thomson, managing director for cloud hosting provider Fluccs. “SoftLayer has always been our preferred cloud supplier in the U.S. due to the simplicity of setting up new servers, the speed of deployment, and the ability to customize something exactly to our requirements.”

SoftLayer will start taking orders for the Melbourne data center immediately with a special offer of up to $500.00 USD off new orders in the data center, for a limited time. More details about the discount and updates on the opening of SoftLayer’s new Australian data center are available at

The facility provides customers with Australian data residency and an even faster way to reach local end users, all with SoftLayer’s secure and resilient platform that can be easily integrated with existing infrastructure to provide a robust hybrid environment. The Melbourne location will complement SoftLayer’s Hong Kong and Singapore data centers, offer APAC customers redundancy options within the region, and provide interoperability between all of SoftLayer’s global locations.

“SoftLayer’s new location in Australia is huge for us. Data sovereignty issues are top-of-mind for many of our customers in Australia, so the ability to now move data to this particular region is very advantageous to us,” said Mark Phillips, vice president of global sales at Atmail, a Queensland-based company that provides an email-messaging platform to more than 4,500 customers worldwide. “We have customers in 123 countries, so SoftLayer’s expanding global presence is fantastic for us.”

About Softlayer, an IBM Company
SoftLayer, an IBM Company, operates a global cloud infrastructure platform built for Internet scale. With 100,000 devices under management and a global footprint of data centers and network points of presence, SoftLayer provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service to leading-edge customers ranging from Web startups to global enterprises. SoftLayer’s modular architecture provides unparalleled performance and control, with a full-featured API and sophisticated automation controlling a flexible unified platform that seamlessly spans physical and virtual devices, and a worldwide network for secure, low-latency communications. For more information, please visit

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IBM is the global leader in cloud with an unmatched portfolio of open cloud solutions to enable clients for the hybrid cloud era with integration, control over data and expertise. IBM Cloud has helped more than 30,000 clients around the world. Today, IBM has 100+ cloud SaaS solutions, thousands of experts with deep industry knowledge helping clients transform and a growing global network of data centers. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $7 billion in 17 acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives. IBM holds 1,560 cloud patents focused on driving innovation. In fact, IBM for the 21st consecutive year topped the annual list of US patent leaders. IBM processes more the 5.5M client transactions daily through IBM’s public cloud. For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit Follow us on Twitter at @IBMcloud and on our blog at Join the conversation #ibmcloud.

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